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"Brooklyn Nine Nine" review by Sundi 9/10/13
Tuesdays 8:30/7:30 starting September 17

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.



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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