Pilot Roundtable: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A new television season is upon us, and with that comes a whole slew of new comedies and dramas to pick apart, complain about, and even sometimes celebrate! But which ones are worth watching? Our Pilot Roundtable series is designed to help you answer that question for yourself! Up next, we’ve got…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Senior Editor Kyle Trembley (@KyleLovesTV)
I am so excited for ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ going forward.  Not because this was the funniest half hour of comedy I’ve ever seen – the pilot got a handful of laughs from me – but because the show’s infrastructure is set up so well that it’s very, very easy to see it developing into one of the funniest things on TV.  The trick to a great single camera comedy is creating an interesting world with distinctive characters that aren’t simply joke machines, characters that the audience can invest in and look forward to spending time with every week. ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is well on its way to doing that. I like Andy Samberg as the goofball lead, and love the great Andre Braugher as openly gay police captain Ray Holt. Throw in Melissa Fumero as comedic foil, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti, and the rest of the cast, and you can already see the makings of something special. The series still has some work to do with smoothing out the crime procedural elements, but overall I found this pilot very encouraging and can’t wait to see where this series takes us.
Verdict: Thumbs Up!

Staff Writer Ricky Diaz (@rickyjdiaz)
The show for me was determined by Andy Samberg, and how he was going to play him, were we gonna get OTT Samberg, which we see in most of his appearances in Adam Sandler films, or were we gonna get a more real life Samberg. Thank God we got the more chill, real Samberg. The pilot wasn’t exceptionally funny, but its full of people who I like, such as Chelsea Peretti, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, and Andre Braugher. The episode did its part in setting up the roles of the characters and the dynamics between them. The stand out for me was the new Captain, he plays the “straight” man great – see what I did there? Because he’s gay, but the straight man in the comedy aspect. Again, the comedy in the show didn’t set my world on fire, and I wasn’t laughing out loud (like I did with Sleepy Hollow, God that show is great) but I see potential in the show, it could work like a Police work comedy in the vein of Parks and Rec/The Office, those shows weren’t gold from the beginning, but grew as they went on, so I’m hoping that sticking with the show will reap rewards
Verdict: Thumbs Up

Guest Contributor Bridget L. (@CoffeeByCaskett)
So far this fall TV season I’ve been severely underwhelmed by most of the comedy pilots. Some have even been horribly painful to sit through even to the first commercial break (*cough* Dads *cough*). So even though I had high hopes for Brooklyn Nine-Nine going into the first episode, I had prepared myself for disappointment. I can say though that that did not happen. I was pleasantly surprised and found that I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode of this show from the creators of Parks & Rec. The cast is really strong with the stand outs for me being Andre Braugher and Chelsea Peretti, the latter of which really has the potential to be a consistent scene stealer. I’m used to watching Braugher in more serious roles, such as Homicide, and he does have that sense of authority here, but I was surprised how warm and funny he was in the opener as well. In a seemingly weak year for new comedies, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is easily at the top of the list. It’s not doing anything revolutionary but providing consistent laughs and a great comedy ensemble. It is a perfect companion for Fox’s other Tuesday night comedies and one I’ll definitely be adding into the rotation each week.
Verdict: Thumbs Up

Managing Editor David Warren (@FunDavy)
Love the cast.  Love the style, kind of halfway between mockumentary and sitcom.   And thought-out humor that’s in alignment with the characters; their actions and lines are believable and keep scenes from getting too out of control (Samberg is a notable exception, however; I wish he’d tone it down just a bit).  This medium sized ensemble ‘workplace’ cast has potential to be enjoyable for the long term, in the style of The Office / Parks & Rec / Veep.
Verdict: Thumbs Up

Staff Writer Jennifer McIntyre (@jenn_mcintyre)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was such a palate cleanser after watching the horrible, horrendous, racist, all around terrible pilot of Dads (don’t watch it)This show actually has the potential to be a consistently funny sitcom that I’ll watch every week. It made me laugh several times, and actually compelled me enough to get through it! Unlike Dads. Sorry, Dads just really messed me up.  Andy Samberg is hilarious, the ensemble cast is very talented, and it was created by Michael Schur and Dan Goor of Parks and Recreation. And like Parks and Recreation, I think Brooklyn Nine-Nine might take a little bit of time to find its audience and reach its potential, but I am confident that it will. Yaaay, a good pilot this season!
Verdict: Thumbs Up


Our consensus: It’s not there yet, but ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ has all the pieces in place to be a standout comedy. For now, it’s still an enjoyable half hour packed with likable actors and performances.

Did the public watch? They did! 6 million total viewers and a rock-solid 2.5 demo rating for a comedy that many thought would be largely DVR’d and watched later. Both numbers are notable improvements on its abhorrent lead-in ‘Dads’.

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