On Sunday night, ABC premiered their new TV series, Once Upon a Time. Revolving around Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, and other fairy tale characters, the first episode got off to a solid start in the ratings. However, this isn’t the first time that ABC has tried transplanting storybook folks into the present day.
Nearly 25 years ago, in March of 1987, the network unveiled a sitcom called The Charmings. The premise was explained during the opening credits of each show…
Once upon a time there was a vain queen who was so jealous of her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow White, that she poisoned her with an apple. But, a handsome prince came along and broke the spell. Snow White and Prince Charming threw the wicked stepmother down a bottomless pit and lived happily ever after. But, it turns out the pit wasn’t bottomless — just very deep. And now, the queen was very mad. With a spell so powerful even she couldn’t control it, she put the Charmings to sleep for a thousand years. She also got herself, and one dwarf. Eventually they woke up.
So, Snow White (Caitlin O’Heaney), Prince Charming (a pre-Reba Christopher Rich), their young sons Thomas (Brandon Call, pre-Step by Step) and Cory (Garette Ratliff Henson), Evil Queen Lillian (Judy Parfitt), Luther the dwarf (Cork Hubbert), and the Magic Mirror (Paul Winfield) awaken in the present, end up living in a suburb of Los Angeles, and try to make sense of their new surroundings. Their new friends are Don (Paul Eiding) and Sally Miller (Dori Brenner), two typical sitcom next door neighbors.