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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is more than slapstick

By Alex Courtenay
Staff Writer

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new hit action comedy show on FOX about the (fictional) 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn. The show has swept two awards at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Andy Samberg won the Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine precinct includes Detectives Jake Peralata (Andy Samberg), Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), Michael Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker), Norm Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller), Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) and Administer Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti).

The series starts off with the Nine-Nine getting a new tightly wound and strict commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt, who is a polar opposite from the previous commanding officer. Captain Ray Holt is also a homosexual African-American who worked through prejudiced people to get to the commanding officer position he is in now. Holt is now the boss of Santiago, a competitive person, and wants to make Holt her mentor. Diaz is a tough ex-ballet student with an anger management problem. Boyle is a hard–working but awkward detective who is also a foodie. Hitchcock is a middle–aged detective who never knows what is going on and always wants to take his shirt off. Scully is also a middle–aged detective who is really lazy and is a talented opera singer. Jeffords is an extremely fit sergeant who turned soft when he had twin daughters. Then there is Gina, a self–absorbed and sarcastic civilian administrator, who also shows signs of kleptomania.

The Nine-Nine is a talented group of crime fighters; they act more like children than professionals. The episodes in the first season include: a hysterically intense bet between Santiago and Peralata, Boyle getting shot in the butt and continuation of the precinct’s rival with the Fire Department. The show also features some amazing guest stars like Kid Cudi, Andy Richter, NFL superstar Joe Theismann and Adam Sandler.

The star of the show is no doubt Andy Samberg, and he is of course hilarious. Fortunately, the show is not just focused on his character, Peralata. Yes, most of the episodes have to do with Peralata and his childish antics, but the Nine-Nine treat each other like family and are actually really good at their jobs.

Honestly, I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine was just going to be all about Andy Samberg and just a slapstick comedy. However, it is actually a well–written show with strong actors and well–developed characters. I haven’t missed an episode yet, and I cannot wait to watch the next episode Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.