A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Occasional language like "hell," "ass," and "pissy."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.