Once Upon a Time: Season 5 (2015 - 2016)



Critic Consensus: Once Upon A Time successfully recaptures earlier season's magic by focusing on core characters and letting kooky gimmicks be.


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Air date: Sep 27, 2015
Air date: Oct 4, 2015
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Air date: Oct 18, 2015
Air date: Oct 25, 2015
Air date: Nov 1, 2015
Air date: Nov 8, 2015
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Air date: Nov 15, 2015
Air date: Nov 29, 2015
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Once Upon a Time returns for its fifth series where Emma's family are desperate to find her as she faces the powers of the Darkness. The characters travel to Camelot to find Merlin and when they are there King Arthur betrays them. They embark on an unexpected journey to the depths of the underworld of Hades where, with the help of Rumplestiltskin, they will find Hook. Can they save Emma and Hook and restore order?


Ginnifer Goodwin
as Snow White/Mary Margaret
Jennifer Morrison
as Emma Swan
Robert Carlyle
as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
Lana Parrilla
as Evil Queen/Regina
Jared S. Gilmore
as Henry Mills
Joshua Dallas
as Prince Charming/David
Emilie De Ravin
as Belle/Lacey
Colin O'Donoghue
as Killian Jones/Captain Hook
Sean MaGuire
as Robin Hood
Michael Socha
as Will Scarlet
Lee Arenberg
as Leroy/Grumpy
Liam Garrigan
as King Arthur
Victoria Smurfit
as Cruella De Vil
Joana Metrass
as Guinevere
Emma Caulfield
as The Blind Witch
Mig Macario
as Bashful
Meghan Ory
as Red/Ruby
Robbie Kay
as Peter Pan
Andrew Jenkins
as Sir Percival
Keegan Connor Tracy
as The Blue Fairy/Mother Superior
Ingrid Torrance
as Severe Nurse
Timothy Webber
as The Apprentice
Hank Harris
as The Groundsman
Paul Telfer
as Lord Macintosh
Arnold Pinnock
as The Orderly
Marco D'Angelo
as Lord MacGuffin
Sam Witwer
as The Warden
Josh Hallem
as Lord Dingwall
Bernard Curry
as Liam Jones
Jason Burkart
as Little John
Giancarlo Esposito
as Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror
Oliver Bell
as Young Killian
Costas Mandylor
as Captain Silver
Dean Petriw
as Young Baelfire
David Anders
as Dr. Whale
Bailee Madison
as Young Snow White
Adrian Hough
as Woodcutter
Ava Acres
as Young Regina
Glenn Keogh
as King Fergus
Aaron Douglas
as Fendrake the Healer
Teach Grant
as Dead Eye the Bandit
Gavin Cooke
as Drunken Lout
Gina Stockdale
as Auntie Em
Caroline Morahan
as Queen Elinor
Tzi Ma
as The Dragon
Webb Hayes
as Young Arthur
Janet Walmsley
as Woman Peasant
Shannon Hearn
as Frontiersman
Graham Verchere
as Young Apprentice
Ehren Kassam
as Young Kay
Ryan Robbins
as Sir Morgan
Max Haynes
as Young Man
Guy Fauchon
as Vortigan
Dalila Bela
as Young Guinevere
Matthew Olsen
as Brother #1
Andre Tricoteux
as Massive Brawler
Steven Roberts
as Blacktooth
Jordan Olsen
as Brother #2
Colton Barnert
as Brother #3
Jesse Blue
as Black Knight
Lee Majdoub
as Sir Kay
Brent Stait
as The Peddler
Julia Tortolano
as Blueberry Pie Gal
Kiefer Bahrich
as Sad-Eyed Boy
Chris Olson
as Toll Operator
McKenna Grace
as Young Emma
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time Season 5

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Once Upon A Time returned for its fifth season with a fantastic episode centered on Emma's journey to becoming the new Dark One better known as "The Dark Swan."

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Once Upon A Time threw some real life notions into the mix.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's comforting to know Once Upon a Time is there as an entertainment families can rally around, and one that will challenge them thematically as much as it panders by playing in the Disney sandbox. [Blu-ray]

Aug 10, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The cast is still superlative and the emotional dynamics between the core characters are still compelling. Everything else (like the plot and the wigs and the Charmings' track record as parents) is at least bad enough to be funny.

Sep 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Fool me once, shame on you, Storybrooke; fool me twice, what the hell, I'm still here, aren't I?

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Morrison delivered some of her best work on the show to date, and it's terrific to see the plot focus on a member of the regular cast.

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Once Upon a Time's season 5 premiere starts the season out right, delivering on an Emma gone bad but still showing her struggle to keep ahead of the darkness.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

With a smart decision to focus on the lead characters and not the overall "gimmick" plot of the season, Once Upon A Time feels renewed with a dark energy in its shockingly sprightly fifth year.

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The fifth season is off to a good start, I just hope they can keep the focus on Emma and not go off onto a bunch of random tangents.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

The quest to find Emma took several twist and turns.

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: 4.4/5 | Full Review…

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