Most of the time when we’re watching crime-related programming, it’s a documentary or a straight-up drama. Partially because, in this day and age, it’s not easy to make police work, or the police themselves, funny. Which makes the fact that Brooklyn Nine-Nine has lasted 8 seasons all the more remarkable.
The sitcom, which ran on Fox for its first 5 seasons before getting canceled and subsequently picked up for three more seasons on NBC, will be coming to an end this year, after its delayed and shortened eighth season airs. The final ten-episode season will premiere this fall, having been pushed by the pandemic.
The show, which was a star vehicle for SNL alum and Lonely Island member Andy Samberg, revolved around Jake Peralta, an immature cop in Brooklyn’s 99th precinct who clashed with his boss (Homicide star Andre Braugher), flirted (and eventually coupled up with, the uptight Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), and generally goofed around with his office mates, portrayed by Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglia, Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz, and more.
Created by Dan Goor and The Office’s (and Parks and Rec’s, and The Good Place’s) Michael Schur in 2013, the show was beloved for its goofy humor and inclusivity, for which it won a GLAAD award as Best Comedy Series. For my money, the formerly intensely dramatic Andre Braugher was the show’s secret sauce, with his stoic, deadpan demeanor proving the perfect foil to Samberg’s manic absurdity.
Despite the announcement of the show’s demise, the studio had nothing but praise, even quoting one of Peralta’s catchphrases while saying goodbye.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been one of the jewels in our comedy crown. It’s had an incredible run across not one but two networks, garnered widespread acclaim and captured the hearts of fans all over the world,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group. “We extend our deepest gratitude to Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher and our entire wonderful ensemble, and our amazingly talented writers, producers and crew. And a special thanks to our brilliant showrunner Dan Goor, who could have rested on his laurels after season one but never took his foot off the hilarious gas pedal. B99, it’s been NOICE!”
There appear to be no hard feelings, as even showrunner Goor imbued his statement on the cancelation with humor. “I’m so thankful to NBC and Universal Television for allowing us to give these characters and our fans the ending they deserve,” said executive producer Dan Goor. “When Mike Schur and I first pitched the pilot episode to Andy, he said, ‘I’m in, but I think the only way to tell this story is over exactly 153 episodes,’ which was crazy because that was exactly the number Mike and I had envisioned.”
After eight years and two networks, the show had run its course, and can likely be expected to gain a whole new collection of fans when it lands on whichever streaming service is lucky enough to grab it.
Probably Peacock. I guess we’d all better get Peacock now.