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With “The Jimmy Jab Games II,” Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to the high-stakes world of having fun with friends

With “The Jimmy Jab Games II,” Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to the high-stakes world of having fun with friends
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Boyle: “Did I ever tell you the story of my Jimmy Jab humiliation?”
Debbie: “No. You pretty much never talked to me ‘til today.”

Before this week’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode, the first and only onscreen edition of the Jimmy Jab Games appeared in the third episode of Season Two. That was all the way back in October of 2014, during my...

Feb 14, 2020 at 13:45. 22 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine goes full-on Finding Dory with "Pimemento"

Brooklyn Nine-Nine goes full-on Finding Dory with "Pimemento"
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“Pimemento” was bound to be a Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode that comes in absolutely hot. It even does so in its cold open, with Jake’s harmless prank on Hitchcock turning into Hitchcock almost “being strangled to death.” (“How?!?”) But the exact reason it was always destined to come in hot was because of the return of Jason Mantzoukas’...

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Feb 13, 2020. 7 comments

Jason Mantzoukas’ Adrian Pimento returns to Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jason Mantzoukas’ Adrian Pimento returns to Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, February 13. All times are Eastern.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, 8:30 p.m.): The Good Place’s Derek may be gone from our lives, martinis swirling around his cosmic not-a-brain somewhere in the great beyond. But console yourself, dear readers, in the knowledge that Jason Mantzoukas still lives—and so does Adrian Pimento.

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Feb 07, 2020. 19 comments

It’s a “Manhunt” (and Traveling Pants situation) to start Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s seventh season

It’s a “Manhunt” (and Traveling Pants situation) to start Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s seventh season
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“Manhunt”

With six seasons and a network change under its belt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has to do a lot of hard work to stay fresh and interesting—to avoid spinning its wheels when it comes to its storytelling. Staying funny has never been the series’ problem, so in that sense, that’s the easiest part. But staying funny while also upping the...

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Feb 06, 2020. 9 comments

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast reflects on how they've evolved over 7 seasons

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast reflects on how they've evolved over 7 seasons

Despite its cancellation on Fox back in 2018, and then its (welcome) surprise renewal at NBC, Brooklyn Nine-Nine remains largely unchanged—its still one of television’s most reliably hilarious ensemble comedies. But, on the eve of its seventh season , it’s also apparent that the series has evolved with the times. The current cultural climate could make it hard for some to accept a show with...

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Jan 11, 2020. 5 comments

NBC goes full '80s with this trailer for Brooklyn Nine-Nine's February return

NBC goes full '80s with this trailer for Brooklyn Nine-Nine's February return

We hate to nitpick here at The A.V. Club. (Actually, that’s a 100 percent bullshit goddamn lie.) Regardless, though, we have to ask: If you’re NBC, and you’re going to create an ’80s cop show parody ad to promote the upcoming February 6 return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, why go with a sort of generic neon/VHS vibe, and not a direct reference to a classic NBC cop show of the era, like

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Nov 15, 2019. 22 comments

NBC renews Brooklyn Nine-Nine for season 8

NBC renews Brooklyn Nine-Nine for season 8

As reported by Deadline, NBC has renewed discarded Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine for an eighth season, bringing it one year closer to season.. NINE-NINE. The seventh season, the second one on NBC, hasn’t even premiered yet and won’t until early February (the next Halloween episode is going to be very late), but this is a nice indication of NBC’s faith in the future of the series. Deadline...

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William Hughes William Hughes Jul 12, 2019. 13 comments

R.I.P. Stewart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Cheddar

R.I.P. Stewart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Cheddar

Sad news for members of the Nine-Nine family today, as Entertainment Weekly reports that Stewart, the 13-year-old corgi who played Captain Holt’s dog Cheddar in most of his appearances on the show, has died. Stewart’s owner/trainer released the news on Instagram today, including details of the dog’s last day, which included a trip to the beach, playing in the surf, and getting to eat some...

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LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson May 17, 2019. 18 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine wraps up its sixth season with its very own “Suicide Squad”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine wraps up its sixth season with its very own “Suicide Squad”
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It feels so good to laugh. So on the plus side, at least this two-part Brooklyn Nine-Nine season finale begins with laughter from Captain Holt. The “prank” by Jake is pretty much the only thing he personally has to laugh about in these episodes—except for his dunks on a returning Madeline Wuntch, I suppose—even though Jake...

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LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson May 10, 2019. 23 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “Cinco De Mayo” proves the spirit of Halloween is alive and well

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “Cinco De Mayo” proves the spirit of Halloween is alive and well
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At the TCA back in August, Brooklyn Nine-Nine showrunner Dan Goor answered a question about the logistics of doing a Halloween Heist episode despite coming into season six during the midseason. According to Goor:

“They’re some of our favorite episodes to watch and they’re some of the hardest ones also to write, because of the twists...

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LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson May 03, 2019. 22 comments

After all this time, Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally tackles the concept of back-stabbing

After all this time, Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally tackles the concept of back-stabbing
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Over in a completely different TV genre, The CW’s Arrowverse has conditioned me to believe that, when a series regular leaves a show with promises of their character returning in a recurring role (or at least a guest spot), that means they’re pretty much never showing up again. So for Chelsea Peretti to actually return to Brooklyn...

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Apr 29, 2019.

All the TV you should have watched this weekend (that isn't Game Of Thrones)

All the TV you should have watched this weekend (that isn't Game Of Thrones)

We know the Battle Of Winterfell commanded most of your attention, but The A.V. Club covered several other happenings beyond the Wall this weekend, including the series finale of Gotham, the season-two finale of American Gods, and a new season of She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power. Read more recaps and pre-airs on our TV reviews page.

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Barry — A

Veep — A-

Killing Eve — B+

Billions —...

LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson Apr 26, 2019. 19 comments

For Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s experimental “Ticking Clocks,” time goes by so slowly

For Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s experimental “Ticking Clocks,” time goes by so slowly
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s latest “special episode” has the squad work a case—and Hitchcock and Scully prepare a lasagna lunch, which makes for the second ticking clock in this title—in real-time, under the pressure of only so much time (and no standard time lapses) to do so. If you went into “Ticking Clocks” not knowing the gimmick...

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LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson Apr 21, 2019. 22 comments

In Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “The Bimbo,” Captain Holt puts his “rock hard brain” to work

In Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “The Bimbo,” Captain Holt puts his “rock hard brain” to work
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Maybe it’s just me, but for me, the first character that comes to mind when I see a Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode titled “The Bimbo” is not Captain Raymond Holt. (It’s Boyle, honestly.) The reveal that he is the titular bimbo is one that comes out of left field—both for Jake and the audience—and from that point on, an already funny...

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LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson Apr 12, 2019. 23 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine calls on the power of “structured debate” during Jake and Amy’s “Casecation”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine calls on the power of “structured debate” during Jake and Amy’s “Casecation”
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“Casecation” (“all I ever wanted”) is one of those Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes that fall under the high-concept, “Very Special Episode” classification. Episodes like “Moo Moo,” “The Box,” “Show Me Going,” or even this season’s “He Said, She Said” (also a Jake/Amy episode). These are episodes that tell universal stories—like the...

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LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson Mar 22, 2019. 23 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally analyzes Jake Peralta’s need for therapy

Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally analyzes Jake Peralta’s need for therapy
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Jake Peralta’s need for therapy is something Brooklyn Nine-Nine has acknowledged for years. The why’s have always been clear (especially regarding his parents, in addition to the traumas endured as part of the Nine-Nine), but it’s also always been a matter of when—if at all—Jake will get the help he needs. While Jake has matured in a...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Mar 20, 2019. 18 comments

Set it up: 16 episodes of blind dates, stupid cupids, and at least one perfect match

Set it up: 16 episodes of blind dates, stupid cupids, and at least one perfect match

Competition is in the air, thanks to March Madness, but the return of the dating series has us thinking about perfect pairs instead of an elite eight. Two new comedies, Hulu’s Shrill  and Starz’s Now Apocalypse , capture the steep highs and lows of modern dating for folks of all sizes and orientations. Elsewhere, Netflix has Dating Around, a kind of successor to MTV’s Next, as well as the...

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Kinja Kinja Mar 15, 2019. 19 comments

Jake and Charles get some Best Bud time as Ike Barinholtz swings by the Nine-Nine

Jake and Charles get some Best Bud time as Ike Barinholtz swings by the Nine-Nine
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“Adoption is complicated,” Charles tells Jake late in “Gintars,” a solid, if not dazzling, episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine that gets better on examination. And he’s right—for many families, it is. But “Gintars” doesn’t attempt to dissect or explain the ins and outs of Nikolaj’s connection with the titular weirdo, or to pass judgment on...

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LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson Mar 08, 2019. 21 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine meets sibling (and actor) rivalry with “The Golden Child”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine meets sibling (and actor) rivalry with “The Golden Child”
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After working an impressive balance between light comedy and serious real-life issues in last week’s “He Said, She Said,”  Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to straight up silliness with this week’s “The Golden Child.” Sure, this week’s A-plot comes from a real place as well—sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, being framed by dirty cops and...

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LaToya Ferguson LaToya Ferguson Mar 01, 2019. 21 comments

“He Said, She Said” is an honest, funny, exemplary episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

“He Said, She Said” is an honest, funny, exemplary episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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In terms of greatly hyped Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes, I’ll admit that I was dreading “He Said, She Said.” It wasn’t necessarily that I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine would screw it up—as this has been promoted as its “#MeToo episode”—but I was reasonably worried “He Said, She Said” would lack a balance in terms of both humor and...

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