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Meet the Parents! Brooklyn Nine-Nine Casts Sandra Bernhard, Stephen Root

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Casting

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine family will expand during November sweeps by way of guest-starring turns from Sandra Bernhard and Stephen Root.

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TVLine has learned exclusively that in the Fox sophomore’s Nov. 9 episode, Bernhard (Switched at Birth, Roseanne) will debut as Gina’s “eccentric” and “offbeat” mother, Darlene Linetti.

In the same episode, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" New York Premierethe ever-ubiquitous Stephen Root (Fargo, Justified) will guest-star as Boyle’s “very New York Italian” father, Lynn.

There’s a “strong possibility” that both characters will make additional appearances during Season 2.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine now airs Sundays at 8:30/7:30c.

What do you think of these fun family ties?

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13 Comments
  1. That definitely adds up. Someone who has a charm but can also be very abrasive? That’s Bernhard and Gina. And given some of the spineless types Root’s played in the past I could see him as Boyle’s dad, even if they don’t go like father, like son.

    • Kate says:

      But Boyle isn’t exactly spineless, just way too nice and doesn’t realize stuff. But when he’s in complete cop mode or knows he needs to stand up, he’s fine. I like that even though he is supposed to be super ridiculous, the others don’t treat him that way.

  2. herman1959 says:

    Gina is so “out there” but in a weirdly, confident way that I’ve always wondered who in the world her mother could be. Sandra Bernhard is perfect; kudos on the casting.

  3. hz says:

    perfect casting

  4. John NYC says:

    Stephen Root is always a welcome sight on my TV, he’s got great comic timing, IMHO.

  5. dman6015 says:

    Is it just me, or is Stephen Root morphing into Randy Quaid as he ages?

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Good casting. Looking forward to see their parents in next month’s episode.

  7. kimmy says:

    If there’s one thing that cracks me up on B99, Boyle living in his ex wife and her fiancé Hercules’ basement. And how he’s so appreciative and super naive. He’s gotta be the best ex husband ever.

  8. murley says:

    Great casting although I am a little confused about this very Italian person with the last name Boyle…

    • TD says:

      Since this is a fictional universe, yes, you would imagine an Italian character would have an Italian name. But in real life, it wouldn’t be that unusual. The character’s mother could have been Italian but his father not and he got his father’s name. I’m very Scandinavian on my mother’s side, but my last name is English.

  9. Tom says:

    Stephen Root? AWESOME!

  10. theOtherDude says:

    wow, this is just great casting!

  11. Richard says:

    Thankful that Chelsea Peretti has dropped the “croaky” voice this year. VERY hard to listen to some of the younger actresses gargle their dialog these days.