Grimm Information

Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama"?with a twist... a dark and fantastical project about a world in which characters inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales exist", although the stories and characters inspiring the show are also drawn from other sources.

Grimm ran on Fridays for the entirety of its first season. In March 2012, NBC renewed the show for a second season, which premiered on Monday, August 13, 2012, and continued on Mondays for four episodes, before returning to its original Friday timeslot on September 10.


Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police Bureau learns he is descended from a line of "guardians" known as "Grimms", charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world, called Wesen (the German word for "creature / being", pronounced "vessin" here). Throughout the episodes, he must battle against an assortment of dangerous creatures, with help from his friend Monroe (who is a reformed creature), and his partner Detective Hank Griffin.


See List of Grimm characters for more information

  • David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, the show's protagonist and eponymous Grimm. Nick is a homicide detective, whose Aunt Marie (Kate Burton) tells him that he is descended from a line of hunters, called Grimms, who fight supernatural forces. Even before his abilities manifested, Nick had an exceptional ability to make quick and accurate deductions about the motivations and pasts of individuals, which has now expressed itself as his ability to perceive aspects of the supernatural that nobody else can see. In Season 1, Episode 22, Nick tells his girlfriend Juliette about being a Grimm and about the supernatural world. He proposed to her in episode "The Thing with Feathers" Season 1 Episode 16.
  • Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin, Nick's homicide partner who is not aware that Nick is a Grimm until the third episode of the second season. He is somewhat sarcastic at times, and has gone through at least four marriages by the time the series begins, but is nevertheless still Nick's best friend in the human world.
  • Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton, Nick's girlfriend, a veterinarian. She was unaware of Nick's duties as a Grimm until he tells her in the final episode of the show's first season. However, by season two a magically induced amnesia removes Nick from her memory altogether. Although Marie suggested that Nick should leave Juliette for her safety, Nick has decided to stay with her. He postponed his original plans to propose to her while he explores his new life as a Grimm. Juliette is starting to fall in love with Captain Renard because of Adalind's spell.
  • Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe, a Wieder Blutbad who aids Nick with his cases. He is also a good friend of Nick's, even though he has some issues with Grimms since a Grimm killed his grandfather (but he acknowledges that the ancestor deserved it for butchering a village). Monroe is knowledgeable about the supernatural creatures that Nick goes up against, serving as Nick's direct source of insight and information into the supernatural community whenever the second-hand knowledge that Nick acquires from his ancestors' books is inadequate, as well as assisting Nick when cases require Nick to rely on someone who knows about the threats he faces. He also helps Nick make contact with creatures that would avoid Nick due to his status as a Grimm.
  • Sasha Roiz as Captain Sean Renard, Nick's politically adept superior officer and a member of the creature community of unknown origin, initially. Nick is totally unaware of his status and he seems to be a potential threat. In episode 12, he is addressed as Your Highness, further implying that he belongs to royalty in the creature community. He seems to want a return to the old ways. In episode 2 of season 2, "The Kiss", it is revealed that he is half-human and half-creature. In episode 8 of season 2, The Other Side, it was revealed that Renard's mother was the Hexenbiest mistress of his Royal father. His mother stole him away to America as a youth to protect him from the wrath of his father's wife. After kissing Juliette he starts to fall for her because of the counter-spell given to him by Adalind's mother.
  • Reggie Lee as Sergeant Wu, a policeman who works with Nick and Hank; he tends to do the "grunt work" for them, running down facts and information.
  • Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert (Recurring season 1; Regular season 2), a Fuchsbau who takes over her brother's wesen spice shop after he is murdered. Rosalee assists Nick and Monroe in their efforts by providing additional information and remedies to supernatural problems. She is now Monroe's girlfriend.
  • Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade (Recurring season 1; Regular season 2), a Hexenbiest and a lawyer who was working for Renard and who after ingesting Nick's blood, became a normal human being. She was also responsible for Juliette's amnesia. She still knows how to make potions and now she is working with Renard's brother and the Verrat. She also wants revenge for her mother's death.


See List of Grimm episodes for more information Many of the episodes are loosely based on stories written by The Brothers Grimm, albeit with considerable artistic license. Other episodes are based on other sources, including fables and legends, not written by The Brothers Grimm.

Development and production

In January 2011, NBC announced that it had ordered a series titled Grimm. David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf co-wrote the pilot, which was directed by Marc Buckland. Filming for the pilot began in March in Portland, Oregon. In May 2011 NBC announced that it had picked up the series for a full season.

Greenwalt and Kouf serve as executive producers for the series along with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Hazy Mills Productions. It is filmed on location in and around Portland. Greenwalt and Kouf told KGW they chose Portland because of its plentiful forests in the city's two largest parks, Washington Park and Forest Park.

On September 30, 2011, NBC delayed the debut of Grimm by one month, moving the premiere to October 28, 2011, so it could premiere closer to Halloween. On November 21, 2011, NBC picked up the series for a full 22-episode season. NBC showed a special Thursday showing on December 8 at 10pm to see if the network's overall ratings could improve.

On March 16, 2012, NBC announced that the series had been renewed for a second season; according to writers/producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, they will continue to film the show in Portland, saying "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."


David Giuntoli, who plays Nick, was the first to be cast. Silas Weir Mitchell was then cast as Monroe, the now-reformed "big bad wolf". Following this, Russell Hornsby and Bitsie Tulloch were cast as Nick's partner Hank and his girlfriend Juliette, respectively. Sasha Roiz was cast in the final regular role as Captain Renard.

Bree Turner, who guest starred in four episodes in season one, became a series regular for season two, continuing her role as Rosalee Calvert. Claire Coffee, who has been recurring as Adalind Schade since the pilot, has also been upgraded to series regular during season two.


Critical reception

The series's premiere received mixed reviews, based on Metacritic's index score of 55 out of 100.

Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter felt "It has chills and humor and the ability to take a procedural story and twist it." Mike Hale of The New York Times said "Some of the jokes work, and some of the frights are actually scary, and on a repeat viewing the craftsmanship and attention to detail made more of an impression."

Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times wrote in a mixed review, that she preferred other fairy-tale themed dramas, such as ABC's Once Upon a Time, stating that despite a good cast and setting, Grimm puts an "entertaining crime spin on fairy-tale monsters that's a little too pat...[And] adds up to a nice, moody, entertaining-enough hour and the troublesome question of how interesting this will be by the third episode."

Daynah Burnett, who reviewed the show for Pop Matters, felt "As Grimm grasps for compelling analogues between fairy tales' villains and ours, its stories turn exceedingly literal: wolves urinate in the corners of their lawns to mark their territory, rather than lurk (and mark) in ways less obvious and more culturally meaningful. There's certainly room here for these archetypes to be explored as the series develops, but when Nick's prime suspect for the red-hoodie crimes turns out to live in an actual cottage in the woods, it doesn't bode well for how these stories might reflect the lives of viewers", before giving it a score of 4 out of 10.

The second season received much better reviews, with a score of 73 out of 100 on Metacritic.The LA Times said of the second season premiere, "tt's hard not to love a show with a comely apothecary, and it's impossible not to love the new season of Grimm."


A press release put out by NBC on November 11, 2011, states "Grimm and Up All Night Are the #1 New Drama and #1 New Comedy Among Top % Gainers Going from Live+Same Day to Live+7. Grimm is the #1 new drama on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in terms of percentage increase from L+SD to L+7 so far this season and also the #1 new series and the #2 show overall behind only Fox's Fringe (+57%), growing by +49% in adults 18"49 (to a 2.98 rating from a 2.00)" The series, which has been averaging about 6.4 million U.S. viewers during its first season, has been renewed for a second season. Friday September, 28th, 2012, "Grimm" has increased its adult 18-49 rating by 1.14 points going from "live plus same day" ratings to "live plus three day" results from Nielsen Media Research (from a 1.58 to a 2.72). The 1.14 increase is "Grimm's" biggest gain ever going from L+SD to L+3. The 2.72 is "Grimm's" highest L+3 rating since the show's second season premiere on Monday, Aug. 13.

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
1 Friday 9:00 pm 22
October 28, 2011
May 18, 2012
5.10 2011"2012 #89 6.35
2 Monday 10:00 pm (August 13, 2012 - September 3, 2012)
Friday 9:00 pm (September 28, 2012-present)
August 13, 2012
TBA 2012"2013 TBA TBA

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination Grimm (Episode: "Woman in Black")
People's Choice Awards Favorite Network TV Drama Crew

International broadcasting

The following table lists the countries in which Grimm airs outside the USA.

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Timeslot
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Fox8 January 4, 2012 Sundays at 8:30
Seven Network November 20, 2012 Wednesdays at 8:30pm
Ztélé (in French) August 20, 2012
2BE April 15, 2012 Sundays at 10:10pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
CTV October 28, 2011 Fridays at 9:00pm
Space Channel October 28, 2011 Sunday at 9:00pm
Ztélé (in French) August 20, 2012 Mondays at 8:00pm
Diema September 5, 2012 Weekdays at 21:00
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel January 16, 2012
Prima Cool September 17, 2012 Mondays at 20:15pm
[[TV3+ (Denmark)|TV3+]] January 16, 2012 Mondays at 10:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Sub January 8, 2012 Tuesdays at 10:00pm
Syfy April 24, 2012 Tuesdays at 8:30pm
NT1 (TV channel) January 11,2013 Fridays at 8:45pm
VOX February 18, 2013 Mondays at 9:15pm
Universal Channel January 16, 2012
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Watch February 13, 2012 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel March 27, 2012 Tuesdays at 8:00 pm
TV2 February 10, 2012 Saturdays at 0:00am
Watch February 13, 2012 Mondays at 9:00pm
Hot July 24, 2012 Tuesdays at 10:30pm
Universal Channel March 27, 2012 Tuesdays at 8:00pm (UTC+8) or 7:00pm (UTC+7)
Watch February 13, 2012 Mondays at 9:00pm
Watch February 13, 2012 Mondays at 9:00pm
Steel July 2, 2012
Watch February 13, 2012 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel March 27, 2012 Tuesdays at 8:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
RTL 5 January 3, 2013 Thursdays at 8:30 pm
FOUR June 18, 2012 Mondays at 8:30pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Viasat 4 March 4, 2012 Sundays at 8:30pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel, JACK City on BEAM 31 and Jack TV March 26, 2012/April 13, 2012 Mondays at 9:00pm/Fridays at 9:00pm
[[Canal+ Poland]] July 5, 2012 Thursdays at 9:00pm
Syfy January 19, 2012 Thursdays at 10:15 pm
Universal Channel, MediaCorp Channel 5 March 27, 2012 Tuesdays at 10:30pm
Kanal A February, 2013 Sundays and Mondays at 10:00 pm
Channel CGV April 6, 2012 Fridays at 10:00pm
Calle 13 January 23, 2012 Mondays at 10:30pm
TV6 November 17, 2011 Fridays 9:00pm
NBC February 10, 2012 Fridays at 9:00pm AST
Watch February 13, 2012 Mondays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
OSN First Channel January, 2012 Wednesdays at 9:00pm
Universal Channel November 21, 2011 Mondays at 9:00pm
Channel One (Russia) September 20, 2012 Fridays at 0:50am (Moscow Time in Russian version of the channel, time differs depending on country in international version of the channel)

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