Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Created by: Dan Goor (Parks and Recreation), Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation)
Starring: Andy Samberg, Melissa Fuermo, Joe Lo Truglio, Terry Crews, and Andre Braugher
The team from Parks and Recreation has brought together another odd ball group, but this time they are in a police station in Brooklyn. While crime hasn't been funny since Barney Miller (1974-1982) this show tackles cops in a truly hilarious way.
The shows strength is ensemble which centers around Detective Jake Peralta (Samburg), Detective Amy Santiago (Fuermo), Detective Charles Boyle (Lo Truglio), Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Crews), Captain Ray Holt (Braugher), and some relatively new players to round out the ensemble. This show was at the top of my list for must-watch new comedies, and it did not disappoint.
While Samburg may not be everyone's cup of tea his charm as cocky police officer attempting to grow up works. Samburg has worked with Schur before on Parks and Recreation; he gets the humor and blends into this series well without becoming too obnoxious. The best part of this first episode was Braugher; he is one of my favorite actors working today, and he tackles humor here with that perfect dry wit. Braugher is the standout of the episode, but like this duos past work on Parks and Recreation there is a great ensemble which looks like it will be developed further. The only person who felt a little out of place was Crews whose shell shocked officer was more gimmick than anything else.
These two men who have worked on Parks and Recreation have helped write and create some of the greatest moments for the show. Parks and and Recreation also knows how to use characters, through evolving them, or having them move on from the series. I feel as though this was a great start to a show that has tremendous potential.
Tune In! One of my Favorite Comedy pilots in a while