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Television Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine


By Erin Hannon

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Fans of shows like Parks & Rec or Community should be sure to check out the third season of Fox’s popular comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The third season premiered on Sept. 27 and is now on episode six out of the twenty-two episodes in the season.

The show revolves around the detectives at New York’s Ninety Ninth police precinct and their daily misadventures. The main character is Detective Jake Peralta, a fun-loving cop played by the former Saturday Night Live comedian, Andy Samberg. Jake’s carefree attitude is balanced by his much more cautious partner, Detective Amy Santiago, a slightly anxious perfectionist.

However, the reason Brooklyn Nine-Nine is so successful is thanks to the ensemble cast. The show features a number of minor characters, all with their own amusing quirks and characteristics. For example, the precinct is led by Captain Raymond Holt, played by Andre Braugher, who stoically delivers ridiculous lines with a completely straight face.

Season three picks up where the season two finale left off. Last season ended in a cliffhanger, with the beloved Captain Holt transferred out of the Nine-Nine and the rest of the precinct awaiting their new captain. The team spends the first few episodes of the season trying to adjust to the new management while Captain Holt deals with his new position in the Public Relations department.

Season two also left off with an unresolved kiss between Jake and Amy. The tension between these two characters has been built up since season one, and the season finale left the audience wondering what would happen to Jake and Amy’s relationship.

While the show does not have a particularly complex plot, it is amusing and good for a couple of laughs. The jokes are genuinely funny and the cast does an excellent job of working together and balancing the different characters’ unique personalities to keep the audience laughing.

Critical reception of the show has also been positive. The first season won two Golden Globes and the first and second seasons were nominated for both the Emmy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. So far, season three has received positive reviews and maintained good ratings.

This season has attracted attention for some of the guest stars appearing this season. Viewers are excited to see cameos from actors such as; Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer), and Nick Offerman (Parks & Rec).

For those interested in watching, new episodes premiere every Sunday evening at 8:30 on Fox.