By The Nerdling
I’ll admit, I stopped watching this hysterical comedy about a season and a half ago. I didn’t do this intentionally. Work and school got in the way and unwatched episodes piled up on my DVR. So when Fox Network announced Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cancellation last month, I was upset. Partially at the system for not taking into account alternatives to Neilson’s Ratings when it comes to a show’s popularity, but partially at myself for being one of the many who let this amazing show fall by the wayside.
Fortunately for everyone, B-99 was saved by NBC and I for one plan on doing my part in contributing to the ratings when the 13-episode season six premieres on the Peacock Network. In the mean time I have been doing a series re-watch on Hulu.
I genuinely forgot how much this show makes me laugh. I’m excited at the start of each episode for the madcap adventures of Detectives Jake Peralta, Amy Santiago, Rosa Diaz, Charles Boyle, Hitchcock, and Sully, their Detective Sergeant Terry Jeffords, and civilian employee Gina Linetti all lead by Captain Ray Holt. Hitchcock and Sully notwithstanding, these are smart cops. They do their best to keep the streets safe while making us laugh while they do it.
One of the best things about B-99 is that while everyone at first glance can fit into a stereotype, each person actually breaks the mold. Captain Holt is ridged and humorless at times, but he is also a black-gay man who struggled for decades in the NYPD for acceptance. His dry manor is at the center of the show’s most hilarious moments. Peralta may seem like a classic goofball, white guy who probably failed up, but he is actually a dedicated and passionate detective. Diaz is terrifying, but she has deep feelings. I could keep going, but you get the point.
In times where the world seems like the worst place ever, it is nice to see a non-cynical comedy starring a diverse cast of people who love one another and work to make the world a better place.
Should I binge it?
It is a bingeable series for sure, but I decided not to do that this summer. I watch two or three (all right, four or five) episodes as I’m winding down for the night just before I start getting ready for bed. It is a perfect way to cleanse the madness of society from your psyche.
Should I watch with my kids?
Not the younger ones, no. There are some jokes that might be a little too racy for anyone tween-age and younger. Lots of sexual innuendos and drug references. Teens are good to go, they have heard much worse at school I promise.
Will I end up using the “Nine-Nine” chant for everything?