I’m biased relating to Brooklyn 9-9. Why? As a result of the 9-9 served my previous neighborhood.
October 2013. My soon-to-be-wife and I packed up our very lucky lives in Austin to chase our goals in New York Metropolis. Our sights have been set on Brooklyn, however in transition, we settled on a small sublet in Harlem from a really type Broadway actress.
Our aircraft to New York’s in-flight leisure was Brooklyn 9-9, a foolish cop present that includes Andre Braugher, in any other case recognized to a Horror junkie like myself as that neighbor from The Mist. It seemed enjoyable! However after the package deal of clips and interviews cycled via for the 20th time on the three hour flight, I instantly felt like I used to be trapped in a Sartre sitcom starring Andy Samberg.
After nestling into Harlem we lastly checked out the present, and by the primary string of vacation episodes, we have been hooked.
A month later, we moved to Brooklyn. The unit we have been meant to view had already been rented, so our dealer stopped by a spacious house with roof entry and a view of the Manhattan skyline. We didn’t have to see another flats after that.
Whereas the 9-9 was on winter break and we moved, we might move by an enormous constructing a block from our first official New York residence. We couldn’t place it, nevertheless it was acquainted. Your complete metropolis has been shot a method or one other, so perhaps we acknowledged it from a movie?
When Brooklyn 9-9 returned although, it opened on a large establishing shot of the fictional Ninety-Ninth precinct. It was the identical constructing on our nook! The 99th precinct is definitely New York’s 78th. We couldn’t consider the serendipity, virtually too cosmic to be a coincidence. Over 5 years later, the happenstance nonetheless blows my thoughts.
However sufficient of my 9-9 associated anecdotes, you’re all right here for this rating!
There are 112 official episodes of Brooklyn 9-9, together with the Season 5 two-parter “The Big House”, the Season 4 three-parter “Coral Palms” and Season 4’s prolonged episode “The Fugitive”. Right here’s the catch although: “The Fugitive” aired over the course of 1 night time (New Years Day 2017) whereas ‘Coral Palms’ and ‘The Big House’ performed out over two to 3 weeks. Due to this, ‘The Fugitive’ is ranked as one, hour-long episode to make a complete of 111 tales.
Very similar to my esteemed colleague Liz Baessler’s affirmation earlier than her unimaginable It’s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia rating, no episode of Brooklyn 9-9 is unfunny. In case you are in search of some schadenfreude, examine Twitter. Any episode within the backside half of the listing might have its issues like early season jitters, unintentionally uncomfortable operating gags, or just being a teeny bit forgettable, however they’ll all the time have a number of snort out loud jokes. In a sea of hilarious episodes that make up Brooklyn 9 9’s service document, these episodes nonetheless fare higher than something you’ll discover on CBS.
To steal a line from Neil Miller: keep in mind that that is our record. It’s in all probability totally different than your listing. And that’s okay. In case your favorites aren’t ranked as you’d like: attempt to not get too upset. You’ll be able to all the time do it your self. Which additionally occurs to be the title of your intercourse tape.
111. Into the Woods
Season three, Episode 6
The toughest episodes to decide on for this listing aren’t my prime 10 or 20. It’s this primary, or ought to I say final, entry that’s the most troublesome to correctly outline. How is one episode worse than one other? Are the jokes unfunny? Is it not greatest using the ensemble? Is it nonetheless making an attempt to determine its voice? And for this early season three episode, the squad had decidedly discovered its voice, however it appears to have forgotten its plot. Whereas Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), and Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) metropolis slicking is enjoyable, the B and C plots revolving round Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) making an attempt to promote shoulder mounted flashlights to the NYPD and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) bonding over her breakup together with his nephew don’t join both comically or emotionally. Whereas I feel Nick Cannon is an extremely enjoyable performer (Two phrases masquerading as one y’all: DRUMLINE), he was written with a way of impermanence, making it arduous for the viewers to fall for his relationship with Rosa. However fortunately Rosa’s romances simply get extra nuanced and consultant because the present progresses.
110. The Overmining
Season four, Episode 9
As I stated, no episode of Brooklyn 9-9 is wholly unfunny. In contrast to most exhibits, even within the episodes that air extra on the aspect of being a dud, there’s one thing that works. And what works in ‘The Overmining’ is that Ken Marino, even on an off day, is overwhelmingly likable. And because the doofus new Captain after Holt has been moved from the 9-9, his affable high quality comes via. However the episode can’t coast solely on the allure of Marino, and whereas a Terry/Gina B Plot and a Rosa/Boyle C plot are positive, they do nothing to carry this episode in our reminiscences. The cardinal sin of any Brooklyn 9-9 episode isn’t being unfunny, however somewhat simply forgettable.
109. M.E. Time
Season 1, Episode four
Look, I recognize a superb “I think that doctor has sex with dead bodies” joke as a lot as the subsequent man. However whereas Brooklyn 9-9 by no means loses the darkish chew that’s all the time been within the material of the present, it simply doesn’t 100% come collectively in the best way it deserves, particularly with an actor as humorous as Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s All the time Sunny) in a visitor position. However we do get the groundwork for Terry’s inventive skills which can higher serve the squad in future episodes.
108. Return to Skyfire
Season 5, Episode eight
Ask your self these questions subsequent time you watch ‘Return To Skyfire’: why do you assume the joke “He pulls. HE PULLS!” is supposed to be humorous? Is it as a result of we don’t anticipate a George R. R. Martin proxy to be a sexual animal if it wasn’t for his cash and fame? What does that say of the ladies he’s with? Is the present purporting that they’re simply starfucking? What makes any of this spectacular to Terry and Jake? Suffice to say, sure fan tradition has been poisoned by many dangerous apples turned virulent misogynists, and this operating gag rubs elbows with a type of frat-ish humor that’s sudden from Brooklyn 9-9. All of this being stated, I don’t discover something deliberately malicious about this joke. It simply leaves a nasty style in your mouth whenever you assume on it. And it’s due to this joke I’ve to don my New York Submit hat and say: ‘Return to Skyfire’ is a little bit of a misfire. But when we could be assured of something on Brooklyn 9-9, is that it’s a present about studying out of your errors.
107. The Final Journey
Season four, Episode 15
The most important problem with this episode is a matter I’ve with any present that makes use of this drained trope. The episode facilities round Holt believing the 9-9 might be shut down. The issue is…we all know the 9-9 gained’t shut down. So numerous the tense air is sucked out of scenes, like Charles and Jake’s “last case together”, as a result of the system is definitely seen via. Does that imply this humor doesn’t work? Completely not. Who doesn’t love the Ginazon and the way they save the day? However the emotional throughline simply lacks the gravity as a result of the central drawback is just too unbelievable to be taken significantly.
106. The Tagger
Season 1, Episode 2
Man, Holt actually didn’t belief Jake within the first season! Right here is the primary of many storylines revolving round Holt “babysitting” Jake on a case. Whereas the present will add extra complexity in later seasons, they haven’t absolutely hammered out who these two personalities are and with that it suffers from “Early Season Jitters”. However that doesn’t imply the episode isn’t with out its benefit, specifically a cameo by Artemis Pebdani (It’s All the time Sunny) as a psychic who psyches out Boyle. However what I discover probably the most to understand about these early Jake/Holt interactions is how earnestly The Captain acknowledges Jake’s innate expertise and works to attract the perfect in him out, regardless of Jake feeling too managed. It immediately makes us acknowledge why these two will play so properly off of one another within the present’s future. And hey! Resident Surly Everyman James M Connor (Vice Principals)
Season 1, Episode 21
Whereas the episode’s title alludes to the unsolvable case that Jake and Terry are engaged on, that is all about our first Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) pseudo-centric episode. The docile duo unlocks their full investigatory potential to trace down the hidden rest room that Rosa and Gina have let the infirmed Boyle in on. I recognize the glimpses we get as to why Hitchcock and Scully are nonetheless on the pressure, particularly when their detective work proves fruitful, however in a sea of different nice episodes, not all of the cream can rise to the highest.
104. The Venue
Season 5, Episode 6
The Vulture swoops in once more, however this time to jack Amy and Jake’s wedding ceremony venue. And from somebody, pricey reader, who’s to be wed quickly in The Huge Apple, I can say with a point of authority that this can be a main dick transfer! So in fact, Dean Winters performs it completely. However in any other case, in an episode that revolves round a protracted dick joke, Terry’s use of the third individual, and Captain Peanut Butter, New York’s Best Police Horse, it feels extra like a swing and a miss.
103. The Night time Shift
Season four, Episode four
Whereas this crossover with Fox’s LA-based sitcom New Woman has a floor degree of self-awareness that makes it cute, it lacks a deeper dive contemplating Damon Wayans Jr., who was starring in New Woman, additionally had visitor starred in Brooklyn 9-9. Whereas we didn’t want a Groucho Marx mirror routine with Wayans Jr.’s twin characters, it might have been a terrific nod to each exhibits to have this joyful accident appear extremely intentional. Both method, ‘The Night Shift’ fortunately doesn’t dedicate an unimaginable period of time to the crossover occasion, permitting Holt to bond with the squad over their mutual hatred of working the graveyard shift.
102. Operation: Damaged Feather
Season 1, Episode 15
You’ll discover a development for me in these backside of the listing episodes: their main leisure crime, to channel the inimitable Gina for a second, is being the bodily embodiment of The Shrug Emoji. What this episode importantly does is begin dropping the Will-They-Gained’t-They hints between Jake and Amy as Peralta can’t fairly put into phrases why the thought of Amy probably transferring to Main Crimes has him so shook. Positive, we all know why, however it’ll take him at the least one other season to determine that one out! However with this episode does have is likely one of the greatest strains from the primary season:
“I’m surprised you read Othello.”
“What the hell’s Othello, I just called you the parrot from Aladdin”
To all my theater nerds within the again: THIS SHOW SEES US!
Season 2, Episode 13
I need to consider that some episodes are particularly named after motion movies. Whereas ‘Payback’ isn’t probably the most memorable episode (and undoubtedly not as memorable because the movie it might be named after), it finally simply culminates in Jake spilling the beans on Terry having one other youngster. The joke of the episode although is Amy and Holt bonding over the consumption and sudden shock diarrhea of “street meat”. To belief the halal carts in New York, take it from me: have an iron abdomen first.