By DYLAN GOWAN.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine might just be one of the best sitcoms on television right now, but I have a feeling that not many of you watch it.
Here’s hoping I’m wrong, because it really is something special.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a workplace comedy set at the fictional 99th Precinct of the NYPD. This is no SVU, I mean, except for the obvious fact that Nine-Nine is a comedy. The series is lead by Andy Samberg and features a swathe of other great characters and actors, who I will get to later.
The best thing about the show is the portrayal of the precinct.
When you think of a police station, you probably think of serious people dealing with serious things and taking their job very seriously. The 99th Precinct is anything but. Sure, they are dealing with crimes, but we are presented with a workplace that we can all probably relate to.
Meetings, presentations, evaluations, pointless training exercises, slightly odd co-workers and jokes at each others expense – just because it’s a police station doesn’t mean it’s excluded from the day-to-day activities of any other workplace. I mean, I work at a fast food restaurant and I can still relate to it.
Andy Samberg is a very funny guy and does an excellent job at playing Jake Peralta. Jake is a good detective with a heart of gold and the maturity of a fifteen year old.
Chelsea Peretti stars as Gina, the precinct’s administrator. I love Chelsea Peretti, she is absolutely hilarious. Her role is a relatively small one, but it really is made for her. Gina is the best.
Former NFL player Terry Crews also stars. I tend to cringe when I hear of sportspeople who try to act, but Crews has long proved that he can stand with the rest of them.
If you’re a Parks and Recreation fan, you might like to know that Nine-Nine comes from Dan Goor (writer, producer and director of Parks) and Michael Shur (creator of Parks), so of course you can expect some stellar writing.
Crime tends to take a back seat on the show, which is a good thing. Cases are present, but they aren’t usually at the forefront. Instead the show focuses on the characters and their relationships in the workplace, which is awesome.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a top notch comedy (and has the Golden Globes to prove it). Its second season has just started airing on TV2 on Wednesday nights at 9pm and its first season is available to stream on Netflix.
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