I started watching Grimm back in 2011, when the series premiered. I wasn’t really sure about it, though. At first, I couldn’t really like the characters, so it took me a while to finally get into the show and keep watching it. What also didn’t help was that there was a huge hiatus in the middle of season 2, so when the series was back on TV I had already forgotten about it. The good thing about it is that I had a lot of episodes to catch up on when I remembered about the show.
Grimm follows Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who lives in Portland with his girlfriend, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). When his aunt Marie (Kate Burton) is about to die, she tells him that he is a Grimm, a descended from a line of hunters who fight supernatural forces. He starts seeing things that shouldn’t be there: faces that change and become beastly, something no one else seems to be able to see.
Although the name Grimm may make you think that the TV show was inspired by the stories written by the Grimm Brothers, only some of the episodes are. Most of them, though, are not related to it. Some are about fairy tales that look very twisted, some are about urban legends.
Nick soon finds out that the people he’s seeing with beastly faces are wesen, which means being or creature in German. The Grimms are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the wesen. It doesn’t take long for us to realize that the Grimms actually kill the wesen, reason why the wesen fear Grimms.
But Nick is new to this world and doesn’t really see why he should kill all the wesen for no reason. Of course, as a Homicide Detective first, he runs into some wesen who have no good intentions at all, but his first instinct is always to arrest the bad guys, regardless if they’re wesen or not. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that not all wesen are, in fact, bad. Some, like Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), who happens to be a Wieder Blutbad, are just trying to live a normal life. Monroe ends up helping Nick understand more about this new world.
Since it premiered, in October 2011, Grimm has had 2 full seasons and it’s in the middle of Season 3 right now. The first 2 seasons had 22 episodes each, and there are already 9 episodes aired from Season 3. Grimm is on Fridays 9/8c on NBC.
Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli)
Nick was raised by his aunt Marie (Kate Burton) after his parents died in a car accident. He didn’t know he was a Grimm until his aunt was about to die. Since then, he’s seen the wesen and he’s feared by most of them. He’s just trying to find a balance between his ancestors barbaric past and his own morals and ethics as a cop.
When the TV show starts, he’s living with his girlfriend, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), and planning on proposing to her.
Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby)
Hank is Nick’s partner and closest friend. Hank has absolutely no idea Nick is going through the whole Grimm thing at first, so Nick needs to keep the secret from his partner.
Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz)
At a first glance, you’ll think that Captain Renard is Nick’s and Hank’s boss at Portland’s Police Department. But the Captain has his own agenda.
Sean Renard is a wesen, and no ordinary one.
Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell)
Monroe is one of the firsts wesen that Nick sees, while Nick is investigating a case. They end up becoming friends and Monroe helps Nick get used to the wesen world.
Monroe is a Wieder Blutbad a kind of wesen known for being super strong and having a deadly bite. He follows a vegan diet and practices Pilates in order to keep his Bluetbad instincts under control.
Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch)
Juliette is Nick’s girlfriend. She’s a veterinarian and has absolutely no idea that Nick’s aunt Marie is a Grimm, or that Nick is one as well. Before dying, aunt Marie advised Nick on breaking up with Juliette, for the girl’s own safety, but Nick obviously doesn’t listen to her.