Once Upon a Time (2011– )

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

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 Mary Margaret Blanchard / ... (69 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Emma Swan (69 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Regina Mills / ... (69 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 David Nolan / ... (69 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Henry Mills / ... (69 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Mr. Gold / ... (69 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Belle / ... (51 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 Captain Hook / ... (43 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 Ruby / ... (43 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Archie Hopper / ... (37 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Leroy / ... (35 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Granny (34 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Neal Cassidy / ... (33 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 Doc (28 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Sleepy / ... (28 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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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. Making him look older/different than he should do at that point in history. See more »

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Prince Charming: I will find you. I will always find you.
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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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