Once Upon a Time

Friday 8:00 PM on ABC Premiered Oct 23, 2011 In Season





Once Upon a Time Fan Reviews (267)

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  • Robert Carlyle is Superb!

    Can I just say Robert Carlyle is one of the finest actors I have ever seen!

    He is brilliant!

    The way he portrays Rumplestiltskin is absolutely amazing. He truly is a superb actor. Robert Carlyle surely deserves an Emmy for his role as Mr Gold and Rumplestiltskin. He is probably one of the best actors on TV right now.

    My top 6 actor on TV at the moment are

    1. John Noble as Walter Bishop and any other Walter Bishops he plays

    2. Robert Carlyle as Mr Gold/Rumplestiltskin

    3. Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House

    4. Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham and any other Olivia Dunham

    5. Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson

    6. Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop

  • I had disappeared into the land of fairy dust and illusion until "The Kiss". Now I'm the illusion because I am gone!

    ABC and the Once Upon A Time Producers and powers to be. YOU MESSED UP! There are far more of us middle Americans out there than the left wing agenda driven that you cater to and we are fast approaching a time where it is our time! To say we are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore is going a bit far as we, unlike the self proclaimed tolerant liberals, are actually more tolerant of your antics but we have our limits and these limits are being severely tested!

    The Liberal definition of tolerance is when their liberal agenda is agreed to. That being the definition we middle of the road Americans are fixing to become VERY LIBERAL about our agenda! We are fixing to turn you off and walk away. Let's see if the few who follow the agenda that you spew can support the shows that you produce.

    Think about it!

    Excerpt from my blog posted this morning...

    "Is it too much to ask not to have a lifestyle that is somewhat revolting shoved down our throat in a television show and movies? Especially during family viewing time? As I said I am not judgmental about someone's personal habits and preferences but I am very judgmental about others forcing them on me or my family.

    Just think of the time that may be coming when you are settling down to read your child a story about Little Red Riding Hood and your child asks ... when does she meet Dorothy? Or worse the wolf! Is bestiality next?

    People may consider that a stretch but not too many years ago if someone told you that there would be a TV show on prime family viewing time that would show Dorothy and Little Red Riding Hood making out would we have also claimed it as preposterous to think of such a thing?

    Where do we draw the line on the immorality being forced upon traditional America and into our homes as family entertainment? Where is the line that is finally not crossed and is there one? Fearing that the depravity being forced upon us has no bounds we need to stand up and set them! Until we say enough is enough, ENOUGH WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!

    I care about our country and I truly fear the direction we are taking and even more I fear the laxity and seeming devotion of many or even most to do nothing about it.

    I am not one of those, are you?"

    Turn Once Upon A Time off. Turn all shows that do not represent our values off. Vote with your remote! Then let them know you did it!

    What saddens me is that many will agree but few will do anything about it. What I call the devotion to doing nothing.

    The devotion to doing nothing accomplishes that very goal! Complain and do something about it or ... Don't complain!

    Thank you!
  • What were you thinking?

    Apparently the writers of this show have sacrificed its ratings to push their ideology. I get that this is a fantasy show, but the writers are obviously living in their own fantasy world where it makes sense to take what is as close to a family show as you get these days, and pervert it with such a blatant attempt at normalizing same sex relationships.... In no way, shape, or form is it normal, and it never will be, no matter how many marches there are. PLEASE! Normal doesn't require convincing - it just is. I accept that people are this way, however it is disgusting for people who aren't, to have to watch it. My children still think is gross to see a man and woman kissing, how am I going to explain to them why 2 women are making out with a crowd of people clapping for them like a circus side show act (yuk!).

    Why do the small quantity of people that define themselves by their sexual habits get to dictate to the rest of the world, that what they do with each other is somehow proper and OK, and that we, should somehow be OK with them flaunting their sexual acts in front of our children! NO!!!!

    Ask yourself this, was there any other couple in the entire history of this program that portrayed such a long and passionate kiss.


    Shame on you ABC for allowing this to happen!

    You've lost another long time loyal viewer!
  • Once Upon a Time. Waste of Film!

    I wholeheartedly agree with so many of the previous reviewers' comments. What a shame that Once Upon a Time's writers wrote that SMUT into such a fun show. It was one of the few left that I could watch with my young daughter, as so much of today's TV is inappropriate for young girls. It seems nowadays every show is ruined by some sort of sex scene, and more and more, as of late, gay scenes.

    Sexuality is a choice. I have no problem with people making their own choice; however, I have a HUGE problem when it is thrown in my face through a family television show. During that episode, it seemed as though it was heading in that direction, but I was certain it would not because of the type of show it is. I was so WRONG, as are the writers and ABC for allowing it to air!

    I turned off the TV as soon as I knew Little Red Riding Hood would be romantically kissing Dorothy. It's appalling to me. Needless to say, we will never go back to watching it. I'd like to see it cancelled. I rate it a big ZERO.
  • Once Upon a Time this was a fun family show...

    This show has been one of our family's favorites because we all know all the fairy tales and it's been fun to see the spin on the characters as "real people". So we are sitting watching this episode as a family and I am seriously shocked and offended to have this lesbian storybrought into my home for family viewing.

    Not just a kiss, but the scene was turned into a makeout session. Disney used to be the epitome of family viewing. It is sad to see that the family that built this company has been totally kicked to the curb and disregarded in order to advance the minority agenda.

    As far as family friendliness goes, Once has lost its magic for this viewer. I am giving a rating of 1 only because there are no negative numbers
  • what were you thinking

    I am absolutely disgusted with the lesbian story line you ran April 18th!!! Red Riding Hood and Dorothy from Oz? Really????? I have been upset with all this underworld this season anyway - but now I know this is not a show I wish to continue to watch! You all are so off track an alien vessel cannot find you!!!!

    You have Red Riding Hood and Dorothy making out in front of my little children?! I trusted you with my kids viewing Disney!! You disgust me, I have no desire to have anything else to do with Disney. You broke my trust and for what, to be PC?!?

    BTW the 2 rating was given because the site wouldn't accept a 1 or 0, yeah that's JACKED UP!
  • So disappointed!

    This is a family show. Our family hasn't missed an episode and we've been watching since day one. So disgusted. We will stop watching. Hope this show is canceled due to this stupid move about lesbians. Stated from another review, this saves space on my DVR. I hope ratings go down and show goes off. Would give the show a 10 until last week, now it's a zero but the rating on this doesn't have a zero so 1 it is.
  • My new favorite show, and as far as I'm concerned, the new Lost.


    I can honestly say I haven't "felt" this way towards a TV show since Lost.
    After it was obvious Lost was a huge cult hit, many shows tried to jump on the bandwagon. Invasion, The Nine, Flash Forward, The Event, just to name a few. While these shows weren't necessarily bad on their own, they just felt "hollow" compared to Lost. Like they were either lacking something, or trying too hard to emulate Lost.

    Then along comes Once Upon A Time, and I think it hit the nail square on the head.
    Like Lost, this show is at its heart a character drama more than anything else. Add in some phenomenal story telling, a dash of mystery, a pinch of action, and sprinkle with some fantasy/sci-fi..... and you have the recipe for another winner.

    Thank you mister Horowitz. I just finally got over Lost, now I have to go through this crap again. ;)

  • Ruined!!!!!!!

    I think the April 18th episode has ruined every good thing about this show! They have twisted many of the fairy tales, but to take Dorothy and make her something completely opposite of her actual character is, to say the least, appalling! I refuse to watch any more. This was an excellent basis for a family show and I've enjoyed it up until now. Shame on the writers for thinking they needed to include lesbian characters!! You lost one viewer among many more, I'm sure.
  • They ruined the show

    This show was built on fairytales. I watched every episode but will not watch another a woman just kissed a woman waking her up from a deep sleep and then embracing with a long kiss. Fairytales ruined. I am fine with peoples choices in life but don't twist my fairytales to fit 1 0/0 of society.

    I am very disappointed very angered by how the writers are portraying Disney by turning it into a LBGT characters with having a passionate kiss to boot was uncalled for.

    This was a family show in my home and watched it every week but now NO way.

    I agreed with many of the posts out here.

    Wrong move to do with the show..
  • The "Magic" is gone....

    Family enjoyed the show but, now, due to the Lesbian kiss we will not watch it again. I believe it is up to the Parents to pick the correct moment to discuss such matters as this with their Children. This should not have been Thrust upon our Children like it was....
  • Couldn't be more disappointed...

    For years now, our family has enjoyed special time together watching this show - but after this week's episode, we will never watch it again! As a mom, I cannot express how disappointed we are. To the producers of what was our favorite show - bad move!
  • Another one bites the dust!!!

    Glad to free up some of the space on my DVR! Thanks Once Upon a TIme!
  • Disgusted

    I thought this was a family show? I was a fan from the beginning. I will never watch this show again. This series is supposed to be about Fairytales. How dare you make a family show pornographic! I guess it's just more propaganda for the Goys/Goyim. This show has been completely ruined for me. Khazar filth!

    I'm so disappointed!! Why did they have to ruin the show last Sunday!! This is crazy! Are they forgetting this is a fucking family show? It's about fairy tales for crying out loud!! Leave all that gay shit for other shows. This used to be my favorite show because it was about fairy tales and Disney characters that we love and grew up to watch. You know how hard it was to explain what had happened to my younger siblings? I'm so disappointed! I'm never going to watch this show and I'm sure a lot of people wont be watching this shit anymore either. But I'm just so curious what the fuck was going around in your heads when you guys wrote the script, was on of the guys getting fucked in the ass when he was writing it. I don't care what's going on in the real world. You cant be exposing this on a family show. What's going to happen next? Is snow going to fall in love with mulan? I don't understand. Shit I have never cursed so much in my life. I used to watch this from day 1!! BYE BYE!!! I WOULD RATE LOWER IF I COULD!!
  • Disgusting!!!!

    My family loved this program even though it had different turns for familiar fairytales. It was still interesting and fun to watch and we have been watching since 2011. But with the turn that it took on Sunday, April 18, 2016, it has becoming completely disgusting. We have no desire for our family to continue watching this show become female disgusting porn. This is NOT fairytales and is NO LONGER SUITABLE FOR OUR FAMILY. In fact, we turned it off at this female kiss and did not watch the ending and we will NEVER watch again. It has spoiled fairytales that our children loved with this smutty turn of events.
  • once apone a time

    I was compelled to write this review because of how appalled I was by what I saw on last nights episode .Evidently I'm not the only one. For the record this has been one of my favorite shows since It came out. while the show progressed I noticed it was beginning to turn gay. I found myself repeating , no , no , no. not this show too .This is supposed to be about fairytales . Well, you know what happened next. It saddens me to say that this show is ruined. ABC needs to hire new producers
  • To: Rumplestiltskin

    Hey, Rumplestiltkin! You know what, I had a blast watching your show's season finale. And it really left me wanting for more. So, here's the thing: can I make a deal with you? Can you make Season 2 come faster? I can't wait any longer. Waiting for it is like a curse, you know.. Don't worry. I already know that every magic comes with a price. I'll be willing to give you anything you want in return. After all, your my favorite character. Thanks. :)
  • Hated you went there

    This has been the best show for my daughter and I to watch until last Sunday. Did they really have to have a lesbian kiss? A passionate one at that. I don't think Emma and Hook have kissed that passionately. Also, the characters barely knew each other. Really? You lost the respect and rating of this member.
  • So close, and yet so far

    Now that the season 1 finale has aired I can give a full review of the season. I have to start off by saying that I love this show. It's unlike anything you've ever seen on television (yes, even Grimm), and that in itself is a miracle. I love House and SVU, but enough with the cop and medical dramas; what we need on television is originality, and OUaT delivers it in spades. This show is just too crazy not to be entertaining. The premise is spectacular. The characters and their stories - all the unexpected twists the writers have given to classic fairytales - are wonderful, fresh, and exciting. Princesses are not slaves to their princes, and we finally get to see the strong, confident women that fairytales so often lack. The plot is somewhat predictable at times, but I truly believe that's because the writers have a wider vision, and this season was the foundation that needed to be slowly and carefully constructed so as to lead us on the wild adventure to come. Of course, we can't be sure until season 2 begins, but I'm willing to give the writers the benefit of the doubt. All that being said, I have to admit I'm often disappointed. The pacing could have been a lot smoother, but instead it dragged on and then suddenly took off like a bullet in the finale which, while exciting, left me with a nasty case of whiplash that I did not appreciate. And the dialogue - oh, the dialogue. The actors on this show are SENSATIONAL. Robert Carlyle gives me the creeps (in a good way), Lana Parrilla somehow makes my heart ache for Regina even at her most despicable, Morrison managed to overcome the writers' lack of effort and actually make me like Emma, and Ginnifer gave us the best scene of the whole season in 'The Stable Boy' (alongside Lana, natch). But even the best actors can only do so much with this dialogue. Too much of what's going on is stated outright by the characters when subtlety would be so much more powerful, and often the lines are cheesy. Of course, it's a story about fairytales, so if you don't like cheesy you should tune out. But the Snow/Charming "I will always find you" line was overdone. It was adorable, incredibly romantic, and very powerful. However, the writers shoved the line down our throats when it would have been so much more delicious had they just sprinkled it lightly on our tongues.

    If you like cheese, originality, over-the-top but stunningly detailed costumes, phenomenal acting, and people debating the ins and outs of curses in their business suits (clearly my favourite part of the show, but that could just be because of the magic that is Robert Carlyle+Lana Parilla), this is DEFINITELY the show for you. Writers, fix the dialogue and I will bow down to you as my new deities.
  • Very disapointing

    Cant believe they turned a great FAIRY TALE adventure series into yet another copycat soap. Me and my family loved this and have followed it religiously since it started with copious amounts of popcorn. If people choose that path I respect that, but why spoil not only a perfectly good story line and series, but fairy tales too.
  • Bummer. very disappointed

    This WAS my all time favorite show. Unfortunately, they have now lost me as an addicted watcher of their show along with many others I'm sure. I'm so disappointed that the writers had to go this route.
  • Best show on TV

    I have never been this addicted to a TV show before. Great acting and amazing script.

    I'll admit that the cgi isn't great but that's because it isn't a big blockbuster movie and they don't have that kind of money.

    But that just shows how great the story line is, because even though the cgi is bad, you hardly notice it most of the time.

    I'm loving the Frozen story line at the moment, and the Snow Queen is awesome.

    I would love to see some King Arthur or Merlin on the show, I think they would use them really well and have their own nice twist on the characters.

    And lastly, I'll admit I am a "captain swan" fan. I learn't all about "shipping" after I got hooked on Hook and Emma (I know lame pun).
  • love it

    I was in between series and decided to watch this, loved it that much I watched 3 seasons in a week so glad it's back xxx

  • Once upon my DREAM show!

    As a southern boy who longed for creativity and self acceptance, I find this show uplifting and visually stunning. As a child i lived in my own fairytale utopia and was amazed to learn of Once upon a time. Midway through season 1 we already see an array of familial characters and scenarios. Some may think that this show is a replica of already loved classics but i find it appealing to watch them inner twine beloved tales with modern entertainment factors. From a wide array of new actors (who all fit their roles to a T) , to the innovative re-tellings of worldwide stories I have to say that this show is destined to reach new plateaus in television, PROVIDED they can garner a wide enough fan base to maintain prime television real estate. I LOVE IT.
  • A quality show. Good characters with a decent variety, not flat in the slightest and easily on a par with lost. Obviously they are based on the fairytale characters though it appears some people have missed that point,thick people to say the least.


    A quality show withgood characters based on the original fairytale characters with a decent variety across the board. Contrary to a previous comment theynot flat in the slightest and easily on a par with lost.The format of the episodes is also similar to that of lost with flashbacks to before the curse but leaving enough to keep you wondering just what did happen at the time the curse was cast. Judging from the comments and ratings for each episode there is a decent following for the show with a lot of positive feedback and only a few morons that are here to berate it because they lack intelligence and imagination. Clear requirements when watching a show based on the fairytale world. To attack a show for depicting Rumplestiltskin as a green skinned monstrosity with bad teeth is proof that a lack of imagination lies beneath the comments author'sshallow surface. Rumplestiltskin is depicted as he was in the fairytale books of past and present generations to good effect. Robert Carlyle hitting the part quite well.

    In short, this is a show for imaginative and intelligent people as it has been quite cleverly written, to be fair. It is good enough to maintain interest and leaves you wanting more each episode. If you lack imagination, it is not for you.

  • Another show ruined by producers pushing an agenda

    I have loved Once Upon a Time, especially the first three seasons. I love how Emma came to believe, I love Snow and Prince Charming, and I love Emma and Hook's romance. I love the idea of true love.

    Unfortunately, the writers turned true love into true lesbian lust, and I find that revolting. A VERY small percentage of people are homosexual, and those of us who have normal (yes, I said normal) passions do not want to watch the minority engaging in homosexual relationships.

    There just was no need at all to introduce that into a show about fairy tales, a show that many families watch together. As they can see from reading the comments here and, I'm sure, the comments sent to ABC, people are not as stupid as they think. The writers can't trick us into thinking that this is normal behavior just by showing it on television.

    It would be great if movie and TV writers and producers wrote for the majority and kept the content clean (including what they show for heterosexual relationships).
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