Television Review: ‘Brooklyn 9-Nine,’ With Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg

September 16th, 2013

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Brooklyn 9-Nine, a police sitcom, with, from still left, Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz as detectives, and Andre Braugher as their new captain, has its premiere on Fox on Tuesday night at  8:30, Japanese and Pacific moments 7:thirty, Central time.

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, guy-youngster and man’s man, make their debuts as sitcom sales opportunities in Fox’s new cop comedy, “Brooklyn 9-Nine,” on Tuesday night time. That the display is not nearly as exclusive as its two stars is a disappointment, but, in a way, it’s also a advantage. Delicate, affable and common, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a show the entire family can snicker at.

And there’s some thing to be explained for that in a period when most of the other new sitcoms are self-aware star autos (“The Nuts Types,” “The Michael J. Fox Show”), portraits of loved ones dysfunction (“Mom,” “The Millers”) or salutes to unchecked testosterone (“Dads,” “We Are Men”). In that context, a loose, jokey place of work comedy seems like a reduction.

The throwback come to feel of “Brooklyn 9-Nine” is built into the premise. It belongs to a slim genre, the squad place sitcom, whose most noteworthy illustration continues to be the nineteen seventies vintage “Barney Miller.” And the relationship between Mr. Samberg’s Detective Jake Peralta and Mr. Braugher’s Capt. Ray Holt stems from an even more mature and far more celebrated display: they’re a modern, manscaped version of Hawkeye Pierce and Colonel Potter in “M*A*S*H.”

Not that you want to consider about that comparison for more than a 2nd. Like Pierce, Peralta is both anti-establishment and supercompetent: he organizes hearth extinguisher races and refuses to put on a tie but he’s also, we’re told, the ideal detective in the precinct. In contrast to Pierce, he doesn’t have a severe edge or an justification (artillery fireplace, incessant carnage) for his manic immaturity, past being the central character in a twenty first-century sitcom.

And regardless of its fond associations, “Brooklyn 9-Nine” — designed by Dan Goor and Michael Schur, who ended up writers and producers on “Parks and Recreation” — is extensively contemporary in its sketch-comedy-type structure, emphasizing throwaway jokes, physical humor and visible punch lines (like an amusing “Mod Squad” reference) while steering clear of something resembling story improvement.

Crimes are solved in the pilot episode, but you will not remember who did what, or why. You’ll bear in mind that Andy Samberg tied a tie close to his waistline and wore a psychedelic Speedo, and that deli meats and cheeses ended up thrown, foremost someone to yell, “That’s a squander of manchego!,” and that Andre Braugher mentioned, “It’s above, Disco Male set down the yo-yo and back again away from the girl” in his voice-of-God baritone.

No matter whether “Brooklyn 9-Nine” will be consistently humorous adequate to warrant consideration is debatable from the pilot — it is not excellent that the hoary “he’s right guiding me, is not he?” gag is utilized a number of instances, or that the funniest thing in the episode is a virtually silent 26-next cameo by Fred Armisen.

It must keep on to score effectively in likability, although. Mr. Braugher demonstrates that deadpan humor is a reliable component of his formidable arsenal, and Mr. Samberg is charming and properly self-effacing. In the supporting forged of cops, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz stand out as the effectively-indicating klutz and the scary-difficult cookie. Like “Parks and Recreation” or even “Barney Miller,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” could — just probably — develop into some thing better than the sum of its quirks.

Brooklyn Nine-9

Fox, Tuesday nights at eight:30, Eastern and Pacific occasions seven:30, Central time.

Created by Common Television, 3 Arts Enjoyment and Fremulon. Created and written by Dan Goor and Michael Schur Mr. Goor, Mr. Schur and David Miner, executive producers.

WITH: Andy Samberg (Detective Jake Peralta), Andre Braugher (Capt. Ray Holt), Terry Crews (Sgt. Terry Jeffords), Melissa Fumero (Detective Amy Santiago), Joe Lo Truglio (Detective Charles Boyle), Stephanie Beatriz (Detective Rosa Diaz) and Chelsea Peretti (Gina Linetti).

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