“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premiered last night on Fox, bringing Andy Samberg back to television. In this sitcom, Samberg stars as Jake Peralta, a laid back detective who loves to have fun on the job. The premiere episode opens at a store where electronics have been stolen. Peralta beats his rival and partner, Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), at cracking the case. Turns out he had some help from an undercover stuffed animal called Fuzzy Cuddle Bear, armed to the teeth with a surveillance camera. By playing it seriously and by the book, Santiago is a perfect foil for Peralta and his antics.
Back at the 99th precinct office, the others cheer as Santiago reluctantly changes the numbers on a board, keeping track of the arrests made by herself and Peralta. Everyone in the office is on alert for the arrival of the new captain, wondering what sort of boss they will get. Unfortunately for Peralta, Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) turns out to be stricter and more uptight than his predecessor, putting an end to a popular indoor event: the “Fire Extinguisher Roller Chair Derby.” Holt insists that everyone wear a tie, a rule Peralta is determined to circumvent.
Captain Holt takes Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) to his office for a conference. Jeffords has been away from active duty because of an unfortunate and hilarious incident at a department store and he hasn’t been the same ever since. He also fills Holt in about the staff: nervous and awkward Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), tough and angry Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), and Administrator Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti).
The episode seems focused on the interactions of the characters, particularly the comedic tension between Peralta and Holt. On the side, Charles tries to score a movie date with Rosa: an endeavor Gina says is sure to fail. The squad is also occupied with a case of murder, in which a theft of expensive ham also occurred. It ultimately leads to a stake out operation and a big reveal to tie everything together nicely.
Although the ensemble cast seems off to a good start, Andre Braugher comes out as a winner for the evening with his deadpan comic delivery, serving as a strong adversary for Samberg’s character. One great surprise is the cameo by Fred Armisen during door duty. This new comedy brings a good balance of quirks and fun, making it a show to keep on your watch list this season.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” airs Tuesday evenings on Fox at 8:30|7:30c. To learn more about the show, take a look at last month’s promo from Fox.