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


Season 1
Once Upon a Time

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 35


Audience Score

User Ratings: 736
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Air date: Oct 23, 2011
Air date: Oct 30, 2011
Air date: Nov 6, 2011
Air date: Nov 13, 2011
Air date: Nov 27, 2011
Air date: Dec 4, 2011
Air date: Dec 11, 2011
Air date: Jan 8, 2012
Air date: Jan 15, 2012
Air date: Jan 22, 2012
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In the first series of this fantasy drama, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is reunited with 10-year-old Henry (Jared Gilmore), the son she gave up for adoption at birth. He pleads with her to come to his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine, so that she can save his town from a curse. Emma is skeptical about Henry's stories of fairy-tale characters and curses, but she goes with him and becomes the town's sheriff. The town is indeed populated by fairy-tale characters such as Snow White (GinniferGoodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), only they have no idea of their true identities. The only two who do know are the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), who's also the town's powerful mayor and Henry's adoptive mother, and the villainous Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle).


Ginnifer Goodwin
as Snow White/Mary Margaret
Jennifer Morrison
as Emma Swan
Robert Carlyle
as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
Lana Parrilla
as Evil Queen/Regina
Joshua Dallas
as Prince Charming/David
Josh Dallas
as Prince Charming/David
Jared S. Gilmore
as Henry Mills
Raphael Sbarge
as Jiminy Cricket/Archie
Jamie Dornan
as Sheriff Graham
Eion Bailey
as Stranger
Meghan Ory
as Ruby/Red Riding Hood
Lee Arenberg
as Leroy/Grumpy
Giancarlo Esposito
as Sidney/Mirror
Anastasia Griffith
as Abigail/Regal Blonde
David Anders
as Dr. Whale
Alan Dale
as King George
David Paul Grove
as Storybrooke Doc
Faustino Di Bauda
as Walter/Sleepy
Jessy Schram
as Ashley/Cinderella
Tony Amendola
as Marco/Geppetto
Richard Schiff
as King Leopold
Gabe Kouth
as Sneezy
Tim Phillips
as Sean/Prince Thomas
Patti Allan
as Ms. Ginger/Blind Witch
David Bloom
as Mr. "K" Kryzszkowski
Dylan Schmid
as Baelfire
Connor Dwelly
as Morraine
Greyston Holt
as Gym teacher/Frederick
Roger Daltrey
as Caterpillar
C. Ernst Harth
as Burly Man/Scarred Ogre
Ingrid Torrance
as Severe nurse
Alex Zahara
as Midas/Nobleman
Howard Siegel
as Tavern Owner
Quinn Lord
as Josef/Hansel
Scott Heindl
as Bartholomew
Jennifer Koenig
as Queen of Hearts
Jakob Davies
as Pinocchio
Adam Young
as Pickpocket/Young Jiminy
Ian Butcher
as Burly Knight
Nicholas Lea
as Michael Tillman/Woodcutter
Amy Acker
as Astrid/Nova
Rick Dobran
as Raskind
Morgan Roff
as Teenage Jiminy
Kam Kozak
as Black Guard
Emma Caulfield
as Blind Witch
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Dr. Thatcher
Mark Gibbon
as Head Troll
Paul McGillion
as Knave of Hearts
Gabrielle Rose
as Ruth/Peasant Woman
Bill Dow
as Mayor Tomkins
Laura Wilson
as Mrs. Grace
Amos Stern
as Lead Knight
Eric Keenleyside
as Moe French/Sir Maurice
Natalie Gibson
as Female Doctor
Matthew MacCaull
as Knight No 1
Scott E. Miller
as Mr. Grace
Carolyn Hennesy
as Myrna/Puppet Princess/Puppet Dragon
Jonathan Holmes
as Majordomo
Ted Whittall
as Mitchell/The King
Osmond L. Bramble
as Queen's Guard
Chris Shields
as Military advisor
Harry Groener
as Martin/Puppet Princess
Mark Gash
as Father
Noah Bean
as Daniel/Stable Boy
Lucas Wolf
as Armed Escort
Jim Shield
as Royal Guard
Bailee Madison
as Young Snow White
John DeSantis
as The Dove
Alissa Skovbye
as Paige/Grace
Edward Foy
as Black Knight
Brad Dourif
as Old Beggar
Charles Zuckermann
as Black Knight No. 1
Michael Roberds
as Donkey driver
Michael Rinaldi
as Helper Dwarf
Paul Chevreau
as Skinny Man
Elizabeth McCarthy
as Rotund Wife
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (20)

To draw out the story by looping it through subplots and minidramas runs the risk of turning it into a fairy-tale soap opera.

Oct 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I will go, but gingerly.

Oct 31, 2011 | Full Review…
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From a pair of Lost producers, this is a love-or-hate proposition, and I mostly hated.

Oct 31, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Fans of the fantastical can do far worse than Once Upon A Time, which manages to both stir the pulse and please the senses with its beautifully imagined medieval times.

Oct 31, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Not for all tastes but a few will love this oddball.

Oct 31, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Once Upon a Time bring some new life to the drama series, even if spinning several seasons of television out of this concept seems like it will be quite a challenge.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Older viewers are likely to find themselves drawn into the drama of the small town where everyone winds up after the wicked queen banishes them to a place where "there are no happy endings." Namely, Maine.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The cast would do well to have more fun (whistle while you work, people!), but the layered storytelling has its charms.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Once's drama is whimsical, fanciful and over-the-top in some ways.

Oct 31, 2011 | Full Review…

There's definitely an odd rift between tone and subject matter; at times the show tries to be deadly serious when perhaps it could use more charm.

Oct 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

It's not easy to strike the right note between the real and the storybook; Once Upon a Time finds it though.

Oct 31, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Once has become a rare must-see for families, bringing adults and kids together in front of the flat-screen in a way that hasn't been done by a scripted show in years.

Oct 31, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time: Season 1

  • Sep 12, 2019
    Honestly one of the stupidest shows ive ever seen. Basically a mid tier soap opera with an unashamedly cringworthy fairy tale theme. If you are looking for substance turn sharply away. If you want a meaningless surface level drama with a "modern meets fairytale" setting then look no further. Basic love stories mixed with a fair amount of tragedy wrapped up with every tired trope in the book make this show a groan enducing romp through D tier drama-ville. If you are looking for something light, silly, and soapy with a fantasy theme then youll probably like this show but i personally think its really stupid.
  • Jul 27, 2019
    I think this is a very serviceable way to start a very underrated show, in my opinion.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    what a great start to one of my favourite shows a mix of fantasy and reality these might be fairy tales but the show wastes no time on ripping convention apart destroying stereotypes,creating flawed heroes and relatable villains
  • Feb 24, 2019
    Wonderful TV Series of the Decade!
  • Jul 31, 2018
    This show has a good beginning with a gripping mystery of whether it is all real or in henry's imagination and that smoke effect is pretty cool, too
  • Jul 18, 2018
    I'm a huge fan!!!!!!!!
  • Apr 04, 2018
    abc's new drama was sth i haven't seen before, pretty impresive!
  • Dec 10, 2017
    BEST SEASON! Slow in certain episodes but the dialogue between Regina and Emma make the show come to life.
  • Oct 22, 2017
    I Love this show. This is one of my favorite shows ever. The visuals, acting, and writing are spectacular.
  • Apr 09, 2017
    I love this show. Watch it religiously every Sunday

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