The BEST Episodes of Once Upon a Time (2011)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Network: ABC (US)
Emma Swan, a 28-year-old bail bonds collector, has always been a fiercely independent person since being abandoned as a baby. Her son Henry, who she gave up for adoption years ago, finds and tries to convince Emma that she is Snow White's missing daughter. Henry shows Emma that in the fairytale, Prince Charming and Snow White sent her away to protect her. Emma doesn't believe him and takes Henry back to Storybrooke...
#1 - Operation Mongoose (2)
Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 10, 2015
As Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, the Author and Gold raise the stakes by turning the tables on heroes and villains alike.
#2 - There's No Place Like Home
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 11, 2014
In the conclusion of two-part episode that serves as the season three finale, Emma and Hook must find a way to return to Storybrooke, but in their quest to return, they have to find a way not to interfere or tamper with the events that lead up to the first curse, or else they risk altering the entire timeline, and could end up warping the future existence of everyone involved, including Emma, Hook, as well as Emma's family back in present-day Storybrooke.
#3 - Leaving Storybrooke
Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 18, 2018
Wish Rumple’s evil plan is revealed and Regina realizes the only hope to stop him is by turning Wish Henry from his path for vengeance. Meanwhile, Tilly and Margot try to get help in Storybrooke. With his hope of ever being reunited with Belle fading, Weaver struggles to find a way to defeat his evil alter ego; and when Rogers’ life is threatened, he is faced with the ultimate sacrifice. Series Finale.
#4 - A Land Without Magic
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 13, 2012
Emma and Regina team together in order to find a way to save Henry's life. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming attempts to escape from the Evil Queen's clutches in order to reunite with Snow White who, unbeknownst to him, has already taken a bite of the Queen's poison apple.
#5 - The Final Battle (2)
Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 14, 2017
With Fairy Tale Land crumbling around them, the characters race to save their stories, and Gold and Fiona face off in a fateful confrontation.
#6 - Going Home
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 2013
The race is on to stop Pan from enacting another curse on the residents of Storybrooke, which could kill every living soul in town.
#7 - The Final Battle (1)
Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired May 14, 2017
In the wake of the Black Fairy's curse, the town of Storybrooke is forever changed... and the Final Battle begins to take shape.
#8 - And Straight on 'Til Morning
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 12, 2013
Storybrooke's inhabitants brace themselves as Greg and Tamara activate the trigger within the curse; Mr. Gold mourns; Hook rescues Bae, who is being pursued by the Lost Boys.
#9 - Snow Drifts
Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 11, 2014
While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny's Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena's time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change anything or risk altering the lives of their friends and family - as well as their very own existence.
#10 - Is This Henry Mills?
Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired May 4, 2018
Roni enlists Lucy's help to wake Henry, but things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, Rogers and Weaver go to Margot in hopes of getting through to Tilly. In a flashback, Young Henry struggles to decide what path to follow until a mysterious phone call helps put him on track.
#11 - Kansas
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 4, 2014
With Mary Margaret in labor and due to give birth at any moment, the residents of Storybrooke go on high alert in an attempt to ensure that Zelena doesn't try to steal her newborn baby for use in her ultimate game plan to turn back time and change her destiny -- while obliterating Regina's existence. Meanwhile, in the land of Oz of the past, Glinda tries to convince Zelena to fight her evil tendencies and join her and her sister witches as a protector of Oz. But the appearance of a young girl from Kansas could turn out to be her undoing.
#12 - Operation Mongoose (1)
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 10, 2015
The Author proves to be a formidable wild card, and as Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina try to thwart him, he forges an alliance with Gold.
#13 - Wish You Were Here
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 4, 2016
When she learns that our heroes possess a weapon capable of defeating her, the Evil Queen steals Aladdin’s magic lamp from Jasmine and makes a wish that could sideline the Savior forever. Unwilling to wake Snow while Emma is missing, David works with Hook and Henry to hold the Evil Queen at bay in Storybrooke, as Regina goes on a rogue rescue mission. Meanwhile, Gold and Belle face a surprising danger to their newborn son.
#14 - An Apple Red As Blood
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 6, 2012
Henry pleads with Emma to stay in Storybrooke and continue her quest as the savior of the fairytale dwellers, and Regina concocts a plan that could rid her of Emma forever. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Snow White enlists the aid of her fellow fairytale cohorts to attack the Evil Queen and save Prince Charming's life.
#15 - Manhattan
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 17, 2013
Emma, Henry and Mr. Gold search for Gold's son in New York; Hook, Cora and Regina look for one of Rumplestiltskin's most precious possessions.
#16 - New York City Serenade
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 9, 2014
After Rumplestiltskin sacrificed his life to stop Pan from enacting another curse, Regina obliterated her original curse, which erased Storybrooke from existence and whisked its residents back to Fairy Tale Land – leaving Emma and Henry back in our world with no memories of Storybrooke. But all is not well back in the Enchanted Forest when Hook comes calling on Emma in New York City in an attempt to jog her memory so that she can once again help her fairy tale family and friends out of a desperate situation.
#17 - Queen of Hearts
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 2, 2012
Hook and Cora face off with Emma and Mary Margaret in a race for the compass; Mr. Gold and Regina plan to kill anyone who enters the portal.
#18 - Think Lovely Thoughts
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2013
Pan tries to convince Henry that he can save magic and Neverland; a young Rumplestiltskin receives a magical item that could give him a fresh start with his father.
#19 - Skin Deep
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 12, 2012
After Mr. Gold's house is robbed, Emma keeps a close eye on him when it looks like he wants to track down the criminal and dole out some vigilante justice as payback, and Valentine's Day finds Mary Margaret, Ruby and Ashley having a girls' night out. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle agrees to a fateful deal to give up her freedom in order to save her town from the horrors of the Ogre war.
#20 - The Miller's Daughter
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 10, 2013
Cora and Regina try to overpower Mr. Gold; dark magic tempts Mary Margaret; Rumplestiltskin offers his services to Cora.
#21 - The Crocodile
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 21, 2012
Belle threatens to leave Mr. Gold if he doesn't change his ways; the dwarves try to find fairy dust in the Storybrooke mine; Rumplestilskin tries to save his wife from a band of pirates.
#22 - Birth
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2015
Tensions in Camelot come to a head when Merlin, now under Arthur's control, delivers an ultimatum to Emma: hand over the Dark One dagger and the Promethean spark or he will kill her entire family. Refusing to give in, Emma and our heroes face off against Arthur, Merlin and Zelena in an epic battle of magic and will. Just when the end is in sight, Emma is forced to make a gut-wrenching choice that no one saw coming. Back in Storybrooke, Zelena's pregnancy mysteriously accelerates and Hook goes to new and desperate lengths to get answers from the Dark Swan.
#23 - The Black Fairy
Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 30, 2017
In flashback, after Rumple’s mother, Fiona, learns from his fairy godmother that his destiny is prophesized, she does everything in her power to keep it from happening. Ultimately, Fiona will have to make a decision that will change the course of both their lives forever. Meanwhile in Storybrooke, Rumple faces a similar dilemma.
#24 - A Curious Thing
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 27, 2014
Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook - whose lips have been cursed by the Wicked Witch -- doesn't proceed with kissing Emma, which will drain all of her magical powers away, and things begin to heat up between Regina and Robin Hood. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was during the past year, Snow and Charming go in search of Glinda, The Good Witch of the South, to see if she can help them defeat Zelena, and the curse that will ultimately send the Fairy Tale characters back to Storybrooke is cast -- but from an unlikely source.
#25 - Fall
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 30, 2014
As the Spell of Shattered Sight approaches Storybrooke, Mary Margaret and David rally the residents to prepare for the curse while Belle and the fairies work together on an antidote. Gold, with Hook as his reluctant servant, sets about an exit strategy of his own. Regina and Robin Hood ready themselves for the worst while, with the help of a locator spell, Emma and Elsa search desperately for Anna. In Arendelle, Anna and Kristoff awaken to find that their kingdom is once again in danger.