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The Best Episodes of Once Upon a Time

Every episode of Once Upon a Time ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Once Upon a Time!

There is a town in Maine where every story book character you've ever known is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth and only one can break the spell. Emma Swan is a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who has been supporting herself since she was abandoned as a baby. Things change for her when her son Henry, whom she abandoned years ago, finds her and asks for her help explaining that she is from a different world where she is Snow White's missing daughter.

Genres:DramaSci-Fi & Fantasy
Network:ABC

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Once Upon a Time" is "There's No Place Like Home", rated 9.2/10 from 2690 user votes. It was directed by Ralph Hemecker and written by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz. "There's No Place Like Home" aired on 5/11/2014 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Going Home".

  • There's No Place Like Home
    9.2/10 2,690 votes

    #1 - There's No Place Like Home

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2014-05-11

    Hook and Emma try to find their way back to the present and correct the mistakes they made in the past.

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • Going Home
    9.1/10 2,527 votes

    #2 - Going Home

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-12-15

    The residents of Storybrooke race to stop Pan from placing another curse on the town.

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • Snow Drifts
    9.0/10 1,926 votes

    #3 - Snow Drifts

    Season 3 Episode 21 - Aired 2014-05-11

    While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny's Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena's time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change anything or risk altering the lives of their friends and family - as well as their very own existence.

    Director: Ron Underwood

    Writer: David H. Goodman, Robert Hull

  • Operation Mongoose (2)
    9.0/10 1,980 votes

    #4 - Operation Mongoose (2)

    Season 4 Episode 23 - Aired 2015-05-10

    The Author proves to be a formidable wild card and forges an alliance with Gold. Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, but when Gold and the Author turn the tables on heroes and villains alike, the prospect of any happy outcome appears worlds away. Henry discovers he has big shoes to fill as he steps up to save his family before the story’s final page is turned. It’s a race to the finish, and everything culminates with a shocking twist that will leave the residents of Storybrooke reeling

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • A Land Without Magic
    8.9/10 2,851 votes

    #5 - A Land Without Magic

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2012-05-13

    Emma and Regina team together in order to find a way to save Henry's life. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming attempts to escape from the Evil Queen's clutches in order to reunite with Snow White who, unbeknownst to him, has already taken a bite of the Queen's poison apple.

    Director: Dean White

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • Leaving Storybrooke
    8.9/10 1,152 votes

    #6 - Leaving Storybrooke

    Season 7 Episode 22 - Aired 2018-05-18

    Wish Rumple’s evil plan is revealed and Regina realizes the only hope to stop him is by turning Wish Henry from his path for vengeance. Meanwhile, Tilly and Margot try to get help in Storybrooke. With his hope of ever being reunited with Belle fading, Weaver struggles to find a way to defeat his evil alter ego; and when Rogers’ life is threatened, he is faced with the ultimate sacrifice. Series Finale.

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • Skin Deep
    8.7/10 2,909 votes

    #7 - Skin Deep

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2012-02-12

    After Mr. Gold's house is robbed, Emma keeps a close eye on him when it looks like he wants to track down the criminal and dole out some vigilante justice as payback, and Valentine's Day finds Mary Margaret, Ruby and Ashley having a girls' night out. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle agrees to a fateful deal to give up her freedom in order to save her town from the horrors of the Ogre war.

    Director: Milan Cheylov

    Writer: Jane Espenson

  • Manhattan
    8.7/10 1,937 votes

    #8 - Manhattan

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2013-02-17

    Emma, Henry and Mr. Gold search for Gold's son in New York; Hook, Cora and Regina look for one of Rumplestiltskin's most precious possessions.

    Director: Dean White

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • New York City Serenade
    8.7/10 1,849 votes

    #9 - New York City Serenade

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-03-09

    In New York, Hook tries to get Emma to remember who she really is. In the past, the Storybrooke residents return to the Enchanted Forest and are threatened by a threat like no other.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • Operation Mongoose (1)
    8.7/10 1,643 votes

    #10 - Operation Mongoose (1)

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 2015-05-10

    The Author proves to be a formidable wild card and forges an alliance with Gold. Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, but when Gold and the Author turn the tables on heroes and villains alike, the prospect of any happy outcome appears worlds away. Henry discovers he has big shoes to fill as he steps up to save his family before the story’s final page is turned. It’s a race to the finish, and everything culminates with a shocking twist that will leave the residents of Storybrooke reeling.

    Director: Romeo Tirone

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • The Final Battle (2)
    8.7/10 1,204 votes

    #11 - The Final Battle (2)

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 2017-05-14

    Emma regains her memory but discovers that the Black Fairy has set the perfect trap for her. Meanwhile, the Evil Queen makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her former kingdom, and Gold is forced to choose between Good and Evil.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
    8.6/10 2,842 votes

    #12 - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-12-11

    One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White.

    Director: David Barrett

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • The Miller's Daughter
    8.6/10 1,907 votes

    #13 - The Miller's Daughter

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2013-03-10

    Cora and Regina try to overpower Mr. Gold; dark magic tempts Mary Margaret; Rumplestiltskin offers his services to Cora.

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: Jane Espenson

  • And Straight on 'Til Morning
    8.6/10 1,873 votes

    #14 - And Straight on 'Til Morning

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2013-05-12

    Storybrooke's inhabitants brace themselves as Greg and Tamara activate the trigger within the curse; Mr. Gold mourns; Hook rescues Bae, who is being pursued by the Lost Boys.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Think Lovely Thoughts
    8.6/10 1,763 votes

    #15 - Think Lovely Thoughts

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-11-17

    Pan leads Henry to a secret cave, where he has convinced the boy that he alone can save magic – and Neverland itself. But a showdown between good and evil is about to go down as Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Mr. Gold, and Hook find themselves directly on a path to Pan in an effort to save Henry.

    Director: David Solomon

    Writer: David H. Goodman, Robert Hull

  • Fall
    8.6/10 1,606 votes

    #16 - Fall

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-11-30

    The Snow Queen attempts to pit Anna and Elsa against each other; with her powers out of control, Emma seeks assistance from Gold; Regina's quest takes a surprising turn.

    Director: Mario Van Peebles

    Writer: Jane Espenson

  • Shattered Sight
    8.6/10 1,625 votes

    #17 - Shattered Sight

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-12-07

    As Storybrooke descends into chaos as the Snow Queen's spell takes hold, Emma and Elsa try to trick Regina into destroying the ribbons so that they can attack the Queen. In the past, Ingrid adopts Emma and attempts to show the girl that she's a powerful sorceress.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: Scott Nimerfro, Tze Chun

  • Birth
    8.6/10 1,514 votes

    #18 - Birth

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-11-15

    Tensions in Camelot come to a head when Merlin, now under Arthur’s control, delivers an ultimatum to Emma: hand over the Dark One dagger and the Promethean spark or he will kill her entire family. Refusing to give in, Emma and our heroes face off against Arthur, Merlin and Zelena in an epic battle of magic and will. Just when the end is in sight, Emma is forced to make a gut-wrenching choice that no one saw coming. Back in Storybrooke, Zelena’s pregnancy mysteriously accelerates and Hook goes to new and desperate lengths to get answers from the Dark Swan.

    Director: Eagle Egilsson

    Writer: David H. Goodman, Jerome Schwartz

  • Is This Henry Mills?
    8.6/10 781 votes

    #19 - Is This Henry Mills?

    Season 7 Episode 20 - Aired 2018-05-04

    Roni enlists Lucy’s help to wake Henry and stop Gothel, but things don’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Rogers and Weaver go to Margot in hopes of freeing Tilly before her magic can be used to power the spell. In a flashback, Young Henry struggles to decide what path to follow until a mysterious phone call helps put him on track.

    Director: Ron Underwood

    Writer: Dana Horgan, Leah Fong

  • Red-Handed
    8.5/10 2,377 votes

    #20 - Red-Handed

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2012-03-11

    After Ruby quits Granny's diner and with her self-esteem at an all-time low, Emma hires her as an assistant in order to help Ruby discover what it is in life that she's good at; and Emma continues questioning David about the disappearance - and possible murder - of Kathryn. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Red Riding Hood yearns to run away with her true love. But she, along with her fellow townspeople, are virtual prisoners when a bloodthirsty wolf continues on its relentless killing spree.

    Director: Ron Underwood

    Writer: Jane Espenson

  • Hat Trick
    8.5/10 2,473 votes

    #21 - Hat Trick

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2012-03-25

    While searching for a missing Mary Margaret, Emma is kidnapped by a man whose affinity for hats has him teetering on the edge of madness. Meanwhile, viewers will be transported outside of the fairytale land that was for the first time when the Evil Queen persuades a skillful man of magic to come work for her one last time and travel to Wonderland in order to help steal something from the Queen of Hearts.

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: David H. Goodman

  • The Stable Boy
    8.5/10 2,326 votes

    #22 - The Stable Boy

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2012-04-01

    Emma continues her exhaustive search for evidence that will prove Mary Margaret's innocence in the murder of David's wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was and before evil blackened her soul, Regina must choose between betraying her mother, Cora, and marrying for true love, or betrothing royalty and living a regal - but loveless - life; and the event that caused the Evil Queen to loathe Snow White is revealed.

    Director: Dean White

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • Queen of Hearts
    8.5/10 1,889 votes

    #23 - Queen of Hearts

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2012-12-02

    Hook and Cora face off with Emma and Mary Margaret in a race for the compass; Mr. Gold and Regina plan to kill anyone who enters the portal.

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

  • Witch Hunt
    8.5/10 1,585 votes

    #24 - Witch Hunt

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-03-16

    In New York, Hook tries to make Emma remember by something very powerful: true love. In the Enchanted Forest, Regina, Snow, and Charming all team up to defeat a very powerful witch. In another world's past, a young girl learns how to use wizardry only to be hunted by a mob.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Jane Espenson

  • A Curious Thing
    8.5/10 1,531 votes

    #25 - A Curious Thing

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 2014-04-27

    Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook - whose lips have been cursed by the Wicked Witch -- doesn't proceed with kissing Emma, which will drain all of her magical powers away, and things begin to heat up between Regina and Robin Hood. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was during the past year, Snow and Charming go in search of Glinda, The Good Witch of the South, to see if she can help them defeat Zelena, and the curse that will ultimately send the Fairy Tale characters back to Storybrooke is cast -- but from an unlikely source.

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz