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Dear World: Do Not Take 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Away From Us

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 9, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 9, 2018 |


Last Friday, we learned that Netflix has canceled its amazing, heartfelt and incredible series Everything Sucks, and honestly, it was the first time in a very long time that I’ve had a show that I truly loved taken away from us too soon. It’s been so long that I started taking for granted — in the Peak TV era where television ratings matter so much less — that a show that was immensely well received by critics would almost certainly earn a renewal, or at the very least, find a new home. Parks and Recreation got to run its course; The Good Place, despite some on-the-fence season-one ratings, was picked up and managed to find a broader audience in season two; Trial and Error, which no one saw, still fetched a second season because critics loved it; and even Community, despite being on the bubble every single year, managed to finish out its planned six seasons (still waiting on that movie, though). It often took HBO months to make up its mind, but even Leftovers was able to finish out its run. I think the last time a show I truly loved was taken away from me was Southland way back in 2013, and I ain’t even all that mad at that anymore because look at what Regina King has done since then.

Point is: We don’t fight for shows very often anymore, because we just assume that everything we love will either run its course and stick around so long that it wears out its welcome before being sent off to the television graveyard (I’m looking at you, New Girl, which inexplicably returns tomorrow night for its final season). But you know what show hasn’t worn out its welcome, and in fact, seems to have only improved of late? Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

It’s often hard to keep up with the series because it starts the season on one night and takes a three-month break before coming back on another night, but it’s worth continuing to seek out. If you missed it, last week’s episode was one of the top five of its entire run: It was practically a bottle episode, which saw Peralta and Holt spend the entire episode interrogating a murder suspect played by Sterling K. Brown, who should have a lock on an Emmy nomination for best guest performer in a comedy.

In fact, in its fifth season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is somehow in Parks and Rec season two and three form — it’s peaking, and it would be heartbreaking to have it taken away from us. To wit: Last night, Melissa Fumero’s husband appeared in the episode involving a murder and crossword puzzling that also featured Will Shortz.

Go to your Hulus, and watch that tonight, if you haven’t already. Oh, and Amy also showed off some great dance moves, but you can also see the full dance sequence here:

Look at all that joy! It’s also another Mike Schur show where they know exactly how manage the relationships:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is kind and funny and diverse, supremely well acted, and it somehow features the best role of Andre Braugher’s long and terrific career, so please don’t take its renewal for granted. Use your collective social media influence and your Hulu accounts to keep one of television’s best comedies around for another season. Don’t let this show get taken away from us at the height of its creativity.

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