TV REVIEW: Brooklyn 99 – Season 1

According to Netflix Mr O and I tried to watch Brooklyn 99 a while ago and abandoned it during the first episode. I imagine this was probably somewhere in the first year of Little O’s life where he didn’t sleep on his own ever. We were forever getting five minutes into something and then he’d wake up and we’d give up. Recently we’d heard a lot of noise from fans over the fact that the show has been cancelled (and subsequently picked up) so we decided to give it a second go.

Immature but talented NYPD detective, Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) is used to doing whatever he likes but when Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) takes over his precinct, things start to change with hilarious consequences.

While Brooklyn 99 has some very funny story lines, what really makes the show is its awesome characters. There are a lot of shows out there with kooky characters but Brooklyn 99 really succeeds in balancing and growing them and creating chemistry between them. Jake is a fun-obsessed buffoon but he’s also very good at what he does. His rival and love interest Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) is a typical type A personality but still loves to get in on the occasional prank and the ice old, super tough Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) regularly shows a lot of heart. (I not so secretly want to be her).

Andre Braugher is an absolute scene stealer as the completely deadpan captain. Watching Santiago try to suck up to him is a great bit, along with the recurring idea that outside of the precinct he is a laugh riot to his friends and family. Terry Crews as Sargent Terry Jeffords does a wonderful job of a tough guy, doubting himself following the birth of his twin daughters and it’s great seeing him try to balance the two sides of his personality. And absolute favourite scene of mine involves him attempting to build a doll house and unintentionally smashing it.

On top of this there are the precinct’s resident weirdos, self-absorbed assistant Gina (Chelsea Peretti) and food obsessed detective, Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), who provide light relief alongside bumbling almost retirees, Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller).

One of the best things about the show is that it avoids cliched pitfalls [POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT]. Season one sees Boyle obsessed with Rosa, who is not one bit interested. Instead of going for the trope of her slowly coming around to his way of thinking, especially when he saves her life in the field, he respects that she doesn’t fancy him and they become friends.

It’s almost like The Office had a weird but beautiful baby with a police procedural. We’ve already moved onto season two and we’re bingeing with enthusiasm. If you’re looking for a new comedy, check it out. I am so glad we decided to revisit it.

4/5

5 Comments

  1. This sounds really good, Abbi. Unfortunately, I don’t have Netflix, or Amazon TV, just a NOW TV box. I doubt I will get to see it, unless it is bought up by a mainstream channel of course.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It does show on Channel 4 too.

      1. Thanks, Abbi. In that case, I will check it out on All 4. 🙂

  2. We’ve been wondering whether this would be worth checking out or if it would be stupid. Might give it a shot after Better Call Saul.

    1. If you enjoy Parks and Rec or The Office, you’ll enjoy it.

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