Out of all the upcoming single camera comedies this season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the one with the most potential to develop into a legitimately funny series. Created by Parks and Recreation writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur, with a pilot directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).
Sitcoms are difficult to judge after just one episode, sometimes even a season. Some of my favorite sitcoms (Parks and Recreation, Community) needed time to develop their characters, to learn who plays best with who, and established traits, relationships and flaws.
Having said that Brooklyn Nine-Nine did a solid job introducing its characters and setting the tone for this series. The premise is pretty straightforward: a talented but childish detective (Andy Samberg) and his colourful group of colleagues get a new captain (Andre Braugher) who comes in to whip them into a well respected team.
I’ve always been a fan of Samberg and seeing him in a sitcom is downright delightful. Jake is goofy enough to produce big laughs but is still believable as a successful detective. Samberg actually benefits from being slightly more toned down than he was on SNL; he’s just as funny and even more charming playing a regular guy than the over-the-top characters we’re use to seeing him play.
The series opener offers a strong start, with good doses of humor, and engaging and entertaining characters, though still finding its feet (which is expected) I’ll certainly keep watching for now hoping it fulfills its potential. 7/10.