Brooklyn Nine-Nine Series Review


Brooklyn Nine-Nine is comedy gold as expected going by the other shows created by Michael Shur. Premiering on September 17, 2013, and growing a huge fan base, it was canceled by Fox Network on May 10, 2018, after five seasons. NBC picked up the series for a sixth season, which premiered on January 10, 2019. The show is still going strong, with season eight set to premiere in 2021. Fox is kicking themselves now because not only is it humorous, but it also sheds light on modern-day social issues.

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The series follows the lead, Jake Peralta, a talented but immature NYPD detective. Detective Peralta is an exceptional detective with the best record in his department, which came as a bit of a shock seeing how unconventional, relaxed, and childish he can be. Like Peralta, his fellow detectives have a slew of bizarre idiosyncrasies and quirks that make you fall in love with the show.


The chemistry between the characters is exceptional, and it gives way to gut-busting laughter, especially the encounters between Detective Peralta and Captain Raymond Holt because Holt is the complete opposite of Peralta. You can completely see how the series won an Emmy and Golden Globe award.


Plot

The premise of the series follows the day to day activities of the detectives of the imaginary precinct of Brooklyn nine-nine. Jake Peralta, the golden boy, holds the record for the most arrests and solved crimes. With his care-free and immature demeanor, he does his job brilliantly as the finest detective in his precinct. When he gets a new Captain, Raymond Holt, Jake instantly clashes with Holt’s no-nonsense, to the letter style of command.

Along with Jake, the closest detective to taking his crown is Detective Amy Santiago, who is a determined and by the book detective who keeps him on his toes. Their back and forth banter bring both laughs and cringe-worthy moments to the show. Even though Jake is a great detective, his teammates all bring something special to the table to create a well oiled crime-fighting machine.


Detective Charles Boyle, who is one of the hard-working, is paired with the scary and aggressive Rosa Diaz, with whom he happens to be in love. To Boyle’s avail, Diaz has no interest in him romantically. This makes for hysterically-awkward encounters for Boyle. Detectives all report to Sergeant Terry Jeffords, who has a massive phobia of going back to the field because he fears being killed and leaving his wife and kids alone. He has a strong and intimidating outer presence, but deep down, he is a gentle giant.


Cast and Characters

Brooklyn Nine-Nine boasts of a stellar cast who are known for their comedic chops. The main characters consist of Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of his character Jake Peralta. He brings a lightened humor to the mix as his character is very care-free and relaxed. His partner and competition is Amy Santiago, played by Melissa Fumero. Santiago is the voice of reason when dealing with Peralta. She thinks he’s a child because of how immature he acts at times. She is determined and by the book but tends to overextend herself to prove her worth.

Everything seems to be a competition for her, maybe growing up with a ton of brothers made Santiago how she is. Then there is Charles Boyle, played by Joe Lo Truglio, who is one of the hardest working detectives at the precinct but is slightly pathetic and awkward. To make matters worse for him, he is secretly in love with his partner, the scary and aggressive Rosa Diaz played by Stephanie Beatriz. The chemistry between the two was prickly at first, but gel better in later seasons as Boyle and Diaz got to know one another.


The detectives' report to Sergeant Terry Jeffords, played by Terry Crews, is by far the most caring and idealistic of the bunch. The first season sees him trying to regain his lost edge after a tense incident.

They all report to newly appointed Captain Raymond Holt, played by Andre Braugher. Captain Holt and Peralta instantly clash because Holt is overly serious and by the book, while Peralta is simply Peralta, the exact opposite of Holt. These circumstances make for some of the best humor on the show. Holt is also the first gay police officer to make Captain after years of hard work and ridicule, which is why he’s so overly serious because he doesn’t want his hard work to be overlooked.


Lastly, there is the sarcastic, social media-obsessed, and dominating civilian administrator, Gina Linetti, played by Chelsea Peretti. Linetti hates her job and is not afraid to make it known. She can be socially awkward and has no filter when it comes to speaking her mind. Her pranks and general views on the show create hysterical moments on the show, especially with Boyle as he’s gullible. All in all, each character has their place in the show, and fans connect with each one differently, which creates an exceptional viewing experience.


The character growth is handled well in this show and as the seasons roll on, everyone finds balance in their life.


Should You Watch It

Shows come and go; that’s a given. Not a lot of shows make an impression. Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes a tremendous impression on its viewers. It’s not just a comedy about a police detective. This show touches base on a lot of modern-day issues like racism, prejudice, gender equality, LGBT issues, and so much more. It’s obvious why Brooklyn Nine-Nine has more than one accolade.


The show holds its own against some of the greats like The Office, Community, and Parks and Recreation. If you like series that can have different levels of comedic relief, then you will fall in love with Brooklyn Nine-Nine.


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