Once Upon a Time

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Emma Swan wonders if the residents of Storybrooke, Maine are somehow actual characters from legendary children's tales. Parallel worlds unravel in this modern take on classic fables where a curse has trapped famed storybook characters in our world.
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  1. 1. Pilot
    October 23, 2011
    44min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Emma's life turns upside down when she is visited by a strange guest.
  2. 2. The Thing You Love Most
    October 30, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Regina tries to push Emma out of Storybrooke and Henry's life.
  3. 3. Snow Falls
    November 6, 2011
    43min
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    English
    Emma talks Mary into reading to a coma patient in the hospital.
  4. 4. The Price of Gold
    November 13, 2011
    43min
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    Emma tries to help a pregnant woman get away from Mr. Gold.
  5. 5. That Still Small Voice
    November 27, 2011
    43min
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    Sheriff Graham makes Emma a deputy.
  6. 6. The Shepherd
    December 4, 2011
    43min
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    Sheriff Graham is caught in a lie; Prince Charming's destiny is altered.
  7. 7. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
    December 11, 2011
    43min
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    One of Storybrooke's residents starts to remember fairytale life.
  8. 8. Desperate Souls
    January 8, 2012
    43min
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    Emma runs for public office, leading Regina to indulge in dirty politics.
  9. 9. True North
    January 15, 2012
    43min
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    English
    The evil queen has Hansel and Gretel steal an artifact from a blind witch.
  10. 10. 7:15 A.M.
    January 22, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    David and Mary Margaret continue to struggle with their feelings.
  11. 11. Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
    January 29, 2012
    43min
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    David and Mary Margaret continue to meet secretly.
  12. 12. Skin Deep
    February 12, 2012
    43min
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    Mr. Gold's house is robbed, Emma suspects he is planning to seek justice.
  13. 13. What Happened to Frederick
    February 19, 2012
    43min
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    David decides to tell Kathryn about his relationship with Mary Margaret.
  14. 14. Dreamy
    March 4, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English
    Mary Margaret and Leroy help nuns sell candles at the Miner's Day festival.
  15. 15. Red-Handed
    March 11, 2012
    43min
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    Emma gives Ruby a job as her assistant.
  16. 16. Heart of Darkness
    March 18, 2012
    43min
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    Emma arrests Mary Margaret, so Mary hires Mr. Gold as her attorney.
  17. 17. Hat Trick
    March 25, 2012
    43min
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    Emma is kidnapped by a mad man with an affinity for hats.
  18. 18. The Stable Boy
    April 1, 2012
    43min
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    Emma keeps searching for evidence to prove Mary Margaret's innocence.
  19. 19. The Return
    April 22, 2012
    43min
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    Mr. Gold tries to expose August's true identity.
  20. 20. The Stranger
    April 29, 2012
    43min
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    August takes Emma on a journey that will show her how to beat Regina.
  21. 21. An Apple Red As Blood
    May 6, 2012
    43min
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    Regina works on a plot that could rid her of Emma permanently.
  22. 22. A Land Without Magic
    May 13, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    Emma and Regina work together to save Henry's life.

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PsychenyxReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love the series, but...
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I love the series, which is why I decided to get it so I won't mourn when Netflix takes it away. That being said, I wish I could warn other fellow customers about the packaging.
To quote Emma, "seriously"?!?! I got the DVD case in a bubble wrap envelope. The case was shattered, the DVDs jingling all the way. Luckily none of the actual DVDs broke, but I ought to get at least a replacement case!!! I intend to buy this whole series, and I would very much NOT like to get each season like I got this one!
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Jana L.PerskieReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm addicted!!!
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I am not a big "TV watcher," but like most, I have my favorite shows that I try very hard not to miss. However, as these shows move from season to season the plots and characters become stale...same old, same old. Then in early October 10, 2013, something wonderful happened to make me want to watch at least one TV program, besides: CNN, "Downton Abbey," "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," etc. "Once Upon a Time," a sort of American fairy tale, premiered. I was hooked about a half hour into the pilot.

The show is based on the theory that there is an alternate universe where every classic fairy tale character exists—a world that has a connection to our world.

In Storybrooke, a small town in Maine, beloved fairy tale characters we've known of since our parents read to us about them, are trapped in our world by a curse cast by an Evil Queen. Everything changes when a boy named Henry Mills, (beautifully played by Jared Gilmore), an adopted child, learns the "truth" through a "special" book. He finds out who his birth mother is and goes looking for her...heading toward Boston with his school teacher's credit card - desperate times call for desperate measures...right? Maybe not......

The action moves between the two worlds - one where the fairytale characters are themselves and living in their own parallel universe, and the present, in modern day Storybrooke, where they are trapped by their own curse-induced amnesia. The pilot seamlessly sets up the connections between these two worlds and makes it clear that the Storybrooke characters' stunted emotional lives could well be explained by the curse that Henry so fiercely believes in.

The Pilot opens with a period Prince Charming, (Josh Dallas), racing into a snowy forest in search of Snow White, (Ginnifer Goodwin). He finds her in an open coffin, seemingly dead, and surrounded by seven rather gnarly looking dwarfs. But as in the timeless tale, his kiss awakens her and in the next scene they're being married. Suddenly, a sexy, snarly, Evil Queen, dressed in black-leather (Lana Parrilla - who is fantastically BAD), busts in to the celebration to inform everyone that "I shall destroy your happiness, if it is the last thing I do." What a GREAT Gift!!!!

Meanwhile, back in modern day Storybrooke, Emma Swan, (Jennifer Morrison), a bounty hunter and bails-bond collector from Boston, is on the track of a fleeing defendant. As she drives toward Storybrooke, searching for her "missing person," she sees a boy walking alone, along the dark nighttime roadside. Dangerous! She stops the car and asks him where he is going and if she can help him. The boy is Henry Mills.

Emma had given a baby boy up for adoption 10 years before and now discovers that the infant is 10 year-old Henry. Although he has not yet reached the town's limits, he has traveled quite a distance. He is running away from home, looking for her....trying to find her because, as he tells Emma, "No one can ever leave or enter Storybrooke." This is Emma's 28th birthday and she wants, more than almost anything, to not spend it alone. As it were, she does get to spend at least part of it with her son. In any case, a disbelieving Emma drives the boy back home to the mother who raised him. So, Emma, innocent of her role in Storybrooke, enters the town, (probably the first person to do so), and into the story, as the prospective heroine.

As mentioned above, Henry has in his possession a special volume of fairy tales from long ago - certainly not your mother's book of fairy tales. The boy is convinced that Emma, his birth mother, is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. The royal couple sent her away so she would be protected from the deadly curse. They placed her in a magic wardrobe made from a block of wood by Mister Geppetto and his son Pinocchio. The infant was transported from the Enchanted Forest, within the fairy tale world, as a babe before she could be cursed. As such, she is the only person who can break the curse and restore the characters' lost memories.

The town is indeed populated by fairy-tale characters such as the above mentioned Snow White and Prince Charming, only they have no idea of their true identities. The only two who do know are the Evil Queen, a.k.a. Regina Mills who is also the town's powerful mayor and Henry's adoptive mother, and the villainous Rumplestiltskin, (Robert Carlyle). a.k.a. Mr. Gold, the enigmatic owner of the local pawn shop, as well as the town itself. Jiminy Cricket, Geppetto, Pinocchio, Captain Hook, Red Riding Hood, the Seven Dwarves, Hansel and Gretel, Belle and the Beast, etc., are all characters in both worlds.

I love the concept of the program, but then I always loved fairy tales. And, even this late in my life, I do believe there are at least a few happy endings. "Once Upon A Time" is very different from what what's on television at the moment, ("Grimm" cannot even begin to compare with the quality and talent of OYAT). The cast does a fantastic job! And the clothing, scenery and decorations in fantasy land are sumptuous. I can not wait to continue watching the show and see how the storyline develops in Season 2. Very highly recommended!
JANA
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this Series, Good Quality Set.
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When I first heard that this wonderful show was coming off Netflix I was bemoaning the eventual loss. But as is the running theme, there is hope! I'm going to be collecting the seasons one by one, and so far, all appears to be in order. No nicks, no broken cases, etc. and the video and audio are fine for my copy. Arrived when it said it was going to even. Will be nice for some good binge watching this summer.
JEROME W, MARTINReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
ONCE UPON A HECK OF A TIME
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When I first watched this season (on my Video library) I did not no what to expect. This series is produced by ABC studios and they
also produced the excellent CASTLE series and WONDERLAND as well and do a great job with the latter two. But I am not a great
fan of the Disney conglomerate that own ABC because they have over the years turned away somewhat from the vision of the great
Walt Disney. But here as well as in the other shows done a magnificent if a bit weird job of bringing Adult style fairy tales to life with
a darker, grimmer but more realistic form that I really love. Lately there has been a spat of darker versions of fairy tales by
independent companies such as NEVERLAND, ALICE and TIN MAN: all excellent. But this season has got it all. and a lot of stuff
to feast on. A brilliant cast, I think, with a beautiful Snow White/Mary Margaret and Emma added to a very creepy Rumplestiltskin
who one can not figure is good, bad or just ugly. A evil queen who is also very hot and just a bunch of wonderful others such as
the dwarves. Wait until you see who shows up in season 3. Anyhow Maine will never be the same. Terrific special effects, dark
and gloomy forests, neat Castles and Palaces and sexy evil women. The stories become more complex and if a person really
gets hooked on this show, one cannot miss any episodes because they all sort of tie together. And with all the flashbacks, if you
miss any you might get a bit confused though they do have at the beginning of each episode a brief update of what happened
previously. I think they could speed up the stories a bit, but I am happy with what we have now. The producers are going to be
adding more villians as the seasons roll on: I have watched the complete season 1 & 2 and get season 3 on my video library at
AMAZON. I just ordered season 1 & 2 DVDs from AMAZON and will give my reviews of season 2 and 3 later. And the best part
is NO Dr. Sweets!! enjoy!
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C. IrishReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
If You Are Looking For Something Different ~
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Remember, all magic comes with a price - Rumplestiltskin

If you are tired of cop and reality shows-you should give Once Upon A Time a chance. This show is based on fairy tales and goes back and forth from the present time to a realm that is a rich land of fairy tale characters such as: Geppetto, Snow White, Pinnochio, Little Red Riding Hood & Grandma, fairies, the Seven Dwarfs and more. It took my daughters and I about four episodes before we got a handle on what was going on, but once we did, we were blown away!

One bright and shining character is Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, played brilliantly by Robert Carlyle. His multi-faceted character alone makes this show worth watching. All the characters are very good, but for me, this guy, brings it. I can't say enough good about him. As Mr. Gold he is great, as Rumplestiltskin he is superb.

This show is very layered. We went back and watched the first 6 or 7 episodes and caught all kinds of things we missed the first time we watched. The main idea is this: Henry, an adoptive boy lives in Storybrook. He finds his birth mother, Emma Swan, and takes her back to Storybrook. His teacher has given him a book and in it he finds extraordinary comparisons to people who live in Storybrook. He therefore believes that the whole town is under a spell. His birth mother, Emma, he believes is the only one who can break the spell. The events in Storybrook, mirror the happenings in the fairytale land and Henry and the evil queen (his adoptive mother) are the only ones who really know (especially the queen/mayor of Storybrook) but memories are coming back to some of the characters with the arrival of Emma as the clock begins to tick. Time has actually stood still in Storybrook for 28 years.

Anyway, some episodes are about a single character and their past and some are about Snow White and Prince Charming whose true love might just be the thing that can break the dark curse that hangs over the town. There is a lot to love about this show. It's original and the writing and acting is first rate. Also worth noting are the sets and costumes in fairytale land, they are amazing as is this fresh and special, entertaining series.
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Ditsy MitziReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
And They All Lived Happily Ever After.......NOT
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People that live in Storybrooke, stay in Storybrooke unless they want something bad to happen to them. Strangers never come to Storybrooke, that is until Emma arrives. Emma is reluctantly brought to Storybrooke by Henry, the son she gave up for adoption at birth. Henry believes that all the inhabitants of Storybrooke are characters of fairy tales and that they are stuck in Storybrooke/in time unless Emma stays in Storybrooke and breaks the curse. He believes that Emma is the daughter of Snow White and that his adoptive mother who is also the Mayor of Storybrooke is actually the evil witch AKA Snow White's stepmother. He convinces Emma to stay and that's when things begin to happen in Storybrooke.

Now many may make comparison to this show with Grimm because they both deal with fairy tales but whereas Grimm deals with monsters, Once Upon A Time deals with good versus evil. I think that the creator of this show is brilliant because in each episode, the stories correlate the past with the present. At first it might be difficult to get a feel for this series and how it works but stick with a couple of episodes and you will see how creative this show is. You will want to watch the show and root for Emma to bring down the wicked witch, for Snow White to find Prince Charming, etc...I think for me the biggest reason to watch this show is not to see if Emma will break the curse. Of course we all know that good will always triumph over evil. The main reason I watch the show is because I want to know who is the bigger villain. Is it the Mayor or the mysterious Mr. Gold. What's his role in the curse?

I was getting tired of watching shows about cops, doctors, lawyers (no offense to those professions) and I refuse to watch reality TV so I was glad when I stumbled upon this show and came on Amazon and bought the Season 1 DVD. Great investment, many hours of entertainment so far. I am zipping through the first season so I can start watching the second season episodes on my DVR.
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emilyReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The only really Good season!
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It is too bad the followings seasons gradually lost their magic. the 1st season wraps up nicely and should probably have stopped while it was ahead. Each episode was thought out, had a reason, the music, the costumes, everything had effort, thought put into it, and while i could not make a show myself, or possibly do better, it seems even those with money & training can only go so far before they fizzle out.

Now the plot goes everywhere as if making it up as they go along, (as opposed to an objective, long term plan being laid out before execution), there is no music only background noise, everything is set in the present time so no need for costumes, at least ones worth a da--, and last i saw a show of this, they were resorting to copying Disney. A shame considering that they started out defying Disney as far as antiquated ideas and plot (e.g "the story you thought you knew really went like this...." )

I was told these things happen because once the original writers get rich, they hand all the creative work over to worker bees with no imagination :( Enjoy this season, its the only time when things were done right!
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DNCBReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Okay so I love this show...
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I personally didn't think I was going to like it. It seemed so random and weird (in passing). I saw an episode of the third season a few months ago and I liked it but I didn't understand jack ALSO I starting watching Once Upon A Time: In Wonderland and I loved it, but didn't QUITE understand the Knave and that whole beginning part it was so odd. So I HAD to see the first season. I am not done. I will probably be done next year hopefully I am half there. I love it. It is fantastic. It is not "traditional" Disney and it shouldn't be. It is not traditional anything though not even the original stories. That's fine. It is its own thing. I like that. So I will watch it and I am sure it will continue to be good and I will be able to understand the current season which I have decided not to look at for now. I've seen enough to understand the Wonderland series which is its own thing as well. One thing... it started okay but kind of slow and I am not into the Lost Easter Eggs. That sort of thing is annoying to me. I wish these people would just do a show without having to reference to others shows. I LOVE the hints at the credit or titles and I love the fairyland clothes.
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