Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Pilot” Review
✔Great Cast Chemistry
✔Andre Braugher in a comedy = Amazing
✔Cops and Comedy Mesh Well
✘Not For Everyone
✘Terry Crews Is Underused
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a cop show like no other cop show on TV right now it takes the serious nature of a New York City police officer and it mixes in a comedy element. It’s one of the few single camera comedies premiering this fall that seems to have the perfect cast. The comedy is considered a workplace comedy surrounding a group of detectives working a Brooklyn police precinct.
The FOX sitcom has a tremendously diverse and fantastic cast. We have the SNL alum Andy Samberg playing Jake, a talented detective with the inability to act his age. Andre Braugher also stars in the comedy as an openly gay police captain named Ray Holt. Braugher does a great job playing the strict strait to the point character. This marks the first time Braugher has been a part of a sitcom comedy and he knocks it out of the park. The series also features Terry Crews as Sergeant Terry Jeffords a police detective who just recently had a daughter and now fears everyday for his life in the line of duty.
In just the first couple of minutes into the pilot episode you can already tell that FOX has developed a fresh new comedy with heart and humor. Andy Samberg is showing that he is just as good as the other SNL alums who have transitioned into TV and film. Sure he plays a character that Samberg seems to have played many times before but what makes the character work are the one liners and the unpredictability of what he might do.
I initially believed that Brooklyn Nine was going to be a parody show about the average life of a police officer. I could not have been more wrong the sitcom is much more than that. It has the tone and feel of shows like Parks and Recreation, The Office and 30 Rock just in a police precinct setting.
As if Braugher and Samberg being great in their roles was not enough the rest of the cast consist of Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Detective Charles Boyle (Joe Lo), Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) and civilian office manager Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti). Who all do a phenomenal job in their roles making up a lively yet somewhat believable group of characters. They are each playing a more exaggerated telling of their characters but they never seem to go to ridiculous and unbelievable.
Creators Michael Schur and Dan Goor seem to have created themselves a little gem with this new comedy. Both have worked on the shows The Office and Parks & Recreation which is really noticeable in this pilot episode. For some it make feel like a rip-off that is not all that original, but to me I quite enjoyed seeing a sitcom set in a police atmosphere.
It is something that we have not seen before and it works well thanks to the chemistry between the cast. We have so many procedural cop shows it is nice to see one of them turned into a comedy with heart. So all in all the series has shown a lot of promise in its first episode and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite new comedies of the year. I have already seen the second episode and I must say it has lived up to the heart and laughter of the first episode.