Once Upon a Time... Happily Never After

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Once Upon a Time... Happily Never After
SpanishÉrase una vez... pero ya no
GenreMusical comedy
Created byManolo Caro
Written byKim Torres
Natalia García Argaz
Gabriel Nuncio
Manolo Caro
Directed byManolo Caro
StarringSebastián Yatra
Nía Correia
Mónica Maranillo
Asier Etxeandia
Mariana Treviño
Mariola Fuentes
ComposerLucas Vidal
Country of originSpain
Original languagesEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production companyNoc Noc Cinema
Budget€1.5 million per episode[1]
Original release
Release11 March 2022 (2022-03-11)

Once Upon a Time... Happily Never After (Spanish: Érase una vez... pero ya no) is a Spanish musical comedy series created by Manolo Caro and produced by Noc Noc Cinema for Netflix. It was released globally on the streaming platform on 11 March 2022, and stars Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra in his acting debut.[2][3]


Two estranged lovers must find each other in another life and reunite so they can break a spell that prevents an entire town from falling in love, but the arrival of two tourists will endanger their one chance at making it happen.[2]


Episode list[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal release date
11"If You Don't Come Back"
(Si tú no vuelves)
March 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
March 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
33"We Were Love"
(Fuimos amor)
March 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
44"I'm Going to Survive"
March 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
55"I'm Not That Girl"
(Yo no soy esa)
March 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
66"We Always Lived Together"
(Vivimos siempre juntos)
March 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Once Upon a Time... Happily Never After was met with a negative reception from Spanish critics. Pere Solà Gimferrer of La Vanguardia wrote an "anti-recommendation" review of the show, stating: "It's a crass, absurd comedy that mixes fairytales, prostitution and a wardrobe that seems bought from a costume shop. It would be bold were it not for an unforgivable mistake it makes: being camp without being any fun."[4] Espinof's Mikel Zorrilla also panned the series, pointing out its indecisive tone as its most important flaw: "At times it seems to be going for a more serious, dramatic approach, while in other occasions it dangerously flirts with ridiculousness. This could lead the viewer to despair over what's unfolding before their eyes, since even in the setting work, a certain narrative schizophrenia can be perceived, which dooms Once Upon a Time... Happily Never After to be Netflix's worst Spanish series to date."[5]

Internationally, the series also received negative reviews. Decider's Joel Keller compared the show to American series Galavant, while noting both shows suffered from similar issues: "[Galavant creator Dan] Fogelman tried to cram so much funny into each episode, along with the musical interludes, that the story collapsed under the weight of all the devices he used. That’s the problem with Once Upon A Time... Happily Never After, but with the added device of two timelines and the same actors playing roles in each." He concluded the review by advising readers to skip the series: "There are better examples of musical comedy series out there (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, anyone?); there’s just too much going on in Once Upon A Time... Happily Never After to recommend it."[6]


  1. ^ Fdez, Juan M. (11 March 2022). "La estratosférica cifra de 'Érase una vez... pero ya no', una de las series más caras de Netflix". Bluper (in Spanish). El Español. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b Sánchez Casademont, Rafael (31 March 2021). "'Érase una vez... pero ya no': Todo lo que sabemos de la primera serie musical de Netflix". Esquire (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  3. ^ Herruzo Martínez, Ignacio (11 March 2022). "'Érase una vez... pero ya no': fecha de estreno, reparto y tráiler de la serie de Netflix". Diez Minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  4. ^ Solà Gimferrer, Pere (13 March 2022). "'Érase una vez (pero ya no)' es la peor serie española de Netflix (o no)". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  5. ^ Zorrilla, Mikel (11 March 2022). "'Érase una vez... pero ya no': la colorida serie musical de Netflix es una desconcertante oda al mamarrachismo del creador de 'La casa de las flores'". Espinof (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  6. ^ Keller, Joel (11 March 2022). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Once Upon A Time… Happily Never After' On Netflix, A Musical Fantasy Series About A Separated Couple And A Town That Can't Fall In Love". Decider. Retrieved 14 March 2022.

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