By: Caroline Cannon
May 10th, 2018 is a day that the fans of the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine will never forget. At that time, I was not a huge fan of the show, and hadn’t seen that many episodes, but I was still very surprised to see FOX network cancel the show. I remember quickly checking twitter, the source of all news, to really make sure it was true. I scrolled through the #BrooklynNineNine tag a few times and was in awe of the amount of support that poured out for the cast, writers, directors and production people. After seeing all this commotion, and after viewing a few hilarious clips of the show, I made a promise to myself to finish watching the show.
Cut to June, where I finally had time to watch the rest of the show! I then picked up right where I had left off, on season three. Oh boy, if you haven’t seen this show, I highly recommend it. I honestly can’t say it enough! The show follows the journeys of cops in the ninety ninth precinct in New York City, and it is hilarious. With hilarious characters like Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker), and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller), the comedy bits are never forgotten. Add in the fantastically developed characters of Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) and it makes a perfect balance of comedy and an amazing storyline. If you are looking for a fun, lighthearted, interesting show to binge watch over the weekend, or in between those long study sessions, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the show for you. Every episode is uniquely funny, and the episodes are super easy to binge. They are only about 25 minutes long, so it’s perfect for a quick wind-down moment. If you even find yourself stressed to the point of constantly crying while trying to finish that one essay, try and watch an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I promise you won’t regret it.
One of my favorite parts about this show is the fact that they have lots of diversity and includes some difficult topics in the storyline. For example, there was a wonderful, yet more serious, episode where Sargent Terry Jeffords was stopped on the street, in his own neighborhood, just for being black. The episodes focused on the aftermath of this event, and I think it is great to see a show talk about this in an episode. Another episode similarly to this is when one of the characters comes out as gay to their parent yet is immediately discriminated by them. This episode was hard to watch, but it was great to see the character persevere and share who they are with the world. I know in the future the writers say they will continue to write episodes on similar topics in the future, and I can’t wait!
Now, I know I’ve already said this, but I seriously recommend watching this show. Similarly, to The Office or Friends, it is a great show where you can just watch any episode from any season! I guarantee you will immediately fall in love with all the characters, and you will definitely not be able to stop laughing after your first episode. And, if you have already watched the show, awesome! Come find me in the halls and we can talk about how amazing it is! For all you B99 fans, I have also compiled a list of “episodes to watch when..”, and I hope you find it useful!
B99 episodes to watch when….
You need a good laugh: You want to smile:
– 1×16 The Party – 1×3 The Bet
– 2×12 Beach House – 2×03 The Jimmy Jab Games
– 3×10 Yippie Kayak – 3×04 The Oolong Slayer
– 4×05 Halloween IV – 3×13 The Cruise
– 5×19 Bachelor/ettte Party – 4×17 Cop Con
You want something a little more intense: You’re feeling soft:
– 4×03 Coral Palms, part 3 – 1×22 Charges and Specs
– 4×16 Moo Moo – 2×23 Johnny and Dora
– 4×22 Crime and Punishment – 3×18 Cheddar
– 5×10 Game Night – 5×04 Halloveen
– 5×20 Show Me Going – 5×09 99
– 5×23 Jake and Amy