REVIEW: Sitcom ‘Brooklyn 99’ provides laughs yet tackles heavy topics


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Staff Writer Erik Lin writes that ‘Brooklyn 99’ covers heavy issues but maintains lightheartedness.

Erik Lin, Staff Writer

Bored at home and need a laugh? Meet the lovable crew of the award winning TV show “Brooklyn 99,” and you’ll never want to stop watching.

Main character Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) is a hotshot carefree police detective who loves to break rules and ignore orders. This changes when Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) becomes the captain of the precinct. Captain Holt has experienced prejudice all his life due to being black and gay, and has worked tirelessly to achieve his rank. 

Other characters of the series include Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), a hardworking detective who strives to become the youngest captain in NYPD history, Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), a muscular but gentle family man, Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), a food connoisseur and Jake’s best friend, Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), an intimidating and mysterious detective, Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), the office secretary and gossip and the lovable but dull pair of Hitchcock and Scully (Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller). 

Throughout the series, Captain Holt guides not only Jake, but the rest of the members of the precinct to become better people, and to show them the good they can do while wearing their badge. The precinct quickly becomes a family, who care and protect each other no matter what. This can be demonstrated through their annual Halloween Heists, which is a running gag throughout the show. Each Halloween, members of the precinct attempt to steal a certain item from the precinct, and whoever has it in their possession by midnight is crowned the ultimate detective/genius. 

There are currently seven seasons of the show available on NBC, with an eighth and ninth season coming soon. The show isn’t just popular, but award winning with a total of six awards, including one Emmy and two Golden Globes.

The show’s popularity has increased throughout the years, which has led to some big name cameos. Popular stars such as Marshawn Lynch, Adam Sandler and Nick Offerman have appeared on the show, each portraying a certain character who is involved in the bigger plot of each episode. 

Even though it’s a sitcom, “Brooklyn 99” is still a show about police. Because of this, the show sometimes handles uncomfortable issues other sitcoms don’t cover. Later seasons feature episodes that showcase sexual harassment, racial profiling, prejudice against members of the LGBTQ+ community and more. 

While the show can be light-hearted and fun, it can also help viewers think about important topics that need to be covered. Nevertheless, “Brooklyn 99” is extremely entertaining and I recommend you watch it. “Nine nine!”