Initial Thoughts: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I found this show to be hilarious.

Full disclosure, I was a bit emotionally raw after accidentally turning on the X Factor audition show and getting the chills twice  (“Valerie” from the adorable the dancing Motown guys and “House of the Rising Sun” from the bookworm, right?) and then practically bawling when the guy with Tourette’s Syndrome belted out John Mayer’s Gravity. Simon Cowell knows how to do TV.  (I NEVER watch these singing audition shows. Now I have to watch the X-Factor which I have no time for.)

I digress.

I heard on NPR that Brooklyn Nine-Nine was the funniest new show of the season. NPR is serious.

I don’t think I have ever seen a comedy like this about a police squad. (They say Barney Miller was the last decent comedy about a police squad but I was in my pre-teens in the mid-70s early/80s. I vaguely remember it, but I was more interested in Eight is Enough and Welcome Back Kotter.)

This show is just pure ridiculous humor while solving crimes. EW says the crimes are just there to make you care about the characters (love that!) so don’t expect complex who dunnits. It’s all humor. I chuckled quite a bit. So far, it seems to be the Andy Samberg and the Andre Brougher show. The rest of the cast didn’t make a huge impression on me (except maybe the civilian desk clerk with the raspy voice, and I guess the dorky detective is humorous.)

Andy Samberg is just funny. (That dry sarcastic humor that I love.)

Andre Brougher plays the straight man. (Ironically, his character is gay. I think it’s supposed to be funny that you don’t know he is gay, but I didn’t find that part so funny.) Regardless, love him. Last year’s Last Resort was a fail but I will give anything he is in a shot. Love when he cracks a smile on this show.  It is kind of like when someone is trying really hard not to laugh in a comedy but they crack a smile, except this is part of his character.  He is trying to be the tough boss, but Andy Samberg’s character breaks through his tough-guy shell. (Because Andy Samberg is just funny.) He plays it so well.

I loved the unexpected comedic twist when Andy Samberg tries to be a smart ass by illustrating to Andre Brougher that he can solve crimes inappropriately dressed and Andre turns it right around on him.

Sorry I couldn’t get to my Fall TV post BEFORE this previewed. I am sure you can catch up on the internet if you missed it. The internet is amazing like that.

Fall TV Watchlist

Just under the wire (maybe a tiny bit late), here is what I will be checking out this fall on TV. I am not super excited about any of the new stuff but I like to check it out before I rule it out. I have actually already ruled out many of the new shows. Here is what’s left, in order of interest…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine  (previewed last Tuesday on Fox) – I already watched the first episode and it was really funny, in a very silly way. Stay tuned for a mini review. (EW and TV Guide top pick)

Masters of Sex (Sun 9/29 10pm Showtime) Inspired by Masters & Johnson’s research into human sexuality it is described as Mad Men with gratuitous nudity. Sounds great! (EW and TV Guide top pick)

Hostages (Mon 9/23 10pm CBS) – A serialized white knuckle conspiracy thriller mixed with a complicated family saga starring Tony Colette and Dylan McDermott.  It is only 15 episodes, not a huge commitment, based on an Israeli drama (like In Treatment!) The main reason to check it out is that its exec producer says it is like Downton Abbey meets 24. I have to find out what that could possibly mean. (TV Guide top pick)

The Blacklist  (Mon 9/23 10pm NBC) – International man of secrets (the always creepy James Spader) inexplicably surrenders to the FBI to bust the underworld but will only work with a rookie cop and we don’t know why. Described as an unoriginal, but very entertaining Alias meets Silence of the Lambs (EW and TV Guide top pick)

Retro Fall TV Preview CoverAlmost Human (Mon 11/4 Fox 8pm) – This is our new Fringe (from JJ Abrams)! Cops work with robo-partners to solve crimes. The two leads apparently have great buddy-cop chemistry and the show offers fresh takes on sci-fi archetypes (and there is a mysterious box!) (EW top pick)

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Thu 10/10 10pm ABC) – This is a spin off of Once Upon a Time based on Alice in Wonderland (had you figured that out?). Alice was my fav growing up so I watch all things Alice. I also really like Once Upon a Time. Apparently, I dig fairy tale based fantasies. (nobodies top pick except mine!)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Thu 9/24 8pm ABC) – This is not a show I would normally watch, ever (I have not even see the Avenger’s movie), but it was co-created by Joss Whedon who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I loved. He also created Firefly which I think I would have loved if I had watched it. It is a “smarter superhero drama” with a covert government force that protects mortals from mutants. It sounds like there are a lot of super hero/comic book jokes that will go right over my head, but if you are in to that stuff, this might be TV gold. (EW and TV Guide top pick)

The Crazy Ones (Thu 9/26 9pm CBS)I don’t have a good feeling about this one, but it is created by David E Kelly with Robin Williams (needs no explanation but I will take this opportunity to give a shout out to Good Will Hunting, one of my favorite movies ever) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (the actual Buffy!) What will happen? Well, a kooky genius will run an advertising agency with his levelheaded daughter Sydney. See why I’m not that excited? (TV Guide top pick)

Hello Ladies (Sun 9/29 HBO) – A geeky guy and his friends try to date in L.A. This is not really my thing but EW says it is really funny so I wanted to tell you about it (and I would feel guilty if you missed it and it was awesome!) (EW Top Pick)

If I had more time, I would check out Super Fun Night (created by Conan O’Biran and the hilarious Rebel Wilson of Bridesmaids and Almost Perfect fame) and The Originals (a spin off of The Vampire Diaries that I also don’t have time for but kind of miss!) and maybe even Sean Saves the World (because I like Sean Hayes from Will and Grace.) But there is no time.

Let the fall TV watching begin!

Disclaimer: Almost everything I have written here is blatant plagiarism from Entertainment Weekly. Thanks EW!