There are so many new shows to watch during a television season that it’s impossible to watch everything when it’s first shown.
When Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premiered last fall, I heard about it and wanted to watch it. But I only started checking it out on Hulu recently and have seen most of the Season 1 episodes. The show’s rookie season ended late last month and it has been renewed and will return most likely in September.
And I’m glad. It’s one of the funniest television shows of recent years. Andy Samberg plays Detective Jake Peralta, who works in the fictional NYPD 99th Precinct in Brooklyn. Peralta is a good detective, but never really grew up. I mean he meets his new boss, Captain Holt (played brilliantly by Andre Braugher), wearing a work shirt and a Speedo. “Law and Order” this isn’t.
Peralta is surrounded a varied cast of personalties and quirks. There’s his partner, Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), who is straightlaced and by the book and provides many laughs when she has to deal with Peralta.
There’s Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), who has anger management issues and let’s say her co-workers are afraid of her. Her character is funnier than it sounds, trust me. And there are others, who add to the show.
But Samberg and Braugher are the stars and strengths of this show. Samberg is a great comedian except when he plays himself or starts mugging for the camera like he did a lot on “Saturday Night Live.” His comedic talents need a character and structure and this show provides that. He and the show won two Golden Globe awards in January.
Braugher is given no funny lines intentionally. But his always dead serious personality makes his character very funny.
It’s never too late to check out a new shot and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one of them.
A LA CARTE ITEMS
I thought bad sequels were a modern thing. I was wrong. I watched “Boys Town” last night on Turner Classic Movies. Spencer Tracy won an Oscar for his portrayal of Father Edward J. Flanagan, who founded a home for underprivileged and delinquent boys in Omaha, Nebraska that he named “Boys Town.” Growing up in the 1970s, the movie was a staple on weekends on WGN-TV. And if you don’t get choked up at the end of this 1938 movie, you are one tough cookie. Right after on TCM was “Men of Boys Town”, released three years later. It was a flimsy excuse to get Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney, two superstars at the time, together.
Season 7 of “Mad Men” premiered last night and if you are a big fan and enjoy it, I say go for it. Maybe, there’s something wrong with me. But the show bores me to death. I enjoyed the first season, but it just feel it’s repetitive. It’s the 1960s, we’re unhappy in our personal lives and let’s talk about a news event of that era and get to work on the latest car or airline ad or whatever.
UNTIL NEXT TIME. . . .