Wonderland (TV series)

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Not to be confused with Wonderland (Australian TV series).
Wonderland
Wonderland
Also known as Bellevue
Genre Medical drama
Created by Peter Berg
Starring Ted Levine
Michelle Forbes
Michael Jai White
Billy Burke
Martin Donovan
Also Starring
Joelle Carter
Patricia Clarkson
Theme music composer Madonna
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s) Brian Grazer
Ron Howard
Tony Krantz
Peter Berg
Producer(s) Peter R. McIntosh
James Steven Sadwith
Location(s) New York City, New York, United States
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Touchstone Television
Imagine Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
The 101 Network
Original run 30 March 2000 – 26 April 2000

Wonderland is a short-lived and controversial 2000 ABC television drama directed by Peter Berg. It depicted daily life in a mental institution, from the perspectives of both the doctors and patients. Only two episodes aired on ABC during its original run in 2000. DirecTV aired all eight episodes on its channel The 101 Network starting January 14, 2009.[1]

The show had many controversial positions on the mental health crisis and its treatment.[2]

TV Guide included the series in their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".[3]

Main cast[edit]

Main crew[edit]

  • Peter Berg .... creator, executive producer (writer/director 1 episode, 2000 "Pilot")
  • Tony Krantz .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2000)
  • James Steven Sadwith .... consulting producer (7 episodes, 2000)
  • Brian Grazer .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
  • Peter R. McIntosh .... producer (unknown episodes)
  • Barry M. Schkolnick
  • John David Coles (unknown episodes)
  • Charles McDougall (unknown episodes)
  • Oz Scott

Episodes[edit]

  1. Wonderland (Pilot)
  2. 20/20 Hindsight
  3. Spell Check
  4. Full Moon
  5. The Raw and the Cooked
  6. Wilt Chamberlain 3.0
  7. Personality Plus
  8. Hello/Goodbye

Ratings[edit]

  • Episode 1: 13 million viewers
  • Episode 2: 7.5 million viewers

Incidental music[edit]

The theme song of the show is a simple humming. It is performed by Madonna, although the DirecTV re-airing of the show uses a different theme song (not by Madonna).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bednarski, P. J. (2008-12-10). "DirecTV's 101 Network to Re-Run 'Wonderland'". www.broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  2. ^ The fictitious character Dr. Robert Banger, M.D., psychiatrist, says this in a show episode:

    "When the pressures of modern society become too great for a person, when one's chemical dynamic becomes such that they are unbalanced, that they cease painting within the lines, they come to us. These are the people that society would prefer just go away -- the shadow people. The shadow people that project upon us their shadow and remind us just how tenuous mental health is. Our worst fears. They remind us how easy it can be to slip."

  3. ^ Roush, Matt (June 3, 2013). "Cancelled Too Soon". TV Guide. pp. 20 and 21

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