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Molly Briggs ’19, News Section Editor and Nellie Shih, ’19, A&E Section Editor

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a police-comedy on Fox, centers around five detectives and their assistant in the 99th precinct in Brooklyn. When the new, serious, and stoic Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) arrives, he immediately clashes with Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but skilled detective with a carefree attitude. Close behind is Jake’s loyal best friend, the emotional and slightly odd Detective Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio). Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), the ambitious and competitive overachiever, competes with Jake for most arrests. Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), the extremely tough and fierce biker, Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), the lovable but very built dad, and Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), the sarcastic and narcissistic assistant with a passion for dance, make up the rest of the team. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a cop show, and the detectives do solve cases, but it’s not anything like the dramas of Criminal Minds or CSI. It centers more around the detectives’ everyday lives at work and the hilarious situations they get themselves into. If you like The Office for the amazing characters and the entertaining shenanigans that occur, you will definitely love this show.

The five-season series stars Andy Samberg (The Lonely Island), Stephanie Beatriz, Andre Braugher (who has been nominated twice for his performance on the show), Terry Crews (White Chicks), Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Peretti (wife of Jordan Peele and a writer for Parks and Recreation as well as Saturday Night Live), and Joe Lo Truglio (Wet Hot American Summer, Pitch Perfect).

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is not your average comedy. Although many of the actors have been known for ridiculous humor, the show keeps viewers engaged as the characters’ relationships grow throughout the five seasons of the show. Halfway through the first season, Samberg’s character describes the Nine-Nine as a “super weird family with two black dads, and two Latina daughters, and two white sons, and Gina.” The show features a fairly diverse cast: Andre Braugher portrays Captain Holt, who is openly gay. The Captain’s sexuality isn’t used as the butt of every joke, and in fact the show addresses the fact he had to work twice as hard to earn his place as captain. He’s contrasted with Terry Jeffords (portrayed by Terry Crews) the sensitive and yogurt-loving father and Sergeant. Brooklyn Nine-Nine could easily be “The Andy Samberg” show, but it’s not. The show allows every actor/character to have their own time to shine, and they were even nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is definitely a show worth watching. With Andy Samberg, who won a Golden Globe for best actor in this TV comedy, in the lead, it never ceases to make you laugh and also manages to make you love every character and really think. Alongside LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace, the show has also other modern-day issues such as racial profiling. This Golden Globe winner for best TV comedy has blown away every person I know who watched it, even if they were reluctant to do so at first. You’ll quickly grow to love it. So,try it out, go to Hulu or to Fox Now and watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We promise you won’t regret it.

 

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