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Back in the Nine-Nine!

Brooklyn’s “finest” are back for a third season of the hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which premiered this Sunday, September 27 on Fox.

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By Kat Marusiak (The Cascade) – Email

Brooklyn’s “finest” are back for a third season of the hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which premiered this Sunday, September 27 on Fox.

For all those of you who have not yet had a chance to see the show: stop reading this and go watch it — right now — then come back when you’re finished; I’ll wait. Okay, everybody all caught up?

All joking aside (if that’s even possible while discussing such a hilarious show), this is the type of feel-good, fun series that is something almost everyone can enjoy. Nine-Nine has proven itself to be more than just another typical cop comedy; with a wonderful blend of clever story, a lot of humour, and a fantastic cast of characters, the show is capable of being both intelligent and engaging, while at the same time not having to take itself too seriously.

For those of you who don’t want to wait until you catch up before being able to finish reading this enticing article about the third season excitement, I’ll give you the tl;dr.

The show follows the comical adventures (and misadventures) of the detective unit in the New York City Police Department’s (fictional) 99th precinct. Andy Samberg brings his famous goofy, lovable acting style to the starring role of Jake Peralta, a talented young detective who (as his sergeant puts it), “loves solving puzzles. The only puzzle he hasn’t solved is how to grow up.” Immature, fun-loving Jake meets his match, however, when the new captain — stoic, serious, and as Jake jokes, “robotic” — Raymond Holt arrives, who is played brilliantly by actor Andre Braugher.

The show has gained in popularity since its start in 2013, and has been generally well-received across the board. Rotten Tomatoes even gave the second season a score of 100 per cent, saying that the show’s “winning cast, appealing characters, and wacky gags make it good comfort food.” It also won two Golden Globes in 2014: one for best television series — musical or comedy, and the other for Andy Samberg, best actor in a television series — musical or comedy.

This season brings with it some interesting new changes, and fans have been anxiously awaiting the introduction of a new character played by Bill Hader. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that the surprises certainly do not end with the second season. The premiere episode picks up at the exact moment where the season two finale left off, and is full of the same type of silliness, wit, and well-written storyline that we’ve come to expect from and love about the show. New romance developments, new characters, and the return of some old ones all make the premiere episode an entertaining and intriguing preview of all of the interesting things yet to come in the new season.

And for those fans who have been concerned about the potential departure of certain members of the main cast: fear not! You certainly didn’t think they would give up that easily, did you?

The first two seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine are currently available on Netflix, and new episodes will be airing Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. (PT) on Fox.

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