Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 1, episode 1)

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This Golden Globe winning new comedy broadcast on E4 every Thursday at 9pm is refreshing and funny, and definitely worth watching.

The show focuses around the police department of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct and its main character Jake Peralta (played by Andy Samburg) is a brilliant detective and a bit of a joker, but one who is reluctant to follow the rules. He is joined by a fantastic cast of characters, and its uncomplicated plot make it easy watching.

Compared to the likes of The Office in its set-up, we follow the characters in their workplace, quickly discovering a rivalry and long-standing bet between Jake and colleague Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) – which is bound to develop as the series progresses. Creators Daniel Goor and Michael Schur (also writers of Parks and Recreation) have taken care to ensure that the programme doesn’t purely focus on comedian Andy Samburg’s character, by creating a cast of interesting characters who are each integral to the show’s dynamics.

The plot focuses around the arrival of a new captain at the station – one who is determined to make it the best police station in New York. Jake clashes early-on with new arrival Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) who is keen to do things by the book, resulting in some amusing clashes between the two.

Whilst the show could be criticised for its very simple plot, it is full of some brilliantly ridiculous moments that will have you laughing, and it is also very refreshing. It has been praised for its lack of stereotyping, Ray’s character is not put into the gay stereotype niche, and, unlike so many other shows, his sexuality does not define his character; and that is just one of the things that make this show so refreshing, and definitely worth watching.

8/10 – Definitely worth watching 

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