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The Best Seasons of Once Upon a Time

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All the seasons of Once Upon a Time have been magical, but which seasons really stand out? Storybrook, Maine is home to fairy tale characters who have been robbed of their memories. Some of the most memorable episodes of Once Upon a Time come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some Once Upon a Time seasons focus on Emma's attempts to break the curse, while other good seasons reveal what happens to Henry as an adult. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Once Upon a Time are, let's rank every Once Upon a Time season from best to worst.

Once Upon a Time is a fantasy adventure drama series featuring iconic characters from fairy tales, Disney films, mythology, and more. Once Upon a Time premiered on ABC on October 23, 2011. After seven seasons, Once Upon a Time concluded on May 18, 2018 having aired a total of 155 episodes.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Once Upon a Time, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of Once Upon a Time not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be painful to put one Once Upon a Time season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    Once Upon a Time - Season 3

    The third season of Once Upon a Time premiered on May 11, 2014, and contains 22 episodes. This season finds Emma and the rest of the Storybrooke gang going to Neverland to try to get Henry back from the mischievous Peter Pan

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Lost Girl," "Save Henry," and "The Jolly Roger."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Peter Pan and Henry switching bodies.
    • The Wicked Witch of the West takes over Storybrooke.
    • A time portal releases the Snow Queen into the real world.
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    Once Upon a Time - Season 1

    The first season of Once Upon a Time premiered on May 13, 2012, and contains 22 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Emma and the other fairy tale characters living in Storybrooke, Michigan.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "The Still Small Voice," "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," and "An Apple as Red as Blood."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Emma's son tells her she's the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.
    • Emma wins a sheriff position in Storybrooke.
    • Mr. August reveals himself as Pinocchio.
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    Once Upon a Time - Season 2

    The second season of Once Upon a Time premiered on September 30, 2012, and contains 22 episodes. This season finds Emma and Snow White lost in the Enchanted Forest before all the characters engage in a sort of custody battle for Henry that leads all the way to Neverland. 

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "The Doctor," "Queen of Hearts," and "Second Star to the Right." 

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Mary Margaret finds out who killed her mother.
    • August reverts to the boy puppet Pinocchio.
    • Regina attempts to kill Cora.
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    Once Upon a Time - Season 5

    The fifth season of Once Upon a Time premiered on September 27, 2015, and contains 22 episodes. This season finds the Storybrooke residents mulling over how to get Emma back from the Dark One while Captain Hook has his own schemes against Rumpelstiltskin.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "The Broken Kingdom," "The Bear King," and "Broken Heart."

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • Emma is close to becoming the Dark One.
    • Nimue becomes the first Dark One.
    • Hook uses Excalibur on the other Dark Ones.
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