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Fairytales do come true in ABC's popular television show Once Upon a Time. This weekly drama brings many of the more famous fairy tale characters to life right on the screen. Instead of just ripping the story of each character from the books, the creators of Once Upon a Time have gone deeper, used massive amounts of imagination, and have provided each character a deeper, more in-depth life than what is written in the books.

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is Snow White and Prince Charming's daughter and first appears in Storybrooke, Maine, in the very first episode of Once Upon a Time. Her backstory is sad but a very important detail that ties much of the first season together. Emma was raised an orphan and spends much of her life on the run and alone. She came to Storybrooke to find the son that she gave up for adoption years before as a young woman. Little did Miss Emma Swan know that once she found her long lost son, she would encounter so much more. She quickly finds herself protecting her new upside-down hometown from the evils of magic. While in the first season magic was not part of the show, it was always something that the evil queen, Regina, and Rumpelstiltskin, Mr. Gold, kept striving to create.

Regina (Lana Parrilla), the evil queen that spent her fairytale life trying to kill off Snow White, is the mayor of Storybrooke. She is also the adopted mother to Henry, Emma's little boy. Henry is given a book of fairytales from his teacher. He believes in each story and spends much of his time trying to convince others of his ideas. Prince Charming, or David as the residents of Storybrooke know him, first appears as a John Doe in the local hospital. Before David comes out of his coma, Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), also known as Snow White in the fairytale, finds herself drawn to the mysterious patient and stays by his side, reading to him, and falling in love. When he awakens David finds that he has amnesia and cannot remember any of his past, and this includes any memories of his wife. He is drawn to Mary Margaret and they spend a lot of time together. This is the time when Regina's true colors come to life and she makes it impossible, or almost impossible, for the two to remain together.

The evil Rumpelstiltskin, or Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle), is an antique store owner in this altered reality of the fairytale. In his former life, before the curse came and wiped out the memory of most of the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin was also known as the dark one that everyone feared. Rumpelstiltskin was once a timid, scared man. He lost his wife because of weakness, and eventually lost his son because of his new, evil powers. He spent his time trying to find a way to find his son, and those who got in his way found out quickly what he was capable of.

Pinocchio, the seven dwarves, Captain Hook and many other familiar fairy tale characters spend some time appearing in at least two episodes each of Once Upon a Time. The female warrior Mulan makes a small appearance at the end of season one and continues to be a presence in season two. Princess Aurora, or sleeping beauty, is also a new character that appears in most of season two. Little Red Riding Hood, well known to the residents of Storybrooke as Ruby, is a cast member that has been in both season one and two. Ruby's story is a much different picture than what one would have derived from the books, but the familiar Granny character does appear in almost every episode that Ruby does.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
6 Seasons, 140 Episodes
October 23, 2011
Cast: Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle
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Once Upon a Time Full Episode Guide

  • The Heroes are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land.

  • Henry awakens to a cursed Storybrooke and discovers Emma has been in the mental hospital, and the Black Fairy is the new mayor. Henry attempts to help Emma regain her memory while Gold tries to find out what has really happened to Belle.

  • As the Black Fairy offers Emma the chance to surrender, in the past Snow makes a wish for a way for Emma to win the Final Battle... and the people of the Enchanted Forest burst into song.

  • The path that Fiona took to become the Black Fairy--and protect her son no matter the cost--is revealed. Meanwhile, Gold discovers that he is the one destined to kill his mother.

  • Hook unites with Tiger Lily in Neverland, where they challenge the Lost Boys.

  • Gold and Belle talk Emma into helping Gideon halt the Black Fairy. Meanwhile, Regina looks to the former Author for counsel when Henry's powers go awry.

  • The Evil Queen embarks to wipe out Regina, using Robin to lure her in.

  • Gold is determined to protect Gideon from dark magic.

  • Before Hook goes to the next level in his relationship with Emma, he wants to ensure that David views him as more than just a pirate. So when David enlists Hook to help him discover the truth about his father's death, Hook agrees.

  • As Snow remains asleep in Storybrooke, David and Hook rush to halt Gideon before he can confront Emma. Gideon makes a shocking confession to Belle and Gold concerning his location while he was missing.

  • A bond of sisterhood alters for good after Gold tells the Evil Queen to kill Zelena. Meanwhile, a sacrifice offered by Belle affects all of Storybrooke; Jasmine finds a lamp with no genie; and in a flashback, Rumple kidnaps Jack and Jill's boy.

  • Emma and Regina come up with a plan to trap the Evil Queen. Meanwhile, Snow and David adjust to life apart; the Evil Queen pretends to be Regina to give Henry some bad wisdom; and Zelena and Aladdin try to help shield Belle and her unborn baby from Gold.

  • Snow and David have to submit their hearts if they want to save Storybrooke and its dwellers from the Evil Queen. Meanwhile, a magical small tree is sought; and in a flashback, Snow tries to trick the Woodcutter as David prepares to sell his family's farm.

  • Emma attempts to talk Aladdin into working with Jasmine to help Agrabah, while Regina pairs up with Snow and David to save Archie from Zelena. The Evil Queen displays suspicion between Henry and Hook, even as Mr. Gold reminds her of his most pertinent lesson. Meanwhile, in the past, Hook finds himself abducted by the strange Captain Nemo and held prisoner inside his legendary submarine, the Nautilus.

  • The Evil Queen fools Hook and the Charmings and forces Emma reveal her secret. Meanwhile, Regina and the heroes attempt to discover what happened to Aladdin; and in a flashback, Jasmine and Aladdin visit the Cave of Wonders, where Aladdin's fate is made known.

  • Hook attempts to safeguard Belle from Gold, who's keeping her restrained on the pirate ship. Meanwhile, the Evil Queen and Hyde continue to search for Dr. Jekyll's serum; Snow goes back to teaching; and in a flashback, Dr. Jekyll obtains some pricey help from Rumplestiltskin.

  • The never before told story of Cinderella will transform romance into revenge!

  • Belle wants to shield herself from Gold, so she looks to Hook for help. Meanwhile, a strange man linked to the Evil Queen comes to town; the Evil Queen attempts to persuade Zelena to side with her; and Emma reveals her disturbing premonition to Archie.

  • In the sixth season opener, Regina and Zelena accept their newfound sisterhood.

  • A closer look at the complex stories and characters of the series.

  • With the possibility of magic being destroyed and the fate of Storybrooke hanging in the balance, it's a race for Emma and Regina to track down Henry before Gold finds him first.

  • While Regina is still in shock over the death of Robin Hood, the heroes discover Gold has stolen Hades' Olympian Crystal and tethered all of Storybrooke's magic to it. Henry is tired of all the pain magic has caused his family, so he goes rogue, with Violet in tow, to destroy magic once and for all.

  • Despite their return to Storybrooke, danger looms for the heroes as Hades grows increasingly powerful.

  • Hades turns to the heroes to ask for help with getting Zelena back from Rumplestiltskin and Peter Pan. In return, he offers to take all their names off their tombstones. However, when Hook is still unable to leave, he and Emma must journey into the depths of the Underworld. Meanwhile, Cruella De Vil is determined to keep the heroes trapped in the Underworld.

  • Now that Hades and Zelena are reunited, Hades tells Zelena that he wants a future with her outside of the Underworld. All she needs to do is heal his heart with True Love's Kiss so they can leave the Underworld and trap the heroes there for eternity. When Regina overhears of this plan, she enlists Cora's help to find a way to separate Zelena from Hades.

  • Flashbacks include Ruby and Mulan end up in Oz, where they run into Dorothy. Following Zelena's return to Oz, the three ladies seek out a way to be rid of her once and for all. However, Dorothy mysteriously turns up missing, and Ruby's quest to find her new friend puts her in the Underworld. Meeting up with the heros, Ruby joins Emma, Regina and Snow in an effort to find Dorothy.

  • Belle turns to Rumplestiltskin with hope of finding a way to protect their child from Hades. However, they disagree over whether to use dark magic, as Belle forbids Rumplestiltskin from using his powers for evil.

  • Emma, Snow, David, Regina, Robin, Henry and Hook continue to look for a way to release everybody from the Underworld. At the mercy of Hades, Gold makes a portal to Storybrooke, which transports Belle, Zelena and Baby Hood to the Underworld.

  • Finally reunited, Hook and Emma are desperate to find a way to defeat Hades so that they can return to Storybrooke with the group. A surprise visit from Hook's departed brother Liam could be the lead they are looking for. Tired of watching from the sidelines, Henry secretly takes matters into his own hands.

  • Hook's captivity takes a dark turn when Hades threatens to condemn him to the River of Lost Souls after Hook's refusal to choose which three of his friends will have to remain in the Underworld. Meanwhile, Gold is suddenly eager to help the group find Hook so he can return home to Belle.

  • In the Underworld, an escapee from Hades' prison informs the heroes that Hook is being held captive. But before the heroes can rescue Hook, they must face a terrifying beast that guards the prison.

  • Emma, Regina, Mary Margaret, David, Robin, Henry and Gold arrive in the Underworld, on a mission to rescue Hook, only to discover that their search will be more difficult than they had anticipated.

  • The dark siege of Storybrooke is underway as all of the resurrected Dark Ones target a living soul for sacrifice so that they can return to the realm of the living.

  • Hook's transformation into a Dark One in a Camelot flashback.

  • Red and Mulan return to help Merida uncover the truth about her father's death.

  • Hook risks everything to uncover the truth about what Emma did in Camelot.

  • More adventures in Camelot with Merlin, Arthur and the others. Also, a flashback to a time before King Arthur tells about when Merlin fell in love with a refugee named Nimue.

  • Merida encounters a dangerous journey with Belle. When Emma orders Merida to kill Belle, Gold must be brave to defend her. In Storybrooke, Regina, Mary Margaret and David find a spell to communicate with Merlin but Arthur isn't successful with it.

  • Emma and Regina come up with a way to free Merlin, but don't have a crucial ingredient. Also, Mary Margaret and David search for a valuable dagger; Henry asks Violet on a date; and Merida tries to embark on a secret mission at Emma's request.

  • Lancelot warns Mary Margaret of King Arthur's plans. Also, Emma gains hope in fighting darkness because of Hook's love for her. In a Camelot flashback: Guinevere heads out on a quest when she thinks Arthur might be losing his way.

  • In Camelot: the heroes work hard to set Merlin free while Mary Margaret finds out what happened to Lancelot. In Storybrooke: Arthur wants David to help him capture a thief and Emma helps Hook while trying to figure out how to gain the Excalibur.

  • Camelot hosts a royal ball and grim events force David and Robin into action. Regina's strength is tried when she attempts to protect Emma.

  • In the fifth season premiere, Emma seeks help from Merling of Camelot after beginning the transformation into the Dark One. Princess Merida, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table assist her along the way.

  • Bonus "Birth" episode with special audio commentary from Cast Member Colin O'Donohue, Executive Producer/Writer David H. Goodman and Producer/Writer Jerome Schwartz.

Once Upon a Time News

Jennifer Morrison is Leaving 'Once Upon a Time'

The actress won't be back for the series' seventh season.

'Once Upon a Time' Casts Cruella De Vil

And apparently, she's related to Elsa and Anna. Huh?

'Once Upon a Time' Season 4, Episode 3: 'Rocky Road' Recap

A stranger is stirring up trouble in Storybrooke... does Elsa have competition?

'Once Upon a Time' Season 4, Episode 2: 'White Out' Recap

Elsa looks for Anna, but gets herself and Emma trapped in ice when she panics; Charming thinks back to how he first met Anna.

'Once Upon a Time' Season 4, Episode 1: 'A Tale of Two Sisters' Recap

Elsa of "Frozen" is lost and confused in Storybrooke; Regina fights to stay good, despite a broken heart, but the return of Marian may be too much for her.

New 'Once Upon a Time' Promo Features More 'Frozen'

Elsa's all set to take over Storybrooke!

'Once Upon a Time' Casts its Prince Hans, Troll King

Who will be joining the Storybrooke group for the upcoming season?

Anna and Kristoff of 'Frozen' Cast in 'Once Upon a Time'

Meet your new "Once Upon a Time" power couple! The season finale of "OUAT" revealed that the newest addition to the cast of characters would be none other than Elsa of "Frozen." As time went on, it was rumored that other "Frozen" characters would be joining the cast as well. Sure enough, new casting news from the production shows that Anna and Kristoff will be characters on the show, and the actors have already been chosen! Kristoff will be played by Scott Michael Foster, while Elizabeth Lail will take on the role of Elsa's younger sister

'Once Upon a Time' Season 3, Episode 22: 'There's No Place Like Home' Recap

Emma and Hook work to return home, while also attempting to guide Snow and Charming's storyline back on track.

'Once Upon a Time' Season 3, Episode 21: 'Snow Drifts' Recap

When Zelena's death opens the portal, Emma and Hook are sucked into the past of the Enchanted Forest.

'Once Upon a Time' Season 3, Episode 20: 'Kansas' Recap

As Snow and Charming's baby makes its way into the world, we find out more about why Zelena went bad.

'Once Upon a Time' Season 3, Episode 19: 'A Curious Thing' Recap

Everyone works to figure out how to break their forgetting curse, in the hopes that they will know how to defeat Zelena when the spell is removed.

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