Why Brooklyn Nine-Nine Would’ve Been Better Off Without Season 6

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Why Brooklyn Nine-Nine Would’ve Been Better Off Without Season 6

Illustration: Akshita Monga


t was late 2013 when we first met Andy Samberg’s jaunty Detective Jake Peralta in the cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show’s first episode had him butting heads with the 99th precinct’s new, stoic captain, Raymond Holt, by wearing a pair of Speedos under his shirt to flout the captain’s dress code. However, Holt decides to invite everyone from the precinct to come and congratulate Peralta for having solved a difficult case and click pictures of him, in his swimsuit. It was slices of bizarre, outlandish humour like this one that made Brooklyn Nine-Nine stand out from the torrent of serious, overwrought dramas that have come to define the era of “prestige TV”.

From that point onward, we’ve gotten to know the 99th precinct as though we were a significant part of it’s crime-solving team. We enjoyed the antics of characters like Peralta, with his juvenile attitude and daddy issues, along with an ensemble cast that takes its cues from legendary ensemble comedies like 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation. There’s Jake’s rival and love interest Amy Santiago, social media sass queen Gina Linetti, big friendly giant Terry Jeffords, hapless Charles Boyle, sociopathic Rosa Diaz, and the always inept future pensioners Hitchcock and Scully. Over five seasons, they’ve become like family, both to themselves and their viewers.