10 Reasons You Should Be Watching Once Upon A Time

Snow White, Prince Charming, and Rumpelstiltskin all walk into a bar€ Normally that would be the start of a joke, but in the world of Once Upon A Time, it€™s just another day in the life. Featuring new, fantastically twisted takes on the fairy tale characters whose names we all grew up knowing, ABC€™s sophomore fantasy series about the small town of Storybrooke, Maine continues to make waves well into its second season. In many ways, Once is a unique feature in the world of mainstream network programming: a piece of genre fare that has proved to have serious staying power. If you haven€™t tuned in yet, here are 10 reasons to start now...

10. The Ensemble


Among other things, Once is notable on major network television for the sheer number of series regulars they boast. Once is absolutely an ensemble-based show, and their unapologetic embrace of this opens the door to some of the show€™s greatest strengths. Throughout the first season, we were treated to a steady stream of episodes that introduced new takes on classic characters such as Snow White, Prince Charming, and Little Red Riding Hood, making each week an adventure in the unexpected. More than that, though, Once has proved its mettle at juggling a massive slate of compelling storylines for all the characters in the series, and skillfully weaving different threads together in a believable way.

Matt is a freelance writer and aspiring TV and film scriptwriter. He has a bizarrely eclectic skillset, and the interests to match. Find more of his work and ramblings over at the Breakwater Industries page on Facebook. He is a regular contributor to, and his work has also appeared in the essay collection "Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion", published by Titan Books.