I discovered Grimm back in November 2011. I remember it very distinctly. I had seen the promotions for the show before it aired and thought it looked interesting, but I missed the first two episodes. One of my friends recommended to me (he called it “awesome”). So I had a mini-marathon of the first two episodes and was instantly hooked by Grimm‘s premise and large cast of characters (and–not gonna lie–David Giuntoli).
I started watching the show live with “BeeWare” (remember the Mellifers?).
Almost six years later, I’ve now seen every episode, watching most when they’ve premiered. This niche drama was so much more than people transforming into monsters and terrorizing Portland, Oregon. Grimm was a staple in my Friday nights during the regular TV season. I kept [most of] my Fridays free so I could watch Grimm. Everyone I know understood how important Grimm was to me.
Somehow, this little show–this strange, wholly original show–stuck on a television night notoriously known for low viewership, beat the odds. We, the Grimmsters, have so much to do with this for remaining loyal to Grimm for so long. Staying on air for six years in the current television landscape, which is trying to compete with the increasing popularity of streaming services, is something to be proud of. While we Grimmsters may always crave for more episodes, we got a complete series. So many shows now aren’t lucky enough to say that.
Grimm, this show I have loved for six years, was by no means perfect–and there should never be an expectation that any thing will be perfect–or can be. But what a good show should do is spark conversation–and Grimm definitely did plenty of that, especially in the latter half of the show’s tenure as big storylines played out. Another one of Grimm‘s biggest strengths was its cast, both on- and off-screen: we bonded with each and every one of the so-called Scooby Gang in our own ways; and the cast, too, always grateful to us as fans, have remained connected with us over the past six years.
Thanks to Grimm, I have connected with you, fellow Grimmsters, from all around the world. We have live-tweeted together and shared in sometimes tumultuous emotional states. We bonded over Sean Renard’s #ShirtlessRage, laughed at Wu’s constant snark, and debated whether we liked Juliette (even when it seemed no one cared for her, I always liked Juliette). We celebrated every Monrosalee moment; we struggled to pronounce and spell Wesen names; and we watched as the show revealed not one, not two, but three separate pregnancies. Oh, and how could I forget that we watched the evolution of Nick’s hairstyles?
Thanks to Grimm, I had the pleasure of meeting David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch almost two-and-a-half years ago (back then, I learned that David had an interest in directing an episode of the show–and it ended up happening!). Cast and crew alike noticed this little fan-run blog via Twitter. This little blog project-turned-hobby became bigger than I ever expected.
To the cast and crew, I say: Good luck to you all with your future projects–I’ll be watching out for them. And to my fellow fans, I say: the past several years watching, live-tweeting and writing about Grimm with and for you all have been a ton of fun.
But for now, it’s time to say goodbye to Grimm. And perhaps, to borrow from a fairy tale cliché, it is happily ever after.