For those who follow articles I’ve written in this section, if I have something to say about a television show, it’s usually good. And more often than not, if I write an article about a comedy show, it’s a very funny show. So it should come to no one’s surprise that I have nothing but praise for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and with the second season just starting, I think I need to remind everyone about this hilarious and award-winning show.
For those who have no experience with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it takes place in New York City and centers around the fictional 99th Precinct. The episodes revolve around Detective Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg, and his relationship with co-workers and how they affect his work and personal life. Sometimes, a viewer might find it hard to believe the show revolves around Peralta when there are so many great characters in the Nine-Nine. While many shine through out the series, the best of the supporting cast has to be the captain of the precinct, Raymond Holt played by Andre Braugher. He’s a dry and unnervingly emotionless individual whose homosexuality seems to be a strange but important factor in the development of his character. These two have an interesting relationship, Peralta sees Holt not only as a father figure but also as a constant source of amusement since he’s always been a troublemaker and jokester, usually at odds with Holt’s serious nature.
The show was interesting to me as an avid Law & Order: SVU fan. The style is like a casual version of SVU, with most of the episodes following Peralta and crew while they deal with personal issues with some following of a crime. However, by the end of the episode, the precinct detectives not only figure out their problems, but solve the case as well. Unlike most detective shows I’ve seen, the focus on character development isn’t how the crime detectives work on change them, but how the police life affects their relationships. Peralta has grown closer to his partner and love interest, the over-achieving Amy Santiago during the first season, and Detective Sergeant Terence Jeffords, played by Terry Crews, is afraid of field duty since he may leave his children fatherless. The most compelling growth can be seen in Holt; however, his story of being an African American homosexual in the police force in the 1980s and trying to take control of his own precinct is inspiring. Underneath his robotic exterior, there hides a man who desperately wants to show everyone that their prejudice is unwarranted and that he can run a successful police station.
I’m scared that I’ve focused a bit much on the heart of the show rather than the humor, which there is a lot of. A constant source of entertainment in the show is Peralta’s best friend and fellow detective, Charles Boyle, who is a klutzy but good natured man who has an uncanny ability to string together sentences that open himself up to ridicule, caused almost entirely by his honest nature. Boyle’s love interest is detective Rosa Diaz, who contrary to Boyle’s entirely good personality, is a mean spirited, unsympathetic, and tough officer who isn’t afraid to shoot down Boyle without remorse. The final characters of the show are the lazy pair of bumbling detectives, Scully and Hitchcock, as well as the crazy precinct administrator Gina Linetti.
For a rather acclaimed show, which won a Golden Globe for Samberg as best actor in a musical or comedy and another for best television series musical or comedy, I’m surprised that most haven’t at least heard of it. When I ask friends if they’ve seen it, they believe it to be a cop thriller like 24, and with the show airing on Sunday during the popular comedy block between
The Simpsons and Family Guy, it seems strange that more people don’t watch this show. Nonetheless, I can’t recommend this series enough, any fan of comedy dramas would be doing themselves a disservice by not watching this excellent show.