Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Series 2013–2022)

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Series 2013–2022)

Captain Ray Holt takes over Brooklyn's 99th precinct, which includes Detective Jake Peralta, a talented but carefree detective who's used to doing whatever he wants. The other employees of the 99th precinct include Detective Amy Santiago, Jake's over achieving and competitive partner; Detective Rosa Diaz, a tough and kept to herself coworker; Detective Charles Boyle, Jake's best friend who also has crush on Rosa; Detective Sergeant Terry Jeffords, who was recently taken off the field after the birth of his twin girls; and Gina Linetti, the precinct's sarcastic administrator.
USA
IMDb   8.4 /10
Metacritic   72 %
TheMovieDb    8.2 /10
RottenTomatoes  96 %
FilmAffinity   7.2 /10
Creators
Creator Dan Goor
Creator Michael Schur
Information
Release Date2013-09-17
Runtime22mins
GenreComedy, Crime
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
AwardsWon 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 110 nominations.
CompanyFremulon, Dr. Goor Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Jake Peralta 153 episodes, 2013-2021
Rosa Diaz 153 episodes, 2013-2021
Terry Jeffords 153 episodes, 2013-2021
Amy Santiago 153 episodes, 2013-2021
Charles Boyle 153 episodes, 2013-2021
Raymond Holt / ... 153 episodes, 2013-2021
Hitchcock 152 episodes, 2013-2021
Scully 152 episodes, 2013-2021
Gina Linetti 117 episodes, 2013-2019

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police procedural comedy television series which premiered on September 17, 2013, on Fox, later airing on NBC and concluded on September 16, 2021, after eight seasons and 153 episodes. The series was created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur.

The series revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, who often comes into conflict with his commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). The rest of the cast features Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock, and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully.

Produced as a single-camera comedy, Fox originally ordered 13 episodes for its first season, eventually expanding it to 22 episodes. Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered on September 17, 2013. On May 10, 2018, Fox cancelled the series after five seasons. The following day, NBC picked up the series for a sixth season; it premiered on NBC on January 10, 2019. The seventh season premiered in February 2020. The 10-episode eighth and final season premiered on August 12, 2021.

The series has been acclaimed by critics. The first season won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and on the same night, Samberg won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. Braugher has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and has twice won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The series has also received particular praise for its portrayal of serious issues, while retaining a sense of humor. For its portrayal of LGBTQ+ people, the series won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.


Premise

Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows a team of detectives headed by the serious and intellectual Captain Raymond Holt, who is assigned as their new commanding officer in the pilot episode. The detectives include Jake Peralta, an investigator with a high rate of solved cases despite his relaxed and often childish attitude, who eventually falls for his nerdy, by-the-book, but skilled partner, Amy Santiago. Jake's best friend, the timid and loyal Charles Boyle, is often partnered with the intense and aggressive Rosa Diaz. The two older detectives, Michael Hitchcock and Norm Scully, often seem incompetent and lazy, but were once legendary detectives. The detectives report to Sergeant, later Lieutenant, Terry Jeffords, a gentle giant and devoted family man. For the first five seasons and the initial episodes of the sixth, the precinct also includes sarcastic and dominating civilian administrator Gina Linetti, who dislikes her job, plans her life around social media, and focuses on dancing as a life goal.


Cast and characters

  • Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta
  • Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz
  • Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords
  • Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago
  • Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle
  • Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti (main seasons 1–6; guest season 8)
  • Andre Braugher as Raymond Holt
  • Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock (recurring season 1, starring seasons 2–5, main season 6–8)
  • Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully (recurring season 1, starring seasons 2–5, main season 6–8)

Production

Development

Writers and producers Michael Schur and Dan Goor, who had known each other since they were students at Harvard University, and had collaborated on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, conceived the idea to set a comedy in a police station, a setting they felt had been insufficiently used in television comedies since Barney Miller. They pitched the idea to production company Universal Television, where Schur had a development deal. Although Universal signed on to produce the series, its parent company's network, NBC, passed on airing it, so the duo sold it to the Fox Broadcasting Company.

Fox placed a 13-episode order for the single-camera ensemble comedy in May 2013. The series was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes in October 2013, and was later chosen to air with the sitcom New Girl in a "special one-hour comedy event" as the Super Bowl XLVIII lead-out programs. It is filmed at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, Los Angeles. The exterior view of the fictional 99th Precinct building is the actual 78th Precinct building in Brooklyn.

Cancelation and renewals

Fox cancelled the series after five seasons in May 2018. Negotiations to revive the series for a sixth season began shortly afterwards with TBS and NBC, as well as streaming services Hulu and Netflix. After fans launched a social-media campaign calling for a renewal, Goor announced that NBC had picked up the series for a sixth season comprising 13 episodes 30 hours following the cancellation. In a statement, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt expressed regret for originally passing on the series to Fox and was "thrilled" at its addition to the network. NBC subsequently announced that the series would premiere midseason in the 2018–19 television season. In September, the network ordered an additional five episodes for season six, bringing the order to 18. The sixth season premiered on NBC on January 10, 2019. Peretti, who portrays civilian administrator Gina Linetti, departed as a series regular during the season, but returned for a guest appearance.

In February 2019, NBC renewed the series for a seventh season, followed by an eighth season renewal in November prior to the airing of the seventh. The seventh season premiered on February 6, 2020, and concluded on April 23.

In February 2021, NBC announced that the eighth season of 10 episodes would be its last, and further announced that the eighth-season premiere would be delayed until August 12, 2021.

Writing

In June 2020, Crews said that the planned direction of the eighth season was being altered in response to the murder of George Floyd, with Goor cancelling four "ready to go" episodes as a result. Samberg also stated that the series will be "striking a balance" between addressing police brutality and maintaining its comedic style. It will also incorporate the COVID-19 pandemic during the season. Although initially announced as part of NBC's fall schedule, the eighth-season premiere was pushed back to 2021 due to the pandemic.

Goor called ending the series "a difficult decision, but ultimately, we felt it was the best way to honor the characters, the story, and our viewers", with the cast also expressing sentiments for having been a part of the series.


Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankTotal viewers
(in millions inc. DVR)
First airedLast airedNetwork
122September 17, 2013March 25, 2014Fox984.80
223September 28, 2014May 17, 20151134.87
323September 27, 2015April 19, 20161183.98
422September 20, 2016May 23, 20171372.87
522September 26, 2017May 20, 20181612.71
618January 10, 2019May 16, 2019NBC1383.11
713February 6, 2020April 23, 20201052.69
810August 12, 2021September 16, 2021N/AN/A

Reception

Critical response

Rotten Tomatoes gave season one a score of 89% based on 56 reviews. The consensus is: "Led by the surprisingly effective pairing of Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a charming, intelligently written take on the cop show format." For Season 2, it received a score of 100% based on 17 reviews. That season's consensus is: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's winning cast, appealing characters and wacky gags make it good comfort food." Metacritic gives the first season of the show a weighted average rating of 70/100 based on 33 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Alyssa Rosenberg of The Washington Post deemed Brooklyn Nine-Nine "one of the funniest, most important shows on TV" and highlighted its "ability to find unpredictable routes into a wide range of issues in contemporary policing." Writing for Vanity Fair, Grace Robertson regarded the series as "a well-made exemplar of the workplace sitcom" that confers "straightforward pleasures". Slate's Aisha Harris called the series "a well-crafted fantasy, with hardly any discernible connection to current cultural attitudes about law enforcement" but complimented its "talented" ensemble cast. It was ranked No. 24 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best TV Shows of the 2010s list, in which its curator, Alan Sepinwall, praised "the comedic yin and yang" of Samberg and Braugher's characters.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has received praise for its forthright portrayal of LGBTQ people and the serious issues that affect them while retaining its sense of humor. Portraying Captain Raymond Holt, a lead character, as an openly gay, no-nonsense black man in a same-sex interracial marriage is unprecedented in cinema and television. The coming out as bisexual by detective Rosa Diaz in episode "99", the 99th episode of the series, has been described as an important representation of sexual orientation.

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
SeasonTimeslot (ET)NetworkEpisodesFirst airedLast airedTV seasonViewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
DateViewers
(millions)
DateViewers
(millions)
1Tuesday 8:30 pm (1–14)
Sunday 11:00 pm (15)
Tuesday 9:30 pm (16–22)
Fox22September 17, 20136.17March 25, 20142.592013–14984.80
2Sunday 8:30 pm23September 28, 20145.46May 17, 20152.352014–151134.87
3Sunday 8:30 pm (1–10)
Tuesday 9:00 pm (11–23)
23September 27, 20153.14April 19, 20162.022015–161183.98
4Tuesday 8:00 pm (1–10, 13–22)
Sunday 8:30 pm (11 & 12)
22September 20, 20162.39May 23, 20171.502016–171372.87
5Tuesday 9:30 pm (1–11)
Sunday 8:30 pm (12–22)
22September 26, 20172.00May 20, 20181.792017–181612.71
6Thursday 9:00pmNBC18January 10, 20193.54May 16, 20191.552018–191383.11
7Thursday 8:30pm13February 6, 20202.66April 23, 20202.242019–201052.69
8Thursday 8:00pm (1, 3, 5, 7, 9-10)
Thursday 8:30pm (2, 4, 6, 8)
10August 12, 20211.84September 16, 2021TBD2020–21TBDTBD

Awards and nominations


Broadcast

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is broadcast in Canada on Citytv. After the second episode of the second season, it was replaced on Sunday nights by Rogers Hometown Hockey for the duration of the 2014–15 NHL regular season; after the NHL season concluded City resumed airing Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and has continued to broadcast the show simultaneously with the American broadcast since the third season (Hometown Hockey was moved to Sportsnet in 2015). The series also airs on TBS and sister channel TruTV since 2018. In the United Kingdom, the show premiered on E4 in January 2014. The second season debuted on January 15, 2015, the third began on January 7, 2016 and the fourth on January 5, 2017. The fifth season aired on March 8, 2018, the sixth on March 28, 2019 and the seventh on March 26, 2020. The series airs on RTÉ2 in Ireland. In New Zealand, Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered on TV2 on February 13, 2014.

In South Asia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs on Comedy Central India. In South Africa, the series premiered on SABC3, in the 19:00 timeslot, airing Mondays to Fridays, where repeats aired on Sunday In Australia, it premiered on SBS on July 28, 2014, and airs repeats on Universal Channel from January 7, 2015. It moved to SBS 2 in 2015 commencing with the second season, which premiered on March 3, 2015. It has now moved to SBS Viceland, currently airing on Fridays at 8:30pm. In December 2014, Netflix UK added the first season to its listings, with Netflix Australia following suit in March 2015. Since 2016, Netflix UK, Australia, Germany, Austria, Latin America, and Switzerland have carried seasons 1 to 6 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The seventh season was added to Netflix UK on March 26, 2021. In South East Asia and Sri Lanka, Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs right after the U.S. on Diva.

French Canadian adaptation

A French Canadian adaptation of the series, titled Escouade 99 (translates to "Squad Ninety-Nine"), debuted on the Québec streaming platform Club Illico in 2020. Set in Quebec City, Escouade 99 has a budget of 4 million for the first season of the series, which is approximately the same budget as a single episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Following the release of the first trailer, Fumero criticized the casting, specifically that of white actresses in the roles based on Amy Santiago and Rosa Diaz. Escouade 99 is also already casting a second season.


Home media

Complete seasonDVD release dateSpecial features
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Season 1September 23, 2014September 29, 2014December 11, 2014Deleted scenes
Season 2September 8, 2015September 28, 2015September 3, 2015
Season 3August 23, 2016August 22, 2016September 29, 2016
Season 4August 22, 2017September 4, 2017September 20, 2017
Season 5August 28, 2018November 19, 2018September 19, 2018
Season 6August 20, 2019August 26, 2019August 28, 2019