I’m actually surprised by how feminist ABC’s Once Upon a Time is compared to most t.v. series. Look at the number of leading female roles in the show, and note the number of strong supporting female characters. Also, notice how multi-dimensional the female characters are in their portrayal. I wasn’t expecting that.

Not to mention, unlike in the Disney movies, the princes and villains are more than generic symbols for achievement or evil. They have pasts and personalities. It’s a show about people, lots of strong people, with complex motives and emotions, their lives intersecting. We need more shows like this.