Once Upon a Time

2011 TV-PG 7 seasons

Once Upon a Time

2011 TV-PG 7 seasons
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Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Carlyle star in this fantastical series that follows the travails of a young woman who is drawn to a small Maine town and discovers that it's filled with the mystical elements of the fairy tale world.
Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O'Donoghue, Rebecca Mader, Sean Maguire, Meghan Ory, Raphael Sbarge, Michael Raymond-James, Michael Socha, Eion Bailey, Jamie Dornan, Andrew J. West, Dania Ramirez, Gabrielle Anwar, Mekia Cox, Alison Fernandez
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6
  • SEASON  7

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 5 discs

When Emma Swan reconnects with the 10-year-old son she gave up for adoption, she discovers that he believes they are characters from a fairy-tale world controlled by an evil queen. As sinister occurrences pile up, Emma realizes that he may be right.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Thai, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese Traditional
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although Once Upon a Time is inspired by classic fairy tales such as Snow White, Pinocchio, and revivals of popular stories such as Mulan and Frozen, it's not always age-appropriate for younger kids. The content is often violent -- including murder, sword fights, and death threats -- and much of the story is clouded in a sense of peril and shifting loyalties. There's some implied sexual content (including women buttoning up their blouses and lovers escaping out of windows), some innuendo, and occasional iffy language ("hell," "ass," "suck"). The upside? It has multi-generational appeal, but parents may want to preview before sharing with tweens.

Sexual Content

Couples shown getting dressed after implied sexual activity; shirtless men, bare-backed women visible. Some bed-hopping implied.


Bloody sword fights, explosions, destroying people's actual hearts, and murder. Frightening images of creatures such as trolls.


Infrequent use of "bastard," "ass," "hell," and "suck."

Social Behavior

Themes include love, good and evil, abandonment, and a lack of fulfillment.


Emma drives a classic Volkswagen Beetle.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking (beer, mostly), but without ill effect.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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