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TV Talk with Breanna #9: Catch the Bad Guys (And Look Good Doing it) with Brooklyn Nine-Nine


When I first began TV Talk, I came up with a few guidelines. One of these guidelines was that any show I would review had to have at least its first season completed, so that I had enough material to cover and to ensure that how the show began was how it continued to be. However, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has caused me to break that self-set rule. With already two Emmys under its belt, it’s safe to say that my rule doesn’t really apply for this show, as it has already proved that it will continue to be great despite its first season being incomplete.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which began its first season last fall, follows the odd and diverse detectives of New York’s fictional 99th police precinct. When the comically serious Ray Holt (Andre Braughner) is appointed the new Commanding Officer, things begin to change in the precinct. The only person who has a problem with the new captain is Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), who is the best detective on the team, but also the most immature. His partner Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), though, couldn’t be happier to have Holt as the new captain, expecting him to be a mentor to her. This only fuels the rivalry between Santiago and Peralta, and the race to see who can get the most arrests in a year continues.

The 99th precinct also includes Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), a detective who works very hard but isn’t the brightest, and who also has a crush on Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), a tough detective with anger management issues. The team is headed by Detective Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), who is currently scared of working in the field since the birth of his twin girls, and is assisted by Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), a civilian administrator with an extreme ego. Together, the ensemble solves crimes all over Brooklyn but can’t seem to solve the mystery of how to become a well-functioning precinct.

While the show is extremely hilarious, it also has many other good qualities. The cast is very diverse, unlike many cop shows, and the writers work to actively avoid stereotypes concerning the characters. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also addresses many real issues that take place in a police precinct, such as rivalry between departments and the difficulties faced by gay police officers.

Although it’s just starting out, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has received rave reviews and is well on its way to becoming one of the best ensemble shows on television. The show was nominated for two Golden Globes in January and took home both of the awards, for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, which was given to Andy Samberg. While this was considered to be one of the biggest upsets at the award ceremony, it’s quite a feat for a first-year show, and it’s truly a testament to how good the show is.

With so many great reviews and awards already, it’s no question that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will continue to deliver laughs every week. You can catch up on iTunes and, and tune into FOX on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. to watch the rest of the first season.

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