Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Series 2013–2022)
|Content Rating||TV-14 (TV-14)|
|Awards||Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 110 nominations.|
|Company||Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment|
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.
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)
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.
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.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Rank||Total viewers|
(in millions inc. DVR)
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||22||September 17, 2013||March 25, 2014||Fox||98||4.80|
|2||23||September 28, 2014||May 17, 2015||113||4.87|
|3||23||September 27, 2015||April 19, 2016||118||3.98|
|4||22||September 20, 2016||May 23, 2017||137||2.87|
|5||22||September 26, 2017||May 20, 2018||161||2.71|
|6||18||January 10, 2019||May 16, 2019||NBC||138||3.11|
|7||13||February 6, 2020||April 23, 2020||105||2.69|
|8||10||August 12, 2021||September 16, 2021||N/A||N/A|
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.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Network||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Viewership|
|1||Tuesday 8:30 pm (1–14)|
Sunday 11:00 pm (15)
Tuesday 9:30 pm (16–22)
|Fox||22||September 17, 2013||6.17||March 25, 2014||2.59||2013–14||98||4.80|
|2||Sunday 8:30 pm||23||September 28, 2014||5.46||May 17, 2015||2.35||2014–15||113||4.87|
|3||Sunday 8:30 pm (1–10)|
Tuesday 9:00 pm (11–23)
|23||September 27, 2015||3.14||April 19, 2016||2.02||2015–16||118||3.98|
|4||Tuesday 8:00 pm (1–10, 13–22)|
Sunday 8:30 pm (11 & 12)
|22||September 20, 2016||2.39||May 23, 2017||1.50||2016–17||137||2.87|
|5||Tuesday 9:30 pm (1–11)|
Sunday 8:30 pm (12–22)
|22||September 26, 2017||2.00||May 20, 2018||1.79||2017–18||161||2.71|
|6||Thursday 9:00pm||NBC||18||January 10, 2019||3.54||May 16, 2019||1.55||2018–19||138||3.11|
|7||Thursday 8:30pm||13||February 6, 2020||2.66||April 23, 2020||2.24||2019–20||105||2.69|
|8||Thursday 8:00pm (1, 3, 5, 7, 9-10)|
Thursday 8:30pm (2, 4, 6, 8)
|10||August 12, 2021||1.84||September 16, 2021||TBD||2020–21||TBD||TBD|
Awards and nominations
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.
|Complete season||DVD release date||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Season 1||September 23, 2014||September 29, 2014||December 11, 2014||Deleted scenes|
|Season 2||September 8, 2015||September 28, 2015||September 3, 2015|
|Season 3||August 23, 2016||August 22, 2016||September 29, 2016|
|Season 4||August 22, 2017||September 4, 2017||September 20, 2017|
|Season 5||August 28, 2018||November 19, 2018||September 19, 2018|
|Season 6||August 20, 2019||August 26, 2019||August 28, 2019|