Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Emma Swan is taken to a strange town by her son Henry, who she gave up for adoption years ago, and tells her of a curse cast by the Evil Queen.


Mark Mylod


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Evil Queen / Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... Prince Charming / David Nolan
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper / Jiminy Cricket (voice)
Jamie Dornan ... Sheriff Graham Humbert
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Tony Amendola ... Geppetto / Marco
Lee Arenberg ... Grumpy / Leroy
Peter Bryant ... Jailer
Warren Christie ... Ryan
Beverley Elliott ... Granny / Granny Lucas
Meghan Ory ... Red Riding Hood / Ruby Lucas
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Blue Fairy


Emma Swan's world is turned upside down when the son she gave up 10 years ago knocks on her door. Holding a book of fairy tales he claims are real, he tells her that she is not only in the book but that she is the only hope of freeing a town called Storybrooke from an evil curse. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

23 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jennifer Morrison and Warren Christie both played characters called "Cameron" on House M.D. (2004) and Alphas (2011) respectively. See more »


Emma tells Henry she can always tell when someone is lying. Towards the end, she asks Regina if she loves Henry. Regina says yes, and Emma decides to stay in Storybrook because Regina is lying. However, it's established that Regina loves Henry more than anything and has since she adopted him, meaning she didn't lie to Emma. See more »


[first lines]
Doc: You're too late.
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Crazy Credits

The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »


References Lost (2004) See more »


Howlin' For You
Performed by The Black Keys
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Interesting Concept and Story
10 May 2014 | by altijdgamezSee all my reviews

The episode is pretty flawed, the fairy tale part is a little cheesy and corny, the acting is good, but they can overact at times, the cut aways are really random and can confuse you, the characters aren't really developed that good, but I'll let that one pass because it's the first episode.

I must say the story is pretty clever and interesting, the acting is good as well and I am pretty hyped to see the other episodes.

I hope that the next episodes will mix the fairy tale part and Storybrooke part better, I'm hyped to see more fairy tale characters, I hope the series will get more serious instead of cheesy and corny and I hope the overacting won't be getting worse.

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