Emotional roller coaster

The hit comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was cancelled by one network and picked up by another in a day.

‘Tis the season of the braking of fans’ dreams. Around this time of year, TV companies decide which show will live on for an other season, and which show gets cancelled. On the 11th of May, among many other shows like ‘The last man on Earth’ and ‘Lucifer’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, one of the most popular series on Fox, was announced to be discontinued.

This provoked a general outcry from the masses. Twitter got flooded with posts from angry fans. A cry of despair rose from the throats of regular people and high-profile celebrities as well. They lamented the loss of a funny, progressive show that has been on air for five seasons, the last episode of the fifth season coming out at the end of April.

But why are people so upset about it all? It’s just a dumb TV show, right?

Not really. The show was, apart from being amazingly written and having an amazing cast, not necessarily a pioneer of integrating liberal values into the show, but definitely a bastion of these ideals.

The main cast included several ethnicities, and the characters who weren’t necessarily heterosexual weren’t just the caricatures or stereotypes that some may be used to seeing on television.

The show is about the 99th precinct in Brooklyn. In the first episode they are awaiting their new captain, and it’s apparent that this wasn’t the strictest police station in the city. (Made obvious by the flashback in the fourth minute of the first episode, when the old captain asks ‘What the hell is going on around here?’, and when he is told that it’s a ‘fire extinguisher roller chair derby’, he just says okay and goes back to his office.)

The new captain, Capt. Holt, played by Andre Braugher, quickly establishes himself as an authoritative figure and makes the precinct work better.

The show is an old-fashioned workplace comedy. It’s not dark and gritty, neither experiments with unusual concepts, or questions social norms. It’s about a group of colleagues who, even though the sometimes can’t stand each other, always pull together in the end, and save the day.

The series is full of comedic talents, like Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti and Stephanie Beatriz. Over the years we got to know their characters, and their dynamic is still keeping the show interesting, even after five years.

But all good things must come to an end. The show was cancelled by Fox, there is no more bromance between, Jake and Charles (Andy Samberg and Joe Lo Truglio), no more yoghurt for Terry. (Terry Crews)

NBC, to the rescue! Just a day after the show was dropped by Fox, NBC caught it and ordered 13 more episodes for season six. ‘Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

This is a wonderful example of how social media can be used in a constructive way. The stars of the show give most of the credits to the fans. For example, Melissa Fumero tweeted: ‘#Brooklyn99 IS COMING BACK FOR SEASON 6 YOU GUYS ON NBC!!!!! You did this!! You got loud and you were heard and you saved our show!! Thank you!! Thank you to NBC!! NINE NINE!!!!!’, and Stephanie Beatriz tweeted ‘SQUAD YOU DID IT #BROOKLYN99 WILL BE ON NBC FOR OUR 6th SEASON!’

I can’t wait to see what the next season holds, but I know I’m looking forward to it.


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