While there are many successful sitcoms on television, there aren't quite as many successful all-night "comedy blocks" as there used to be. ABC hasn't been able to find proper companions for its Wednesday night mainstays The Middle and Modern Family since both shows debuted in 2009, with a cavalcade of comedy shows coming and going within that time. Fox has been having the same issues with their Tuesday night comedy lineup as well, trying to find suitable companions for New Girl and last year's hit series The Mindy Project. On Tuesday night, Fox aired two new comedies in the 8 PM hour, the controversial and poorly-received Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, created by Parks and Recreation writers Michael Schur and Daniel J. Goor. While I honestly couldn't bring myself to fully watch the Dads pilot (I had laundry to do, but I caught the last 10 minutes or so...), I rather enjoyed Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
The show performed well in its 8:30 PM time slot, pulling in a healthy 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6 million viewers overall, a 43% increase from last year's debut of the short-lived Ben and Kate. It should be noted that it also out-performed its lead-in Dads, which brought in a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.57 million viewers. But, who cares about the numbers, right? Should you be watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine? My answer is yes, and here are five reasons why.
1. We Need More Funny Cop Shows
The police procedural is a genre steeped in classic shows such as Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and my favorite series of all time, The Shield. However, the police comedy procedural doesn't have such an amazing history, with the wonderful series Common Law serving as the latest failure last year. What's great about Brooklyn Nine-Nine is it has essentially a reverse formula than other procedurals. Instead of having all drama with bits of comedy sprinkled in, this show has plenty of laughs, with some honest dramatic moments thrown in as well. I think this will be a formula for success moving forward.
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