The Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiere was tonight and it was one of the shows on my list of fall premieres that I was most looking forward to. Well I watched it tonight and I have to say that for me, it lived up to my expectations.
Now it was just the first episode so we will have to see, but overall I thought it was very funny. Andy Samberg plays an NYPD detective who is the best detective in his precinct but who also has not ever grown up. His childish behavior was not a problem for the old Captain that used to command his precinct but now a new Captain (Andre Braugher) has taken over and he wants to run a tight ship.
The funniest part of the show is going to be the interaction between Samberg and Braugher. If this show is successful, Braugher is going to be a big reason for that success. He plays a by the book NYPD Captain (who happens to be gay) but he does it without being the typical screaming police Captain archetype. You saw the layer of humor that Braugher brought to the role and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he does with this character.
I didn’t much care for the rest of the ensemble cast who felt too stilted and stuck in the hard-ass female cop archetypes. Samberg’s partner is played by One Life to Live’s Melissa Fumero who seemed to have a really difficult time adjusting to acting in a comedy. One notable exception for me in the rest of the ensemble was Joe Lotruglio (The State). He plays an extremely uptight and not to bright detective who has to work harder than everyone else to get the job done. Lotruglio has the years of comedy experience that is lacking amongst the rest of the cast and it shows as he is head and shoulders above the rest at this point. It was just the pilot episode though so we know that characters will grow and develop.
The one reservation I have about this show is Andy Samberg. He was very funny but this episode tonight is the single longest amount of exposure Samberg has ever had. On SNL we would see him in 3 to 5 minute Digital Shorts 5 or 6 times a year at the most. I wonder if the low exposure rate of Samberg helped to keep people wanting more. Now that he will be the focus of a 30 minute sitcom, will his comedy skills stand up and not get annoying? I can’t answer that.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was good enough to pass the first week try-out to get to stay in my DVR. I’ll be watching it hoping to see the show develop the characters and explore the relationship between Samberg and Braugher. If you didn’t watch the premiere, here is a bit of a preview for you to check out:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs on the Fox Network on Tuesdays at 7:30.