Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1
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From Dan Goor and Mike Schur, producers of The Office and Parks and Recreation, comes the hilarious Golden Globe Award-winning comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg, Saturday Night Live) is a Brooklyn detective with a gift for closing cases and little respect for authority. When no-nonsense commanding officer Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher, Homicide: Life on the Street) joins the 99th precinct with something to prove, the two go head to head. Showcasing a top-flight supporting cast and fantastic guest stars, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season One on DVD comes fully loaded with all 22 riotous episodes and never-before-seen deleted scenes.
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I really didn't think I'd like it at all, which is why it was going into the third season before I even started watching the first. It seemed like it would be some ditzy comedy with really dumb jokes, given what I'd known of Andy Samberg's "humor" beforehand (sorry, but his other stuff just hasn't been up my alley at all). Then, I started seeing funny gifsets/screenshots of OTHER characters (particularly Rosa and Gina) on the show on my social media feeds and decided to give it a shot…and I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED.
I've actually even had better luck getting friends into it than I have with any other show I've EVER liked and recommended. One friend was particularly adamant that he was GOING to binge on some other comedy series before even thinking of watching this show, but I told him rather soundly that he should watch this one first (I'm probably lucky he even still speaks to me after that, considering it was a lot of caps along the lines of "JUST LISTEN TO ME AND WATCH THE SHOW"). Next thing I knew, he texted me to inform me that he was going to go ahead and give it a shot to get me off his back. Then, after a few episodes, he admitted to liking it so far. Next thing I know, he then texted me to say that he'd gotten through ALL 3 SEASONS in, like, a week (which is REALLY fast for him).
This show has become my overall favorite comedy, which I never would've expected. It also helps that I find it highly amusing how many friends are freaked out by how much I'm like Rosa (and Gina, occasionally…which is quite the fabulously terrifying combo) when they start watching.
The show gives us a balanced blend of different types of humor: those who like silly, goofy jokes will find plenty of good stuff here, but those of us who prefer a more dry and clever wit will be very satisfied as well. There are a lot of the smart observations and that's-so-true insights that the best comedies offer. Best of all, the show is warm and genuinely sweet without being the least bit corny and cloying. The characters have their share of flaws and problems, but at its heart this is an infectiously happy, mood-boosting show filled with characters you root for despite their amusing shortcomings.
I'd very highly recommend it, though be forewarned that the first few episodes don't really (in my opinion) represent the show at its best!