Saturday Night Live alumni have a mixed bag of results when they transition from the show to sitcoms or feature films. Some become trite and forgettable almost immediately, some go on to films that just should not have been made, and some find great success. Luckily the latter seems to be happening more lately with talented comedians like Adam Sandler, Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg finding their place in movies. Sandler was on a role for years but recently seems doomed to keep making terrible movies now for some reason. But Wiig has been doing an incredible variety of roles that have really been making her a big name in Hollywood. Adam Samberg has mostly done memorable supporting roles and some smaller movies with heart like Hot Rod and Celeste & Jesse Forever. But when his new show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered last year it was a surprise hit and is now available on DVD.
Jake Peralta (Samberg) is a great cop. He has a high rate of closing cases and is one of the best detectives around. He is also extremely immature and has problems following the rules. When a new by the book captain arrives at Peralta’s precinct, Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), things start to get tough. But along with his fellow detectives, Peralta finds his place within the precinct and still manages to maintain his unique style.
Samberg is absolutely perfect on Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the role of Peralta and show creators Daniel J. Goor and Michael Schur were brilliant in their casting of not only Samberg but one of the best ensemble casts on TV including Braugher, Terry Crews as the muscle bound but emotional Jeffords, Joe Lo Truglio as the bumbling but lovable and loyal Boyle, Stephanie Beatriz as tough as nails Diaz, and Melissa Fumero as perfectionist and kiss ass Santiago. This whole cast is pitch perfect and are all masters of line delivery while still maintaining characters with depth and heart. The show is gut bustingly hilarious, especially when scene stealing Joe Lo Truglio is around. Brooklyn Nine-Nine does everything right and is destined to become a sitcom classic if it maintains its quality of writing.
Available now on DVD.