In case you haven't seen the television series Grimm, it is an American police/fantasy drama that is unique and entertaining. The actors and actresses help make everything fall into place and believable with a myriad casted characters. The screenplay has contributed greatly to the series' success.
It was inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales, brothers who were academics, linguists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors of the most lasting folklore stories created in the 19th century that the series resurfaces in the 21st century.
|Wilhelm & Jacob [right] Grimm|
Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) produced stories that became adapted for storybooks that Disney filmmakers would recreate on screen, like Cinderella (Aschenputtel), The Frog Prince (Der Froshkönig), Hansel and Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel), Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin (Rumpelstilzchen), and Snow White (Schneewittchen). Their stories became as famous as those created by Hans Christian Anderson, a Danish author of children's storybooks, plays, novels, and poems; except the Grimms tales were darker in nature incorporating into the Gothic vogue at the time. The first collection of these folk tales was published as Children's and Household Tales (Kinder-und Hausmärchen) in 1812.
The brothers in their lifetime had written more than 200 folk tales, collections of German and Scandinavian mythologies, and in 1838, began a German dictionary (Deutsches Wörterbuch) that was never completed before their death.
Their books spread influence and W.H. Auden praised the collection as one of the founding works of Western culture in the 1940s. The Nazi used the Grimm stories in their propaganda. Hitler praised the folk tales because he said it showed children the soundness of racially pure marriage partners. For example, Cinderella is portrayed as racially pure, while the stepmother is alien, and the prince was able to distinguish between pure and impure.
The Grimm stories have been translated in 100 languages and adapted into movies by Lotte Reiniger and Walt Disney, to include Sleeping Beauty in animation.
The Grimm brothers' , in the early 19th century, revived an interest in fairy tales that had declined in the late 17th century.
The TV series, Grimm, premiered on NBC on October 28, 2011. It was successful enough to run another season in 2012 and a third season in 2013. On March 19, 2014, NBC announced that Grimm contract was renewed for a fourth season, which aired on Friday, October 24, 2014. Seasons one to three are available on DVD.
The gist of the story is about a homicide investigator, Nick Burkhardt, Portland Police Department. The opening of each episode begins with a narrative, which the original premiere opened with:
There was once 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.
Nick Burkhardt – David Giuntoli
Hank Griffin – Russel Hornsby
Juliette Silverton – Bitsie Tulloch
Monroe – Silas Weir Mitchell
Captain Sean Renard – Sasha Roiz
Sergeant Drew Wu – Reggie Lee
Rosalee Calvert – Bree Turner
Adalind Schade – Claire Coffee
The first season received enough positive reviews to continue to the second season, which received a more favorable audience response as well as better reviews, receiving a score of 73 out of 100. (Metacritic)
The series has been written into novels by John Shirley in first book, John Passarella in second novel, and the third novel written by Tim Waggoner.
The concept and storyline of the series was created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwait, and Kim Kouf. Music composed by Richard Marvin.