TV.com Throwdown the Results Show: Once Upon a Time vs. Grimm
Welcome back to TV.com Throwdown! It's the second week of this series and our first ever results show! Last week we asked you to tell us which new fairy tale drama does a better job of bringing the classic stories to life—Grimm and its real-world fairy tales, or Once Upon a Time and its dual universes that keep fairy tales intact and separate from our world—and boy, did you respond! Pat yourselves on the backs, guys, because the story received more than 200 comments and many of you showed real passion for the topic.
Those of you who skimmed the votes already know which show won: Once Upon a Time in a landslide. By my tally, the final vote was 95 to 31 in favor of Ginnifer Goodwin's Snow White, though some of your votes were open to interpretation and I used discretion where applicable. There were also three votes for the very mature "Neither, they both suck," and five write-in votes for Supernatural. I hope Supernatural gets at least five write-in votes in every subsequent Throwdown.
Here's a graphical breakdown of Grimm versus Once Upon a Time, based on your votes, because graphs are cool:
Which show brings fairy tales to TV better?
Grimm, 31 votes | Once Upon a Time, 95 votes
Grimm totally got Pac-Man'd by Once Upon a Time, but there were plenty of great arguments from both sides. Let's look at some of the highlights.
Kodash89 said: "Once Upon a Time is excellent, I wouldn't say that it has left the way we know fairy tales completely intact (or this Disney way) either. Snow ... more White is hella more feisty then we ever knew, the whole robbing from Prince Charming thing added a depth that wasn't there in the Disney story, now we know why he just turns up out of the blue and slaps one right on her ruby lips."
Osdawa16 said: "Grimm, by far, is better. It is a much more unique take on the fairy tales. The storyline never occurred to me. The Grimms that wrote the fairy tales actually fought to control/stop the villains they wrote about? What a cool idea. Not to mention the production. I'm partial to dark shows in general, but the way Grimm is filmed is entirely captivating."
Arch_Angel88 said: "I must endorse Once Upon a Time. I prefer the method they have chosen to portray the realm of fairy tales, as opposed to Grimm's darker interpretation. Grimm attempts to merge fantasy and reality, with its mythos purporting that the stories of the Brothers Grimm were factual accounts of history. Personally, I don't care for this plot device. Grimm's clear-cut procedural format of having to defeat a monster every week is rather dry. We have come to associate fairy tales with the wonderment of magic and enchanting ethereality. Once Upon a Time offers us an intricately complex world of breathtaking landscapes, fantastical creatures, and rich characters. We have already been introduced to several prominent fairy tale figures, and by showing them in two alternate universes, the development of these characters is far more comprehensive. Grimm is more about the supernatural living amongst us, and keeping the evil ones at bay. It simply does not feel as though I'm watching a fairy tale. The same could NEVER be said about Once Upon a Time."
TrueTVWatcher said: "I myself must say I like Grimm more. All myths and legends are based on seeds of truth, or so the saying goes, and Grimm applies this theory by interpreting the source material of the stories and applying it in a creative yet realistic, if-it-were-true way. I love the dark tones of the characters so far, and the back story about the Grimm family and their studies is a great idea. This show reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in many ways and that makes it even more interesting to me!"
Summerqueen said: "OuaT does it better. Even though the two worlds are separate and ne'er the twain shall meet, seemingly, you have point-for-point contrast enabled between the storybook and Storybrook versions of the fairy tales. It's a show that challenges us to look for the objective truth in the Classic Fairy Tale and see it shimmering and glimmering between the cracks in the mundane world. It puts meta-narrative in play in a way that Grimm simply fails to do. In that sense, Grimm, though darker and supposedly grittier, has less force and less realism. It doesn't actually ask us to think about the fairy tales in the offing or their cultural uses, why we need them, why we tell them, how they explain cultural phenomena, etc."
ktfahel said: "My vote is for OUAT because it's a show that our whole family can enjoy. My young daughters love both the fairy tale land AND the modern Maine town (we're also New Englanders, and they love that connection). My 9-year-old daughter says, 'The show is intense, but the fairy tales fit in.' My husband and I love the mystery and the action. Grimm is not exactly what I would call family-friendly."
DwayneMason0 said: "Grimm all the way!! I prefer Grimm because it's how the fairy tales were originally before they became Disneyfied! The procedural aspect works really well with Grimm whereas OUAT is a serialized show, so if you miss one episode you might get lost. My main problem with OUAT is that they are doing too much too fast. We've already seen Snow White, Evil Queen, Maleficent, Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio, Gepetto, and so many other classic characters we are familiar with. They already plan on introducing Belle, Gaston, and more in Season 1! Point being... once you introduce every fairy tale character we've come to know, you run out of ways to wow us because it's not like Belle is a regular character. Grimm has the smarter approach of doing a little at a time."
Thank you to everyone who wrote in! We'll be back tomorrow with a brand-new Throwdown, so get your thinking caps and pondering skirts out of the washing machine and prepare yourselves for another civilized debate.
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