Crime stories are usually difficult to turn into a comedy, but the challenging duty is accomplished in the pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. From the creators of Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine chronicles the 99th Precinct, a police force with a new captain determined to whip his team into shape.
The series stars Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta, an officer who has it pretty easy when it comes to his profession. Since Jake’s record of arrests is solid, he handles his day-to-day in a joking manner.
The praise — and lack of discipline — Det. Peralta receives irritates his competitive co-worker, Det. Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), who’s a stickler for order, cooperation, and merit. But whether Santiago wants to admit it, her partner is good at solving crimes, despite his antics.
However Det. Peralta’s quirky and mischievous ways come to a halt when Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) replaces Capt. Jeffords (Terry Crews). The team attempts to straighten up, but the new officer in charge isn’t buying it, especially with Peralta’s lack of professionalism. Throughout the duration of the pilot, Peralta tries to win over his new captain, but finds the job a bit challenging.
In the end, Capt. Holt warms up to Peralta, as the detective finally starts to act professionally. Peralta even shows up wearing a tie. (But Holt still catches his detective in colorful underwear.)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine excels in highlighting the exuberant yet weird personalities of an office setting. However, there’s a bit of drama to go along with the comedy. At the end of the pilot, Capt. Holt reveals himself as an openly gay male. This comes as news to Peralta. Will Holt’s sexuality affect the relationship between Peralta and himself at work? We’ll have to watch and find out.