Never fear, unlike Saturday Night Live, this is actually funny. It’s an infectious guffaw-inducing sitcom lampooning the standard police procedural. The 99th precinct has the flavor of a frat party, full of exaggerated characters with an easy camaraderie. Andy Samberg plays Det. Jake Peralta, a wise-cracking goof off who despite all his antics is actually a good cop. His partner Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), is a somewhat prim goodie two-shoes desperate for approval from Captain Holt. Played by unlikely comedian Andre Braugher, Holt is a stone-faced dispassionate and reserved stoic, a man who uses words like ‘jocularity’ in regular conversation. The Captain’s the ultimate straight man, which makes it doubly funny that he is, in fact, gay. Holt’s assistant and squad administrator Gina, played by the inimitable Chelsea Peretti, has an over-inflated sense of self worth and a dry sardonic bigger-than-life personality. In contrast, Det. Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) is an overtly aggressive powder keg who speaks in deadpan tones and is tough to a fault. Action star Terry Crews plays a sergeant comprised entirely of muscle but he’s a softy at heart and a slave to his two little girls at home. This is a cadre of gifted comedic actors riffing off one another, making the show feel like one big improv. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is rowdy, unabashedly silly, uproariously funny (with criminals like the infamous ‘Pontiac Bandit’), but also charming and deceptively simple. Underneath it all, these cops really care for one another and although they cope with the rigors of the job by engaging in pranks, betting pools and assorted hijinks, in the end they get the job done and we couldn’t ask for a better show. Encore! – BETHANY
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I’ve got a…a…I don’t know what it is, but I’m not afraid to use it! (Det. Rosa Diaz, played by Stephanie Beatriz)
Detective Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), a big giant made of muscle likes tiny origami birds. Huh.
Captain Holt and his nemesis, Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch, played by Kyra Sedgwick.
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