Like many child-free couples in 2017, my boyfriend and my biggest shared dilemma is finding a show we can both watch on Netflix together.
And as privileged as this problem is, it is a legitimate issue. As in literally, we can spend 45 minutes deciding on a TV show or movie to watch before we find one that neither of us are really happy with, but we are too tired to care by that point.
So when we found a show on Netflix that we both genuinely liked, I was appropriately excited.
It’s called Brooklyn Nine-Nine and it ticks all the boxes.
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I’m going to be honest here and say at first, I was not convinced this was going to be a show we’d both enjoy when my boyfriend first put it on. Then, two episodes in, without realising it, I was hooked.
It’s got laughs and action, plus a will-they-won’t-they romantic subplot and kick-arse female leads – so something for everyone. The sitcom is set in New York City and follows a bunch of cops as they get up to all kinds of hilarious antics at Brooklyn’s 99th precinct (hence the name). But don’t think this is just another crime-procedural. It’s so much more about the police officers themselves than the crimes they solve.
The characters are fun, quirky and loveable and played by talented comedic actors.
Saturday Night Live star and The Lonely Island member Andy Samberg plays Detective Jake Peralta and brings the same charming goofball persona to this role. He’s joined by comedian Chelsea Peretti, who again, plays a slightly more outrageous version of herself as assistant Gina Linetti, and established actor Terry Crews as the exercise and yoghurt-obsessed Sergent Terry Jeffords.