TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Fairy tale-inspired show has more blood than happy endings.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 37 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Although the world is revealed to be full of dangerous people -- and creatures -- the main character is tasked with making it safer. There's also some cooperation between species, which shows the better side of both humanity and the mythological creatures. The stories demonstrate how literature and folk tales can be interpreted differently by different people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character comes from a long line of heroes who rid the world of evil that others can't see. There are plenty of villains, too, but "good guys" and "bad guys" are typically well-defined. One "bad guy" (a man/wolf) has reformed his ways and now assists the hero in his work, and sometimes their work introduces them to other creatures who are willing to lend a hand.


Fantasy violence, with some blood (including glimpses of parts of dismembered bodies and characters biting and scratching each other) and sudden, scary surprises. Frequent fights and weapon use (including guns, knives, and more). Death and murder are common. Children can be in peril.


Occasional language like "hell," "ass," and "pissy."


Mention of common brands like iPod, iPhone, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character mentions that he takes a regimen of prescription drugs to control his animal instincts. In one story, creatures get high by inhaling the vapors of a drug called "jay," and they turn to violence, theft, and murder to feed their addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this aptly titled series is inspired by popular Grimm's fairy tales, but you shouldn't expect many happy endings when it comes to the characters' lives. There is nothing light about the content, from human faces that morph into monsters' to the fright, suspense, and bloody violence that's an integral part of this police/supernatural drama, so it's a definite no-go for kids. There's also some light language ("hell," "ass," "pissy," and the like), and some of the stories touch on drug use, both for medicinal purposes and as a result of addiction.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byglennal June 11, 2016

Awesome show, but there is a lot of PG-13 Sex with multiple partners

We watched this one as a family. It was fantastic with the exception that the lead characters lived together and just about every relationship involved interco... Continue reading
Adult Written byMCMarston March 22, 2012

Some episodes sex is very much applicable

There are at least 2 episodes with some very inappropriate sexual behavior for kids. In the episode with the three bears, a girl and her boyfriend break into s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTwocrazyninja January 19, 2021

Go on and give it a try

I just wanna say the show is amazing it’s based off of the original Grimm fairytales that were very messed up if your kid is too queasy forScary stuff then I do... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byJambochenc November 26, 2020

Awesome show, more mature then raunchy.

Grimm might be my favorite show ever. It has everything: suspense, humor, surprisingly lovable characters, and and, unusually for tv, a lot of fights and thrill... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GRIMM, police detective Nick Burkhardt's (David Giuntoli) life is turned upside down when he begins seeing strange things that defy explanation and seem to be invisible to everyone else around him. It's only when his ailing aunt (Kate Burton) reveals to him that he's the latest descendant from an ancient line of Grimms -- people who are tasked with keeping the peace between supernatural creatures and the human world -- that his visions make sense. Besides coming to terms with this new world of Hexenbiests, Blutbaden, and Lausenschlange, Nick also must keep his identity a secret from everyone around him, including his girlfriend, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), and his partner on the force, Hank (Russell Hornsby). Fortunately he's flanked by a reformed werewolf named Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), who helps him navigate the workings of this hidden society.

Is it any good?

Whether they're witches or werewolves or vampires, the entertainment world sure loves its trends, and one of those is popular fairy tales served up fresh with a modern twist. But unlike family-friendlier spins like Once Upon a Time, Grimm takes a decidedly grittier approach and so appeals to a slightly older and more mature audience. In fact, maturity is a necessity when dealing with this show, which matches the hazy, gray backdrop of Portland, Oregon, with dark doings and sinister, mythological creatures who morph in and out of human facades with seamless effect.

Don't let the fact that these stories are based on fairy tales fool you. There are no sweet dreams to be had at the close of these chapters, so kids and sensitive tweens should steer clear. Of course, some adults will find the idea of applying fairy tales to a police procedural a bit absurd, but in some mystical way, the concept works in this enticing drama that's great for thrill-seeking teens and adults who can handle the violent content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of movies and TV series inspired by centuries-old fairy tales. How does this series compare to others? What is it about these stories that continues to hold our attention? Are the original stories recognizable in this show?

  • Look into the real-life Grimm's tales, and you'll discover a surprising level of violence. How do more modern adaptations of these stories (think Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel) compare to the originals? Why are stories altered through multiple retellings? How do these changes reflect the time in which they're told rather than the time during which they were written?

  • What role does violence play in this series? How do the writers blend the fantasy violence of the Grimm stories into real-world crimes and other violent acts? Does it work? Is the violence too explicit in any way? Do you think that this show would appeal to a greater audience if violence wasn't an issue?

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