Police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres Sept 17th at 8:30pm *** Three Stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/9/16 – Fox’s new series Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedy set in a police station about quirky cops, drawing inevitable comparisons to Barney Miller. Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes us with them on the streets. Barney Miller was much more the cops interaction with each other in the squad room.
That society has changed since Barney Miller is evident. Capt. Holt is openly gay. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has two female cops, and they are both Latinas. However, where Barney Miller would have found comedy in an uncomfortably personal story of what it means to be gay and a policeman, Brooklyn Nine-Nine asks whether men should wear a tie at the office.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur of Parks and Recreation. In the series premiere, the police station gets a new, by-the-book chief, Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher). Non-conformist Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) can’t resist tweaking him. If this seems familiar ground, it is. However, this is a comedy more in the style of The Office than of Police Academy.
Peralta is good at his job, likes having fun and knows how to catch the criminals. What he doesn’t do is play by the rules. Brooklyn Nine-Nine gets a new chief of police who wants things done by the book. He’s a sticker for the male officers to dress appropriately. Peralta looks for inventive ways to thwart the new dress code.
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If you’re looking for the same but different as Parks & Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is for you. If you miss the deeply quirky, personal stories of Barney Miller, it will take something more socially significant to discuss to find that in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.