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TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Last year, Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered under the radar of Fox’s hits like New Girl and The Mindy Project. Then, mid-way through its freshman season, it became a massive hit, winning two Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Best Comedy Series. Rather than let success get to its head, the show continued to be a strong ensemble comedy and finished its season strong. Fresh off a break, the show returns to Fox.

Following the events of season one, Officer Jake Peralta is back from working undercover from the mob. He returns to his precinct to discover that not much has changed since he was gone. His coworkers are just as ridiculous without him and he readjusts right away. Soon it becomes another day at the precinct with Peralta, Santiago, and Boyle under the watchful eye of Captain Holt.

Going into its sophomore year, Brooklyn Nine-Nine faces the danger of going stale with its stories and jokes. Luckily, the show manages to avoid such pitfalls by doing what it does best: craft silly stories and pluck their many diverse characters into them. The strongest element of the show is in its characters and the writers pull off new and interesting combinations for this diverse and talented cast.

Andy Samberg won the Golden Globe for his work as Peralta last season and for good reason: he is a strong comic performer and the perfect lead for this group of characters. Joe Lo Truglio is hilariously inept as Boyle, the sweeter, nerdier member of the Nine-Nine, who still pines somewhat for Rosa, expertly played by Stephanie Beatriz. Terry Crews keeps flaunting his comedic chops as Sgt. Jeffords and proves once more how talented he is. And of course, Andre Braugher is hysterically deadpan as Captain Holt and the writers always manage to find a new way to exploit his seriousness.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues to be a consistently funny show going into its second season. The writing is still as sharp as ever and the actors leap and bound with what they’re given. A show that could easily go stale manages to continue not to and maintains a consistent sustainability. Things could fall into the same old thing, but for now, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has fallen into a beautiful rhythm that is a lot of fun to watch.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Sundays @8:30 pm on Fox.

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