Once Upon a Time

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



User Score: 3536


Once Upon a Time Fan Reviews (215)

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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

  • 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. ;)

  • 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. :)
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • happy ever after

    episode 2 season4 was a sensational and amazing episode although it could use a little more drama but i loved the part when elsa made the van frozen it was sup rising,cool,and just so exciting!!!!
  • Last episode

    This show is so good , great beyond words . the last episode of the season 1 just bluew me away . The show was rly good till now but now it surpassed itself. I HOPE THEY GET ALOT OF AWARDS cause they surely diserve to
  • The knave of hearts is back!!!!

    I never thought it would but once upon a time had a last spark with a crossover episode

    In this episode he is still a thief but he is also very helpful and handsome. I thought he would

    Be in the rest of the episode but he ran out of that ice cream shop.
  • An AMAZING tv-show

    "Once upon a time" it's maybe one of the best tv-shows made lately.

    The storyline is so well done and the characters are awesome.

    The combination of reality and fairytale is amazing !

    I love this show and i really hope that it will have a good end, not being cancel as other good tv-shows.
  • Once Upon, twists that entertain the faint hearted.

    It's more than imagination that keeps me coming back, it's the heart of the story! I am elderly and like to be entertained out of 'my world', for it is too scary out there! So the fantasy of imagination, even tho' scary, entertains and gives far more to those who are afraid to go to a store at night. Keep 'em coming, you folks are doing a lot of good in my world.
  • love it!

    oh yea!!!! sunday baby.. its about damn time :) and this season we finally get to find out who henrys dad is :)
  • fairy tales work everytime!

    This show is unbelievable. Never expected that when I started to watch it and now I can't wait for the next episode!!!
  • We love this show.

    This show combines great writing, great acting, and a great concept. It's fairy tales for adults and regardless what you might think, it just works, through and through.
  • Can't wait for the next episode.

    What an excellent show. It's been a long time since I have actually been involved in a show and this is the one. The visual effects are stunning; the acting is believable; and the story line is engrossing. All in all, it is a hit.
  • Way better than the regular story.

    This isn't your average fairytale with a happy, ever after ending. It takes characters like Snow White, Rumplestelskin, Mad Hatter, Captain Hook, and all the other storybook character, mashes their stories together so their co-related, and messes it up. A million times more interesting and very clever idea for a series. It's good versus evil throughout, as their are many rivalries and surprise twists. Worth watching as it combines fairy tale with real life.
  • With the glut of cop shows on t.v,this show is a breath of fresh air. Reminiscent of thegraphic novels; Fables by Bill Willingham, it takes us all back to a time in our childhood when the fantastic was believable yet reality still prevails.


    In this era of cop, lawyer, medical and reality televion, it is refreshing when programs like Lost, 24, Prison Break and others of it's ilkbring excitement back from the mundane. My hope for 'Once Upon A Time' is thatthis seriesbe as good as the'Fables' series of graphic novels, with childhood characters in an adult world.

    The cast is sound with Ginnifer Goodwin in a dual role as Snow White and Mary Margaret Blanchard. Young Jared Gilmore was impressive as the grandson of Snow trapped in the real world when he would obviously prefer being in the land of fantasy. But as in all good stories, the necessity of a good villain is essential and with themenace of Robert Carlyle's Rumplestilskin and Lana Parrilla's evil Queen, you have that in spades.

    On the worry of how long this show can continue, the possibilities are endless. As in Heroes, there arean infinite amount of storylines that can spin offfrom the depth of characters in the'Fable' stable.
    The risk in any series is for the writersto balance intrigue and suspense with the threat of losing audience by taking too long to wrap up storylinesand end up cancelled. You need to string the audience along enough but not so muchthat youlose them as 'Twin Peaks' did and 'Lost' nearly did after season 2.

    In summary, a good start with a lot of potential for longevity. Time will tell and if cancelled, it will not be the first good series to die as of late as did V, Human Targetand The Event.

  • Good Show

    Most inventive show in a long time
  • once upon a time is a must watch..

    once upon a time totally caught me off guard.i've been putting off watching the show for a few months but finally got around to it last night at 3am.

    i was able to watch the first two episodes and i must say the show is brilliant,the blend of fairytale and reality is superb.The writers have crafted another masterpiece after the excellence of lost.Not only does this show ooze potential but also the characters and special effects are not bad at all.

    p.s a lil bit cheesy lol
  • This is a wonderfull show, dont miss it!


    This is a wonderful show, don't miss it! Good script, good actors,.....is been a long time that I enjoyed a show like that. I love the intrepid Snow white and the amazing and scary evil queen, not to mention the talented kid that plays Henry..

  • The Next Chapter Of Season

    Hi everyone, I'm a fan of OUAT and have been wondering the weeks now as to when the season four series will continue airing?

    All the major TV hits are back on air with the only ones missing are "Once Upon A Time" and "Under The Dome". Anyone know when it's bak on?
  • I Wouldn't Change a Thing

    It is remarkably clever how the writers managed to weave a coherent plot that I consider both classy and entertaining, I never thought that the initial proposition of the show would yield such a fantastic result, and watching all the chapters at once provides a view of how beautifully made this show really is, I suggest that people should watch it more in detail before posting negative things about this show. Many years from now this show will be viewed as an all time classic, with beautiful photography direction and all the ingredients to make this show really unforgettable.
  • I HATE fOX TV but LOVE Once Upon A Time.

    I cant believe its on a break AGAIN!!!!!! OMG why do they keep doing this to us??????????

  • Improving every episode!

    This show is growing on me, really like it more the more you watch. I'm only at episode 12 which was the best one so far for me and a bonus to see Emily de Ravin from Lost there! Hehe but the way they weave the two worlds into each other while keeping so much mysteries intrigues me and love it! Hope the rest of the season doesn't dissapoint :)
  • Phenomenal Show

    This show never seems to lose its luster. It is always fresh, suspenseful and action-packed. It is great how that go back into the lives of the characters in the land of magic. Once Upon A Time could go on for years and not get boring, as long as there is not a huge gap between seasons. The show Heroes was a great show, but the story-lines were changed and the gaps between seasons were too great, interest waned. Keep the writing fresh, the suspense suspenseful and the action coming; this show will last and is a great show.
  • An amazing show

    This TV Show is probably the second best that ABC has ever had... it is so interesting, the actors are amazing and the visual effects used to build the fantasy world of the show are made with such quality... it is all amazing. I hope this show will not get canceled any time soon, because i am sure it has many interesting things to show it's viewers... i really am looking forward to the next episode and of course expect the epic season finale... and i guess it will be quite awesome as the rest of this incredible show.
  • Completely LOVE this show!

    I have been so intrigued with this show ever since the first episode. I cannot believe that ABC has left it on the air this long. Typically when a show is this great they cancel it before you can even get this involved. The characters are so engaging and the storyline is amazing. It is an outlook on the old faerie tales that I never thought of before and not to be cliche but it is extremely charming.

    I am not a big Jennifer Morrison fan, as a matter of fact until this show I really disliked her a lot but this show is so good that I even enjoy her character. It does have a great cast but most of the time I am so enthralled with the story and plot that I do not think the cast would matter at this point. The story is THAT good. I really will be devastated if ABC does not keep up with this show.
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