Grimm (TV Series 2011–2017)


Grimm (TV Series 2011–2017)

Portland detective, Nick Burkhardt, has seen some gruesome crime scenes, but nothing prepares him for the strange visions he begins seeing: seemingly regular people momentarily transforming into hideous monsters. A visit from his only living relative reveals the truth. Nick has inherited the ability to see supernatural creatures, and as a "Grimm," he is tasked with keeping the balance between mankind and the mythological. A reformed "Big Bad Wolf" becomes his greatest (and also reluctant) ally and confidant. It's not long before his work as a policeman leads Nick to the criminals he once thought were only found in fairy tales.
IMDb  7.8 /10
Metacritic   58%
Creator Stephen Carpenter
Creator David Greenwalt
Creator Jim Kouf
Release Date2011-10-28
GenreCrime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
AwardsNominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 15 nominations.
CompanyGK Productions, Hazy Mills Productions, Universal Television
Nick Burkhardt 123 episodes, 2011-2017
Hank Griffin 123 episodes, 2011-2017
Monroe 123 episodes, 2011-2017
Captain Sean Renard 123 episodes, 2011-2017
Sgt. Wu / ... 120 episodes, 2011-2017
Juliette Silverton / ... 119 episodes, 2011-2017
Rosalee Calvert 99 episodes, 2012-2017
Adalind Schade 89 episodes, 2011-2017

Grimm (TV series)

Grimm is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by Stephen Carpenter and Jim Kouf & David Greenwalt and produced by Universal Television for NBC. The series aired from October 28, 2011 to March 31, 2017, for 123 episodes, over six seasons. The series' narrative follows Portland Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (played by David Giuntoli), who discovers he is a Grimm, the latest in a line of guardians who are sworn to keep the balance between humanity and mythological creatures, known as Wesen. The series features a supporting cast consisting of Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner, and Claire Coffee.

Grimm was originally developed for CBS, but plans were canceled due to the writers' strike. In January 2011, NBC opted for the series. It 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. The series initially garnered mixed reviews from critics, though reception grew more favorable throughout the series' run. The sixth and final season of Grimm premiered on January 6, 2017 and concluded on March 31, 2017.


Homicide investigator Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police Department learns he is descended from a line of guardians known as Grimms, charged with keeping balance between humanity and the Wesen, or mythological creatures of the world (Wesen is the German word for being or creature). Throughout the series, he must battle against an assortment of dangerous creatures, with help from his Wesen friend, Monroe, and his partner, Detective Hank Griffin.

Black Claw and Hadrian's Wall (HW) are two opposing groups repeatedly mentioned in the series; many characters belong to these creature (wesen) groups.

Opening: "There once was a man who lived a life so strange, it had to be true. Only he could see what no one else can—the darkness inside, the real monster within, and he's the one who must stop them. This is his calling. This is his duty. This is the life of a Grimm."

Cast and characters

  • David Giuntoli as Detective Nicholas "Nick" Burkhardt, the eponymous Grimm, descended from a line of hunters who fight supernatural forces. He temporarily loses his Grimm power after the events of the season 3 finale, but regains them in the season 4 episode "Highway of Tears".
  • Russell Hornsby as Detective Hank Griffin, Nick's Homicide partner, who is not initially aware that Nick is a Grimm. After discovering the truth, Hank assists Nick in hunting rogue Wesen.
  • Bitsie Tulloch as Nick's girlfriend Juliette Silverton (seasons 1 to 4), a Veterinary physician, and Eve (seasons 5 and 6). She is originally unaware of Nick's duties as a Grimm until he tells her in the finale of season 1. By season 2, however, a magically induced amnesia removes Nick from her memory altogether. She eventually regains her memories and learns the truth of Nick's abilities. In season 4, a series of events and dangerous spells results in Juliette becoming an exceptionally powerful Hexenbiest. After her plans for revenge culminate in the death of Nick's mother, she is shot with a crossbow by Trubel in the season 4 finale as she is about to kill Nick. In season 5, Tulloch plays "Eve", a mysterious woman who has all of Juliette's memories and powers but none of her emotional attachments. In season 6, her powers seem to be temporarily suppressed and her ability to feel emotions is returning after Nick healed her with the stick.
  • Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe, a wolflike Wesen called a Blutbad who serves as Nick's direct source of insight and information into the supernatural community. He also helps Nick make contact with creatures that would avoid Nick due to his status as a Grimm. Eventually, Monroe falls in love with and marries Rosalee, who is Fuchsbau, despite facing some hostility from a Wesen cult focused on purity, due to their mixed marriage. They later have triplets together.
  • Sasha Roiz as Captain Sean Renard, Nick's adept and efficient superior. Renard is Zauberbiest, which is the male of a Hexenbiest (witch/warlock+beast) and prince bastard. His mother, Elizabeth (Louise Lombard), is a Hexenbiest and his father was the king of Austria. He is also the father of Hexenbiest Adalind Schade's daughter, Diana. In season 5 he joins pro-Wesen organization Black Claw, which seeks to put Wesen in positions of power over humans and he is elected as mayor. In season 6, he resigns from his political state and becomes chief of police again.
  • Reggie Lee as Sergeant Drew Wu, a police sergeant who works with Nick and Hank; he tends to do the "grunt work" for them, running down facts and information. Nick is eventually forced to tell him everything about the Wesen world after his involvement in numerous Wesen murder cases. In season 5, he is infected with Lycanthropia and gains the ability to woge into a Neanderthal-like version of a Blutbad.
  • Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert (recurring season 1; regular seasons 2 to 6), a foxlike creature called 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 information and remedies to supernatural problems. She marries Monroe in the season 3 finale and reveals she is pregnant in the season 5 finale.
  • Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade (recurring seasons 1 and 2 (part); regular seasons 2 (part) to 6), a witch-like Wesen called a Hexenbiest who is working for Renard. After ingesting Nick's blood, she becomes a normal human being. Seeking revenge, she poisons Juliette and colludes with Renard's half-brother Eric, sleeping with both of them trying to conceive a royal baby. Eventually she regains her powers through agonizing rituals, while pregnant. She has a daughter with Sean, Diana Schade-Renard, who has unique powers. Later on, she gives birth by emergency C-section to her second child, a boy she names Kelly (after Kelly Burkhardt) whose father is revealed to be Nick, as she slept with him during a complex ritual to take his powers that involved her disguising herself as Juliette. After Juliette is transformed into Eve, Adalind moves in with Nick to care for Kelly.


Many of the episodes are loosely based on stories published by the Brothers Grimm, albeit with considerable artistic license taken. For example, the pilot centered around a wolf-man who preyed on women who wore red. Other episodes are based on different sources, including fables and legends, not published by the Brothers Grimm.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAverage viewership
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
122October 28, 2011May 18, 2012896.36
222August 13, 2012May 21, 2013607.06
322October 25, 2013May 16, 2014527.97
422October 24, 2014May 15, 2015656.98
522October 30, 2015May 20, 2016765.97
613January 6, 2017March 31, 2017706.07


Development and filming

In 2008, CBS canceled development on a drama called Brother Grimm, from Stephen Carpenter and production companies CBS Paramount Television and Hazy Mills Productions, because of the writers' strike.

In January 2011, NBC announced that it had ordered a series titled Grimm. David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf cowrote 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.

Greenwalt and Kouf served as executive producers for the series, along with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. The series was produced by Universal Media Studios and Hazy Mills Productions. It was filmed on location in and around Portland. Greenwalt and Kouf told Portland's NBC affiliate 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 10 pm 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 would 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." Grimm ran on Fridays for the entirety of its first season. The second season premiered on Monday, August 13, 2012, and continued on Mondays for four episodes, before returning to its original Friday timeslot on September 10.

On April 19, 2013, NBC announced they would move Grimm to Tuesdays beginning on April 30, 2013 for the remainder of Season 2 until May 21. Grimm was renewed for a third season on April 26, 2013. The third-season premiere on October 25, 2013 returned the show to its original Friday timeslot. On March 19, 2014, NBC announced that Grimm had been renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on Friday, October 24, 2014.

On February 5, 2015, NBC confirmed a fifth season for Grimm, which premiered on Friday, October 30, 2015.

On April 23, 2016, NBC confirmed at least 13 episodes for a sixth season.


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 1, became a series regular for Season 2, continuing her role as Rosalee Calvert. Claire Coffee, who has been recurring as Adalind Schade since the pilot, was also upgraded to series regular during Season 2.


Critical reception

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

Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter felt "t 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 ... 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 program for PopMatters, felt "s 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 a more favorable response, with a score of 75 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on four reviews. The Los Angeles Times said of the second-season premiere, "it's hard not to love a show with a comely apothecary, and it's impossible not to love the new season of Grimm."

Mike Hale of The New York Times said of season three, "Grimm is not a profound show (what is?), but few are more purely entertaining – engaging, clever, tense, funny, well paced and featuring a remarkably appealing cast as the friends and colleagues who help Nick."


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 28, 2012, "Grimm" had 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 was Grimm's biggest gain ever, going from L+SD to L+3. The 2.72 was Grimm's highest L+3 rating since the show's second-season premiere on Monday, August 13.

Viewership and ratings per season of Grimm
SeasonTimeslot (ET)EpisodesFirst airedLast airedTV seasonViewership
Avg. viewers
1Friday 9:00 pm22October 28, 20116.56May 18, 20125.102011–12896.35
  • Monday 10:00 pm (1–4)
  • Friday 9:00 pm (5–18)
  • Tuesday 10:00 pm (19–22)
22August 13, 20125.64May 21, 20134.992012–13616.95
3Friday 9:00 pm22October 25, 20136.15May 16, 20145.342013–14527.97
  • Friday 9:00 pm (1–13)
  • Friday 8:00 pm (14–22)
22October 24, 20145.28May 15, 20154.742014–15656.98
5Friday 9:00 pm22October 30, 20154.04May 20, 20164.032015–16765.97
6Friday 8:00 pm13January 6, 20174.49March 31, 20174.332016–17706.07

Awards and nominations

2012Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Stunt CoordinationGrimm (Episode: "Woman in Black")Nominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Network TV DramaGrimmNominated
2014Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or MovieMatt TaylorNominated

Tie-in work


In May 2013, Dynamite Entertainment started releasing a monthly Grimm Comic Book series. The series ended with issue #12, which was released April 30, 2014.


Novelist John Shirley was hired to write the first novel based on the Grimm television show. Grimm: The Icy Touch was published by Titan Books on November 5, 2013, and book 2, Grimm: The Chopping Block, written by John Passarella, was published February 18, 2014. The third novel, Grimm: The Killing Time, was written by Tim Waggoner and was published on September 30, 2014.


On October 16, 2018, NBC announced that a spin-off of the series was in development. The potential new series will focus on a female Grimm and continuing to build off the mythology of the original series, the new show will feature returning fan favourites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and epic new mysteries.


The series premiered in Australia on January 4, 2012 on FOX8, with season two returning on September 30, 2012, season three on October 30, 2013, and season four on January 7, 2015. The series was replayed on free-to-air network Seven (as opposed to FOX8, which is a subscription television network), with season one premiering November 30, 2012, with season two returning on August 1, 2013, and season three on October 15, 2014.

In New Zealand the series premiered on June 18, 2012 on FOUR.

The series premiered in Canada on October 28, 2011 on CTV, with season two returning on August 13, 2012, season three on October 25, 2013, and season four on October 24, 2014.

The series premiered in the UK on February 13, 2012 on W (known then as Watch), with season two returning on October 22, 2012, and season 3 on February 5, 2014. The fourth season premiered on January 28, 2015. The fifth season premiered on November 3, 2015. The sixth season premiered on February 14, 2017. The series was also able to be watched on Netflix until January 5, 2020.