Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Pilot” Review (1×01)

18 Sep


Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s pilot is one of the most enjoyable sitcom pilots I’ve seen in a while. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but it’s enough to put a smile on your face all the way through (especially after the horrid “Dads”). The series revolves around Jake Peralta, the best detective in the Nine-Nine, but also a bit of a buffoon. However, when a new CO, Ray Holt, arrives, the atmosphere of the station changes.

Whether or not you’re a Samberg fan, there’s no denying that he’s reined in his character enough to seem human. He still has that same SNL slapstick humor going, but he’s toned it down just enough to play a sitcom lead. An essential part of that is Braugher’s character, a no nonsense person that can still dish it out as good as he can take it. I love the fact that he’s aware of his sense of humor, and I love the fact that the show doesn’t go down the standard “He’s serious but he’s unaware he’s funny!” trope that we see all too much. In addition, I’m pleasantly surprised with the revelation about his homosexuality. It’s not something that defines him, and it’s something that’s never tackled with enough nuance in other sitcoms. However, Schur and co. already seem to have a good handle on his character.

In the background, we have Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio, who I still find funny), Rosa Diaz, and Amy Santiago. The show has built up a great supporting cast, and while the Samberg-Braugher relationship is the focus, I’d love to see the show touch on the interactions amongst the other players.

Grade: B

Other thoughts:

-The reveal of the first clue (Newspaper headline reading “NYPD Appoints Openly Gay Man As Captain”) is hilarious, and an inversion of the standard sitcom joke construction.

-“They have adorable chubby cheeks.” Andre Braugher’s delivery of that line is amazing.

-“I will tell you on six conditions. Number one: Let me use your office to practice my dance moves. Second…”

-“It’s like a white noise machine.” “Okay, first of all, that’s racist.”

-This is a great cast.

Credit to FOX and Brooklyn Nine-Nine for all pictures. I own nothing.


3 Responses to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Pilot” Review (1×01)”

  1. JustMeMike September 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    In the picture above – isn’t the standing cop in the suspenders the same actor who played Will McAvoy;s body guard Lonny in The Newsroom’s first season?

    I missed this show last night, but will try to catch it today.

    • polarbears16 September 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Right. I knew I had seen him before somewhere. Let me know what you think after you watch it.

      • JustMeMike September 20, 2013 at 1:11 am #

        Not my cup of tea. Way too silly for me – plus I can’t stand Samberg’s character.

        The pilot had the one priceless moment – which was the incredulous look on Captain Holt’s face when the Hazel Nut ice cream cup was presented to him.

        This is the grandson of Barney Miller. Now Barney was funny. This show isn’t.

        Maybe it needs an Asian character .

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