The Grimm finale is emotional, inventive, and a bit frustrating—so the series ends as it lived

Once upon a time, on a far-off network called NBC, there premiered a little show called Grimm. Debuting to lukewarm reviews, winding up in the number-two position of modernized fairy tale twists thanks to Once Upon A Time’s breakout success, and scheduled with a combination of network and timeslot not known for…

On a sturdy Grimm, only the puns can overpower the nightmares

You can definitely say this for “Breakfast In Bed”: no episode of Grimm ever worked harder to pull off a joke. It spends the whole run time of the episode offering significant glances at an old man confined to a wheelchair, someone who’s lived in a madness-connected hotel for years and who’s never spoken to anyone.…

“Oh Captain, My Captain” gives Grimm a terrific identity crisis

Now that’s more like it. Grimm’s final season has gotten off to something of a shaky start—not a bad one necessarily, but one that’s been burdened under all of the stuff that the show’s collected over the past few years. The show’s more imaginative side has been crushed under overly vague conspiracies, its sense of…

Grimm loosens and tightens various debacles in a more promising episode

In this final season of Grimm, let’s take a moment to recognize Officer Franco. Played by Robert Blanche, Franco has appeared in 32 episodes according to IMDB, more than anyone who isn’t in the main cast—that’s even more episodes than more plot-vital characters as Meisner, Trubel, or Bud. He’s the show’s go-to…

Grimm’s final season premiere shows there’s a lot of work to do before the end

The announcement that the sixth season of Grimm would be its final season is a move that doesn’t come as much of a surprise. NBC’s managed to dig itself out of the hole it was in when the show first premiered, and it no longer has the same pressing need to retain its old yet steady performers. And given how long Grimm …

The nightmare of the century is alive in Portland in a war-torn Grimm finale

In the buildup to season five, several members of the Grimm cast and creative team promised that this season wasn’t going to be like the others, that after the climactic events of “Cry Havoc” the show would be exploring darker stories and different tracks for its characters. And while those kind of pronouncements are…

Grimm successfully juggles between the gross, the funny, and the intriguing

After the disappointment of “Inugami,” Grimm is thankfully back to being on point with “Good To The Bone.” While last week’s episode struggled to find a particular tone and wound up just bouncing around between stories, “Good To The Bone” is an episode that manages to capture all of the tones that Grimm can find when…

Grimm’s all about the devil in disguise—or vice versa

There’s a piece of good news to kick off tonight’s review, as earlier this week Grimm got picked up for a sixth season. It’s a renewal that doesn’t come as a surprise, as the show continues to do the work of holding down Friday nights better than anything else NBC’s tried there in recent memory. Its ratings have been…