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Hey you! This isn't a review, it's a PREview. Huge difference. Most notably, the "P." Also, these PREviews are based on early cuts of pilots that might change drastically by the time they officially hit the air, so we can't properly review them. But we CAN give you an idea of what to expect. In this series of early looks at the new shows of fall 2013, there's no contemplating, no deep analysis; just super-duper quick thoughts on what we just watched that we're passing on to you. We'll revisit each previewed show in the fall with the hyper-intellectual breakdowns and fart jokes you're used to from us goons here at TV.com. 



Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Tuesdays starting September 17 at 8:30pm on Fox


STARRING AND CREATED BY: It's the Andy Samberg show! Well sorta. Samberg is the showcase here, but overall, this cast is fantastic. Andre Braugher (last seen warning the hell out of us in Last Resort), Melissa Fumero (One Life to Live), Terry Crews (beefy Old Spice guy), newcomer Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti (Parks and Recreation writer), and Joe Lo Truglio (The State) make one of TV's best new comedy ensembles. Parks and Recreation's dynamic duo of Dan Goor and Mike Schur are co-creators.


THE GIST: A ragtag group of detectives working in a Brooklyn precinct are goofy, and that's pretty much all you need to know. Samberg plays the hotshot cocky cop, Fumero is the hot cop, and Braugher is the new captain who has to keep these kids under control. Funny cops, basically.


SNAP JUDGMENT: Ladies and gentlefolks, we now have a contender for best new network comedy of fall 2013. It looks like the show will split its time between hanging around the precinct and being out in the field solving cases, and based on the pilot, you're going to want to spend time in both places. Mixing them gives the show some very welcome forward momentum that most comedies lack, but it also means some of the B and C stories get pushed back a bit. There are definitely The Office and Parks and Recreation vibes here as Brooklyn Nine-Nine is technically a workplace comedy, and what makes those shows chug along are the characters and the cast. Fortunately, this cast is outstanding overall. And I'll watch anything with Braugher; he knows how to play a part, which in this case is the straight man (well, sorta, you'll see). This is that second strong comedy (the first one being New Girl) that Fox has been searching for. It's got an instantly strong voice and tone.


PILOTITIS DIAGNOSIS: The precinct is already up and running when we show up, it's just Braugher's character who's a newbie, so we get a very natural introduction to the gang when Crews' character gives him the download. There's a great sense of what the series is: a combination of cases, inter-office escapades, slapstick, and one-liners.


FACES TO LOOK OUT FOR: You already know Samberg and Brauer, so it's the women who have the biggest chance to break out. Peretti, who's well known around the comedy scene, should have had a regular gig on a TV show a long time ago. She's hilarious and probably the best character in the pilot, despite having less screen time than the rest of the cast. Beatriz reminds me of Aubrey Plaza's homicidal sister, in a good way. And Fumero (meow!) should be fine in her turn on the comedy scene once she learns how to disguise the fact that she's always juuuuust about to crack up at Samberg's jokes. You'll also recognize the well-traveled comedy vet Lo Truglio; this is your chance to remember his name instead of just thinking of him as "that guy from that thing."


RANDOM THOUGHTS: Samberg's idle smirk makes me want to slap it off his face. And though I've been historically anti-Samberg, you know what? He's not too annoying in this. Even when he's wearing a Speedo.


EXCITEMENT LEVEL: Pretty high! On the 1 to 10 scale, it's an 8, which is great for a network comedy. Would watch again.


PILOT PREVIEW POWER RANKINGS:
(Where we rank the fall season's pilots based on very early impressions)


DRAMA

1. Almost Human - J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman's robotic buddy-cop drama

2. Intelligence - Josh Holloway stars as a Cyber Command agent who has Wi-Fi in his brain

3. The Blacklist - James Spader is a master criminal who turns himself in to the FBI on one condition: He only works with the pretty new FBI agent

4. Dracula - Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the fanged one in this re-imagining of the classic story of an undead guy chasing his old girlfriend

5. Lucky 7 - A group of gas-station employees win the lottery, for better or worse


COMEDY

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Andy Samberg and a bunch of buffoons are cops in Brooklyn

2. Trophy Wife - Malin Akerman marries into a big family and ends up with two ex-wives and three stepchildren in the process

3. The Crazy Ones - Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar are a father-daughter team in the advertising business

4. Enlisted - Geoff Stults goes to army reject camp with his two brothers 

5. About a Boy - Jason Katims' TV adaptation of the film adaption of Nick Hornby's novel about a man-boy friendship

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 4/19/2016

Season 3 : Episode 23

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It seems like a more thought out Reno 911 and I don't find that as a bad thing. Hopefully it's as funny as it looks!
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I usually only check out one or two (if only) new comedies each pilot season because so many of them are bad, and so many of them are cancelled, so I usually wait until a comedy's second season, and once I've heard a bit about it before I start watching.

Based off of the trailer Brooklyn Nine-Nine does indeed look like the best new comedy of the season. For some reason I don't dislike Samberg despite his insufferable immaturity, and with a thumbs up from Tim now I'm definitely going to tune in.
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We'll see!!!!
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"Beatriz reminds me of Aubrey Plaza's homicidal sister"

THERE'S MORE THAN ONE RUNNING AROUND OUT THERE AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH

On a related note, why is Plaza on this month's cover of Cosmo Latina? I mean...there's no way she is.
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From her Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_Plaza):

Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of Irish and English descent. Plaza has stated: "I was like the only diverse kid in my high school, and I'm half-Puerto Rican. But yeah, I have a huge family and tons of cousins in Puerto Rico."

They also gave her a good one liner joke on P&R: "My mom's Puerto Rican. That's why I'm so lively and colorful." Yes, on the show they reversed which of her parents is Puerto Rican.
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Interesting. I too share those same sentiments for Andy Samberg. I might give it a shot. Afterall, it couldn't be any worse than New Girl.
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This gladdens me. But I'm also not surprised, considering who the creators are.
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PUMPED!! Knew it would be good!
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Why couldn't I help reading that in a Ron Swanson voice...
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Sooo looking forward to this. I have loved Brauer since Homicide and have pretty much followed him to every show he's been on since. And I absolutely loved Samberg and Crew so I expect great things from this.
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Compare and Contrast with "The Unusuals"?
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Yay! Someone remembers "The Unusuals"!
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The only comedies I like are workplace comedies. As I don't know Andy Samberg and the shows he's been involved in, I'll watch the pilot.
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I like workplace comedies too (Breaking In anyone?) and this one looks great.
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I know I'm in the minority for this one, but based on the trailer and description this just looks tired, unoriginal and unfunny. It looks like "The Office #2 (or 3 if you count Parks & Rec, which I won't), and nothing looks like it's been done here that hasn't been done before. Andy Samberg is also incredibly annoying, and I won't even take your word for the fact he isn't in this one.
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I have been curious about this because I too am also not the biggest Andy Samburg fan but the previews and whatnot you've seen, its like he dialed himself down to three and then the focus is the group. To do the comparison, I see this perhaps going the way of Parks & Rec, initial focus on one character but now we love the others so much we are all very upset when two are leaving but Leslie is still the hub. And I think, just think right now because I can never figure out what is on Tuesday nights, I can watch this because I watch the shows usually on either end of this one.
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I was waiting for this preview, because I wanted to know if the show lives up to all the hype. Apparently it does, at least in your opinion. And I trust your opinion implicitly.

The only problem with the show is Samberg, as GeraldC7 already said. Usually he thinks he is way funnier than he actually is. But you say "he's not too annoying in this", so I'll take your word for it.
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I'd actually watch this but since it has Andy Samberg I won't. I just find him so annoying and forced.
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Initially I was on the fence, but every new clip I see makes me want to watch it.
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It's a comedy on Fox so I'll probably pass.
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I've been on the fence, but I think after this I will at least give it a try. Especially if you're putting it anywhere near my favorite show in quality. :D
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Good, I was hoping this would turn out well. Parks and Recreation is my favorite comedy currently on the air and even when the office was at it's worst it was still funnier than most shows, so saying it's in the same vain of that is a great endorsement. I really like the mocumentry style, aside from this Reno 911 and Death Valley are the only other ones that come to mind and I liked both of those shows (Death Valley was overall only okay but the two male partners of the bald dad and the tall young guy always made me laugh), I think the format has alot of promise, I look forward to seeing what's done with it in the future.
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Ill give it a go hope its worth the watch the the article was the read
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Tim, get out of my mind! We're eerily in sync again.

I'm historically fairly anti-Sambergic (too reminiscent of the truly awful Adam Sandler for me; boy, I hate that guy) but still thought I might be able to tolerate him in this, maybe even getting as far as actually enjoying his performance. Braugher, of course, is always on my must-see list. This is possibly the only new comedy that has looked watch-worthy to me so far. Definitely in for this. I can't remember the last good cop comedy I've seen since Denis Leary's criminally underwatched The Job went off the air, so I'm ready for another one.
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I think that this show will go for around 6 seasons and that it will be a success.
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That's a generous snap judgement, the trailers so far have had laughs but way too much manchild stuff too. I guess I'll put this back on my "give this a chance despite Andy Samberg and Fox Network"-ism that got it pulled from my interest previously.
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Does anyone know if we'll be able to watch this in advance? Last year, a few of the networks released pilots early so they could build buzz before the official launch...
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i put this on my schedule of shows (yes i have an Excel spreadsheet with days/time slots)...and unlike Blacklist, this one is staying.
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Shit, I need to do that. Writing down stuff in my planner just isn't cutting it when I factor in the fiance's cable stuff. What a great idea!
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yeah since our DVR can only record 2 things at once, it needs scheduled out.
if there are 3 shows at one time slot (which happens rarely now, since i've been cutting back on shows) then i can figure out which of the 3 are easiest to find/stream online, so i set that to lower priority on the DVR,
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We luckily have 4, which if I only had to worry about broadcast would be fine. Cable shows just add in there. Luckily they repeat quicker and usually the same night just during late night so I can just add in that late night recording. I don't know what I would do if I only had 2.....
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That was me all throughout college. Comcast wanted to rape me as far as how much extra a DVR was and my VHS player died so I couldn't record anything. So I think I'm overcompensating for all those years of not having it haha
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You kids today are spoiled. In my day, you had to watch a show when it was on, or wait 6 months for the rerun.
Get off my lawn.
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I did not put this on my list of shows I will watch or shows I might watch based on the description, but, after watching the trailer, I decided that if it is good enough to get renewed for season 2, I will catch up on season 1 and then watch season 2.
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