Grimm began airing on NBC in November 2011. It immediately attracted an audience
of over 5 million regular viewers, even though it screens in the competitive 9pm Friday night slot. Its casual humor and quirky storylines, based on the premise that the famous stories from the Grimm brothers were actually a way of alerting us to the presence of a world parallel to our own: one of big bad wolves and witches disguised as lawyers, is proving to be as irresistible as Buffy or The X Files. I'm lucky enough to review the series for the website Sight on Sound and collected here are these articles, the latest first and then in reverse order, all the way back to the season premiere.
Season 1 Episode 7 Let Your Hair Down
_Grimm is at its best when the writers use the fairytales on which the series is based, as a jumping off point rather than a blueprint for the whole story. The weakest episode so far was “Danse Macabre” which attempted a too-literal interpretation of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” and ended up giving us the slightly ridiculous spectacle of a man playing a violin to bunch of bemused looking rats - surprising, given that the writers were also the originators of the series: David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf. But “Let Your Hair Down” was written by the same pair who penned last week’s far superior “The Three Bad Wolves” and although this latest episode sounds from the title like it’s going to be a reprise of “Rapunzel”, Sarah Goldfinger and Naren Shanka swiftly dispense with the need to stick to the story of the girl locked in a tower. There is a girl, but she’s lost in the woods and her hair isn’t so much an escape route as the way she kills her prey.