Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time TV showNetwork: ABC
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: October 23, 2011 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Meghan Ory, Jamie Dornan, Beverley Elliott, Lee Arenberg, David Paul Grove, and Gabe Khouth.

TV show description:      
The premise of this TV series is that many of the storybook tales that we were told as children are actually true, and fantastic characters like Pinocchio’s friend Jiminy Cricket (Raphael Sbarge) actually existed.

In Fairy Tale Land, Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) is truly the fairest of them all. After being awakened from the Queen’s sleeping death by her Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), Snow is on her way to happily ever after. Unfortunately, the Queen (Lana Parrilla) crashes the wedding and vows that she will yet enact her revenge on the couple and everyone in the land.

Once Snow becomes pregnant, her anxiety about the evil Queen’s threat prompts her to seek knowledge of the future from the only person who can see it — Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), a malevolent trickster and expert in black magic. Imprisoned in their dungeon, Rumplestiltskin makes a deal; information about the Queen’s plans in exchange for the name of Snow’s unborn daughter.

He tells Snow White & Prince Charming that the Queen created a powerful curse, one that will send everyone from Fairy Tale Land to a horrible place, one where they will be deprived of their happy endings. He also shares that, if they can keep their unborn daughter safe from the curse for 28 years, she will return to them and they will be able to undo the Queen’s curse. Snow honors her deal and gives Rumplestiltskin the child’s name, Emma.

After learning of the curse, Charming allies with other forces of good to find a way to stop it. A wardrobe is fashioned out of a tree that will be able to save one person. The plan is for pregnant Snow to be the one. Their plan is compromised however when Snow gives birth to Emma. Since the wardrobe can only protect one, Charming and Snow decide to place newborn Emma inside alone, hoping that she will someday return to free them. With the curse on the way, Charming barely has time to place his daughter in the wardrobe before he is fatally stabbed.

Flash forward to the present time where we find Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), a 28 year-old bail bondswoman from Boston. She’s strong-willed but still not quite at home in her own skin. Abandoned at birth, Emma grew up in the foster care system where she learned self-reliance and to not let anyone get too close.

When Emma was 18, she got pregnant and decided that the best thing to do for her infant son was to give him up for adoption. When Henry (Jared Gilmore), her now 10 year-old biological son, runs away from home and hunts her down, Emma agrees to drive him back home to Storybrooke, Maine.

During the ride, Henry tells her a seemingly outrageous story, that everyone in Storybrooke is a fairy tale character trapped in time by the Evil Queen with no memory of who they truly are. He believes that Emma is the long-lost daughter of Snow White & Prince Charming and that it’s her destiny to free the enchanted inhabitants.

Of course, Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she gets to Storybrooke, she can’t help sensing that the town and its residents aren’t quite as they seem. When Emma returns Henry to her adopted mother, Regina (Lana Parrilla) tells Emma to leave town and stay out of Henry’s life. Emma knows she doesn’t quite belong in Storybrooke, but decides to stay, and strange and mysterious things begin to happen.

Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a charitable, sensitive elementary school teacher who hides a deep personal loneliness. She recognizes her student Henry’s own unhappiness and gives him a fairy tale book with the intent that he find some hope. Henry devours the stories in the book and becomes obsessed with the notion that it describes real characters and events.

Mary volunteers at the Storybrooke General Hospital where she tends for a handsome young man, John Doe (Josh Dallas), who’s been comatose for as long as anyone can remember. Day after day, she cares for him and replaces the flowers at his bedside, oblivious to their romantic connection. Nobody knows if he’ll ever wake up but Henry has some ideas.

Archie Hopper (Raphael Sbarge) is the town’s resident psychiatrist, a bookish eccentric who’s never without his signature umbrella. Tender and sincere, he’s been treating young Henry and is cheerfully welcoming of Emma’s presence in his life. Though Archie is obviously a man of sound conscience, Regina seems to be pulling his strings somehow.

Storybrooke’s dashing lawman is Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan). He’s level-headed, competent, and a man of action. Perceptive and diplomatic, he has an easy rapport with everyone in town. Graham is independent and always does what he thinks is right, regardless of whatever grief he may get from his boss, the mayor. Despite all of these clues, Henry remains unsure of Graham’s Fairy Tale Land identity.

As the mayor of Storybrooke and Henry’s overbearing adoptive mother, Regina (Lana Parrilla) senses a very real threat that Emma presents to her relationship with Henry. She immediately takes action to run Emma out of town, somehow mobilizing the entire town population to hassle Emma during her stay. Regina projects a calm, cool, and collected appearance, but there’s a dark, tempestuous side to her that lies just beneath her Stepford-manicured surface.

The town’s most wealthy and influential citizen is Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle). From real estate to politics and even into the personal lives of his neighbors, Gold’s knowledge and involvement is virtually infinite. In fact, he’s got his hands in so many goings-on about town that it’s downright creepy. In addition to owning just about everything in town, Gold also operates the local pawnshop, where he spends most of his days curating the various items he’s collected over the years and making deals with the townsfolk.

The epic battle for the future of all worlds, modern and fairy-tale alike, is about to begin. For good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.

Canceled and renewed TV show

35 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    I love this show, please do not cancel I look forward to sunday nights just for this series, I wish you would bring back Golds son and have him hooked up with his son Henry and Emma and get rid of Hook in Emma’s life Love all the characters and the writing etc is superb so don’t take that away from us keep it on

  2. CHRIS says

    Henry needs to asked his mother why she can give great advice to other about keeping their child but why she gave him up. Until that issue is resolved I cannot accept him being the next writer. What happen to the mysteries, this is what got me to start watching? I been watching since season 1, what happen, I don’t think Regina should been faking she no longer considered an evil Queen and I’m still do not like Belle, when she asked for forgiveness from her husband, he didn’t think twice about it, but when her husband ask the same, she band him from Storybook. What ever happen to better or worse or until death do us part. Hook running to Emma Swan like a sick puppy, telling her what Gold is trying to do to her as if they were in elementary. The only thing I like at the moment is Male….. She finding out about her baby being alive. I have a question: How is it that Hook can deliver a happy ending and no else can? If that’s the case, why are they looking for the author, just get Hook to do it. How can Regina leave and no else can. In season 1 how did Henry and Emma get into the magical land called storybook? I think Jennifer Morrison character Emma is great, but I want to also see her play the other side temporary. Last how can Henry become the next writer, if he never talked about his mother giving him up. We have the reason why Snow and Prince Charming sent their infant away, but is Henry satisfied with his mother giving him up?

  3. says

    This program is the perfect example of how corporate greed can pervert a questionable story line and push it into UGH! I stopped after the 2nd season – it just became too ridiculous.

  4. Karen says

    I’ve been watching since the beginning—still enjoy it but its time to mix it up—give Henry the power! After all, he has the bloodlines plus growing up / Regina as his mother…..maybe HE is the real savior. Give more substance to more characters–Charming, Hook, Hood, all the others that played greater roles earlier. I really miss the lighter parts of earlier shows too—the sarcasm & word twists and figuring out what fairy tale character someone might be. The writing shouldn’t just be about the characters surviving. There are plenty of other series doing that. Get back to more diverse writing.

  5. Kevin J. Devaney says

    I love Once Upon A Time!!!! It’s one of several television shows that I watch in today’s entertainment, along with Elementary, Parenthood (which has now come to a grand finish), Bones, Person Of Interest, Perception, The Night Shift, The Big Bang Theory, and the brand-new three-and-a-half minute(s) Mickey Mouse cartoons that I always wish to watch.

    I’m a huge fan of classical fairy-tales and this show has its very own way of twisting some of those stories, which are both sometimes fun and sometimes a little too discomforting. I’m not a huge fan of certain twists on some of the classical fairy-tales that I remember as a little child, but I still enjoy it. What’s makes it really enjoyable is that it’s Walt-Disney-themed. I wish to see certain characters be introduced such as the mascot of The Walt Disney Company himself, Mickey Mouse (and I would love to see an actual Big Bad Wolf (even though I did like the twist for Little Red Riding Hood) and The Three Little Pigs be brought into the show). That would be truly awesome!

    I don’t think that Once Upon A Time should end just yet until the creators of the show (Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz) have decided to end it. They’ve just said that they got a series finale script all ready, but that the show isn’t going to end at the moment because there’s so much that they wish to do on the show. The show should come to a grand finish when all of the characters get their happy ending(s). This show is about a family coming together and that’s what I mostly love all about the show itself.

    So, in conclusion, Once Upon A Time may have some certain flaws at certain points, but I love the set-ups of The Enchanted Forest and all of the other places that we’ve seen on the show, the special/visual effects, the art direction, the music, and of course, the acting. Please, ABC, don’t end the show any time soon until it’s ready to get a big happy ending. Thank You Very Much.

  6. says

    My grandchildren and I love watching this show. We started watching the series on Netflix and were excited to find it was still showing new shows on TV Sunday evenings.

  7. says

    I love this show and its different from any other show i took interest in. and the cast is amazing . and so is story line is unique and i hope for a season 5 …

  8. chris says

    Give Charm some back bones. He seem so wick when it comes to his wife. Snow White seems to be wearing the pants in their marriage. He’s always the voice of reasoning. He had a twin brother who was evil. Charm can develop some of his twin brother evil charm. Make it funny. Everyone will be surprise especially his wife. He is boring doing everything Snow’s way. His daughter will be the only one to tell the different, but no one will take her serious

  9. BKD says

    Love this show… Regina, AKA the Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin (Mr. Gold) ROCK! Snowwhite and Prince Charming…. sorry but the REALLY need to lay off the sugar…

  10. Gloria says

    Love this show one of our favorites different from most shows love the cast and plots great time watching it!!!

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