Brooklyn Nine-Nine: so much more than a comedy

I’m a tremendous fan of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Andy Samberg has always been one of my favourite actors in Hollywood, and he does not disappoint in his role as Jake in the show, a hilarious and sometimes clueless detective in New York City in the 99th precinct.

And, aside from being ridiculously funny, Samberg and the show itself have something in common; the ability to address highly controversial issues in a tasteful way.

I’m currently moving through the sixth season of the show, and so far, almost every episode I’ve watched has been centred around some sort of issue that is prevalent in contemporary society. Some examples include a scenario involving sexual assault, in which the characters in the show encouraged the female victim to come forward with her story to encourage others to do the same; a serious discussion between Jake and his wife, Amy, who wants to have children despite Jake’s feelings of insecurity and intimidation over being a parent; a character named Rosa who is bisexual in the show (and in real life) and the conflict she experiences from her family as a result of her sexual orientation.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedy, and yet it manages to appropriately approach and dissect highly controversial issues in an effective manner. I’m not familiar with any other shows that are able to mimic this accomplishment.

Previous seasons of the show also address contentious topics, but so far, I’m finding that the writers have stepped their game up for the sixth season. The show is as funny as ever, yet it continues to grow in terms of how it handles prevalent problems we face in our society.

I can’t get enough of this show, and if you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend you do so. I doubt you will be disappointed.

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