I was fully expecting B99 to be yanked after the first episode. Brooklyn Nine Nine is a new age police procedural comedy with an excellent cast and spectacular production. Andre Braugher, Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, and Terry Crews are all perfectly cast in their respective roles and each have moments where they shine in every single episode. It's still a bit shaky but it's just the freshman season flaws. The job gets a little heavy sometimes so if we didn't have some fun it would be long days. Anchored in large part by Andy Samberg's ironic sense of humor, it also features plenty of dead-pan humor and caricatures, much of it being a parody of the typical crime drama. There certainly is the expected detective work, but the main focus is the ludicrous and off-beat styles of the detectives.
. I found the pilot to be inane and not very funny but still kept watching episodes until I just couldn't take it anymore. Though as I recall, that style is mixed in with other, more witty jokes. I think once Brooklyn Nine-Nine finds its own footing and more firmly establishes its characters, things will settle into place. I haven't seen a show this good in a while.
Although there have only been a dozen episodes so far and there is always the chance that the broadness the show-runners have been so good at keeping down may eventually kick in, the series now remains as strong and frequently hilarious as any comedy on television at the moment. The star detective played by Samberg winningly carries the lead with charm if not grace , but as part of a true ensemble cast, carefully crafted iconic roles played well, and all won me over in the first episode. I am a lover of no laugh track situational comedies such as Parks and recreation and Weeds. So I watch a lot of American cop shows like Criminal Minds and Castle, but as much as I love them, sometimes I feel like they're hugely unrealistic and over-dramatised. There's a lot of great jokes particularly regarding the characters, each one with their own eccentric personalities, and one of the things i love about this show is that it doesn't have to play on racial stereotypes to be funny. Personally I don't see this debacle going even one season unless it is only scheduled to run for 5-10 episodes.
The show, being a comedy, peculiarly enough,doesn't use any laugh track or a live audience to record laughs. Or Rosa, the extremely abrasive criminally adept cop who doesn't have an off switch for her intimidating nature. The track record of cop comedies on television is not inspiring. No people, this show is not genius nor brilliant. I saw it on the Golden Globes and I'd seen a trailer for it and I was incredibly skeptical when I watched it thinking it'd be one of the awful American spoofs they do. Unless of course you consider how much money is behind it. Braugher is great in his role and one the reasons to watch and the other is Andy Samberg.
Man do I hope so any way because then maybe something good will replace it. Seeing Terry Crews scream like a little girl and freak out trying to put a magical princess castle together is just priceless gold. That's really the best word I can think of summing it up with: likable. His character is just a five year old in an adults body. Obviously not everyone will appreciate it, but I strongly encourage those who are interested in watching it, to watch the entire pilot before making a full opinion.
This show looked promising at first but unfortunately failed to deliver. It's good to have a sitcom in New York City than another crime drama. I don't see this as a show that will appeal to mass audiences, simply because it is more quirky and witty, though not necessarily requiring its viewers to think more about the jokes. Andy Samberg isn't funny, he's just a jerk. Thus, it both has the feel of an old-fashioned sitcom without the dated quality of one.
He embarrasses himself on more than one occasion but this causes people to underestimate him and his wit which he uses to actually solve crimes. Wisely, the decision was made to make an ensemble series. But I was highly surprised making me love it even more! The show should be credited for its humorous subplots within an episode. Brooklyn Nine-nine is a play on those kind of cop shows and it does it spectacularly. Pay attention to the underlying comedy.
The surprisingly gay new police chief is a riot for how he takes his zany team in stride, breaking character to enjoy their antics, while maintaining a strict iron-faced facade. Thankfully spared of talking-head interview segments that have dominated the American comedy scene since The Office, this show also thankfully features no laugh track. But that would be a big mistake because it's a very funny show with lots of potential and a great cast. Personally, I felt it to be one of the strongest pilots for a comedy I had seen in a while. Its got one of the most ethnically diverse casts out there but it doesn't even care because thats not who they are.
I was worried about whether Samberg's shtick would bother me, but he toned it down and was pretty decent. Half of what Peralta says is either completely juvenile or inappropriate, but because it never reaches cartoonish or mean-spirited heights, he remains likable and easy-to-root-for. It's also worth noting the writers have made nice use of its guest stars including Craig Robinson, Andy Richter, Stacy Keach, and Dean Winters. There isn't a particular formula that the show gets hung up on every week and more often than not, there seems to be an effort to get in a decent amount of character development by sitcom standards. It's disturbing that the network is so adept at fabricating a perception that it goes virtually un-noticed by the masses. Also it even has a more realistic feel than the other cop shows. Its the low key lines that make I hilarious.