An end to 'Grimm'

"And now you know what I am." - Nick, "Grimm"

We're at that time of year when shows begin to end. Sometimes it is just the end of the season. Other times, it's the end of the series run. We had that earlier this week when "Bones" called it after more than 200 episodes and 12 seasons.

Tonight we bid farewell to another series, "Grimm," after six years on the air. The series began in the fall of 2011, and I didn't see how it would work. Fairytales were big that year, with ABC launching "Once Upon A Time." But "Grimm" was something different.

It was pitched as a darker take on "Grimm's Fairytales." And it was. It was set in Portland, centered on cops and had a case-of-the-week formula that worked. But it also was a take off on the "Grimm's Fairytales" in that the titular hero, Nick, a "Grimm," had the ability to see these creatures hiding in plain sight and protect our world.

But it wasn't so much the story and formula that worked as the characters and performers. David Giuntoli was great in the lead role, and the rest of the cast, including Sasha Roiz, Silas Weir Mitchell, Russell Hornsby, Elizabeth Tulloch, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, and Reggie Lee are all great.

The show is a mixture of humor, procedural and supernatural, and it's been a perfect fit on Friday nights for NBC, where it's been for its six-year run. It was a never a flashy series, or one that got tremendous ratings, but it's been a solid, entertaining performer.

And it's a series that will probably find a great second life on streaming services. As its run comes to an end, I'm hoping to see it go out with a bang one last time.


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