Once Upon a Time (2011– )

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A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

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Series cast summary:
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 Mary Margaret Blanchard / ... (86 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Emma Swan (86 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Regina Mills / ... (86 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 David Nolan / ... (86 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Henry Mills / ... (86 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Mr. Gold / ... (86 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Belle / ... (67 episodes, 2012-2015)
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 Captain Hook (60 episodes, 2012-2015)
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 Ruby Lucas / ... (43 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Leroy / ... (39 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Archie Hopper / ... (37 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Granny (36 episodes, 2011-2014)
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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 ... Written by Anonymous

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Names for many characters in Storybrooke are often coordinated with their fairytale counterpart. For example:
  • Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White): Blanchard derives from the French word "blanc" or "blanche" for white. The name "Mary Margaret" is from a real-life woman believed to be the inspiration of the Snow White character named "Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina Freifräulein Von Erthal" (born on June 15, 1729 in Germany).


  • Regina Mills (Evil Queen): Regina is a Late Latin and Modern Italian feminine noun and name meaning "queen". Regina's grandfather was a Miller so that is a connection to her last name.


  • David Nolan (Prince Charming): The masculine name David means "darling" or "beloved." Nolan is a Gaelic name meaning "noble," "fighter," or "champion."


  • Mr. Gold (Rumpelstiltskin): Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold in his story.


  • Ruby (Red Riding Hood): A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone.


  • Ashley Boyd (Cinderella): Cinders precede ashes in the burning process. Boyd derives from the Gaelic word "buidhe" meaning yellow-haired.


  • Sidney Glass (Mirror): Because another word for mirror is glass or looking glass. Also, his newspaper is called "The Mirror." Sidney's character as the Queen's minion trapped in a mirror parallels a genie trapped in a bottle/lamp as a master's servant. The name Sidney refers to Sidney Sheldon, the creator of I Dream of Jeannie (1965).


  • Archie Hopper (Jiminy Cricket): Crickets often hop to get around. Also, crickets are sometimes called hoppers.


  • Jefferson (The Mad Hatter): The group Jefferson Airplane has a song called "White Rabbit" which uses lyrics derived from the "Alice in Wonderland" tales.


  • Paige (Grace): In the real world, the Hatter's daughter is named Paige but in the fairytale land, her name is Grace. Grace Slick was a member of Jefferson Airplane and writer of their song "White Rabbit."


  • Dr. Whale (Dr. Frankenstein): In his black and white fairytale world, he is Dr. Victor Frankenstein. James Whale was the director of the original Universal Frankenstein (1931) and its sequel The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).


  • Cora (The Queen of Hearts): Derived from the Latin word "cor" meaning heart.


  • Zelena (The Wicked Witch): Zelena means "green" in various Slavic languages.


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Goofs

Several times during the series, Mr. Gold is seen wearing a wedding ring. This is because Robert Carlyle has forgotten to remove his own ring; he has even tweeted about it. See more »

Quotes

Prince Charming: I will find you. I will always find you.
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i'm in love
21 October 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Such an AWESOME pilot!

I really hope the story lines stay as interesting every week. While I do agree with some of the reviewers here about the fairy tale parts being a bit unbelievable, everything else was perfect. Even the fairy tale parts were acted well. Great cast with believable chemistry.

I've been waiting for a show like this. As kids, we all grow up with these stories, it feels great to see it come to life mingled with reality.

Definitely on my list every week from now. CANT wait for the rest of the season! WOOP!

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