Fall TV Preview: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' making crime funny


Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres Tuesday, September 17th at 9:30pm on FOX

What FOX is saying about their new show.

From Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”), and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) and Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Homicide: Life on the Street”), BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is a new single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a talented, but carefree, detective and his diverse group of colleagues get a new captain with a lot to prove.

Detective JAKE PERALTA (Samberg) is gifted enough that he’s never had to work too hard or follow the rules too closely. Perhaps because he has the best arrest record among his colleagues, he’s been enabled – if not indulged – throughout his entire career. That is, until the precinct gets a new commanding officer, Captain RAY HOLT (Braugher).

Captain Holt believes in rules and regulations, two concepts that have long been overlooked by the detectives in the 99th precinct. Jake’s colleagues are a brilliant and capable bunch, but lack a certain level of discipline and leadership. They compete with each other, annoy each other, gossip and flirt, but at the end of the day, they have each other’s backs.

Together, they interrogate suspects, arrest perps and solve murders. But, ultimately, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is a workplace comedy that’s not really about the job. It’s about the men and women behind the badge – singing karaoke, grabbing a beer, and dabbling in each other’s personal lives– all while protecting the fine people of Brooklyn.

Why the show will succeed :

  • Andy Sandberg has finally found a post SNL project with a solid supporting cast. Andre Braugher returns to his Homicide: Life on the Streets roots. Just seeing his name in the credits adds a level of gravitas.  Joe Lo Truglio from The State and Superbad co-stars, and is a scene stealer in the mold of Christopher Lloyd on Taxi.
  • Terry Crews stars in the show. That’s easily worth watching one episode.
  • The Parks and Recreations crew proved that municipal politics could be funny. If anyone could turn a criminal investigation into hilarity it will be this group.

Why the show will fail:

  • Has American moved on from Andy Sandberg?
  • Tuesday at 9:30 is a busy time on the TV dial.
  • It took Parks and Rec a season to find its footing. Will FOX give Brooklyn Nine-Nine enough time to grow?


I worry about the life of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. If the show was airing on NBC then I might not be so concerned. It has a lot of expensive moving parts, but the show seems to be following a Yankees mindset. Just because a show has big names attached doesn’t mean they will all mesh. I don’ think it will make it past one season.


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