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The series continuously stresses the value of communication and teamwork. It's important to give people who make mistakes second chances and room to grow. Gender and race aren't roadblocks to achievement on the force, and hard work is typically rewarded.
Positive Role Models
Detective Jake Peralta is great at his job but leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to maturity. Even though he initially rebels against authority, he eventually learns to have humility and respect for others. His colleagues Amy, Charles, and Terry are shown to be especially hardworking. Captain Holt is a considerate and fair leader. When characters do make mistakes, they're given second chances and room to grow.
Lots of diversity of various kinds. Racial and gender diversity includes smart, strong female police officers, and male police officers (such as the captain and sergeant) who show sensitivity and thoughtfulness. The captain is a nonstereotypical Black gay man whose role in the story doesn't revolve around his sexual identity. One woman on the force comes out as bisexual. In Season 7, a main character makes a joke about asexuality that unfortunately perpetuates harmful stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters use and fire weapons, but the overall tone is light; some physical comedy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual humor (including an ongoing gag about the captain's sexuality) and interoffice dating. Jokes about sex toys, having sex, etc.
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Use of words including "hell," "ass," "t-tties," "bitches," etc. Stronger words are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking and drug use are played for humor. Some cases involve drug seizures and crimes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an ensemble workplace sitcom starring Andy Samberg about an urban police precinct. It mixes slapstick crime-fighting with positive messages when it comes to people from different backgrounds working together as part of a team. There are also a number of positive role models across a range of genders, races, and sexualities. Language is mostly limited to words like "hell" and "ass," and there's sexual humor and interoffice romance. And while officers do carry weapons on the job, violence (and any substance use) is typically played for laughs. Over the course of eight seasons, characters learn the value of communication, humility, and teamwork.
Is It Any Good?
For anyone who's up to their eyeballs in dark, gritty crime dramas, this comedy feels like a breath of fresh air. Brooklyn Nine-Nine adds laughs to the largely predictable plots of police procedurals, much like Scrubs injected much-needed levity into the disease-ridden world of hospital drama. And it's an offbeat series, indeed, that would name a pair of newborn twins Cagney and Lacey. Braugher (the breakout star of the Emmy-winning cop drama Homicide: Life on the Street) is especially entertaining as the precinct's openly gay captain.
Do these cops make good role models? Surprisingly, yes. And since the tone is intentionally lighthearted, the sex, drugs, and violence that are so central to serious crime shows take a backseat to jokes about office shenanigans and interoffice dating. Samberg's SNL roots also lend themselves to comedic cameos from the likes of Fred Armisen and other familiar faces, which sounds like a recipe for good times.
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