Lately I've noticed a huge surge of new fairy tale based television series, and some of them (emphasis on some) are terrific. One of the best is NBC's Grimm. Premiering in 2011, Grimm is a cop drama with a fairy tale twist. The main character, Nick Burkhardt, is a detective with the Portland Police Detective who leads a quiet life with his girlfriend Juliette . . . that is until he learns that he's a Grimm, a line of guardians tasked with hunting down rogue Wesen (fairy tale monsters).
Grimm is a fun and exciting series, watching Nick walk the line between upholder of the law and fairy tale hunter. Each week focuses on a different police case and their supernatural ties -- ties that Nick must investigate, all the while concealing them from his partner. He often seeks help from his friend Monroe, a vegetarian Blutbad (aka. The Big Bad Wolf) who turned away from a life of killing little pigs in favor of clock-making and crime solving.
What's unexpected and interesting about the series is the fact that most of the fairy tale creatures featured are villains. There are ogres and Bauerschwein, Hexenbiest and Jagerbar. It's a very different version of modern day fairy tales in which the human world requires protection from these creatures. They are little to no handsome princes and elegant princesses, and what few there are . . . well, let's just say they're different. It definitely grasps the darker fairy tale concept that the Brothers Grimm initially wrote about.
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme (in case you didn't already guess) is Fairy Tales. Stay tuned for the rest of the alphabet, and if you'd like to check out the other participants, simply click here.