Once Upon a Time: Season 3 (2013 - 2014)

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Air date: Sep 29, 2013

mma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Mr. Gold and Hook arrive in Neverland to save Henry, but first they must get past a school of vicious mermaids.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Peter Pan presents Emma with a map of Henry's location, but there's a catch: Emma must come to terms with her true identity. Meanwhile, Mr. Gold gets some surprising advice; and back in fairy-tale land, the Evil Queen has a tempting offer for Snow White.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Hook wants to search for Tinker Bell, believing she will lead the way to Peter Pan's hideout. Meanwhile, Neal hopes to use a treasured item of Robin Hood's in order to reach Emma; and back in fairy-tale land, Tinker Bell has a tempting offer for Regina.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2013

A faithful Lost Boy captures Neal. Meanwhile, Mr. Gold confronts Peter Pan; David fights for his life as the poison grows stronger; and back in fairy-tale land, Rumplestiltskin looks for Bae, who's fallen prey to a music-playing figure who snatches kids.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2013

Hook brings an ailing David on an excursion to find a map of a way off of Neverland. Meanwhile, back in fairy-tale land, Killian and his brother are commissioned by the king to go to an unfamiliar land and locate a plant with healing properties.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Back in fairy-tale land, Ariel saves Snow White from drowning, so Snow White repays this act of kindness by helping Ariel bond with Prince Eric. Meanwhile, Regina and Mr. Gold unite and go after Peter Pan; and Henry's search party focus on saving Neal.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2013

Ariel heads to Storybrooke, where she seeks out Belle to help her find a mysterious artifact. Meanwhile, Emma, Neal and Hook set out to capture Peter Pan's shadow; and Mary Margaret is displeased with David for keeping his poisoning a secret from her.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2013

Peter Pan and Henry head to a curious cave. Meanwhile, Henry's search party reach Peter Pan's camp; and back in fairy-tale land, an enchanted item allows a young Rumplestiltskin to start anew with his neglectful dad.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2013

Peter Pan tries to assume full magical powers, but Henry's family seek to halt this transformation as Henry faces death. Meanwhile, a flashback to an earlier time in Storybrooke finds a lonely Regina deciding to adopt a baby.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2013

Henry and his search party are welcomed back into town after leaving Neverland, but everyone's in the dark about Peter Pan's latest ruse. Meanwhile, back in fairy-tale land, Snow White deviates from her honeymoon plans to search for a legendary creature.

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The third series of this fantasy drama is made up of two big adventures, the first being a trek through the dark and dangerous forests of Neverland to rescue Henry (Jared Gilmore) from the clutches of a nefarious Peter Pan (Robbie Kay). Along the way, one character reunites with a long-lost family member, and David (Josh Dallas) fights for his life after being exposed to a poisonous plant. After a brief stop in modern-day New York City, the second big adventure takes place in Storybrooke, which is visited by Zelena (Rebecca Mader), the Wicked Witch of the West. She initially pretends to be a kindly midwife who's new in town, but she really wants to cast a curse to take down Regina (Lana Parrilla). Characters making their first appearances this series include Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Tinker Bell (Rose McIver) and Rapunzel (Alexandra Metz).

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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time Season 3

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

This finale shows the best of OUAT...

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…
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It was a simple twist that I didn't see coming and thoroughly enjoyed.

Mar 17, 2014 | Full Review…

We watch OUAT more for the villains than the heroes. What we can we say, they're just cooler and more interesting.

Nov 11, 2013 | Full Review…

I thought this was a pretty strong episode, at least on the Neal/Rumple/Pan side. Good teases for backstories to come, some nice callbacks. Tinker Bell is a gas, but the cave stuff was a bit kooky.

Oct 20, 2013 | Full Review…

It doesn't feel fun anymore. Each week feels like it revolves around the latest Disney canon character that will be revealed, rather than an advancement of the story or development of the character. This season is lacking direction.

Oct 14, 2013 | Full Review…

"It's so much easier to get people to hate something than to believe." Peter Pan's words couldn't have been more true and that's why "The Heart of the Truest Believer" is so valuable.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

But this season, the show kicks off with one [fairy tale] I think (and hope) will not only be great, naughty fun but will also help to aggregate storylines that started to feel scattered and rambling last season.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time: Season 3

  • Jul 07, 2019
    with the addiction of the wicked witch Zelana peter pan and others a another sensational season with a stellar cast not a moment here feels weak rumple easily being my favourite character Robert Carlyle does an amazing job and jared gilmore is great as Henry all the cast are amazing and this season is tragic
  • Apr 09, 2019
    I'm giving it 5 stars just for the CaptainSwan movie.
  • Feb 24, 2019
    Some pretty, epic and entertaining plots, I want to see more of for life.
  • Feb 07, 2019
    In this faithful Oncer’s opinion, this is by far the most epic season of OUAT. The first season that to utlilize the split arc format, Season Three does a fantastic job of making both halves feel like their own mode of storytelling, while keeping the theme of “home” consistent. The front half feels like a straight adventure series, while the back half reminds us of the magic that wasn’t Season One whole featuring it’s own, at times darker, twist. This season fairs best when it puts series regular Lana Parrilla’s Regina in the forefront, and benefited from guest stars Robbie Kay and Rebecca Mader. Leading to the series’ first ever two hour, “movie style” finale, Season Three is an example of what makes ONCE UPON A TIME an epic tale, able to cast its Sunday night spell on many for years and years.
  • Jul 31, 2018
    this season is good but you have to laugh at the wicked witch sometimes and that smoke effect is getting a tiny bit old.
  • Jul 18, 2018
    I'M A HUGE FAN!!!!!!!!
  • Dec 10, 2017
    Ties alot of stories together, along with Emma come in and out of being close to her parents makes sense, Hook becomes good and falls for Emma too quick. One kiss makes him love her already?? He was a villian, he should have had to fight his inner darkness especially in Neverland. I would have loved to see Peter Pan darker in the show.
  • Oct 22, 2017
    This is my favorite season so far. I love the wicked witch. The cast and visuals are still spectacular.
  • Sep 07, 2016
    might be my favorite season
  • Aug 08, 2016
    The best season of OUAT of all time, without a doubt. Well acted and well scripted. The storylines fit together as well as a character we love to hate (Zelena) and her motives. Emma continues to try to save Henry after Peter Pan kidnaps him. Peter Pan was a tremendous villain and had a huge storyline that fit with the plot which was amazing to see. Overall, the best season and an over-the-top plot.

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