1. As might be guessed by its title, Once Upon a Time deals with characters from children’s stories. (Because bringing together characters from adult stories like The Sound and the Fury, The World According to Garp, The Shining and The Grapes of Wrath would be too freaky.)
2. The series, which premiered October 23, 2011, is set in (the fictional) Storybrooke, ME. The characters have all been brought there because of a curse by an Evil Queen who doesn’t want anyone else to have a happy ending.
3. The episodes generally follow two paths, with one path detailing events that happened in the characters’ old fairyland before they were brought to Storybrooke, and the second set in the current time and detailing what is happening here and now. (My life generally follows two paths as well, but neither one is as interesting.)
4. The creators, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, also were writers for the TV show Lost, and there are frequent references to that series in Once Upon a Time. (Hey, if I had my own show, I’d put in plenty of references to my own past works, too.)
5. Jennifer Morrison, who plays the key role of Emma Swan, believed to be the child of Snow White and Prince Charming and possibly the only one who can return the characters to their fairyland, was an associate producer for the first season of the TV series Glee.
6. Robert Carlyle, who plays Rumpelstiltskin, studied for and passed the test to get a bus driver’s license because he was playing one in the movie Carla’s Song. (Please think twice before casting this actor as someone who has to detonate a nuclear bomb.)
7. Joshua Dallas, who plays Prince Charming, played Gabey (the lead role, played by Gene Kelly in the 1949 film version) in the English National Opera’s production of On the Town. (I am guessing this means Mr. Dallas can sing.)
8. The series was nominated for three 2012 Emmy Awards, for its costumes, special effects and makeup. (These are three categories in which I would never stand a chance of being nominated. My best hope would be in the “Outstanding Performance by a Couch Potato Who Thinks He Knows Everything” category.)
9. The images behind the opening title of each episode change and show things that relate to the series’ characters and/or story.
10. In Storybrooke, Snow White’s name is Mary Margaret Blanchard. “Blanchard” refers to the French word blanc, which means white. Mary Margaret is derived from an 18th century woman who is believed to have partially inspired the original Snow White character. (I’m not exactly sure what it means to have been an inspiration for Snow White. Talks to animals? Is immune to public censure about living with seven men? Is highly allergic to apples?)