Prisha Batra - 54 weeks ago
It has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97% and after six season has an aggregate rating of 8.4 on IMDB. This itself is a testimonial to the appeal of police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which cuts across viewers despite its contemporary youth tone.
(Melissa Fumero and Andy Samberg in a still from Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Mere mention about one of the most popular American comedy shows Brooklyn Nine-Nine, gives an adrenaline rush to viewers. The elements of humour and sarcasm that the show incorporates and the relatability with its characters is a winner hands down. Unlike the setting of the conventional crime drama shows like How to Get Away with Murder, The Mentalist, Blacklist etc. which are built around the periphery of seriousness and animosity, Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes an exceptional projection of a crime serial laced with humour and morals, thus making it an ideal watch.
The show centers around a unique caste of actors that are NYPD detectives of the 99th precinct in Brooklyn. The reason for its mass appeal also lies in the fact that it serves as an exception to the regular crime shows as the episodes don’t just capture them solving crimes but the detectives could also be seen participating in festivals like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas giving a fresh and contemporary touch to the show and thus keeping viewers hooked to the show. The sardonic satire makes it even more interesting to watch this show as actors match their dialogues with expressions, giving a boisterous feel.
(Andre Braugher, Joe Lo Truglio, and Andy Samberg in a still from Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
One never gets bored of watching the same characters as every episode also brings out a different facet of their personality. It’s evident that a lot of thinking and deliberation has gone into crafting each character’s role as they very slyly and humorously conveys moral messages to the viewer without stating the obvious.
Detective Jake Peralta played by Andy Samberg is an ‘amazing detective/genius’ (reference from the series) but at the same time has also a childlike behaviour with which he turns every murder scene into a story with a pop culture reference.
The screenplay beautifully conveys the message of doing what one loves and loving what you do. Detective Charles Boyle, played by the evergreen comedian Joe Lo Truglio, is a loyal friend of Jake Peralta and is shown a diligent man and a food enthusiast in the series. He remains an optimist and an empathetic personality.
(Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg, and Stephanie Beatriz in a still from Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
The female characters in the show too have been shown on a very strong footing. Amy Santiago played by Melissa Fumero, also the perfectionist, is always on a competitive mode and gives her daily dose of motivation to the viewers. Her school girlish charm makes the character extremely endearing. The second important female character in the series is Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz). She is everything that defines a daring and independent woman. Her intimidation is really amusing to her fellow members of the precinct.
A very subtle message of racial discrimination and LGBT is delivered through the character of Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) who are men of colour. Throughout their career, they have been underestimated and undermined due to their racial origin. The step motherly treatment is more so towards Capt. Raymond Holt who is a gay commanding officer and has gone through a lot of public harassment due to his sexual orientation. Through his character, viewer also get an idea of the treatment that the Black and the LGBTQ community have meted with early American years.
However, their presence also brings about the humour of this show. Sergeant Terry’s obsession with his daughters and his dialogues in third person is hilarious to say the least. The scenes in the series when he tries to do funny little things for his daughters coupled with Capt. Holt’s robotic expression and awkwardness are moments of sheer brilliance in the series.
What makes this show even more interesting is the deliberate use of jargons and typos that have now become staple among youths in their day-to-day conversations. The signature moves of Amy Santiago, Boyle’s taste in food, Captain’s mood prediction, Peralta’s unceasing adventures just fill in the hearts of the audiences with joy and bliss. The B99er’s have successfully devised their own lingo which has found a resonance among viewers of the show. The bottom-line being that the show remains an escape route for people who have had a tedious day at work. It gives them an opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy.
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