Grimm, a supernatural crime thriller series by the same producers that brought us classics such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”, is the best TV series on the air right now. The show premiered in 2012 and its second season that began in August. The show is essentially a police drama, but with a twist—in the world of the series, fairy tale creatures exist. The series title is a reference to the fairy tale authors “The Brothers Grimm”, and many episodes feature plots that are loosely based on Grimms’ fairytales. However, episodes also feature various beings and legends that do not originate from the brothers Grimm. The main character is Nick Burkhardt, a Homicide Detective played by newcomer David Guintoli. Nick’s troubles multiply when his Aunt Marie (his last living—well, barely living—relative) informs him that he is descended from a long and ancient line of “guardians”, also known as “Grimms”. The primary responsibilities of Grimms include keeping the peace between humanity and the mystical realm, protecting good, and defeating evil. Nick is a quick thinker with an intuitive mind that helps him to understand the motives and quirks of human and magical perpetrators alike. As per every Grimm inheritance, Nick is also endowed with certain supernatural abilities that help him in his duties. However, these powers initially manifest themselves in a way that is not so comfortable; Nick begins having strange visions of normal people who suddenly transform into monsters before his eyes. This ability lets Nick see what other normal humans can’t—that magical creatures are everywhere, and some of them need to be dealt with more harshly than others. Throughout the series, Nick battles a variety of mythical evil forces with the help of his partner, Detective Hank Griffith, and a friendly, reformed werewolf known as “Monroe”. Grimm is set and filmed on location in modern-day Portland, Oregon.
The initial critical reception of Grimm has been mixed, including generally positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Despite the mixed critical reviews, Grimm seems to have earned the approval of the masses with an IMBD rating of 7.6 out of 10. Grimm features the classic tale of man versus monster, but skips the mushy teen drama feeling inherent in many other supernatural shows, making the show appeal to both men and women in a wide age group. However, Grimm also possesses the great quality of interspersing the chills, thrills, and horror with refreshing moments of humor. The dynamic cast of characters is fully of a variety of quirky personalities that facilitate entertaining witty banter. Thus, Grimm is not a typical crime drama, nor a typical supernatural thriller, but on the contrary includes the best of both worlds to produce a show that is fun, campy, intense, and more than a little bit creepy. Both crime drama fans of series like CSI and Bones, as well as supernatural thriller fans of shows like “Once Upon a Time” and “Lost Girl” will be pleased with the outcome of Grimm.