Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

51
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2011 on ABC
8.5
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Bail bondsman Emma Swan is confronted by Henry, the child that was given up for closed adoption 10 years ago. He asks her to come to his home of Storybrooke with him and explains that the people there are fairy tale characters who don't remember who they are. The boy insists that his adoptive mother, Mayor Regina, doesn't love him, and that Emma has a destiny to fight in a final balance and help good win once and for all.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Pilot is pretty

    10
    Is beautiful
  • Sweet Memories

    10
    The episode that stared everything....... The characters have grow up so much since then, I LOVE ONCE UPON A TIME!!!!!!!!!
  • Fairytales like you never knew them.

    10
    I watch this show twice every Sunday. Once when it comes on at 8pm, again when my husband comes home from work. That's right my casino working husband is even in love with this show. I make sure I am home every Sunday night to watch it (even though its recording on tivo). All of the characters and actors are amazing. There are a few that could do a better job acting (prince charming for one), but its not a movie, its a tv show. So I cut him slack. I will always be a loyal watcher.moreless
  • It has potential, but will it reach it?

    4.5
    Some better writing, better casting and better acting would certainly be the way to make this show work. The script was woeful. Like a previous reviewer said, I wanted to like it but I couldn't. Having a relatively unknown cast of actors didn't help matters for me either, but I think the crunch came when the Prince called his new bride 'Snow'. Yes, I KNOW she was Snow White, but that was as hokey as it could possibly be. People have been comparing it to 'Supernatural'. I don't personally think so but I shall see how it goes during episode 2.moreless
  • A charming start...

    7.0
    With season 2 only a stone's throw away, I figured it was the right time to see what all of the fuss is about! Once Upon Time manages a fine balancing act; dabbling in whimsy and wonder, all the while grounding its red slippers in a refreshing sense of reality. The pilot may not be perfect (some FX shots are too ambitious and the pace is a little off in places) but there's an immediate hook here: this is a series that caters to our inner child, as well as the allure of the melodrama you're bound to find in a large ensemble series such as this one. In fact, the format is almost remincent of Lost, only instead of flashbacks to the past, it's to another (far far away) lifetime. I can't wait for the other characters to branch out here; Emma makes a compelling lead, but I'm looking to delve more into the fantasy. It's refreshing to see a show tackle fairytales with such gusto and playfulness. Fairytales be gas.moreless
Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Emma Swan

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla

Evil Queen/Regina Mills

Josh Dallas

Josh Dallas

Prince Charming/John Doe

Jared Gilmore

Jared Gilmore

Henry Mills

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Jiminy Cricket/Dr. Archie Hopper

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan

Sheriff Graham

Peter Bryant

Peter Bryant

Jailer

Guest Star

Warren Christie

Warren Christie

Ryan

Guest Star

James Bamford

James Bamford

The Black Knight

Guest Star

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

Geppetto/Marco

Recurring Role

Lee Arenberg

Lee Arenberg

Grumpy/Leroy

Recurring Role

Beverley Elliott

Beverley Elliott

Granny

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Snow White: (after being woken by Charming) You. You found me.
      Prince Charming: Did you ever doubt I would?
      Snow White: Truthfully? The glass coffin gave me pause.

    • Emma: (on a date) Wait, let me guess: You are handsome, charming...
      Ryan: Go on...
      Emma: The kind of guy who-and stop me if I get this wrong-embezzled from your employer, got arrested and skipped town before they could throw your ass in jail.

    • Ryan: Who are you?
      Emma: The chick that put up the rest of the money.
      Ryan: You're a bail bondsman.
      Emma: Bail bonds-person.

    • Prince Charming: You're wasting your time, you've already lost. And I will not let you ruin this wedding.
      The Evil Queen: Oh, I haven't come here to ruin anything. On the contrary, dear, I've come to give you a gift.
      Snow White: We want nothing from you.
      The Evil Queen: But you shall have it. My gift to you is this happy, happy day. For tomorrow my real work begins. You've made your vows. Now I make mine. Soon, everything you love, everything all of you love, will be taken from you, forever. And out of your suffering will rise my victory. I shall destroy your happiness if it is the last thing I do.

    • Henry: Wait. Please don't call the cops. Please come home with me.
      Emma: Where's home?
      Henry: Storybrooke, Maine.
      Emma: Storybrooke? Seriously?

    • Snow White: I haven't had a restful night since our wedding.
      Prince Charming: That's what she wants, to get in your head. But they're only words. She can't hurt us.
      Snow White: She poisoned an apple because she thought I was prettier than her. You have no idea of what she's capable.

    • Emma: Just because you believe something doesn't make it true.
      Henry: That's exactly what makes it true. You should know more than anyone.
      Emma: Why is that?
      Henry: Because you're in this book.
      Emma: Oh, kid, you've got problems.
      Henry: Yep, and you're gonna fix 'em.

    • Snow White: What do you know?
      Rumplestiltskin: The Queen has created a powerful curse, and it's coming. Soon you'll all be in a prison, just like me, only worse, for your prison, all of our prisons, will be time, for time will stop, and we will be trapped someplace horrible, where everything we hold dear, everything we love will be ripped from us, while we suffer for all eternity, while the Queen celebrates, victorious at last! No more happy endings.

    • Snow White: He said it would be on her twenty-eighth birthday.
      Prince Charming: What's twenty-eight years when you have eternal love?

    • Emma: All right, I'll play. Who's he supposed to be?
      Henry: Jiminy Cricket.
      Emma: Right, the lying thing. Thought your nose grew a little bit.
      Henry: I'm not Pinocchio.
      Emma: Course you're not. Because that would be ridiculous.

    • Grumpy: A tree? Our fate rests on a tree? Let's get back to the fighting thing.

    • Mary Margaret: As we build our birdhouses, remember, what you're making is a home, not a cage. The bird is free and will do what it will. This is for them, not us. They're loyal creatures. If you love them and they love you, they will always find you.

    • Emma: How's a book supposed to help?
      Mary Margaret: What do you think stories are for? These stories--the classics. There's a reason we all know them. There a way for us to deal with our world. A world that doesn't always make sense.

    • Granny: You're out all night and now you're going out again.
      Ruby: I should have moved to Boston!
      Granny: I'm sorry that my heart attack interfered with your plans to sleep your way down the eastern seaboard.

    • The Evil Queen: Oh, don't worry, dear. In a few moments you won't remember you knew him. Let alone loved him.
      Snow White: Why did you do this?
      The Evil Queen: Because this is my happy ending.

    • Snow White: Where are we going?
      The Evil Queen: Somewhere horrible. Absolutely horrible. A place where the only happy ending will be mine.

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