It seems that cop shows have been everywhere, ITV’s Law and Order UK, Line Of Duty, Channel 5’s Suspects and Sky Atlantic’s True Detective to name just a few. Each of these try to put a different spin on the cop show, but apart from a few moments here and there none could be described as a laugh out loud (LOL) type of show, that’s in part why it’s so easy to fall for the pop-savvy workplace sitcom that is Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show comes in easy to digest half hour episodes, which makes sense when dealing with a sitcom such as this.
Peralta is a class-clown of the police department (also called precinct as the show is American set inside a New York police department) the character can be seen as the Mahoney (those of you who have watched the awesome Police Academy movies will know this one) type who suddenly has his clowning around ways disrupted by a new police Captain named Holt (played by Andre Braugher) who has an almost constant deadpan expression on his face for most of the shows episodes. What is refreshing is that Brooklyn Nine-Nine hasn’t gone for the easy option of mocking its’s surroundings or even cops in general, instead it is more concerned about the very funny interactions with colleagues and co-workers add that to a character who hasn’t quite figured out how to grow up and you just know where the comedy is coming from, that’s the point, it’s where the comedy comes from. “are those thumb tacks? what the hell Scully” “I thought they’d make great confetti” when an overweight middle-aged man (Scully) throws a pot of thumb tacks over his colleagues, is a just one of the many funny scenes. It’s how the characters interact with each other that adds to the comedy and the more you watch it the funnier it gets.
Andre Braugher plays Holt very well, he’s a robot of a man, incapable of expressing emotions but it’s that characteristic that makes the most basic of lines sound great, such as the invitation to his own birthday party “There is very little street parking, no gifts, no singing of Happy Birthday” he says to a room full of his work colleagues, giving it the impact of about a hundred one-liners, “Should be fun” he says with that deadpan expression before walking away. There is silliness abound, whether it’s Detective Boyle (played by Joe Lo Truglio) doing the single ladies dance joined by two prostitutes who are locked in a cell, or Peralta interrogating a suspect while singing and playing the guitar. There are characters who have been given the absolute best one-liners and are allowed to grow such as Diaz’s style that conjures up a hard female cop with a bit of an anger problem “what kind of woman doesn’t have an axe” she’s very moody and not much is know about her even to the extent that Perlata who is a childhood friend only knows a couple of facts about her personal life.
If your looking for a serious cop drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn’t it, but if you are looking for a series that has funny one-liners mixed with silliness, great characters and laugh out loud moments then you will want to give Brooklyn Nine-Nine a watch, the show is currently available to watch on Netflix who are streaming series 1-3 to subscribers.
The series was renewed for a fourth series on March 24th, 2016, altho ratings fell and no official announcement has been made, rumours plenty that the series will be back for a fifth instalment. Rotten tomato has given the show a 7.7 out of 10 and a 100% approval rating from critics, with viewers rating the fourth series 4.5 out of 5.