Hemlock Grove A Ratings Hit For Netflix

Herner Klenthur

Hemlock Grove

Netflix recently debuted Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove and it has been a great success for them according to their CEO Reed Hastings. Being candid I dont understand the appeal of Hemlock Grove. For me it was Twilight meets American Horror Story with a twist of True Blood. Unfortunately the whole Twilight angle came through to strong for me was a huge turn off.

I honestly think in fairness that Hemlock Grove is probably just not for my demographic. Namely a 30 year old male who likes horror films and is more likely to watch paint dry then suffer through Twilight.

Regardless of how I feel about the show our readers have weighed in that they loved the show which to me was equally surprising. Where as I expected most of our readers to declare 'what the hell was that' they have instead commented in droves declaring how much they love the Hemlock Grove.

You can read most of those comments from our readers here : Hemlock Reader Reviews Chrissy Sue Stucky sums up how most of our readers feel and she writes;

I am hooked on Hemlock Grove, I love that the keep the suspense peaked and don’t let you know everything right away. Also very awesome idea to release the whole season at one shot as I am a binge season watcher. I did see advertising for Hemlock Grove on netflix before its release and was so excited to watch it.

Hemlock Grove which I felt was nowhere near as good as Netflix's House of Cards also had more viewers in the first few days then House of Cards did. Netflix also announced that the show saw a nice up tick in subscriptions to their service so people could watch the show.

Netflix saw a massive increase of 2million subscribers thanks in no small part to original programming like Hemlock Grove and House of Cards. With Arrested Development also coming very soon on Netflix I am sure that number will just continue to rocket up.

Honestly as much as Hemlock Grove was not my cup of tea I am happy to see Netflix redefine themselves and start developing original content. I think that their format of releasing all the episodes of once is fantastic and they also have the freedom to develop more genre bending content. Netflix has proven that they are not afraid to gamble some serious money on original content. Hemlock Grove for example had a budget per episode estimated to be around $4million. This is twice the budget that AMC reportedly committed to The Walking Dead last season.

For those of us who cant afford HBO but can afford NETFLIX we will hopefully eventually get something on the level of HBO without the added expense. So good on Netflix and I say bring on some more original horror themed TV shows!

Did you watch Netflix's Hemlock Grove? Did you love it ? Did you hate it? Sound off in the comments.


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      1. gambit2321 May 1, 2013 at 12:04 am

        I loved the show. I watched all 13 episodes in 3 days!

        • Martine July 14, 2014 at 5:01 am

          I did too. It was beautiful, poetic, and perfectly paced. i think maybe people were expecting horror. It is more a gothic mystery with supernatural elements. Beautifully shot too. I have seldom enjoyed a show more.

      2. Ang May 1, 2013 at 1:42 am

        I was so looking forward to watching it and it had some fresh new angle’s on old monster myth’s. However overall I think it SUXED! The only really good episode was 12. It could have been really great with all the fresh idea’s, but it just wasn’t!!

        • Herner Klenthur May 1, 2013 at 1:44 am

          I absolutely agree. it wasnt for me at all either. But no denying people seemed to LOVE it

      3. Yvonne McLaren May 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

        loved it, thought it was rivetting and watched it over the space of about 5 days but watch two or three at a time. Want to see another series but is this a one off?

      4. Twig May 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

        Episode 2 where he changes was cool. But it dragged on could have been 7 episodes. Couldn’t get over Romans accent.

      5. Sandra May 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

        Loved it! (also, I’m a 21 year old girl who hates Twilight, but loves True blood and American horror story)

        • Herner Klenthur May 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

          Hah thanks sandra for commenting and clearing up that people can hate twilight but still like Hemlock Grove:)

      6. bob101910 May 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        I’d watch a season 2, but didn’t love it. It felt like the target audience was women. Had the Twilight feel for young girls and the soap opera feel for older. I’m just glad that there *Spoilers* is not a love triangle with the 2 main characters and one of them’s cousin. Thought he was a little to close to her at the start.

      7. Dread World (@dread_world) May 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        The problem with Hemlock Grove isn’t that it’s bad. The problem it’s that it’s lazy. Things like calling a bathroom in Pennsylvania a “washroom” is lazy. It’s a washroom in Canada (if there is one thing I’ve learned from HGTV it’s that they are called “washrooms” in Canada) – where the show is filmed – not in Pa….Where does the cut on Romans face go in episode 7? He clearly slices his face with a razor, yet when he’s raping the girl later – no cut…The gigantic cut on his chest seems to come and go as well…I’m seven episodes in and it’s maddening…Olivas accent seems to come and go. Is it British is it. Is it Eastern European? Who knows?…And who leaves a (possibly) billion dollar inheritance to an 18 year old – no strings attached. That’s terrible estate planning…or just lazy writing.

      8. c.kelly May 3, 2013 at 3:16 am

        Well I loved it! Hope they make a second season and Go Canada!! Maybe not so inventive plotline but nice new faces, and refreshing characters. I’m sure the creative juices are flowing for what could happen next. I like the possibilities…

      9. Michael May 9, 2013 at 1:20 am

        I loved the show and look forward to the next season.

      10. Tenshi May 13, 2013 at 3:10 am

        I loved the show, will be pissed if they don’t release another season. Best thing Netflix has come out with. They definitely have been lacking content in the past few years… Was on the verge of canceling due to the redbox reject list of videos they’ve been having, but if they keep this up… Good move Netflix… Good move…

      11. LadyTerri (@LadyDeSade) May 13, 2013 at 3:19 am

        I loved it My husband and I look forward to many more episodes.

      12. Dale May 28, 2013 at 5:14 am

        I hate tv.Never watch it.Was also not a big Twilight fan,so i was was aprehensive about watching Hemlock Grove,but i checked it out and was hooked from the first episode.I loved it.Looking forward to a 2nd. season.Can’t wait.

      13. john June 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        It was great

      14. yoyoman August 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm


      15. Martine July 14, 2014 at 5:02 am

        When is season 3? I can’t wait.