I am such a sucker for a pretty face; especially if its a
super funny and clever face. That is partially why I am so
enamored with Fox’s work-place-comedy-meets-cop-show,
Brooklyn Nine Nine. Not only does this show offer up the
insanely talented Adam Sandberg (of D*** in a Box fame), but
it also gives Andre Braugher the vehicle he needs to show
off his impeccably dry humor and incredible adaptability.
These two contribute to an ensemble that works together to
produce a show that is so silly, yet clever that I
simultaneously meet my inner adolescent's needs while
satisfying my grown-up’s show needs.
Sandberg plays Jake Peralta, a talented, yet mischievous and
carefree detective to Brauer’s straight-man foil Captain
Holt, who, to Fox’s credit, is openly gay. Holt’s character
represents a novel pairing, being both gay and the
straight-man (if you can make rhetorical sense of that)..
Newly appointed to the 99th precinct, Holt is determined to
“be the best precinct in Brooklyn” and he plans to “start
with Peralta.” The first episode is chock-full of sight gags
that Samberg fans will be used to from his Saturday Night
Live days, but the show goes far beyond this slapstick into
geniously written humor that reflects a new age in comedy.
Fans of the show will recognize this millennial humor for
its observational quality delivered with a deadpan irony
that appeals to savvy, modern fans. The young, narrative
aesthetic of the show makes it a good fit among the other
similarly positioned shows on Fox this season, including The
Mindy Project and Dads. Although, this show seems like what
Dads wants to be, without all the scatalogical humor that is
requisite among McFarland projects, I think it has the same
demographic as these.
So much of what works on this show is based upon the
unlikely pairing of work-place comedy and cop show. Its the
incongruity that makes it hilarious. Set in the
thirty-minute format, the show bears much more resemblance
to Parks and Recreation than to Law and Order, although
there are crimes to be solved on Brooklyn 99 however
tongue-in-cheek and self-conscious they are.
This show is for a certain niche of the viewing public, of
which I am firmly and proudly a part. I know it seems like I
like every show I watch, but in this case, you can trust
that it is quality programming, if and only if you enjoy
that kind of programming.
BROOKLYN’S 99TH PRECINCT GETS A NEW CAPTAIN
ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE”
TUE SEPT 17 8:30/7:30c on FOX
Detective JAKE PERALTA (Andy Samberg) is a
talented, but carefree police detective at Brooklyn’s 99th
precinct who, along with his eclectic group of colleagues,
are used to having a lax captain around the office. However,
when tightly-wound Captain RAY HOLT (Andre Braugher) takes
over, he is determined to make this dysfunctional group of
detectives into the best precinct in Brooklyn in the all-new
“Pilot” series premiere episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE airing
Tuesday, Sept. 17 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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