There may be many people who haven’t heard of Grimm. This is a shame, as a lot of viewers and critics would recommend this show as well worth watching. The title falls into the fantasy genre, as well as the police and drama genres. It has six seasons, which aired on NBC. While it had originally been set to air on CBS, the writers’ strike at the time put a spanner in the works. 

To begin with, critics were divided over their opinion of this show. However, as the series continued, this consensus became unanimous in positivity. The last episode of this show aired in March 2017. There are 123 episodes to binge watch, and each episode averages around 43 minutes in duration. Viewers have expressed interest in similar shows like Game of Thrones and Fear The Walking Dead.


The man at the center of this show is Nick Burkhardt, a homicide investigator working for the Portland Police Department. In a strange twist, he discovers that he is descended from the Grimms – protectors who work to keep humans and mythological creatures, called Wesen, living in harmony. As the series progresses, Burkhardt is seen engaging in battle against a number of creatures. Fortunately, he has the help of a Wesen called Monroe and his partner from the police department – Detective Hank Griffin. 

Cast and characters

  • David Giuntoli – Detective Nicholas ‘Nick’ Burkhardt
  • Russell Hornsby – Detective Hank Griffin
  • Bitsie Tulloch – Juliette Silverton
  • Silas Weir Mitchell – Monroe
  • Sasha Roiz – Captain Sean Renard
  • Reggie Lee – Sergeant Drew Wu
  • Bree Turner – Rosalee Calvert
  • Claire Coffee – Adalind Schade

Filming locations

The filming for Grimm took place in Portland and its surrounding area, also known as the metropolitan area. According to those involved with the show, Portland was decided as the location due to its forests in the two main parks – Forest Park and Washington Park. 

When NBC announced that Grimm would be renewed for season two, writers and producers Greenwalt and Jim Kouf stated that the show would continue to be filmed in Portland. They said: ‘Rain or shine, Portland has been the ideal setting for fairy tales with its enchanting layout. It is its own character in our show with the perfect mix of urban and rural settings.’


Originally, CBS had been developing a drama called Brother Grimm back in 2008. However, these plans drew to a halt and were eventually cancelled due to the writers’ strike. Three years later, NBC revealed they were working on a series which had the title of Grimm. The pilot was written by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt. 

It was decided that the show would make its initial debut on air in October, so it could be on screens close to Halloween. A special showing took place in December of that year to see if the overall ratings for the network would improve. The show was renewed in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for subsequent seasons. 

Episodes and reception

Each season of Grimm has 22 episodes – with the exception of its sixth and final season, which only has 13. Impressively, there was a new season airing each year between 2011 and 2017. Furthermore, 2012 and 2014 saw the show nominated in the Creative Arts Emmy Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.

To begin with, the first season of Grimm had mixed reviews, and Metacritic provided it with an index score of 55 out of 100. However, in the second season, it managed to land a score of 75. 

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