Once Upon A Time

I have converted all 33 episodes. Click on the Episode Guide for links to each of them!

Click here to watch the intro to the show!

When I was a kid I used to watch this show on South Dakota Public TV (SDPTV) called "Once Upon A Time". It was produced by NPTV (Nebraska Public Television). Actually the Nebraska Department of Education had a hand in it, and it was produced at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. The story revolved around this librarian named Marion that had been kidnapped by a witch named Kerfumbly. Kerfumbly demanded a story every day, and Marion would put ingredients into a machine and out would come a book with a story containing elements of all the things she had fed into the machine, and Marion would read the story to us (and the witch).

One bit of trivia...the opening sequence was shot at the Joslyn Castle in Omaha!

I'm mostly putting this page up here to see if I get any hits off of search engines, because I would expect other people are interested in this lost relic as well. If anyone has any old episodes of other kids shows from this era on videotape or DVD, I'd love to see them again, so please contact me and let me know your memories of this show or any others you remember.

Here are the lyrics to the theme song. This is from memory, so it should give you an idea of how much I used to watch this show.

Once upon a time a witch loved stories galore
And greedy as she was she wanted more and more

The witch saw that the librarian had stories of all kinds
She said, "I'll capture you...all your stories will be mine!"

Then took place a curious chase through meadow, tree, and flower
Until at last they ended up right at the witch's tower

Now poor Marion the Librarian
A prisoner she'll stay
Until the witch is happy
And lets Marion go away


A lot of people have asked me if I know the show that aired later in which the characters were in space. I myself am not familiar with the show, but it was called "Starlore". I've never seen it myself, but lots of people seem to remember it, because I get asked about it quite a bit!