Did Brooklyn Nine-Nine Cop Your Interest?

Brooklyn Nine Nine PremiereBrooklyn Nine-Nine raced to the scene of Fox’s Tuesday comedy lineup tonight, but the question remains whether you’re willing to handcuff yourself to it all season long.

The ensemble comedy from Parks and Recreation‘s Dan Goor and Michael Schur focuses on the wacky (but  competent) detective squad of the titular precinct — which has just come under the watch of an eager new captain (played by Emmy-winner Andre Braugher). While much of the tension is derived from hotshot Det. Jake Peralta (Saturday Night Live vet Andy Samberg) flaunting Capt. Holt’s rule-abiding ways — and getting repeatedly caught mocking ‘em — every member of the supporting cast (especially Chelsea Peretti as Gina, a civilian administrator with no edit function) manages to score a laugh in the pilot. Better still, several story arcs find the writers zagging where you’d expect them to zig — especially the possible romantic connection between Stephanie Beatriz and Joe Lo Truglio’s polar-opposite characters, and even moreso, Gina turning out to be right about Capt. Holt pinging her gaydar.

Other recurring themes for the season set up in the pilot: Jake’s bet with rival hotshot Det. Santiago to see who can close more cases (he’ll score a date with her if she wins; she’ll get his car if he doesn’t); the plight of Terry Crews’ burly cop, who’s become terrified of the field since becoming a dad; and Jake’s quest to shirk Holt’s requests that he wear a tie to work.

But enough about what we thought: What was your take on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Grade the episode via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!

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98 Comments
  1. Great first episode. Though I’m wishing they could find a way for Fred Armisen’s character to recur. Maybe make it a running gag that he keeps winding up as a potential witness, and is just as helpful as he was this week.

  2. bs’d
    Reminded me of Police Squad! :) Loved it!

  3. mongoose22 says:

    I found it pleasant. Very much an Office kind of vibe, which is to be expected, and the ensemble is pretty well defined right off the bat. Braugher as the captain is awesome, though; you never see a serious character like that on TV who still has the sense of humor to really dish it out when he needs to. This kind of show really needs time for everyone to flesh out their characters, so I’ll be patient for the usual half season and see if it’s still good at midseason. The Office frankly was terrible in its first season, and similarly Community took a half to two-thirds of a season to really gel. The second season of both of those shows remain some of my favorite comedies ever, though.

  4. Bill Baldwin says:

    Wow. I’m surprised by the positive comments. It’s like I watched a different show. Painfully unfunny–like post season 7 Simpsons. It was easy to identify the moments where they were going for a laugh, but I literally only laughed once. Other than that, I didn’t even crack a smile. My wife only laughed once as well, but at a different point. I don’t recall what elicited the laughter in either case.

    The situations were formulaic and the characters were stock. Brooklyn 99 seems mostly a vehicle for allowing Andy Samberg to mug to the camera. He had no chemistry with his female partner-rival. The writer(s) made obvious, deliberate attempts to create wacky characters and over-the-top zaniness. But either they failed or the director and actors had no idea how to make the script work. Each scene dragged on and never took off.

    Those who loved the scene where the guy shot the mannequin will obviously disagree. That scene just made me feel embarrassed for everyone involved. I think it’s possible to set up a world and a vibe where that scene would work. For me, it doesn’t work here. For examples of similar situational humor that makes me laugh out loud, check out the first two seasons of Archer (haven’t seen the third yet), or the first and only season of The Unusuals.

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