Once Upon A Time – Review


  • Original air date: 2011 – present
  • No of seasons: 5
  • Episode runtime: 43 minutes
  • Writer/producers: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
  • Country: USA
  • Network (UK): Netflix
  • Starring: Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emilie de Ravin, Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader, Robert Carlyle, Colin O’Donoghue

And so, they all lived happily ever after…or did they? 

For Emma Swan, life has been anything but a fairytale. Abandoned by her parents when she was just a baby, she has endured every kind of heartache and disappointment. But on her twenty eighth birthday, when the boy she gave up for adoption arrives on her doorstep, she begins an incredible and life-changing journey. Returning with him to the curious seaside town of Storybrooke, where the residents are cursed fairytale characters, Emma must find the strength and learn to believe if she is ever to restore their memories and be reunited with her family.

Once Upon A Time’s authenticity as a fantasy series is truly unlike anything I’ve seen before. Horowitz and Kitsis deliver a promising tale where the characters we’ve grown to love interact with each other, with a major twist in every episode, rendering us speechless. Every episode is split into two segments; a flashback of a character’s past, and the other set in present-day Storybrooke, which works really well. This unique spin on a world where reality and fantasy collide is enough to make any TV fanatic turn on their screen. The diversity of the cast shouldn’t go without applause; many beloved and well-known characters of different ethnicities, as well as strong, independent female protagonists. The series displays unfamiliar, but distinctive fantastical elements which you will never see in any other fantasy series.

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