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Once Upon a Time: Season 1 (2011-2012)




Critic Consensus: Charming and fantastical, Once Upon a Time is tonally uneven but derives strength from an outstanding cast and handsome visuals.


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In the first series of this fantasy drama, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is reunited with 10-year-old Henry (Jared Gilmore), the son she gave up for adoption at birth. He pleads with her to come to his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine, so that she can save his town from a curse. Emma is skeptical about Henry's stories of fairy-tale characters and curses, but she goes with him and becomes the town's sheriff. The town is indeed populated by fairy-tale characters such as Snow White (GinniferGoodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), only they have no idea of their true identities. The only two who do know are the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), who's also the town's powerful mayor and Henry's adoptive mother, and the villainous Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle).


Ginnifer Goodwin
as Snow White/Mary Margaret
Robert Carlyle
as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
Lana Parrilla
as Evil Queen/Regina
Joshua Dallas
as Prince Charming/David
Josh Dallas
as Prince Charming/David, Prince Charming/John Doe
Jared S. Gilmore
as Henry Mills
Raphael Sbarge
as Jiminy Cricket/Archie
Jamie Dornan
as Sheriff Graham
Eion Bailey
as Stranger
Meghan Ory
as Ruby/Red Riding Hood
Lee Arenberg
as Leroy/Grumpy
Giancarlo Esposito
as Sidney/Mirror
Anastasia Griffith
as Abigail/Regal Blonde
David Anders
as Dr. Whale
Alan Dale
as King George
David Paul Grove
as Storybrooke Doc
Faustino Di Bauda
as Walter/Sleepy
Jessy Schram
as Ashley/Cinderella
Tony Amendola
as Marco/Geppetto
Richard Schiff
as King Leopold
Gabe Kouth
as Sneezy
Sebastian Stan
as Jefferson
Tim Phillips
as Sean/Prince Thomas
Patti Allan
as Ms. Ginger/Blind Witch
David Bloom
as Mr. "K" Kryzszkowski
Dylan Schmid
as Baelfire
Connor Dwelly
as Morraine
Greyston Holt
as Gym teacher/Frederick
Roger Daltrey
as Caterpillar
C. Ernst Harth
as Burly Man/Scarred Ogre
Ingrid Torrance
as Severe nurse
Alex Zahara
as Midas/Nobleman
Howard Siegel
as Tavern Owner
Quinn Lord
as Josef/Hansel
Scott Heindl
as Bartholomew
Adam Young
as Pickpocket/Young Jiminy
Jennifer Koenig
as Queen of Hearts
Jakob Davies
as Pinocchio
Ian Butcher
as Burly Knight
Nicholas Lea
as Michael Tillman/Woodcutter
Morgan Roff
as Teenage Jiminy
Amy Acker
as Astrid/Nova
Rick Dobran
as Raskind
Kam Kozak
as Black Guard
Emma Caulfield
as Blind Witch
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Dr. Thatcher
Bill Dow
as Mayor Tomkins
Mark Gibbon
as Head Troll
Paul McGillion
as Knave of Hearts
Gabrielle Rose
as Ruth/Peasant Woman
Eric Keenleyside
as Moe French/Sir Maurice
Amos Stern
as Lead Knight
Laura Wilson
as Mrs. Grace
Natalie Gibson
as Female Doctor
Matthew MacCaull
as Knight No 1
Carolyn Hennesy
as Myrna/Puppet Princess/Puppet Dragon
Jonathan Holmes
as Majordomo
Scott E. Miller
as Mr. Grace
Ted Whittall
as Mitchell/The King
Osmond L. Bramble
as Queen's Guard
Harry Groener
as Martin/Puppet Princess
Mark Gash
as Father
Chris Shields
as Military advisor
Lucas Wolf
as Armed Escort
Noah Bean
as Daniel/Stable Boy
Ty Olsson
as Hordor
Jim Shield
as Royal Guard
Bailee Madison
as Young Snow White
John DeSantis
as The Dove
Alissa Skovbye
as Paige/Grace
Brad Dourif
as Old Beggar
Edward Foy
as Black Knight
Michael Strusievici
as Fairytale Boy
Charles Zuckermann
as Black Knight No. 1
Michael Roberds
as Donkey driver
Michael Rinaldi
as Helper Dwarf
Paul Chevreau
as Skinny Man
Elizabeth McCarthy
as Rotund Wife
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time: Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (25)

To draw out the story by looping it through subplots and minidramas runs the risk of turning it into a fairy-tale soap opera.

October 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I will go, but gingerly.

October 31, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

From a pair of Lost producers, this is a love-or-hate proposition, and I mostly hated.

October 31, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Fans of the fantastical can do far worse than Once Upon A Time, which manages to both stir the pulse and please the senses with its beautifully imagined medieval times.

October 31, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Not for all tastes but a few will love this oddball.

October 31, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Once Upon a Time bring some new life to the drama series, even if spinning several seasons of television out of this concept seems like it will be quite a challenge.

July 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time: Season 1


Once upon a time season 1, episode 1. Once Upon a Time is produced by Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Steve Pearlman. There are 5 seasons, and each episode lasts 43 minutes. The series is broadcast on ABC. The 1st episode was released the 23th October 2011. It is a fantastic, fanciful and dramatic series. The Cast : Jennifer Morrisson as Emma Swan, Snow White’s daughter, the heroin Lana Parilla as the Mayor Regina Mills/the Evil Queen, the villain protagonist Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary Margaret/Snow White Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, the Mayor’s son and Emma’s biologic son. The 1st episode begin the story of Emma Swan a 28 woman, who met her son, that she abandoned 10 years later. Henry try to convice her that she’s Snow White and Charming’s daughter. Emma decided to bring Henry at his house, during the path he told to Emma that he live in a city, Storybrooke, a city where fairy tales’s characters are locked in time , in a world without magic where all the happu endings are removed, because of a terrible curse of the Evil Queen and only the Snow White’s daughter can outsmart the evil spell at her 28th birthday… The plot is entertaining, we’re balanced between fairy tales and reality. One of the most surprising moment of this episode occurse when Henry counted his story to Emma. The cast is almost excellent, an episode full of good characters. The actress Jennifer Morrison does a good job as Emma Swan, because we don’t know if she’s really a fairy tales character. Jared S. Gilmore does a very good job as Henry Mills because he has a credulous side, and he is determinate to restore the truth at Storybrook. Lana Parilla also played very well her rôle of the Evil Queen, she’s chill and lets not seem any feeling. The images scenes are well filmed, they are breathtaking, fascinating and captivating, mostly when we go back in the past and we see the castles, the fairy tales’s characters, the spells, the magic… The music conveys a magic and fantasy atmosphere but sometimes it became stonger to give us more suspens. The 1st episode is really catchy and makes you want to see more. Recomendations I definetely recommend this series, especially this episode to everybody because it changes to action or romantic series. It proves that fairy tales are not only for chlidren. I recommend it also for the characters who were dressed like we all know in our fairy tales ouf our childhood, it gives a side realistic and beautiful. On a scale from zero to five, I give this episode a 4,5. The only negative point that I’ve found was the character of Mary Margaret (the teacher of Henry), and who plays also Snow White. She should be Emma’s mother and she seems to young, gullible and childish. I was impressed by the ease of the 1st episode to keep me captivate The 1st episode is my favourite and if you like the gripping, captivating, funny and fantastic stories, Once Upon a Time is for you. If you begin this series, do not pass next to the captivating and fanciful 1st episode !


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