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Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

ABC 2011

There is a town in Maine where every story book character you've ever known is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth and only one can break the spell.Emma Swan is a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who has been supporting herself since she was abandoned as a baby. Things change for her when her son Henry, whom she abandoned years ago, finds her and asks for her help explaining that she is from a different world where she is Snow White's missing daughter.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time - S3E22

#1 - There's No Place Like Home


Season 3 - Episode 22

In the conclusion of two-part episode that serves as the season three finale, Emma and Hook must find a way to return to Storybrooke, but in their quest to return, they have to find a way not to interfere or tamper with the events that lead up to the first curse, or else they risk altering the entire timeline, and could end up warping the future existence of everyone involved, including Emma, Hook, as well as Emma's family back in present-day Storybrooke.

The episode was rated from 995 votes.

Once Upon a Time - S1E22

#2 - A Land Without Magic


Season 1 - Episode 22

Emma and Regina team together in order to find a way to save Henry's life. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming attempts to escape from the Evil Queen's clutches in order to reunite with Snow White who, unbeknownst to him, has already taken a bite of the Queen's poison apple.

The episode was rated from 1321 votes.

Once Upon a Time - S3E11

#3 - Going Home


Season 3 - Episode 11

The race is on to stop Pan from enacting another curse on the residents of Storybrooke, which could kill every living soul in town.

The episode was rated from 1492 votes.

Once Upon a Time - S4E23

#4 - Operation Mongoose (2)


Season 4 - Episode 23

As Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, the Author and Gold raise the stakes by turning the tables on heroes and villains alike.

The episode was rated from 934 votes.

Once Upon a Time - S2E22

#5 - And Straight on 'Til Morning


Season 2 - Episode 22

Storybrooke's inhabitants brace themselves as Greg and Tamara activate the trigger within the curse; Mr. Gold mourns; Hook rescues Bae, who is being pursued by the Lost Boys.

The episode was rated from 1352 votes.

Once Upon a Time - S1E15
#6 - Red-Handed
Season 1 - Episode 15

After Ruby quits Granny's diner and with her self-esteem at an all-time low, Emma hires her as an assistant in order to help Ruby discover what it is in life that she's good at; and Emma continues questioning David about the disappearance - and possible murder - of Kathryn. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Red Riding Hood yearns to run away with her true love. But she, along with her fellow townspeople, are virtual prisoners when a bloodthirsty wolf continues on its relentless killing spree.

The episode was rated from 1236 votes.
Once Upon a Time - S1E17
#7 - Hat Trick
Season 1 - Episode 17

While searching for a missing Mary Margaret, Emma is kidnapped by a man whose affinity for hats has him teetering on the edge of madness. Meanwhile, viewers will be transported outside of the fairytale land that was for the first time when the Evil Queen persuades a skillful man of magic to come work for her one last time and travel to Wonderland in order to help steal something from the Queen of Hearts.

The episode was rated from 1232 votes.
Once Upon a Time - S1E12
#8 - Skin Deep
Season 1 - Episode 12

After Mr. Gold's house is robbed, Emma keeps a close eye on him when it looks like he wants to track down the criminal and dole out some vigilante justice as payback, and Valentine's Day finds Mary Margaret, Ruby and Ashley having a girls' night out. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle agrees to a fateful deal to give up her freedom in order to save her town from the horrors of the Ogre war.

The episode was rated from 1292 votes.
Once Upon a Time - S1E20
#9 - The Stranger
Season 1 - Episode 20

August tells Emma how to beat Regina and how she can get custody of Henry, while Regina hatches a plot to seduce David now that Mary Margaret is back at work. In the fairy-tale world, a plan to save Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter unfolds and is agreed to by Geppetto, who has his own child’s safety in mind.

The episode was rated from 1205 votes.
Once Upon a Time - S3E21
#10 - Snow Drifts
Season 3 - Episode 21

While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny's Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena's time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change anything or risk altering the lives of their friends and family - as well as their very own existence.

The episode was rated from 1350 votes.

Last updated: jun 24, 2021



This series succesfully shows the exact opposite of blockbuster movies: Create a great story with mediocre special effects and lesser known actors. The writers behind this show do an amazing job creating one wonderfull Fairy tale adaptation after another. I did not like their previous work, but I think the writing is getting more mature (but they still make some errors that are frustrating.) But mostly they are not afraid to change major aspects of the fairy tales if necessary. The creaters of this show also worked on 'Lost' and the 'TRON: Legacy' movie. I really love how Rumpelstiltskin plays the evil maniac, especially during the first season. But there are more noteworthy roles in there, like the evil queen, her mother, Belle, Hook or Peter Pan. Emma Swan is pretty well played, but compared to the extreme characteristics of the fictional characters she is a bit bland. The things I dislike most are probably some repeated main themes (family feuds/bad parent-child relations) and that they copy the characters of fairy tales a bit too literal from the Disney franchise from time to time. Overall I think it is on of the best non-comedy shows of the past few years. PS. I am glad Lady Gaga never replied on the invite to play the Blue Fairy.


Evil queens, unicorns, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.. - all the classics in a modern and well made TV serie. There are no half-naked-fake-boob babes or overly violent gunfights but instead there are lots of great actors, good story and great filming! Highly recommended!


the only show i've seen that gets better the further you watch. hope they don't run out of plotlines anytime soon!


After season 3 for me this show became forgettable, i loved it since the beggining, my second show that i ever watched (after supernatural) and i absolutelly loved it, the characteristics were awesome, but it lost all the magic when they introduced Frozen,..


This show started out awesome. I was completely hooked to the point that my sister and I would call each other during the commercials to ooohhh and aaahh over what just happened. The last 2 seasons have really gone down hill. So much so that I am several episodes behind in watching it. It seems like the writers are running out of good plot lines. I hate to say it, but it might be time to cancel the show.


Just dropped in season 5. It just lost the magic (no pun intended), because every season is the same: - Everything is alright now, everyone is happy again, yay! - A powerful Villain appears. - Villain used Curse. It is supper effective! - The Heroes lost their memory for a short time. - "Now thou shalt travel to a foreign land, farewell my Heroes." - The land ends up to be Storybrooke... again. - OH, SAVIOR, SAVE US ALL! - OH, almost-30-years-old-henry-that-ages-really-fast-but-everybody-just-decides-to-ignore-that, SAVE US ALL! - A Hero dies. Climax. - The Villain is defeated with a hidden power that the Heroes found somewhere, just laying around in Storybrooke. - Go back to step 1.


First season was good, then they lost me at season two, then they bring me back for season 3 with Peter Pan and Neverland (the best thing that they've ever done for this show). But the downfall after that is irrecoverable. Shout out to Lana Parrilla and Robert Carlyle who are the only two actors worth watching.


cancela essa desgraça logo pelo bem da humanidade


Season 7 is terrible. Glad this show has been cancelled. The mother / daughter casting is terrible. I don’t know what the director was thinking. They are not bad actors but not right for this show.


Lana. Parrilla. That is in itself enough information to go start this show because that woman could seriously bring magic to a show about potatoes for all I care and she is one of the main reasons that this show is what it is but other than that, it's got all of our favorite fairytales but with different and sometimes darker twists. It's a very layered show in which good and evil isn't always what it seems and you actually love the villains more than the heroes at some point. The writers do a great job in creating a world in which anything is possible and all of your favorite fairytales collide. I'm never bored watching this show and if you are a lover of anything magic like myself than you simply have to watch this!

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