The first season of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" began airing October 23rd, 2011 and concluded on May 13th, 2012.


On her 28th birthday, Emma Swan meets Henry, the son she gave up for adoption 10 years ago. Henry believes Emma is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, prophesied to break a powerful curse. Unconvinced, Emma returns Henry to Storybrooke, where she encounters the enigmatic Mr. Gold and clashes with mayor Regina Mills - the boy's adoptive mother - who Henry insists is none other than the Evil Queen!



Episodes Edit

Image Title Original Airdate No. in series No. in season
200px Pilot October 23, 2011 1 1
For Emma Swan, life's been anything but a happy ending. But on her 28th birthday, one wish changes everything. The son she gave up for adoption ten years ago shows up on her doorstep, convinced that she comes from an alternate world and that her parents are Snow White and Prince Charming, who sent her away so she would be protected from a curse enacted by the Evil Queen. Though she refuses to believe in her son's theory, Emma finds herself drawn to his hometown of Storybrooke – where every classic character we know is frozen in time with no memories of who they really are, except the Evil Queen. Now, as the Final Battle approaches, Emma must accept her true destiny, as she attempts to uncover the mystery behind a place where fairy tales are to be believed.
200px The Thing You Love Most June 18, 2013 2 2
Regina sees Emma as a possible threat to her relationship with Henry and does everything in her power to force Emma into leaving Storybrooke while the events surrounding the Evil Queen's attempt to enact the Dark Curse are revealed along with an offer that she can't refuse and a terrible price that she may have to pay. (The heart of someone she loves dearly, her father, Henry)
200px Snow Falls June 25, 2013 3 3
Emma convinces Henry's teacher Mary Margaret Blanchard to read Henry's book to a comatose John Doe only to be stunned by the outcome of what happens next while the fateful first encounter between Snow White and Prince Charming is revealed along with a quest to retrieve a stolen jewel pouch from a band of trolls and an unexpected romance that forever alters their destinies.
200px The Price of Gold July 2, 2013 4 4
Emma is hired by the enigmatic Mr. Gold to find pregnant teenager Ashley Boyd only to learn her unborn child is in the center of a dangerous bargain while a regrettable deal made between Cinderella and Rumplestiltskin is revealed along with her desperate attempt to break the contract for good. After Ashley has her baby, Emma makes a deal with Mr. Gold which allowed Ashley to keep the child. She is later visited by her Prince who has no recollection of his past. It is also revealed that Sheriff Graham and Regina are having an affair.
200px That Still Small Voice July 9, 2013 5 5
Emma, now the deputy sheriff, works with authoritative Sheriff Graham and resident psychiatrist Archie Hopper to rescue Henry from a giant sinkhole near the town's edge and Mary Margaret begins to question if she has feelings for the now identified John Doe while Jiminy Cricket's backstory is revealed along with his yearning to transform into the person he wants to be.
200px The Shepherd July 16, 2013 6 6

David finds himself torn between starting over with Kathryn and starting a new relationship with Mary Margaret and Emma learns about Graham's affair with Regina while Prince Charming's backstory is revealed (he had a twin brother who died and he was sent to replace him and kill the dragon and was forced to marry Abigail) along with a life-changing event that forever alters his destiny. At the end, David remembers his past with Kathryn and goes back to her.