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A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.
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Series cast summary:
 Henry Mills / ... (122 episodes, 2011-2016)
 Regina Mills / ... (121 episodes, 2011-2016)
 David Nolan / ... (122 episodes, 2011-2016)
 Mr. Gold / ... (121 episodes, 2011-2016)
 Mary Margaret Blanchard / ... (121 episodes, 2011-2016)
 Emma Swan / ... (120 episodes, 2011-2016)
 Belle French / ... (102 episodes, 2012-2016)
 Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones / ... (95 episodes, 2012-2016)
 Widow Lucas / ... (54 episodes, 2011-2016)
 Leroy / ... (55 episodes, 2011-2016)
 Robin Hood (50 episodes, 2013-2016)


For Emma Swan, life has been anything but a happy ending. But when she's reunited with Henry - the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago - on the night of her 28th birthday, everything changes. The now 10-year-old Henry is in desperate need of Emma's help because he believes from reading a book of fairytales that she's the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming - who sent her away from the Enchanted Forest to be protected from a curse that was enacted by the Evil Queen. Emma initially refuses to believe a word of Henry's story but soon finds that his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine is more than it seems. Because it's in Storybrooke that all of the classic characters we know are frozen in time with no memories of their former selves - except for the Evil Queen, who is Storybrooke's mayor and Henry's adoptive mother Regina Mills. Now, as the epic "Final Battle" for the future of both worlds approaches, Emma will have to accept her destiny and uncover the mystery behind a place ...

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Did You Know?


Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Patrick Fischler (The Author), Raphael Sbarge (Jiminy Cricket) and Wes Brown (Gaston) have all appeared on Criminal Minds (2005). See more »


The flashbacks shown in season three, particularly of Prince Charming show him with his current hairstyle not the hairstyle he had in season one/the Enchanted Forest, thus, making him look older/different than he should do at that point in history. See more »


Emma Swan: Everyone Deserves Their Happy Ending
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Referenced in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Forget Me Not (2013) See more »

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puts viewer in a magic land ... where nothing ever happens...
7 October 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Don't mean to be harsh here but you need to draw a line in the sand, even if the sand is actually fairy dust and you draw it with a magic wand. Once upon a time (a-ahem) when the world was green and TV was new, there was a hit series called THE FUGITIVE about a man wrongly accused of murder. The show was well-acted, well-produced, well-written. It was a hit. On the final episode after a wonderful run, the real killer was finally caught and the hero was vindicated. But that was not the real ending. The "real" ending was that, with the villain caught, viewers lost interest in watching the series in re-runs, and much income was lost, at least to the producers. And a valuable lesson was learnt -- never resolve any story, if you can avoid it. OK, flash forward a half century. In today's world viewers have somehow become a lot more comfy with paradox and ambiguity and, seemingly, can now watch for hours on end -- literally -- without ever knowing or caring how the story ends. Which is the premise of this show, reduced to the bare bones. Instead of making the fairy tale about the ending, make it about the story. Use quality actors, scripts, production values, knock yourself out. But -- here is the key - like another fairy product from Hollywood, prophetically called THE NEVER-ENDING STORY, just make sure each episode ends with more problems than solutions. If you dig deep through the 100s of IMDb viewer reviews here, you will find others who have noticed the exact same thing. Just when you think an episode is about to resolve, it instead spirals out of control. Clearly, this is not enough to dissuade viewers -- OMG, they have spun off a sister show! -- but for historians of the future, it does raise issues about the attention span of the modern TV watcher. For breaking just about every basic tenet of core narrative fiction, albeit profitably, this show is just plain wrong. I don't expect much agreement, but I need to point out the obvious. And here is a footnote -- you have to wonder aloud if the two Jennifers each initially read for each other's parts. Narrative aside, the show would have been more interesting had the roles been switched.

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