B is for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I don’t usually watch American sitcoms as the humour doesn’t normally work for me and I find them more “stupid” than funny, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the exception that proves the rule. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is my new favourite show and it’s near enough the definition of my un-problematic fave. It has a diverse cast and their ethnicities, genders and sexualities and are never used as the punchlines of any jokes – do you know how refreshing that is?!

All the characters are well-rounded and they have their own story arcs throughout the series’. While Jake Perelta (Andy Sandberg) may be considered the lead, he’s not your Typical Straight White Male lead – he’s feminist, loyal, understanding and once punch a homophobe in the face. Then there’s the other characters. Terry Jeffords (Terry Crewes) is super strong and super caring, Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) is incredibly competitive, Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) is slightly terrifying and is very much a badass while Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) is Jake’s best friend and loves weird food. And I can’t not mention too of the best characters Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) Captain of the Nine-Nine and has the driest sense of humour, it’s amazing, and Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) has the most self-confidence of any character I have ever seen.

I love them all in different ways and for different reasons. Everyone is so great and funny and it’s great to see how their relationships grow and develop over the course of the seasons. They are all so different but they still make this weird family that always cares for each other.

The humour in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is so broad that sometimes I smile but more often than not I full on belly laugh. I love how quick it is, how there’s no pause for the laugh track so the dialogue comes thick and fast and it feels very natural. It’s just such a fun and funny and light-hearted show that can still hit you in the feels and I love it so much.

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14 comments

  1. I have not seen Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but I see posts about it all the time on Tumblr. It looks awesome, but I have not dipped my toe in because the last thing I need is another fandom :).
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings – Shapeshifters and Werewolves

  2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of my favorite currently running shows. It is very hard for me to pick a favorite character because they are all so different and have great things about them. However, I would say Captain Holt (barely) edges it out for me. I can’t wait for the season to return!

    1. I know what you mean, depending on the episode my favourite changes all the time. I do love Kevin though and any episode with him is instantly more amazing imo. I think my favourite out of the Nine-Nine is maybe Terry but like you say it’s so hard to choose!

  3. I had exactly the same reaction to this show as you. =) I’m bad at watching funny shows, especially American ones, because I rarely found them funny, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine must be one of the only shows I’ve watched where I’ve genuinely laughed out loud while watching it. Most of all I love that it doesn’t need to be mean to be funny, and that’s such a rare thing.

    1. Yes I love that the show doesn’t resort to mean jokes about people’s weight or sexuality or whatever – they are generally witty and clever jokes. Plus I love it doesn’t have a laughter track so I feel like it really makes the effort to be funny. 😀

  4. I agree – most American TV sit-coms leave me cringing and I can’t understand why people find them funny. But this show is brilliant – very clever in its writing and execution. 🙂
    Ros from Fangirl Stitches

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who tends not to be a fan of American sit-coms. Like you said B99 puts effort into its characters and humour so it’s generally clever and entertaining.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. I’ve only recently got into Brookly Nine Nine, and have just finished season 2 on Netflix. It’s pretty wonderful! Such a great team; I love Holt, Terry and Rosa, and am getting very fond of Jake too; he has hidden depths beneath his clownish protagonist exterior and who didn’t cheer when he punched that man? And, as you said, it is genuinely funny without demeaning anyone. Maybe I’ll go and start watching season 3 now…

    1. I got into Brooklyn Nine-Nine thanks to Netflix too – I marathoned the first two series in just over a week!
      Yeah I like how over the series’ you see Jake’s layers and insecurities and how he and all the other characters are still growing as people.
      Yes go watch it now! 😛

      1. Whoops, one day later I’m almost half way through season 3 already… I was talking to my sister about it, and realised that if she is a Rosa – and she really, really is – then I am perhaps something of an Amy…

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