Brooklyn Nine-Nine S1-6
Since its 2013 debut, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has racked up 2 Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Critics’ Choice Awards and a GLAAD Award for its depictions of LGBT characters and relationships.
Television’s most delightfully quirky cop squad are a beacon of wholesome joy amongst the modern smorgasbord of often dark, morally ambiguous television dramedies.
Michael Schur created Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the same comedic spirit and style as his other immensely popular series The Office and Parks and Recreation. These shows tend to share a common thread of characters finding and preserving optimism and hope under gloomy and thankless working conditions. He’s explored the fluorescent, banal office life, small town government departments, and in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a standard New York police precinct. But the wacky behaviour of the staff in this precinct are anything but standard. Leading the line is Detective Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg, whose comic timing and energy could not be more fitting for the rapid-fire one-liners of the Nine-Nine.
The series would not be as beloved as it is if it weren’t for the ensemble cast supporting Samberg. Andre Braugher’s dead-pan performance as Captain Holt has been praised for its depth and comedic delivery, while Gina, Boyle, Terry and co deliver just as many laughs with their idiosyncratic gags and foibles.
When we turn to TV for comfort and laughter, there is nothing more satisfying than relentlessly clever comedy writing topped with a big dollop of sincere friendship. As Carli Velocci at Mashable observed: “The characters care about each other and support one another. The worlds they inhabit might not be perfect, but it always ends up fine because the characters have each other. That’s a heartening idea and one worth cherishing. “
Seasons 1 to 6 are now on Showmax to binge-watch!
IMDB rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%