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Save This Show: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

 

Save This Show: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

 

Viewers: we’ve got a potential non-renewal in progress, please respond. Over.

By far my favorite comedy of the 2013-14 season is ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.' So far it’s gotten the critical acclaim necessary to give a show legs, but finding the audience has been a bit of a missing persons case. The December midseason finale saw an upward trend of 1.6/5 in the ratings and 3.7 million viewers, and the series garnered two Golden Globe nominations, one for best comedy, and one for Samberg; yet a small increase in viewership and award buzz are hardly a guarantee for keeping a show on the air.

In case you haven’t caught the antics of the Nine-Nine Precinct, here’s my witness statement to keep the show from getting prematurely arrested:

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher

The surprising chemistry between Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.

One is a respected television and film veteran with onscreen police drama credits that include the acclaimed ‘Homicide: Life on the Streets.' The other made the ‘D***-in-a-Box’ music video. Who would’ve thought the pair would make a great a comedy duo? Samberg’s slacker Detective Peralta and Braugher’s no-nonsense Captain Holt clash with each other amazingly well, and the results are hilarious. The two have formed a fun dynamic that leaves just enough dramatic growth for both the apprentice and the mentor. It’s also interesting to see these characters subverted against type, with star detective Peralta unwilling to take boring realistic police work seriously, and Holt as a happily married homosexual who takes a fatherly approach to the officers under his command. 

It’s the combination of Samberg’s relentless jokes and Holt’s stone-faced performance that drive the show, and the writing elevates them to one of the best new character relationships so far this year – that and the flashbacks to Holt’s '70s police adventures, like his legendary takedown of ‘The Disco Strangler.'

The Nine-Nine gang

They've got an ensemble full of funny people.

I’ve been a fan of Joe Lo Truglio for years, from his early sketches on ‘The State’ to his later work on ‘Reno 911.' The same goes for Terry Crews, who has an endless streak of memorable small parts in films like ‘Bridesmaids,' and it’s great to see him flex his comedy muscles (in addition to literal ones) as a series regular. Chelsea Peretti’s character has been a bit of a wild card thus far, but the comedienne has a great track record as both a writer and performer on groundbreaking cable shows such as ‘Louie’ and ‘Kroll Show.' Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero are both relative newcomers to comedy, but have proven great casting choices as the no-nonsense Detective Diaz and the over-eager Detective Santiago respectively. 

The depth of this group makes me excited to watch them use the show as a platform to grow their careers, just like ‘Parks and Recreation’ did for Chris Pratt (Star Lord anyone?).         

Crews & Truglio 

Mike Schur and Dan Goor have produced the smartest network comedies of the last decade.

Between making ‘The Office’ into NBC’s perenial hit half-hour, and building ‘Parks and Recreation’ into a critical gem, these guys know how enjoyable comedies are created. You can see the formula at work in ‘Nine-Nine’ as well: 

1) A charismatic comedic lead who has yet to have a career-defining role. Check.

2) A realistic workplace setting that you wouldn’t expect to be funny, but is. Check.

3) A large cast of characters with scripts tailored to their comedic strengths. Check.

4) Rashida Jones… Not yet, but fingers crossed.

Thanksgiving

The TV landscape needs a police comedy

When I first sat down to watch the pilot, I was curious to see how they’d balance comedy with the day-to-day operations of a New York police precinct, since violent crime in The Big Apple would make for difficult laughs (murder-suicide is hilarious, right?!). I was pleasantly surprised to see the emphasis put on the character stories rather than the criminal element – ultimately this is a workplace comedy, so the focus of the jokes is on the relationships between the cops, rather than the case of the week.

In a television landscape that is dominated by increasingly dark investigative dramas like ‘Hannibal,' ‘The Following,' and the multitude of ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘CSI’ spin-offs, it’s refreshing to see a return to a lighthearted look at policing.

In my humble opinion, here’s what I think the fuzz have to do to stay on the air:

The cast of B-99

Just keep walking that beat.

FOX has a tradition, it seems, of developing great comedies and canceling them before their time – ‘Arrested Development’ comes to mind. Unlike many other freshmen shows this year, ‘Nine-Nine’ knows exactly what it is out of the gate, and as long as they keep that consistent quality, it should warrant a second season, and hopefully more.

For the second half of the year, I’m looking forward to seeing Gina’s character become more developed and integrated into the stories, and for Boyle’s hopeless crush on Diaz to get a little more love. Also fingers crossed for more flashbacks of '70s Holt laying down the law and badass catchphrases.  

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Details
Network:
- FOX
Person:
- Andre Braugher
- Andy Samberg
Show:
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Written by: Chill19
Jan 3rd, 2014, 1:50 pm

Images courtesy of FOX, flavorwire.com, adweek.com, ign.com

sniperelite

Level 1 (36%)
Points: 0.7
Since: 16/Jan/13
Message Posted On Jan 13th, 2014, 1:41 pm

Yeah I guess you 4 or 5 trolls that are saying the show is crap are correct. I guess the author of the artcie is correct in his assumption that this show is in danger of getting cancelled. I guess all of that, because you know, that's usually the case with the tv shows that just won a golden globe for best comedy and a golden globe for its lead peformer. I mean, that just screams awful and cancellation, doesn't it?

asianwolf

Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2014, 10:49 pm
Great show, well worth watching. Better than a lot of American comedies in the last couple of years
bluestone101

Level 1 (93%)
Since: 25/Sep/07
Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2014, 5:52 am

I gave it 3 episodes and couldnt take anymore, its just not funny.

DerpDahDerp

Message Posted On Jan 9th, 2014, 9:10 am
Shows a rancid pile of dog crap. Not even remotely funny or worth a wet fart. Can it.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jan 8th, 2014, 9:07 am
@Accipiter: E4 will be showing this soon, been seeing quite a few adverts for it recently! Can't recall what time they will air it though
Accipiter

Message Posted On Jan 6th, 2014, 9:46 am
I'm from the UK and I love this show. I hope one of our channels picks it up and airs it at a decent time (which is unlikely as all we get spoonfed these days is reality garbage at prime-time). PLus it has Terry Crews who, in my opinion, adds great comedy value to just about anything he's in with his facial expressions alone. Great cast, well scripted, what's not to like.
Jackal

Message Posted On Jan 5th, 2014, 10:08 am
@mpflipper: I'm aware people have opinions, and those opinions often vary. I was having a dig at all the people previously who just seemed to come in here to post about how they didn't like it. If you don't think a certain show is good or funny, then why did you open up an article about it? Did you just want to inform the world that you dislike or hate something? That's pretty rude and doesn't say much about your character.
mpflipper

Message Posted On Jan 5th, 2014, 8:51 am
OOPS: I just now see that there are a few mistakes in my comment ! Best comedy on tv for ME it should read... and also different tastes !! My fingers don't seem to want to go where i want them to go sometimes ;-)
mpflipper

Message Posted On Jan 5th, 2014, 8:43 am
@ Jackal, just because we don't share a liking for the same kind of humor, doesn't give you the right to say that I (and others who don't seem to think the show is funny) don't have the mental capacity to get a joke.... I do get jokes, but the jokes in this show are just not that funny to me ! And NO i don't need a laugh track to tell me where to laugh ! Should you care...the kind of comedy I like, is 2 broke girls... at the moment the best comedy on tv for ne ! But as I said...so many people have so many different tasts, it's good we don't all like the same thing, otherwise we would only need 1 tv channel ;-)
Roxie Rebel

Message Posted On Jan 5th, 2014, 7:41 am
I thought Seth Rogen would be right when he said, "Andy plays a cop on his new Fox show. His first case will be investigating the disappearance of his new Fox show." on the James Franco Roast. I really like the show, and I think the cast has some chemistry, but, I just don't think TV execs have enough brains, or taste left to keep it alive. FOX just can't get their sh*t together. /facepalm
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