HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH BROOKLYN 99 RIGHT NOW!
If this is the first time you’re hearing of Brooklyn 99 and you’re wondering What is that? Why should I watch that? Well, cool..cool..cool..cool..cool..cool… No big. no big… This is why I am here. To educate you on one of the best things on television right now. And here is my Amy Santiago stylez 9-point curated list of why you should go binge this show RIGHT NOW!
1. A Classic with a Fresh Taste!
Brooklyn 99 is an American workplace comedy show which premiered on FOX in 2013. It follows a group of cops working in the fictional 99th precinct of Brooklyn, New York. The show is a classic workplace comedy on lines The Office, Parks, and Recreation, 30 Rock, etc. And yet it is different. A comedy show about police officers in this day and age seems unbelievable. How do you make murders funny? And yet Brooklyn 99 does a bang on job of giving you laughs after laughs while staying true to its setting (relatively…it is a sitcom after all).
2.The 99 Squad!
The 99 squad includes Jake Peralta, an immature and childish but gifted detective/genius. Amy Santiago, a nerdy but feisty by-the-book Cuban-American detective. Charles Boyle is a hardworking but physically ungifted detective with two undying passions: food and his love for b.f.f. Jake Peralta. Rosa Diaz is the badass Latina detective who rides bikes, loves violence, and lives a very mysterious life; and lastly Detectives Michael Hitchcock and Norm Scully, who are older and mostly incompetent at almost everything. The squad reports to Sargent Terry Jeffords, 99’s big lovable giant and a devoted family man. Also, Terry Loves Yogurt! They are headed by the expressionless and very overly serious Capt. Raymond Holt, a very professional, out and proud gay, black police officer who has risen through the ranks fighting prejudice and has finally gotten his own command. And keeping everyone in their places is Peralta’s childhood friend and the human embodiment of 💯, civilian administrator Gina Linetti.
The 99 squad is a family. Their friendships are strong, they always have each other’s backs, and they are all truly good cops.
3. A Show for Today
I end up defending F.R.I.E.N.D.S more and more in front of my many fellow millennials for being somewhat regressive, I’ve realized that times have changed. And this is where Brooklyn 99 excels. It is a show made for today. It is inclusive, modern, diverse and smashes stereotypes harder than Rosa smashing malfunctioning printers. Terry Jeffords is a big, burly, muscular, black man who could probably break a person in half like a twig, and yet at the beginning of the show, we find him scared of going back into the field after the birth of his twin daughters. Capt. Holt is probably the polar opposite of any gay man on television. The show also has a unique balance of LGBTQ+ characters, people of color, and women in major roles and all of them fit seamlessly into their stories. And the show while still remaining in its own sitcom bubble, has garnered praise for its treatment of socially relevant plots such as the season 4’s episode ‘Moo Moo’ and the season 5 episode ‘Game Night’ (No Spoilers). It even makes you laugh out loud while showing you the darker sides of crime fighting like undercover operations, corruption, and PTSD.
A perfect magic such as this show doesn’t happen easily. But when you look at the people making this show it is easy to see why it SOOO good! The creators of this show Dan Goor and Michael Schur have notable credits to their names. Goor has worked as a writer on shows like Conan, The Daily Show and has served as a writer and producer on Parks and Recreation. Schur has also served as a writer, producer, and creator (on the latter two) on Saturday Night Live, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and The Good Place. Andy Samberg, former SNL cast member who popularized the ‘Digital Shorts’ (see: Dick in a Box) who plays the detective/genius Jake Peralta and also serves as Executive Producer on the show. Chelsea Peretti who plays the Queen Gina Linetti has also served as a writer on several of Goor and Schur’s shows (Fun Fact: Peretti’s brother is the founder and CEO of Buzzfeed!!). Most of the cast, whether Stephanie Beatriz (Rosa), Andre Braugher (Holt), Terry Crews (Sgt. Jeffords) have already shown their prowess on shows like The Wire and Modern Family.
5.The Goddamn Women!
This one is for my fellow females! Brooklyn 99’s women aren’t just your stock sitcom heroines who only get to play off of the jokes of the (male) characters. These are well rounded, smart, beautiful, and 100% unapologetic women who are loveable, desirable and respected. Amy Santiago is serious, straight shooter, and something of a teacher’s pet (and not ashamed of it) but she also embraces Jake’s and other’s immature and goofy side and even joins them. The leather-clad Det. Diaz who keeps machetes and rides monster bikes has also learned ballet and loves Nancy Myers movies (see: Somethings Gotta Give and The Holiday).
Gina might appear as a (highly) narcissistic, ditzy, civilian amongst the badass cops but do not dare underestimate Gina Linetti. She takes down criminals with body-spray flamethrowers, gets hit by a bus and still comes back early to work with a brace drilled into her skull, has saved the 99’s ass numerous times and even becomes a devoted and badass single mom. Schur’s women, from Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec.), Eleanor (The Good Place) to Amy, Rosa, and Gina, are real and relatable.
If an A-W-E-S-O-M-E cast isn’t enough for you, then don’t forget some of the stellar guests this show has had. From Sterling K. Brown, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Nasim Pedrad, Jenny Slate, and many more. Recurring characters like Holt’s perfect husband Kevin played by Mark Evan Jackson, and Jason Mantzoukas as Adrien Pimento, a former longtime undercover cop with probably world’s worst PTSD, and the most awesome, Jake’s best friend/nemesis – The Pontiac Bandit aka Doug Judy played to perfection by one Craig Robinson add some great masala to the show. It even has a crossover episode with one FOX’s other hit show New Girl. Now, who doesn’t like crossovers!
7. The Running Gags
Good running gags and catchphrases can take a comedy show to new levels of funny. Whether Andy’s band names in Parks and Rec. to Jim’s pranks on Dwight, Joey’s “How you doin”, Michael Scott’s “That’s what she said”, have always been hilariously reliable. Even festival specials like F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ Thanksgiving episodes or The Simpsons’ Halloween special – Treehouse of Horrors. Brooklyn 99 outdoes itself every year. Jake’s “Title of your sex tape” rivals “that’s what she said” and 99’s annual Halloween heists are always worth the wait. And these are just two of the many many hilarious gags this show serves to you, and I don’t see any of them going stale in the near future.
8. It’s All Heart
Brooklyn 99 is a great show about good people. Baring everything, it’s greatness comes from its heart. Every character is pure and good and their actions are motivated by their love for each other and for their jobs. Their relationships and equation with each other will melt your heart. Capt. Holt is the Dumbledore to the 99 squads, Hitchcock and Scully’s undying (and partly gross) friendship and Jake and Boyle’s bromance are true testaments of friendship. In this male-dominated job, the ladies have always got each other’s backs and Sgt. Jeffords is the big friendly giant this world needs but doesn’t deserve. These are some of the best relationships I’ve ever seen on television. Brooklyn 99 is like that bowl of hot food that will warm your heart and soul. It’s the gulab jamun of television. And if nothing, when you’re down, it’s the cheap therapy we all need sometimes.
9.Back from the Dead!
From all these ramblings, you must have understood that I freakin’ love this show. But I am not alone. Earlier this year, Brooklyn 99 was canceled by FOX. But after one the biggest online outrages for any show ever, including from some famous ones too – Lin Manuel Miranda, Guillermo del Toro, Mark Hamill – the show was picked up by NBC within 30 hours!!! The season 6 will premiere on NBC in 2019. So till then, go… go binge the 5 seasons and watch your life change.
Thank me later!