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List Rules Best Once Upon A Time episodes, no matter how popular they are.

List of the best Once Upon a Time episodes, as determined by voters like you. Once Upon a Time is a fairy-tale drama series that premiered in 2011 on ABC. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Once Upon a Time episodes of all time are. Fans of Once Upon a Time are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Episodes on this Once Upon a Time episode list include A Land Without Magic and The Stable Boy. What is the best Once Upon a Time episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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A Land Without Magic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
A Land Without Magic

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218 66
Pilot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Pilot

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142 40
An Apple Red As Blood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
May 06 2012 "An Apple Red as Blood" is the 21st episode of the American fairy tale/drama television series Once Upon a Time, which aired in the United States on ABC on May 6, 2012. The series ...more

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87 15
The Song in Your Heart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 6 Episode 20: Storybrooke residents discover the power of song.

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142 44
The Stable Boy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
The Stable Boy

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147 48
Red-Handed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Red-Handed

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197 75
Skin Deep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Skin Deep

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139 47
Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Manhattan

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48 6
The Final Battle Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 6 Episode 22: The Heroes are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land.

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129 47
The Miller's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
The Miller's Daughter

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117 42
Snow Falls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Snow Falls

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104 35
The Thing You Love Most is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
The Thing You Love Most

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64 14
Broken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
david-p-griffith added Broken

Reality and myth begin to merge as the fairytale characters awaken from Evil Queen Regina's broken curse and remember who they were. But to their dismay, they aren't transported back to fairytale land. To make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin - aka Mr. Gold - in an effort to gain the upper hand in his power struggle with Regina, has introduced magic into the town. In fairytales magic has its place, but in our world it can be unpredictable. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land, Prince Phillip awakens his sleeping beauty, Aurora, but discovers that he and his traveling companion, Mulan, will soon have to face a deadly foe.

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56 10
Tallahassee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 2 Episode 6: Emma follows Capt. Hook up a beanstalk to find a magical compass.

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116 48
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

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52 11
The Final Battle Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 6 Episode 21: Henry awakens to a cursed Storybrooke.

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105 46
Desperate Souls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Desperate Souls

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88 37
The Price of Gold is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
The Price of Gold

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35 5
Souls of the Departed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 12: The heroes follow Hook to the underworld.

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38 7
Heroes and Villains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 4 Episode 12: Old friendships are renewed and Anna and Elsa return to Arendelle.

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95 48
Hat Trick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Hat Trick

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25 3
Quite a Common Fairy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 3 Episode 3: Hook suggests tracking down Tinker Bell to help locate Pan's hideout.

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34 6
It's Not Easy Being Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 3 Episode 16: Zelena challenges Regina to a fight to the death.

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60 26
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Heart of Darkness

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27 4
Sisters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 19: Regina turns to Cora for help with Zelena.

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31 6
Snow Drifts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 3 Episode 21: Mary Margaret and David name their son in part 1 of the season 3 finale.

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59 27
That Still Small Voice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
That Still Small Voice

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31 7
Beauty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 7 Episode 4: Weaver's exchange with Tilly goes awry.

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26 4
Firebird is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 20: Emma and Hook's love faces the ultimate test.

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35 11
Swan Song is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 11: The dark ones prepare to obliterate light magic.

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27 5
Page 23 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 6 Episode 14: Regina faces off against the Evil Queen.

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45 19
Bleeding Through is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Mia Angelica Moore added Bleeding Through

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25 4
There's No Place Like Home is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 3 Episode 22: Emma and Hook tread lightly in the past in part 2 of the season 3 finale.

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25 4
Dark Hollow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 3 Episode 7: Mr. Gold and Regina send Ariel back to Storybrooke.

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26 6
Birth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 8: Merlin delivers an ultimatum to Emma.

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24 5
Last Rites is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 21: Danger looms as Hades grows more powerful.

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65 38
The Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
The Shepherd

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56 31
The Return is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
The Return

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23 5
And Straight On 'Til Morni... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 2 Episode 22: Storybrooke's inhabitants brace themselves as Greg and Tamara activate the trigger within the curse.

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20 3
The Savior is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 6 Episode 1: Regina and Zelena embrace their newfound sisterhood.

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21 4
Heart of Gold is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 4 Episode 18: Regina is torn when she receives shocking news concerning Robin Hood.

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22 5
Our Decay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 16: Belle is reunited with Rumple in the Underworld.

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22 5
Nimue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 7: Emma and Merlin embark on a quest.

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23 6
The Dark Swan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 5 Episode 1: The heroes band together to save Emma.

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59 37
7:15 A.m. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
7:15 A.m.

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24 8
Good Form is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 3 Episode 5: Hook brings the ailing David along on a quest.

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19 4
A Pirate's Life is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 7 Episode 2: Henry calls upon his Storybrooke family for help.

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20 5
The Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 2 Episode 4: Belle threatens to leave Mr. Gold if he doesn't change his ways.

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18 4
The Heart of the Truest Believ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 3 Episode 1: Unfriendly mermaids threaten those searching for Henry in Neverland.

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18 4
Lady of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Once Upon A Time Episodes
Season 2 Episode 3: Emma and Mary Margaret try to find a portal back to Storybrooke.