Be it Jake’s Die Hard reference, or Holt and Wuntch rivalry, Brooklyn 99 never fails to amuse us. The show about precinct with interesting characters is a must watch. Police stations are not a place to joke around or have fun. But if you have a squad like these, the outcome is hilarious. But what makes it more commendable is the fact that it focuses on social issues. Holt’s discrimination as gay, black policeman to deep-seated family problems. It presents issues that people face in their daily life with comedy. To the Nine-Nine!
About Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
Michael Schur( producer) and Dan Goor(writer) have known each other for a long time. They decided to make a comedy workplace show about police. They felt that shows in Police station settings were uncommon. The script of the show wasn’t ready during the casting. Michael Schur’s Parks and Recreation and The Office was enough to get going. Interestingly, some props used in Brooklyn Nine-Nine are of Parks and Recreation. Dan wrote characters with the personal touch of each actor. He says it helped him to give characters dimensions. Some scenes are also inspired from real life. Like Terry’s discrimination happened with actor Terry Crew in real life. Also Jake’s “cool,cool,cool,cool” was actually Andy’s habit.
Initially this show had thirteen episodes. Now, it has seven seasons and more to come. In its sixth season, this show was also the directorial debut of Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero. Beatriz directed “He said, She said” episode that focuses on #MeToo movement. Fumero’s debut was “The Return Of The King” where Gina returns after an accident. According to Stephanie, the comedy shows directed by men are way more than shows directed by women, especially women of color. It was an opportunity and she took it.
What makes this sitcom special?
The characters we see on screen should be relatable. Sitcoms that show unreal relationships or characters often bore the audience. A flawed character with a real set of issues and emotions keeps us interested. Brooklyn Nine-Nine presents us sitcoms that have real emotions and problems. Their struggles and their past makes them who they are. As they work in precinct, they face new situations and overcome them. Plot of the series starts when a new Captain is appointed in Ninety-ninth precinct. Jake Peralta, who is a childish yet brilliant detective, encounters Captain Raymond Holt. Unlike Jake, Holt is very meticulous and sticks to the rules. Amy Santiago, who is impressed by Holt, has silly competition with Jake. Rosa, a very scary yet mysterious detective is completely unaffected with the change. Charles is Jake’s ‘best bud and Terry, who knows Holt, introduces the squad. With time, we understand each character and their journey. Let’s recap them in a quick intro!
He is Captain of Ninety-Ninth precinct. His journey started when he joined in the 1980s. Overcoming prejudice as gay black officer, he is inspiration for many. Holt is very meticulous and formal. His non-work friends consider him funny, which is very difficult to imagine. Holt’s cases and achievements are revealed with every episode. Also, his attempts to be informal and straight in keeping cover is absolutely humorous. He is married to Kevin Cozner, a professor. His rivalry with Madeline Wuntch is priceless!
Detective Jake works in the precinct and is regarded as a brilliant detective. However, his intellect is often questioned because of his childish behavior and slackly lifestyle. Craving for his father’s attention, Jake grows attached to Holt and Kevin. Jake’s confrontation with his father makes us realize the issues he grew up with. His relationship with the entire precinct is well. He is Boyle’s best friend; Amy’s love interest and later her husband. He also goes well with Rosa Diaz. Some of the famous outside-workforce duos are: Doug Judy, Caleb the cannibal and Adrian Pimento.
Sister of Seven brother, Amy sure is competitive. She outsmarts everyone with her skills and hard work. She is meticulous like Holt but also has emotions. Her relationship with Jake is something really adorable. She is smart and eager to be better than her brother. Her bond with Rosa and Gina makes us go Hail Sisterhood!
Tough, got her tear ducts melted, this woman can crush a computer mouse with her hands. Oh wait, she did! Watching her character evolve is one of the best things of this show. One of the things viewers relate is her coming out as Bisexual. Interestingly, Rosa’s experience as bisexual stems from Stephanie’s own experiences. The family resentment, struggle with voicing your mind, we understand her better. Her breakup with Marcus and her fear of not finding love are something we all understand. The actress changed her voice to fit into the role. You can see her actual voice in the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Father of three kids, Terry is a loving family guy. His physical appearance makes him look intimidating. But he was sweet as Teddy. Producer loved Terry’s character as a big guy with a sweetheart. His love for Yogurt and suspenders is not dumb.
Gobble Gobble Gobble. We mean Boyle, a weird romantic fool, is Jake’s best friend. It is the true definition of bromance. Be it helping him in winning the Halloween Heist or getting jealous of previous friends, Boyle is a friend we all need. His passion to eat and cook food definitely stands out.
Adrian Pimento, an undercover cop, who suffers from memory loss. His confusion and weird energy keeps us entertained throughout the episode. Her chemistry with Rosa is definitely a very weird yet adored relationship. Doug Judy, a criminal, who helps and then betrays Jake Peralta. His on and off on show is one to watch. Madeline Wuntch, rival of Holt, gave us some of the best insults and lines. Hitchcock and Scully are good detectives yet the ultimate procrastinator of Nine-Nine. After Boyle and Jake, they are the ultimate buddies. And of course, Gina Linetti, the queen. She is office secretary but undoubtedly most confident of all. She is quirky and teaches a lesson to those who need it.
And there we have it, another flawless Gina moment.
Why should you watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
If you are looking for a new show with fresh concepts and sitcom, we recommend Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Not only it shows some important social issues like “Moo Moo” and “He said, She said”. Witness some of the brilliant cases like “The Box”. This show captures modern landscape without repeating itself. Also, it has a very diverse cast with great ideas. We strongly recommend you to watch it!
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