Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police sitcom that premiered on Fox on September 17, 2013, garnering 6.17 million viewers. Created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur, the series revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, who comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher). The ensemble and supporting cast feature Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terrence "Terry" Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Chelsea Peretti as Regina "Gina" Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norman "Norm" Scully.
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||90 (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||21–23 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV (1080i)|
|Audio format||Surround with Descriptive Video Service on SAP channel|
|Original release||September 17, 2013– present|
|Related shows||New Girl|
Produced in Los Angeles as a single-camera comedy, Fox originally ordered thirteen episodes for its first season, eventually expanding to 22 episodes. Since its debut, the series has received critical acclaim, with the cast, especially Samberg, being singled out for praise. It has won two Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards: one for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and one for Andy Samberg for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. Andre Braugher has also been nominated for three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for his performance.
On May 12, 2017, the series was renewed for a fifth season.
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 newly appointed Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher). Among the detectives is Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), who frequently tops the squad in collars despite his relaxed, carefree attitude, much to the annoyance of his more by-the-book colleague, Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) is a reliable but quirky detective whose emotions can sometimes go wild, as opposed to the stoic and mysterious Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz). The final two detectives, Michael Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Norman "Norm" Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller), are older and often incompetent, although not without their usefulness. The detectives report to Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), a devoted family man who is initially afraid to go back to active police work for fear that he might die in the line of duty and thus leave his two children without a father. Rounding out the precinct is sarcastic civilian administrator Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), who seems to value everything like dancing and her social life over work, and does anything to avoid her job.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Andy Samberg as Detective Jacob "Jake" Peralta
- Stephanie Beatriz as Detective Rosa Diaz
- Terry Crews as Detective Sergeant Terence "Terry" Jeffords
- Melissa Fumero as Detective Amy Santiago
- Joe Lo Truglio as Detective Charles Boyle
- Chelsea Peretti as Administrator Regina "Gina" Linetti
- Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Jacob "Ray" Holt
- Dirk Blocker as Detective Third Grade Michael Hitchcock (season 2-present; recurring season 1)
- Joel McKinnon Miller as Detective Norman "Norm" Scully (season 2-present; recurring season 1)
Development and productionEdit
On May 8, 2013, Fox placed a thirteen-episode order for the single-camera ensemble comedy. On October 18, 2013, the series was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes, and was later chosen to air with New Girl in a "special one-hour comedy event" as the Super Bowl XLVIII lead-out programs.
The exterior view of the fictional 99th Precinct building, complete with numerous NYPD vehicles parked in front of it, is the actual 78th Precinct building at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, one block south of the Barclays Center and one block east of the Bergen Street station on the New York City Subway's 2 3 4 5 routes.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 17, 2013||March 25, 2014|
|2||23||September 28, 2014||May 17, 2015|
|3||23||September 27, 2015||April 19, 2016|
|4||22||September 20, 2016||May 23, 2017|
Rotten Tomatoes gave Season 1 a score of 88% based on 49 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 11 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".
The Huffington Post posted a list of "9 Reasons You Need To Start Watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine", while Paste magazine celebrated "The 10 Best Moments from Brooklyn Nine-Nine's First Season" in 2014.
Popular culture and tie-insEdit
During the 2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, Bill Hader wore a white wig and pretended to be "The President of Hollywood." Hader joked to Andy Samberg, "Looking forward to your new show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Funny cops. You're always pushing the envelope, Andy. What's going to happen when you run out of funny crimes like graffiti and pickpockets? Can't wait to see episode 10 when Brooklyn 99 has to deal with a rape. 'Oh, I dropped the rape kit. Sporgie Dorg!'" Hader would later go on to appear on the show's third season premiere, as Captain Seth Dozerman.
Chelsea Peretti, who plays Gina, told an interviewer, "I remember as a writer when actors would come in to Parks and Rec they were like, 'Oh my god this is the nicest set.' And I think similarly people feel the same with Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
In September 2014, The A.V. Club featured an interview with property master Chris Call, who talked about his hectic job; for example: "On a show like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, everything is a gag — and a lot of them are sight gags — so there's a lot of different props that come up. If I was doing a show like Parenthood, it would be your standard everyday things that people have, like a cup of coffee or their dinner. Comedy — I've discovered especially — is filled with props. And on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it seems to be even more so. It's such an ever-changing beast — comedy — because jokes change all the time."
On January 3, 2015, Universal Partnerships & Licensing partnered with RED Games to launch a real-life version of the addictive puzzle game Kwazy Cupcakes! based on the very same app from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The app is available on iOS and Android mobile devices.
|Timeslot (ET)||Premiered||Ended||Nielsen ratings|
|1||2013–14||22||Tuesday 8:30 pm (episodes 1-14)
Sunday 10:30 pm (episode 15)
Tuesday 9:30 pm (episodes 16-22)
|September 17, 2013||6.17||March 25, 2014||2.59||98||4.80|
|2||2014–15||23||Sunday 8:30 pm||September 28, 2014||5.46||May 17, 2015||2.35||113||4.87|
|3||2015–16||23||Sunday 8:30 pm (2015)
Tuesday 9:00 pm (2016)
|September 27, 2015||3.14||April 19, 2016||2.02||118||3.98|
|4||2016–17||22||Tuesday 8:00 pm (2016–17)
Tuesday 8:30 pm (2017)
|September 20, 2016||2.39||May 23, 2017||1.50||137||2.87|
|5||2017–18||Tuesday 9:30 pm||September 26, 2017|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|People's Choice Awards||January 8, 2014||Favorite Actor In a New TV Series||Andy Samberg||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||January 12, 2014||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Won|
|Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Won|
|NAACP Image Award||February 22, 2014||Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series||Andre Braugher||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||February 23, 2014||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||April 12, 2014||Outstanding Comedy Series||Nominated|
|American Comedy Awards||May 8, 2014||Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Comedy Actor — TV||Andy Samberg||Won|
|Comedy Supporting Actress — TV||Chelsea Peretti||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||June 19, 2014||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Andre Braugher||Won|
|TCA Awards||July 19, 2014||Outstanding New Program||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||Nominated|
|Imagen Awards||August 1, 2014||Best Supporting Actress – Television||Stephanie Beatriz||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||August 10, 2014||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Andy Samberg||Nominated|
|Creative Arts Emmy Awards||August 16, 2014||Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Won|
|EWwy Award||August 18, 2014||Best Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Best Actor, Comedy||Andy Samberg||Nominated|
|66th Primetime Emmy Awards||August 25, 2014||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Andre Braugher||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||January 21, 2015||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||February 6, 2015||Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series||Andre Braugher||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Terry Crews||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||February 15, 2015||Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|NHMC Impact Awards||February 20, 2015||Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to the Positive Portrayals of Latinos in Media||Melissa Fumero||Won|
|GLAAD Media Awards||March 21, 2015||Outstanding Comedy Series||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||August 16, 2015||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Andy Samberg||Nominated|
|Imagen Awards||August 21, 2015||Best Supporting Actress – Television||Melissa Fumero||Nominated|
|Best Primetime Television Program – Comedy||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|Creative Arts Emmy Awards||September 12, 2015||Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program||Won|
|67th Primetime Emmy Awards||September 20, 2015||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Andre Braugher||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||January 6, 2016||Favorite Comedic TV Actor||Andy Samberg||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||January 17, 2016||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Andre Braugher||Won|
|NAACP Image Award||February 5, 2016||Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Terry Crews||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||February 21, 2016||Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||April 2, 2016||Outstanding Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||July 31, 2016||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Andy Samberg||Nominated|
|Imagen Awards||September 9, 2016||Best Supporting Actress – Television||Melissa Fumero||Nominated|
|Best Primetime Television Program – Comedy||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|Creative Arts Emmy Awards||September 10, 2016||Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program||Nominated|
|Poppy Awards||September 13, 2016||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Andy Samberg||Won|
|68th Primetime Emmy Awards||September 18, 2016||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Andre Braugher||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||January 18, 2017||Favorite Comedic TV Actor||Andy Samberg||Nominated|
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was broadcast on City in Canada up to the second episode in the second season. 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 series airs on RTÉ Two in Ireland. In New Zealand, Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered on TV2 on February 13, 2014. In South Asia, it airs on Comedy Central India. In Australia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 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, and currently airs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. every week. In Singapore, the show airs on Tuesdays at 11:00 pm on Mediacorp Channel 5. In December 2014, Netflix UK added the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine to its listings, with Netflix Australia following suit in March 2015. Since 2016 Netflix Germany/Austria/Switzerland carries the first season in both English and German audio. In South East Asia and Sri Lanka, Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs right after the U.S. on Diva.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season One||22||September 23, 2014
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Two||23||September 8, 2015
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Three||23||August 23, 2016
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