It’s been a rough few weeks for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The network-that-shall-not-be-named tried to throw this precious gem of a show in the trash, but the wonderful angels at NBC have rescued B99 for another season and all is right with the world (well, not the world, but let’s not get started on that). After having my heart ripped out, stomped on, and taped back together by NBC, I decided that now is the perfect time to make a list celebrating all the reasons to love Brooklyn Nine-Nine*. There are about a million reasons to love this show, but I’ve narrowed it down to my personal top ten. If you haven’t watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine yet, go binge this show on Hulu right now and then come back and read this list. So sit down and get ready to shout, “Nine-Nine!”
*list is in no particular order
Y’all know that I love me some diversity. And with the state of world, it’s so wonderful to see shows embracing diversity. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has Captain Raymond Holt, an openly gay black man who fearlessly leads the rest of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We have Rosa Diaz and Amy Santiago, two badass Latina women who are some of the best detectives the 99 has ever seen. There is also a character who later comes out as bisexual, but I won’t spoil who. There’s so much diversity, both in sexuality and race! The world is not full of only straight white people, though a lot of other shows out there would have you think that. Thank you Brooklyn Nine-Nine for showing that representation matters and embracing it full on. It is so important for our friends and family of color and /or in the LGBTQIA community to not only see themselves on the screen, but to see themselves in characters of strength and power, so thank you, thank you, thank you!
2. Real Issues
While leading the way in diversity on television, Brooklyn Nine-Nine also doesn’t shy away from displaying real issues. From racial profiling to an active shooter, Brooklyn Nine-Nine confronts these issues head on, stepping away from the comedy for a moment to touch on real issues that are unfortunately, happening everywhere, everyday. I can’t thank Brooklyn Nine-Nine enough for doing episodes like this. Yes, these issues are hard and tough and emotional to deal with, but the only way to make a change, is to open up the conversation, open up minds and hearts, and learn and make an effort to be better, to say #neveragain to school shootings, to racial profiling, police brutality, and much more. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, thank you for putting these issues in your episodes and thank you for helping your viewers and others learn about these issues, how to be better, and how to make a change.
3. Badass Women
Let’s talk about one of my favorite things in the world, badass women. May we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them. This show is full of badass women who rock their individuality and don’t give a you know what. First is the lovely Rosa. She’s tough, strong, and so freaking cool. But she is also a trained ballerina and will protect her friends at all costs. Second is Amy. Queen of organizing, rules, and puzzles (a woman after my own heart) and she is smart and capable of breaking the stigma around women in the police force. Last is Gina, a funny, smooth, and loyal ass friend. Gina will insult you into the ground if you look at her funny. These ladies are wonderful on their own and always help build the others up, while cracking a few jokes. All these ladies are Queens in their own right, and when they come together, the world better watch out. YAASS QUEENS! They are all human forms of the 100 emoji!
4. Real Relationships
Another thing I love about this show is it shows real relationships, both friendships and romantic relationships. For example, there’s an episode where Jake and Charles have to go undercover together for weeks, and instead of showing them bonding and being the best of friends, it shows them slowly getting on each others nerves. WHICH IS NORMAL AND I APPRECIATE THIS SO MUCH. Another example, Captain Holt’s husband is away in France for an extended time and he becomes grumpy and feels the distance between him and his husband, mentioning that the relationship is going through a rough patch. THIS IS NORMAL AND HAPPENS IN EVERY RELATIONSHIP AND THANK YOU B99 WRITERS. All the relationships on this show are real and show real issues from, financial issues to fertility issues. And I cannot thank Brooklyn Nine-Nine for starting to normalize relationships on TV. YOU DA BEST BROOKLYN NINE-NINE.
5. Terry Crews
I adore Terry Crews. I loved his movies and loved him in Everybody Hates Chris. I loved him when he spoke of his experience with sexual assault and joined the #MeToo movement. I LOVE TERRY CREWS. He is what we need right now. He portrays Terry Jeffords on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a character that stands up for what he believes in, is smart and talented, is a nerd, is a loving husband and father, great mentor and friend, and the list goes on and on. He is perfection. My absolute favorite character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And I appreciate what his character is doing for young black children everywhere, giving them representation on screen and showing the strength of a black man in a position of power and the change that position can make. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU TERRY!
As mentioned before, the relationships are real. The friendships are so pure and I love it so much! Another thing that I appreciate that Brooklyn Nine-Nine does is show EVERYONE as friends. Yes, there are stronger friendships than others, like Jake and Charles, Scully and Hitchcock, or Gina and Rosa, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes sure to show everyone’s relationship with each other. Ultimately, the show follows one big group of friends/co-workers that are more like a big dysfunctional, hilarious family. And the love between everyone is great, does Rosa hate Hitchcock and Scully? Yes. Would she protect them if they were in danger? Absolutely. Hell, Jake is ready to risk his life to save Rosa when she is caught in an active shooter situation. Y’all that’s friendship. And I am here for it.
7. The Jokes
The jokes, y’all! From pop culture jokes to long running inside jokes, the laughs are real. My favorite inside joke on the show is “name of your sex tape”. It started out as a way for Jake to pick on Amy for being so uptight, organized, and rule following. Anything she said that was slightly uptight, it became the name of her sex tape. Over time, this joke extends to other characters, even coming back to Jake himself. The jokes are either quick or a slow burn, but so funny and relevant. You gotta love, or at least respect, a show that can balance both serious, current topics and make you laugh all in 30 minutes. Also, Jake is a character that rarely takes himself or others seriously, so many jokes and laughs come from him. If you want to giggle, check out this show.
8. Halloween Heists
If you know me, you know I love Halloween. Hands down, my favorite holiday. All the costumes, pumpkin everything, leaves falling, and all things spooky and scary. This is the time of year that I thrive, truly. Because of this, you know that I love that Brooklyn Nine-Nine always does a Halloween episode. Every season, the gang is involved in a Halloween Heist. During the Halloween shift at the precinct, an item will be either locked away or hard to get ahold of. Everyone has until midnight to get the item and hold onto it to win. If you win, you get to wear the fancy cape and crown and be labeled the “amazing detective/genius”. Guys, these heists get ELABORATE! Every season it gets better and better and new people win each time. Halloween heists are just so classic Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so if you love Halloween and heists and funny people, you’ll love these episodes too.
9. The Advice
This show is packed full of little bits of advice. I mean, look at the gif above. We have all had a moment where we could have used the advice Gina is giving Jake because we all know some sea witches in disguise who like to try to get us to sing into their shells. The advice in this show comes in two ways, actual advice like when Jake is going to go on a date and Terry tells him to be himself and let the girl get to know the real him and the advice also comes in forms of jokes, like the one above, but it is great advice all the same. Now, I want you to find that sea witch in your life and you tell them that you are not going to sing in their shell anymore. And then when you’re done, you should go watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine and get more life advice because clearly they know what they are talking about.
So Captain Holt has a corgi and his name is Cheddar and he is an amazing contribution to the show. He’s adorable, he’s cute, he’s got little legs, he’s perfection. His name is Cheddar for crying out loud. Can a corgi get any better? Also, we all deserve someone who looks at us the way Cheddar looks at Jake in the second photo from above. Cheddar is involved in some of the Halloween heists and in other episodes, like in one episode he is watched by Jake and Amy while Captain Holt is out of town and Cheddar subsequently destroys the house and runs away. He is by far the most adorable character and with the state of the world, we could all use some more adorable in our lives, so go watch Cheddar in Brooklyn Nine-Nine!
Well, those are my top 10 reasons to love Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I highly recommend this show, it’s doing things that other shows aren’t even touching on. If you love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, leave me a comment and tell me your favorite episode or character. Thanks for reading!
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