Pay attention to the underlying comedy. The show should be credited for its humorous subplots within an episode. It's still a bit shaky but it's just the freshman season flaws. The star detective played by Samberg winningly carries the lead with charm if not grace , but as part of a true ensemble cast, carefully crafted iconic roles played well, and all won me over in the first episode. The job gets a little heavy sometimes so if we didn't have some fun it would be long days. It truly is a silly sit-come but with the laugh track removed.
He embarrasses himself on more than one occasion but this causes people to underestimate him and his wit which he uses to actually solve crimes. I am a lover of no laugh track situational comedies such as Parks and recreation and Weeds. The cast is talented all across the board. The characters are overly exaggerated and I don't feel any love for them nor interest in them. Or just embarrass himself with a past due, overbearing attempt to become a man.
Or Rosa, the extremely abrasive criminally adept cop who doesn't have an off switch for her intimidating nature. Obviously not everyone will appreciate it, but I strongly encourage those who are interested in watching it, to watch the entire pilot before making a full opinion. Some characters do leave something to be desired in terms of having something to offer to the show, but the groundwork is solid. There's a bit of a Naked Gun feel to it as well, what with the vaguely idiotic running gags and horseplay, but Jake Peralta is sharper and more competitive than Frank Drebin - leaving Charles to play the fool for him. I was fully expecting B99 to be yanked after the first episode. One of the best things I like about this show, thus far, is the fact that it is able to surprise me with its jokes, most of which are not exactly the shock-value type that are only there because they're so random they're humorous. Seeing Terry Crews scream like a little girl and freak out trying to put a magical princess castle together is just priceless gold.
The one issue i have is how short the episodes are, which means if you watch the trailer for the series you've already seen half of the first episode. Audiences need to laugh more these days. The writing is genius and the acting is spot on. In fact, they just provide us with a sketch where the viewer can decide whether it was funny enough for him to enjoy laugh or not. I respect that different people have different tastes in music, clothes, women, movies etc.
I don't see this as a show that will appeal to mass audiences, simply because it is more quirky and witty, though not necessarily requiring its viewers to think more about the jokes. This is a clever move as the show is able to subvert some of the stereotypical police procedural elements while also keeping stuff grounded and relatable by keeping the majority of the antics constrained to the police station. Rosa, in particular, stands out as 'scary cop' - Stephanie Beatriz will be a breakout star with this role - you can't get enough of her. Wisely, the decision was made to make an ensemble series. No people, this show is not genius nor brilliant.
Its the low key lines that make I hilarious. I haven't seen a show this good in a while. Although there have only been a dozen episodes so far and there is always the chance that the broadness the show-runners have been so good at keeping down may eventually kick in, the series now remains as strong and frequently hilarious as any comedy on television at the moment. I really tried to like this show. But that would be a big mistake because it's a very funny show with lots of potential and a great cast. In the end, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a fun and silly satire about the clichés of police shows, while still able to not take itself too seriously.
The show, being a comedy, peculiarly enough,doesn't use any laugh track or a live audience to record laughs. Braugher is great in his role and one the reasons to watch and the other is Andy Samberg. It was painful to watch but the network is so desperate to put Sandberg over that they are calling in every favor and pulling every resource available to make you think the show is good but we are just to simple to get the juvenile and poorly delivered jokes. This and his competitiveness with detective Santiago cause him to keep his successes just above his screw-ups, and if he didn't actually solve cases he'd probably be fired for goofing off on the job. Thus, it both has the feel of an old-fashioned sitcom without the dated quality of one. Half-way through, I realized it felt fairly reminiscent of The Office's early days, unbeknownst to me that was intended to channel that style and humor, despite it not being a mockumentary.
The jokes are stupid, juvenile, and just terrible. This show is hilarious and perfectly timed retorts by Braugher and Crews are classic. To give this 10 stars. Andre Braugher, Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, and Terry Crews are all perfectly cast in their respective roles and each have moments where they shine in every single episode. Saturday Night Live's Adam Samberg plays Jake Peralta, a cop in Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn Nine-nine is a play on those kind of cop shows and it does it spectacularly.