The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988)

TV Mini-Series  |  Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 4,321 users  
Reviews: 78 user | 12 critic

Four kids travel to the magical land of Narnia where they must battle an evil queen with the direction of the lion, Aslan.

Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 01 Feb 2012
a list of 29 titles
created 08 Jan 2013
a list of 45 titles
created 07 Mar 2014
a list of 45 titles
created 22 Aug 2014
a list of 21 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988– )

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988– ) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe.

User Polls




Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Fantasy | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Young Prince Caspian of Narnia wonders and dreams about the old days of Narnia when animals talked, and there were mythical creatures and four rulers in Caer Paravel. But his uncle and aunt... See full summary »

Stars: Warwick Davis, Jonathan R. Scott, Sophie Wilcox
The Silver Chair (TV Series 1990)
Fantasy | Family | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Eustace, along with a new companion named Jill Pole, is brought back to Narnia. The pair are told by Aslan they must search for King Caspian's missing son, Prince Rilian.

Stars: David Thwaites, Camilla Power, Tom Baker
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a lion messiah.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Rachel Warren, Susan Sokol, Reg Williams
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley
The Borrowers (TV Mini-Series 1992)
Adventure | Fantasy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Borrowers are small, 15cm high humans who live in the English hinterland. They live out their lives in mouse-hole sized nooks in human homes, and survive by 'borrowing' all they need ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Holm, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Callard
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Five Children and It (TV Series 1991)
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Five children discover a Psammead in the local sand pit, they find out the Psammead will grant them three wishes.

Stars: Simon Godwin, Nicole Mowat, Charles Richards
Babar (1989–2002)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The adventures of the King of the elephants, his family, and friends.

Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Dawn Greenhalgh, Stuart Stone
Bananaman (1983–1986)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Stupid, but well-meaning and super-strong super-hero, Bananaman gets his strength from eating bananas. Before he eats a banana, Bananaman is a young boy called Eric who is keen to keep his ... See full summary »

Stars: Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Danger Mouse (1981–1992)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The wacky and hilarious adventures of Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent (mouse) in the world and his trusty, bumbling sidekick, Penfold. Together, they follow Colonel K's orders and ... See full summary »

Stars: David Jason, Terry Scott, Edward Kelsey
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Stars: Zuleika Robson, Liz Crowther, Jack Woolgar


Complete series cast summary:
 Peter Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Sophie Cook ...
 Susan Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Jonathan R. Scott ...
 Edmund Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Sophie Wilcox ...
 Lucy Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
 The White Witch (6 episodes, 1988)
 Mr. Beaver (5 episodes, 1988)
 Mrs. Beaver (5 episodes, 1988)
Michael Walter ...
 Ginaarbrik (5 episodes, 1988)
Ailsa Berk ...
 Aslan (4 episodes, 1988)
Martin Stone ...
 Maugrim (4 episodes, 1988)
William Todd-Jones ...
 Aslan (4 episodes, 1988)
Keith Hodiak ...
 Aslan's Satyr / ... (4 episodes, 1988)
Garfield Brown ...
 Aslan's Satyr / ... (4 episodes, 1988)
 Aslan (3 episodes, 1988)
Irene Marot ...
 Hag (3 episodes, 1988)
Kairen Kemp ...
 Hag (3 episodes, 1988)
Jeffrey Perry ...
 Mr. Tumnus (3 episodes, 1988)
Michael Aldridge ...
 Professor Digory Kirke (3 episodes, 1988)
Mike Eastman ...
 Miraz Soldier (3 episodes, 1988)


In World War, the four Pevenses children: Peter Susan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated from London to the country house of an eccentric old professor. There, bored and restless, first Lucy and Edmund, and then all four of the kids make their way through an attic wardrobe in Narnia, a magical land of mythical creatures and talking animals. But Narnia is not perfect: it's always winter and never Christmas since the White Witch began her rule. And there are evil creatures as well as good, and a traitor in their midst. Only the return of Aslan can bring victory in the coming battle to win spring and freedom back to Narnia. 3x54min episodes. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

13 November 1988 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Plot similarities between the J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings trilogy and C.S. Lewis Narnia stories was no coincidence. Both men were members of a literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Living trees that move and fight but also provide a safe zone, languages created for the legendary cultures within the mythology, rescues from towers by flying creatures are a few examples. See more »


When Peter is mad at Edmund for lying about being in Narnia before, his hair is moving free in the wind. In the next scene, that is at the same time period, his hair is gelled down and styled. See more »


[the children and beavers are planning to go on the run to find Aslan and Mrs Beaver is insisting on taking loads of supplies]
Mrs. Beaver: I don't suppose the sewing machine is too heavy to take?
Mr. Beaver: Yes it is! Anyway you didn't think you'd be able to use it when we were on the run now did you?
Mrs. Beaver: I just can't abide the thought of that witch fiddling with it and breaking it or stealing it most likely as not.
See more »


Referenced in The Man from Auntie: Episode #2.4 (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Is a low-budget masterpiece an oxymoron?
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Disney's upcoming movie is certainly an exciting prospect; I know it will be excellent since WETA is involved. (They did all of the Lord of the Rings props and costumes and more.) Many of us who look forward to the 2005 film fondly remember growing up with the BBC "WonderWorks" version from 1988. The best way to watch this movie is: not after Lord of the Rings. I mean it. You are spoiling it for yourself if you go into it expecting too much.

The worst thing about this film is definitely the effects. Most of them you can move beyond if you try to have a pre-Toy-Story-revolutionized-world attitude. The worst thing for me was the green-screen flying sequence. Even with an open mind, that one's tough.

Aslan actually looks pretty lion-ey until he talks, then you have to try to concentrate anywhere but his mouth. Anyone remember "Wishbone," the PBS beagle-mutt who took us all on adventures in classic literature? His mouth didn't move at all, and by the third or fourth episode, you believed it without a problem. If you have patience, Aslan gets better as the movie progresses. He falls a little short of "majestic," but the Stone Table scene had me in tears even when I was past the cry-in-Free-Willy age. (The Beavers also take a little imagination -- but come on, it was 1988... how else do you do a Beaver who talks and acts?

Those few less-than-stellar aspects aside, this movie was fantastically done. The acting was definitely the strongest point. The Professor was hands-down the best character as far as performance goes, though he was in it little, but the others were all good too. Barbara Kellerman as the White Witch was excellent as well; I think that of all the comparisons between this film and the upcoming version, the White Witch will be the hardest for me to accept. I mean sure, they can beat the all technical stuff without any effort at all, but can the new White Witch be quite as regally evil? We'll see. The four children are very naturally good, they act just like four young British children who come upon such and adventure would act. (Which is a much bigger accomplishment than it sounds, and not all that common. Can anyone say nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker?)

Also, the script is taken from the book nearly verbatim, which gives is much credibility. Anyone who feels the need to improve upon C.S. Lewis loses a few points in my book.

Long story short, if you have the ability to forget you've seen computer-animated creatures interact flawlessly with live action, and you can use your imagination a little, then you will enjoy this beautifully crafted tale. Although, I do recommend trying to see it BEFORE you catch Disney's in December. :-D

41 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Overweight Lucy with an overbite? peppermintism
NEW version Vs. BBC version (an actor by actor comparison) reality_challenged
Childhood Crush orange_peas
Maugrim IridescentTranquility
I Ws Bored And Wonderd danny_west2002
The witch is scary Remus_J_Lupin

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: