Once Upon a Time: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Season 1
Once Upon a Time

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Charming and fantastical, Once Upon a Time is tonally uneven but derives strength from an outstanding cast and handsome visuals.

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Critic Ratings: 37

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Air date: Oct 23, 2011

Emma's life turns upside down when she is visited by Henry, the 10-year-old child she long ago gave up for adoption; Emma brings Henry back to his foster mother in a strange town called Storybrooke.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2011

Regina tries to push Emma out of Storybrooke and Henry's life; information about the evil queen's curse comes out.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Emma talks Mary Margaret into reading to an unidentified coma patient in the hospital; Prince Charming and Snow White meet for the first time.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2011

Emma tries to help a pregnant woman get away from Mr. Gold; Cinderella makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2011

Sheriff Graham makes Emma a deputy; a sinkhole appears at the edge of town; in fairytale world, Jiminy wants to leave the family business.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2011

David must choose between Kathryn and Mary Margaret, with whom he has fallen deeply in love; Sheriff Graham is caught in a lie; Prince Charming's destiny alters.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2011

One of Storybrooke's residents starts to remember fairytale life; the town mourns a death; the queen tries to find an assassin to kill Snow White.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2012

Emma runs for public office, leading Regina and Mr. Gold to indulge in dirty politics; Rumplestiltskin searches for a power source to help his son avoid war.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2012

Emma tries to save two children from the foster system by finding their birth father; the evil queen has Hansel and Gretel steal an artifact from a blind witch.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2012

David and Mary Margaret continue to struggle with their feelings; a mysterious stranger in town makes Regina and Emma suspicious; Prince Charming's wedding approaches.

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  • Apr 25, 2021
    The best network drama of the Decade. Excellent writing, well-rounded characters and amazing actors. This show sings! (it actually does literally in its musical episode in Season 6). This first season is heavy on soap opera and its done really well, so don't let that deter you from it. The characters in storybrooke are very much in tune with their fairytale alter egos. It's embedded in their sub-consciousness so deeply that no curse is powerful enough to erase those aspects of their characters. For example, Mary Margaret unaware that she is Snow White says, 'I found you', to Charming in Episode 3 in Storybrooke. But it's something Snow White would totally say. So the optimistic eagerness of her character is deeply embedded that she says stuff like that in storybrooke and the curse isn't powerful enough to erase it. Apart from that, I think that I can see this show a 1000x and would not be bored of it. Its story is universal and its characters are rooted in reality that it's hard not to root for it. As of this writing, this is my 6th viewing of the show and I am still surprised by the power of its storylines and the depth of its characters. You must check it out!
  • Apr 16, 2021
    Once Upon A Time can only be described as a masterpiece collection of interconnected re-tellings. Starting in season 1, the show executes a nearly flawless retelling by giving us both a fresh spin on the classic fairytales through flashbacks, while also supplying a contemporary twist by placing the fairytale characters in our modern world. The balance between the two not only keeps you engaged, but also makes you care about the characters more. Suddenly the Evil Queen is not just a villain, but a woman with a complicated past, feelings, and inner pain. In season 1 our protagonist, Emma, meets the son she gave up for adoption. After a few separate incidents, Henry not only convinces Emma to bring him home, but to stay in his hometown of Storybrooke for one week. Henry is sure the town he calls home is cursed, and by none other than his mother, the Mayor. Throughout the season we watch as Emma and Henry's adoptive mother, Regina, fight over him and whether or not Emma should even stay in town. All the while, Henry is trying desperately to convince Emma the curse is real because he believes she is the savior, the only one who can break the curse and save the town. Love, redemption, and hope are the foundation of this show, and if you're strong enough to stomach those themes over and over and over, OUAT is an unforgettable piece of art that will leave a mark on your heart.
  • Mar 23, 2021
    Seriously this show was one of the best things this decade
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Possibly the best example of how you can't make a great show by only having interesting characters being part of a pretty boring, underdeveloped story. Despite how horrific the casting was (the Evil Witch? Really?), the first season had its highs, but certainly had its lows. I understand why someone could like it, but, truth be told, it's a boring story and the first two episodes were enough for me to stop.
  • Nov 20, 2020
    A horribly cheesy show that is cloying enough to make you feel Disney is suffocating you with it's desperate and unoriginal script writing. It borrows from 100's of other, good, scripts because this show has nothing to say that other good writers haven't said before.
  • Oct 25, 2020
    In spite of the very bad CGI and cheap costumes, the stories are still good enough to entertain with this family oriented series
  • May 30, 2020
    amo esta serie. es la mejor. es icreible. te la super recomiendo
  • Apr 20, 2020
    Nonsense Poor scripted TV series ever . Waste of time and damm fiction . Sucks
  • Apr 16, 2020
    I just want to say that I think Once upon a time is amazing! The best series I've ever watched and will continue to watch... I love that all of the characters play an excellent role and build their own characteristics into their role. My favourite character is Lana Parrilla/ Regina Mills/ The evil queen, she has been my favourite since I have ever started to watch it and will continue to be my favourite. I love all the characters/ people and it would be a dream come true to meet all of them (especially Lana Parrilla). All of them have a place in my heart that can never be taken out! So I just want to say congratulations to everyone on the series you have done a fantastic job, keep up the good work! Well done! Loads of love from Elle xx ( biggest ever fan🥰) 16/04/2020
  • Jan 04, 2020
    Very poor writing, everything in the present time is completely off. No local police just a sheriff which is a county enforcement. Mayor has no control over county sheriff. Fairytale or not completely dumb writing. So many things wrong with this millennial tailored world of fairy tales!

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