Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sitcom starring Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, a detective who is a childish workaholic competing with Melissa Fumero’s Detective Amy Santiago, a Type A, organizational, and workaholic cop for having the best arrest record. But the carefree attitude of the precinct changes when the new no nonsense Captain Raymond Holt comes aboard, played by Andre Braugher.
This is the premise of the first season at least and wow Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an absolute delight. The supporting cast is equally as great as the main stars – you have Terry Crews as the family man Sergeant, Joe Lo Trugelio as Charles Boyle, Jake’s worshiper and best friend, Stephanie Beatriz as the intimidating, bad ass, and no nonsense Rosa Diaz, and finally Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, the Captain’s assistant who’s more preoccupied with herself than helping out at the precinct.
The cast in the show is absolutely wonderful and you really buy them as a family. Even Hitcock and Scully played by Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon, the wonderfully weird old timers at the precinct who do nothing except eat and sit. A lot of these characters have great arcs over the five seasons, especially Jake, who becomes a little more mature, Holt, who learns to let loose a little, and Rosa, who learns to be a tad more vulnerable. There’s a wide variety of guest stars, most being Saturday Night Live alums from the time Samberg was on the show, a favorite of mine being Doug Judy played by Craig Robinson, a criminal who quickly befriends Jake before escaping his arrest attempts every time they meet.
The comedy here also works extremely well. There’s so many running gags throughout the show like “Title of your sex tape”, “Terry loves yogurt,” and Halloween. Each episode has something that makes you laugh and smile whether it be Jake’s goofiness, Holt’s deadpan delivery, Charles’s weirdness, or Scully taking his shirt off. And each season leaves you hungry for the next with their excellent cliffhangers.
I don’t really have any criticisms of the show. Just that some episodes are more memorable than most, which is to be expected of any show. But Brooklyn Nine-Nine may be my new comfort show – something I can watch in the background or in my bed that can still make me laugh and bring me joy. I must also praise the show for having TWO Latina women in the show that exhibit no stereotypes, the same goes for Terry and Holt – no black stereotypes to be found.
As many people know, the show aired on FOX and was cancelled, but because of a giant social media outcry, the show was picked up by NBC. NBC houses great comedy shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and The Good Place. And Brooklyn Nine-Nine deserves to be alongside these comedy greats.
I give Brooklyn Nine-Nine an A-