Just watched another Fox premiere! Here are the particulars of the first episode of cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
What I liked:
- Andy Samberg. I realize SNL veteran Samberg is not everybody’s cup of tea, but I think he’s pretty funny as smart aleck Detective Jake Peralta. He does a slew of ridiculous things to mock his new boss, all of which made me chuckle.
- The overall feeling of “Psych humor meets The Office filming style (minus the interviews).” I think it’s going to work.
- It feels fresh. I realize cop comedies have been done, but there are so many cop dramas out there right not that it’s nice to see the other side of the coin. Honestly, I can’t remember a cop comedy since Reno 911! (which was hilarious).
- Captain Holt’s surprising secret. It’s fairly unexpected for a cop show (and for his character), but in a good way.
- The script. There are some truly funny lines. For example: Det. Amy Santiago, referring to Jake’s constant chatter: “It’s like a white noise machine.” Jake: “First of all, that’s racist.” I laughed.
- The characters. There are a lot of quirky, contrasting types introduced. It ought to make things interesting.
What I didn’t like:
- Like all shows of this type, it has the potential to get very formulaic and predictable. I said it felt fresh, but it could be hard to keep it that way.
- Jake’s cheesy monologue near the end. It’s not meant to be taken seriously, of course, and I think Jake redeemed the end with his closing line, but it may have teetered for a minute.
- I chuckled, but I didn’t laugh hard. Though that could be because a lot of the funny stuff was revealed in the commercials—always a vice for comedies.
The Potential: Though the pilot isn’t the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen, I did find myself chuckling quite a bit. With a lot of great characters and a clever script, there’s definitely potential for this comedy. If you like Samberg or if you just like comedies in general, I’d recommend trying this one out. I leave you with this unexpected gem from Sergeant Terry Jeffords as he addresses the nickname he had in a former precinct: “They called me Terry Titties, sir.” Did I snicker like a 12-year-old? Maybe.
Premiere Grade: B+
6 thoughts on “Premiere Particulars: Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
There are way too many cop shows out right now and they’re always the same thing. This show was a refreshment from that because of the comedy it brought to the table.
Exactly. I’m interested to see how the show does. Hope it lasts because I like it so far!
Me too, but i’ve learned not to get too attached to some shows because sadly they last a season or two :[
Yeah that’s true. Especially for comedies. Fingers crossed!
By the third episode, I was totally sold. Though I don’t think that every character belongs in the series right now, it reminds me of what would happen if “The Other Guys” and “30 Rock” were combined.
Yeah it does have that vibe! I’m interested to see what they’ll do with it. Hope it stays as fun as it is now!