It won two Golden Globe Awardsin 2014: one for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and one for Andy Samberg for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. On March 7, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on September 28, 2014.
On January 17, 2015, the series was renewed for a third season.
Andy Samberg as Detective Jacob "Jake" Peralta, a talented but childish detective. It is revealed that his father abandoned him and his mother when he was very young. Peralta shows "class clown" traits, constantly pulling pranks and making jokes at the expense of his colleagues, particularly his partner Santiago; this is later revealed to be masking secret romantic feelings for her, which he confessed to her in the first season finale. Despite his fun-loving traits, Peralta has the best arrest rate in the precinct, something that both befuddles and irritates Santiago who seemingly has to try twice as hard to succeed. His frequent disregard for decorum and protocol regularly puts him at odds with the by-the-book Captain Holt, though the two eventually develop a mutual professional respect for each other. The show has made hints that Peralta is at least half-Jewish. He is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Award of Merit, an unidentified award, and the NYPD 150th Commemorative Breast Bar. In "Stakeout", he received a commendation for his work on Rosa's drug task force.
Stephanie Beatriz as Detective Rosa Diaz, a smart, tough, and mysterious detective. She attended parochial school, later studied ballet, and was a classmate of Jake's in the police academy. Though Diaz is a loyal and effective member of the squad, her anger management issues and lack of empathy terrify most of her coworkers. She is highly secretive about her personal life. She spent most of Season 1 shooting down or otherwise dodging Det. Boyle's clear interest in her, and was supportive and happy for him when he began dating someone else. She is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Exceptional Merit, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar. In "Stakeout", she received a commendation for her work as the leader of a drug task force.
Terry Crews as Detective Sergeant Terence "Terry" Jeffords (Jeffries in the pilot episode), the detective squad's leader. An avid bodybuilder, Terry is devoted to his wife and two young daughters Cagney and Lacey, and fears the danger of police work because of the possibility that he could leave his children fatherless. Following a panic attack prior to the show's beginning, Terry was removed from field work, but has since cautiously returned. He is high-strung, prone to nervous excitement and often refers to himself in third person, but is an effective and caring leader to the detective squad. It is revealed in the series' pilot episode that Terry was seriously overweight prior to his bodybuilding obsession. He eats enormous amounts of healthy foods (especially chicken and yogurt) to keep in shape, and has a brother-in-law (played by real life ex-NFL player Jamal Duff) who regularly mocked Terry as weak and soft, only to become visibly impressed when Captain Holt mentioned Terry's (possibly fictional) arrest of a large group of Russian Mafia members.
Melissa Fumero as Detective Amy Santiago, Jake's uptight, by-the-book, rule-following, and overachieving Cuban-American partner. She is continually trying to ingratiate herself with Captain Holt. She has a competitive nature stemming from having seven brothers. Amy is a stickler for department protocol and is frequently exasperated by Jake's childishness, as well as the ease with which he succeeds as a detective. Santiago clandestinely smokes at times to relieve stress and is highly allergic to dogs. It is revealed that she skipped the fourth grade. She is unaware of Jake's feelings for her until "Charges and Specs," the season one finale, when Jake confesses that he wishes something romantic could happen between them.
Joe Lo Truglio as Detective Charles Boyle, a nervous, clumsy but honest and hard-working detective who has a crush on Detective Diaz. He is divorced from his wife, who had numerous affairs during their marriage, to the point where she has to pay alimony to him. He is also a huge, unapologetic foodie, maintaining a weekly Brooklyn pizza-ranking email and often relishing bizarre foreign cuisine that disgusts his coworkers. For saving Detective Diaz's life during the Christmas episode, he was awarded a Medal of Valor in "The Bet" episode, though he was overshadowed by a revered and heroic NYPD horse named Peanut Butter. He was engaged to a lovely university professor and fellow foodie in Season 1, but they broke up when he declared he could not leave his job and move with her to Ottawa.
Chelsea Peretti as Administrator Regina "Gina" Linetti, the 99th Precinct's sardonic administrator and Captain Holt's assistant. Despite normally maintaining a clueless and dimwitted disposition most of the time, she can also be surprisingly observant and has shown traits of being more intelligent than she likes to show. She is a dancer and has performed with troupes known as "Floorgasm" and "Dance-y Reagan". Linetti has displayed a penchant for kleptomania and has shown herself to be financially savvy and extremely narcissistic. She is generally regarded as harmless yet annoyingly aloof by the rest of the staff. She is also childhood friends with Jake, who got her the job at the precinct.
Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Jacob "Ray" Holt, the 99th Precinct's strict new Commanding Officer. Holt is known for his cold and robotic manner of speaking and lack of outwardly visible emotion. He is nonetheless a very supportive commander to his detectives, this being evidenced by his moral support to Jeffords over his nervousness in the field and forcing Gina to become his personal assistant due to the fact that he is aware of her hidden talents. The Nine-Nine is Holt's first command despite many years of outstanding service, something he attributes to prejudice against his homosexuality as he came out in 1987 and until recently led a group that supported gay African-American NYPD members that he himself had created. Holt is married to Kevin Cozner, the Chair of Columbia University's Classics Department and has a longstanding professional rivalry with Madeline Wuntch, with whom he came up through the ranks; while his career stalled, she kept advancing and is now his immediate superior. He is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Commendation or Commendation—Integrity award, World Trade Center Bar, NYPD Excellent Police Duty award, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Award. In "Stakeout", he received a commendation for his supervision of Rosa's drug task force.
Dirk Blocker as Detective Third Grade Michael Hitchcock (season 2-; recurring, season 1), an enthusiastic but clueless detective who is friends with Detective Scully. He is prone to taking his shirt off at inappropriate times. He went bald at 15.
Joel McKinnon Miller as Detective Norman "Norm" Scully (season 2-; recurring, season 1), a middle-aged, lazy and overweight desk worker. Scully shows talent as a tenoropera singer and can "make great coffee", according to Sgt. Jeffords. He used to date Hitchcock's wife. Scully routinely discloses disgusting medical issues like the entire bottom of his foot being a wart.
Patton Oswalt as FDNYFire Marshal Boone, the dimwitted fire marshal of the local fire station. He hates the detectives of 99 intensely, but reaches an understanding with Jake when they discover that they both were abandoned at a young age by their fathers.
Dean Winters as Detective Warren Pembroke, a detective for the Major Crimes Unit notorious for taking over cases that are nearly solved and getting all of the credit for finishing them, which earns him the nickname "The Vulture".
Craig Robinson as Doug Judy a.k.a. "The Pontiac Bandit", a thief who always steals the Pontiac make of car and is a forger who escapes from Peralta and Diaz by pretending to have information on a different man who Peralta believed to be the actual 'Pontiac bandit 'but is really his barber. He later returns in "The Pontiac Bandit Returns", assisting Diaz and Peralta in a drug investigation and escapes again from Peralta and Diaz, he is Peralta nemesis and a worthy adversary as he has successfully escaped or tricked him twice despite Peralta being a skilled detective.
Marilu Henner as Vivian Ludley, a food author who becomes romantically involved with Boyle. In "Full Boyle", she and Boyle become engaged, until she broke it off in "Charges and Specs" when she wanted to move to Canada and Boyle was not willing to do so.
Marc Evan Jackson as Kevin Cozner, Holt's husband and the Chair of Columbia University's Classics Department. He dislikes the NYPD due to their treatment of Holt and his homosexuality during his earlier years on the force, but thaws a little when Jake smartly figures this out and honestly says the 99th likes and respects Holt. He claims Holt is the "funny" one in their relationship.
Kyle Bornheimer as Detective Teddy Wells, a detective at another precinct who used to date Amy and resumes his relationship with her after meeting up with her at a training exercise. Amy breaks up with him again after discovering that he is boring.
James M. Connor as Deputy Commissioner Podolski, the NYPD's arrogant deputy police commissioner who uses his position for his own personal means such as keeping his rebellious son, Trevor, out of jail in "The Tagger".
Michael G. Hagerty as Captain McGinley, the 99th Precinct's previous Commanding Officer, who was fired for his ineptitude and his permissive attitude toward the disruptive antics of Jake and his colleagues.
Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch, a hard line NYPD deputy police chief who has a deep animosity towards Captain Holt due to incidents in their past. She constantly goes out of her way to undermine the 99th Precinct, and appears to take great pleasure in its and Holt's failures. Holt holds an equally strong hostility towards Wuntch.
Eva Longoria as Sophia Perez, a defense attorney who Jake engaged in a one night stand with. Jake later discovers that she is the defense attorney for a criminal he is testifying against. While this initially causes hostility in their relationship, they later reconcile and decide to date.
Stephen Root as Lynn Boyle, Charles's father who engages in a romantic encounter with Gina's mother, Darlene. After this encounter, he and Darlene begin a proper relationship, much to their children's dismay.
Sandra Bernhard as Darlene Linetti, Gina's mother who engages in a romantic encounter with Charles's father, Lynn. After this encounter, she and Lynn begin a proper relationship, much to their children's dismay.
Fred Armisen as Mlepnos, a confused foreign man living in a building where a murder took place. The detectives run into Mlepnos while searching for witnesses, showing him a photo of the victim, which he keeps. He shows up again in "Operation: Broken Feather".
Andy Richter as a rude doorman who refuses to assist Jake during a routine questioning.
Stacy Keach as Jimmy Brogan, a crime writer from the 1970s whom Jake greatly admires. Brogan is revealed to be bigoted, racist, homophobic, vengeful, and manipulative, disillusioning Jake and leading to a physical altercation between the two, but also showing that Jake respects Captain Holt (Jake punched Brogan for slurring Holt, and Holt was impressed by not only this but when he learned Jake took blame for the fight to keep Holt's good name out of Brogan's rotten writing).
Kid Cudi as Dustin Whitman, a perpetrator Jake arrests on suspicion of burglary. Mocks Jake by calling him "Joke Peralta" and relishes how Jake put himself on a desperate 48-hour clock when he was arrested without enough evidence to make charges stick, but learns to his regret that he underestimated Det. Peralta's ability.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has received positive reviews from critics. As of December 2014[update], Rotten Tomatoes gave Season 1 a score of 88% based on 49 reviews, with the consensus, "Led by the surprisingly effective pairing of Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a charming, intelligently written take on the cop show format" and, about Season 2, a score of 100% based on 49 reviews, with the consensus, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's winning cast, appealing characters and wacky gags make it good comfort food."Metacritic gives the show a weighted average rating of 70/100, based on 33 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The Huffington Post posted a list of "9 Reasons You Need To Start Watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine", while Paste magazine celebrated "The 10 Best Moments from Brooklyn Nine-Nine's First Season" in 2014.
In popular culture
During the 2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, Bill Hader roasted some of the other participants. Hader wore a white wig and pretended to be "The President of Hollywood." Hader joked to Andy Samberg, "Looking forward to your new show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Funny cops. You're always pushing the envelope, Andy. What's going to happen when you run out of funny crimes like graffiti and pickpockets? Can't wait to see episode 10 when Brooklyn 99 has to deal with a rape. 'Oh, I dropped the rape kit. Sporgie Dorg!'"
Chelsea Peretti, who plays Gina, told an interviewer, "I remember as a writer when actors would come in to Parks and Rec they were like, 'Oh my god this is the nicest set.' And I think similarly people feel the same with Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
In September 2014, The AV Club featured an interview with property master Chris Call, who talked about his hectic job; for example: "On a show like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, everything is a gag — and a lot of them are sight gags — so there's a lot of different props that come up. If I was doing a show like Parenthood, it would be your standard everyday things that people have, like a cup of coffee or their dinner. Comedy — I've discovered especially — is filled with props. And on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it seems to be even more so. It's such an ever-changing beast — comedy — because jokes change all the time."
David Grossman, a journalist at The New Republic has argued that the show is politically conservative, writing, "Openly [conservative] comedies are rare on TV, but those that do lean right tend not to pull any punches." He offers Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and Greg Gutfeld's Red Eye as examples, then continues, "These shows have a new companion in Brooklyn Nine-Nine...starring Andy Samberg as the best detective in Brooklyn... Samberg plays Jake Peralta, a detective who can figure out anything except 'how to grow up.' It's easy to miss a sitcom's conservatism when the jokes are good, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine is dead-set on maintaining the shiny-on-the-surface, gross-on-the-inside legacy" of the "era" of Michael Bloomberg and Raymond Kelly. "But the ultra-conservative NYPD is an odd setting for a sitcom about scrappy underdogs."
On January 3, 2015, Universal Partnerships & Licensing partnered with RED Games to launch a real-life version of the addictive puzzle game Kwazy Cupcakes! based on the very same app from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The app is available on iOS and Android mobile devices.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is simulcast with Fox on City in Canada up to the second episode in the second season. In the UK, the show premiered on E4 in January 2014 and RTÉ Two in Ireland. In Poland, it premiered on Canal+ on January 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm. In New Zealand, Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered on TV2 on February 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm and is currently airing from Monday to Wednesday on Comedy Central in India. In Australia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered on SBS on July 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm, and airs in repeats on Universal Channel from 7 January 2015. In Singapore, the show airs on Tuesdays at 11:00 pm on Mediacorp Channel 5. In December 2014, Netflix UK added the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine to its listings.
^Duca, Lauren (January 14, 2014). "9 Reasons You Need To Start Watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 7, 2014. As it happens, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is actually pretty good. Not only does it have an excellent (and diverse!) ensemble cast, but it subverts stereotypes, while delivering the kind of silliness and absurdity that perhaps only "30 Rock" has executed so well. Arguably, the show is still finding [its] footing, so before the entire world starts watching without you, we have some convincing to do.