Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a comedy that not only required the actors to go on firearms training but also includes improvised scenes. Today we look at Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Opening Sequence / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt. –IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Andy Samberg – Jake Peralta
Stephanie Beatriz – Rosa Diaz
Terry Crews – Terry Jeffords
Melissa Fumero – Amy Santiago
Joe Lo Truglio – Charles Boyle
Chelsea Peretti – Gina Linetti
Andre Braugher – Captain Ray Holt
Dirk Blocker – Hitchcock
Joe Mckinnon Miller – Scully
+Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti (who play Peralta and Linetti respectively) went to the same elementary school, just as their characters had in the series.
+ Andy Samberg wanted to take a break from TV after eight years on Saturday Night Live. However, when he saw the script, he thought it was too funny to pass up
+ After shooting each scene a few times verbatim, the actors then shoot a few more when they improvise to make the scene funnier if possible. This method is also used on Parks and Recreation, co-created by Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Michael Schur.
+ In an early episode Terry Crews’ character has to sketch the description of a criminal due to the normal sketch artist calling in sick. This actually happened to Terry Crews in real life, where he got his first job in the local news station as a sketch artist due to the regular artist calling in sick.
+ Unusual for a comedy series, the cast went through police and firearms training.
+ Despite multiple jokes being made about Amy being a bad dancer, Melissa Fumero has been a professionally trained dancer since childhood.
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