Once Upon a Time

Sunday 8:00 PM on ABC Premiered Oct 23, 2011 Returning Fall 2015



User Score: 3249


Once Upon a Time Fan Reviews (208)

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  • Dark Swan/Black Swan??

    Querie: Do I need to watch Black Swan first? When the Elsa/Anna segments aired, I hadn't watched Frozen yet but did before I watched OUAT with Elsa/Anna. Not only did it help me, but it turned me into a 67 year old Frozen fanatic!!! Now, does Dark Swan have anything to do with the Natalie Portman movie Black Swan? I can watch it first if it does. Thanks!!
  • Pretty slick / Long term vision of plots

    Season 4 -- full year review

    This season, I did something which I believe was awesome. I binged watched the entire season in 1 week. I had every show recorded and I stripped all commercials.

    Well, this is the only way to watch this show.

    And Season 4 was the best. Every aspect of the show was cool, especially the concept of the author.

    The cliffhanger however, will make me want to watch the first episode of Season 5, on time, but I will try and resist and do again as I did for Season 4. Record the episodes and binge watch next year.

    It is very tough.. requires lots of discipline, I can only hope I will be up to the task! :)

    Season 3 mid review:

    I like the way the show is structured. It is interesting to see how they weave the fairy tales into this story line. Rumple's Dad is Peter Pan.. Who would have thought? There are of course a few loopholes, for example, why does Neil have go regress into the curse when he was brought to this world before ithe curse started? After all, Henry wouldn't be Henry without Emma and Neil mating. Well anyways, seems that it might just be they have their memories after all, since Hook came back to NYC.

    Rumple and his Dad dissapeared (allegedly died) in Storybrooke. Will the breaking of the curse restore them? Who knows..

    The break in the season seems too darn long too me.


    Ok, I've watched both seasons in 1 week, and yes, thank you for the ability to get shows online.

    First season was great and ended on a nice cliffhanger. Second season was actually pretty slick, especially the ending.

    Obviously, Peter Pan is going to be the threat in Season 3, part 1, it makes sense, he's the big bad of NeverLand.

    Now, I've read some of the reviews here, and some people think that Season 2 didn't make any sense. Well, I disagree with that.

    Basically, as we are talking about alternate worlds, which is really what this is all about and the power of magic vs science. And it's all done based on so called fairy tales. Nothing wrong with that.

    Furthermore there is dimension to the characters, and that's refreshing. A lot of nuance.

    For those of you who pine for Regina and her character development, well the show is about much more than the Evil Queen.

    In the end, she's a pawn, let's face it. But character development there has been.

    There is providence and fate intertwining with Rumpelstiltskin rather large manipulation of events, all geared towards getting back his son.

    The show is going somewhere and it's hard to predict where, and that's refreshing.

    For the most part, there has been a lot of interesting twists and a lot of unexpected development in the show.

    Nothing wrong with that.

    I'm just wondering if there will be a clean ending at some point. Maybe in 3 or 4 seasons from now.

    Henry seems to be way much more than he seems in many ways. Why would Peter Pan be seeking him?

    Is Peter Pan also working for someone else? Based on the patterns I've seen, I would NOT be surprised.

    Anyways, looking forward to the 3rd season, it's going to be a long summer........
  • Mulan love

    I'm a little disappointed I love the show but would like to see Mulan get her true love Shang why they changing the story I don't care for that it's not going along when the real thing. That's what I loved about it now I'm not sure how I feel.
  • AWESOME! :)

    This show is one of the best I've watched in a long time :)

    It's especially appealing to Disney fans! The second half of season 4 by far made up for its mediocre first half with character development and all of its twists and turns! :3

    Can't wait for Season 5!!!! Less than three weeks!!!
  • The ugly truth.

    I have watched every season and love, love the show. it is very well written and the story line is to die for.... but here's the thing.. Season 4 had some issues that began to destroy it for me.

    #1. Elsa's dress. At the end of season 3, where you see her for the first time, the dress was beautiful. But in season 4 this hideous rendition of the dress was chosen.

    #2. Ursula was fat and she should have been in this no matter what color she ended up being. even though she was an extremely wicked hot Brazilian lady when she took human form to marry Eric.

    #3. Last but most defiantly not least. Maleficent.... I am sooooo sorry. but that is the ugliest woman I have ever seen and should not have played the part of the hottest Disney supervillain ever created. Maleficent was dark headed and her horns were sleek. smh.... She was tall with a very distinct royal voice. This woman was a mouse of a creature not a dragon. She was short, too much botox, and frankly just down right ugly. Now maybe I wouldn't feel this was about her if she had a more suitable part.

    Ms. De'vil was the only one out of the 3 that looked how she was supposed to.
  • love it!

    Love this show. I've considered myself a 'fan' of a tv show before, but now I am definitely a OUAT fan. I'm loving everything about this show, and I love the relationship between hook and emma. Can't wait to see more.

    So excited for season 5! Bring on dark!emma!
  • Similarities on Anna and Jemma

    Is it me, or is Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma) from Marvel Agents of SHIELDS very similar in acting and behavior? Not that I am against it, they are both bringing such charm and fun to their roles and the show.
  • Love! But GRRRRR

    When I tell people about once upon a time I say

    1) If you like disney movies you'll like these.

    2) Regina is the best at first you want to stab your TV but then she grows on you, she is far the best.

    3) It's good until Frozen, if you survive Frozen you'll be ok!

    Now these people broke my heart and I can't just "Let it Go!" <- see what I did there. With the Snow Queen, I was very sad they did not use that to bridge into Narnia. Other then that no complaints.

    <3 you Rumple!
  • This show has no chill

    Every time I watch this show I get sucked in! I have to say I was worried about where this show was going but the Frozen story was so refreshing and now I need to know what happens next with the author! Rumple is my favorite character and I hope to see him find a way to win back Belle. Seriously Robert Carlyle is an amazing actor though!! This show is the best show I've ever seen. The effects are awesome! The acting is really great! The costumes are perfect! I find myself at the edge of my seat every single commercial break. The stories are so original. I love the flashbacks. Overall, THIS SHOW HAS NO CHILL and it'll keep me sucked in until the end... I LOVE IT!!!
  • the best fantasy show

    its got anything a fantasy watcher need plus its high quality actors and actress
  • Definitely a crowd pleaser

    I'm not a big fan of the characters themselves, and constantly find myself being drawn towards the villains, seeing as though most of the heroes are just hopelessly optimistic, and when they're not, they all have awful personalities. The actors themselves are good, but my problem is with the writing and the story line. Most of the time I find myself more interested in the villains' stories than the heroes'. Also Snow White's haircut is awful and Rumpelstiltskin needs to see a dermatologist. Despite all those things, I have been keeping up with the series and most of all, I'm impressed that the writers can think of that many fairy-tale characters.
  • running out of steam

    I will watch till then end of the season but unfortunately I will be giving up after that - the show was fairly original & refreshing when it started but i just have not found the storylines gripping enough & I dont really care what happens to the characters anymore - show seems to be aimed squarely at a family audience & suitable for younger children which can be restricting on the drama - in future I will be sticking to Grimm & iZombie which dont have the same restrictions
  • Unforgiven

    I'm still upset that Snow White has that ugly short hair cut! I'm repulsed by it. She could at least have it a little longer and more feminine instead of looking like a boy.
  • pure genius

    I think OUAT is probably the best or most different concept for a television series I've seen in a long time. I absolutely love it and look forward to a date with captain hook every week. Love watching the journey's of all the characters. Loved watching Regina elvolve into who she is now. And loved watching Rumplestiltskin become something better then falling from Grace. Robert Carlisle is acting genius and I couldn't imagine anyone else for that part. It's got potential to do alot of seasons and do them all well. I've loved what they've done with the stories. Peter Pan is rumples dad that was so cool. And the way they wrote frozen into it without disrupting the movie series was excellent. It just awesome and I can't wait to see the 3 queens in action this season too.
  • New episode

    I'm so glad the show is back tonight. Can't wait.
  • The Next Chapter Of Season

    I think 1 March so I have read at twitter
  • 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?
  • Wow, and I thought Glee was a sexist show!

    This show is just full of cardboard characters that borders between boring and nauseating. The kid is the most whining ingrate I've ever seen - turning on his mom that raised him since he was a baby and latching on to a mom that cast him away like garbage when he was a baby. Emma is a self righteous know-it-all that thinks she has all the rights of a mother all of a sudden. Snow White and Charming has as much depth as their cartoon characters. And the rest are just cardboard cutouts with mundane dialogue.

    Only the bad guys seem to have a semblance of real people emotion. The Queen is a little over acted and her neediness is a bit much but at least I get her motivations. Rumpelstiltskin had an interesting take on his character, and has the most promise.

    So seriously, am I the only one rooting for the bad guys?
  • For all my oncer friends...

    I think it is safe to say that this show keeps getting better and better. Though I am sad to see the Snow Queen go, she was beautifully portrayed by Elizabeth Mitchell.
  • quita2012

    i have to say the this episode was good to come the end of this frozen arc it sad becuse they where pretty good in the once upon a time . and i love how once upon a time writter did to the it up writter.

    This show makes me so happy. I love the characters and the genius way the writers incorporated the different fairytales. I find the frozen characters so interesting and I hope there are more characters from a few of the latest fairytales to be integrated too. I really love this show. I love the way relationships between characters develop. I adore Emma and Hook. I think that the episodes are so well written as well, and I love the actors and actresses that are part of this series. This is an amazing television show that deserves to win the 2015 people's choice award that it has been nominated for! (All of the awards it has been nominated The show deserves more recognition!! . The voting polls for the 2015 people's choice awards are now open. Let's show our appreciation and give this show and the cast what it and they deserve!
  • 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).
  • Once Upon a Time and Time Again

    A nicely acted show, with basically smart script! I do enjoy the way characters from different fairy tails are mixing up! It's good fun!
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
  • 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
  • I think not

    I was in a "in between series" period and started watching this one . I thought to give it a shot Now mind you : My "In between series don't have to be very good Just entertainment is alright with me. But even with the lowest of expectations : this is too much for me . I don't know what the writers want But as a sleeping aid it is well done.
  • Once apn a time

    I love this show. I just got done watching season 4 episode 3. I can't wait til next week already. I think this show is great. I hope they put all this on a dvd collection. If they do. I'm so buying it for myself and my 3 girls and my loving husband!!! :-)
  • * Clue is in the title *

    As the title "Once upon a time" suggests, this series is based on fairy tales & fantasy fiction.

    A welcomed hour's escape from all the horrible NEWS stories and serious TV programmes that fill the week.

    I think its great.
  • Without Regina this show would go nowhere..

    I really enjoy this show but I have to say it wouldn't survive without Regina and Rumpelstiltskin.
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