Brooklyn Nine-Nine

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Lighthearted cop comedy serves up laughs and diversity.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 44 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 234 reviews

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Positive Messages

There's an attempt to stress the value of teamwork and respect for authority, even though the main character doesn't always comply. Gender isn't a roadblock to achievement on the force.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is great at his job but leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to maturity. On the upside, there's a lot of diversity on the force, of all 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 characters aren't defined by their gender, and the men and women are fulfilled through doing similar work. The captain is a non-stereotypical African-American gay man whose role in the story doesn't revolve around his sexual identity.


Characters use and fire weapons, but the overall tone is light; some physical comedy.


Some sexual humor (including an ongoing gag about the captain's sexuality) and interoffice dating. Jokes about sex toys, having sex, etc.


Use of words including "hell," "ass," "t-tties," "bitches," etc. Stronger words are bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking and drug use are played for humor. Some cases involve drug seizures/crimes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brooklyn Nine-Nine mixes slapstick crime fighting with some positive messages when it comes to men and women 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 some sexual humor and interoffice romance. And while officers do carry weapons on the job, violence (and any substance use) is typically played for laughs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywinemother January 31, 2016

Perfect for Your Tweens!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedy about cops. Of course there is violence as this is a COP SHOW, so don't complain if this is an issue. Talks about sex occasi... Continue reading
Adult Written byKali J. June 7, 2018


I love this show!! I don’t know why people are saying 14+ or even 18+. Yeah, There’s very mild violence and some sexual references, but overall It’s appropriate... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bytvlover97 October 31, 2013

the best new fall show!

ok, I watched this with my little brother, who is 11. and we laughed out loud! but, there are a few suggestive things in the show. the language isn't bad,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMarionette June 18, 2020

Best Freaking Show Ever!

NBC is pretty hit or miss but this is definitely a HIT!!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine explores and tackles many real world issues relating to race, gender, sexuality and... Continue reading

What's the story?

When a straight-laced captain (Andre Braugher) takes over command of Brooklyn's 99th precinct, the men and women of the BROOKLYN NINE-NINE line up to impress him -- but high-performing detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) isn't about to revamp his reputation for skirting the rules. Will this slapstick officer ever get serious and learn to respect authority?

Is it any good?

For anyone who's up to their eyeballs in dark, gritty crime dramas, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is bound to feel like a breath of fresh air, adding 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 and make the "straight man" an openly gay officer (played perfectly on point by Braugher, the breakout star of the Emmy-winning cop drama Homicide: Life on the Street).

Do these crime-fighters 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 (including a fire extinguisher roller-chair derby) and interoffice dating. Samberg's SNL roots also lend themselves to comedic cameos from the likes of Fred Armisen and other improvers, which sounds like a recipe for good times.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Brooklyn Nine-Nine compares to popular crime dramas like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: SVU. What does it have in common with these serious series? What does it try to do differently?

  • How accurately does Brooklyn Nine-Nine portray the work environment of real-life police officers, particularly when it comes to women and gay men taking jobs in a historically straight-male profession? Does the use of comedy downplay the challenges those officers might face in the real world?

  • Do you think it's a good idea for detectives who work together to date each other? What are the risks of getting romantically involved with a colleague?

  • How do the characters in this show demonstrate teamwork? Why do you think it's an important character strength

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