• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Nov 27, 2013
    100
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is fine as it is. Tell your DVR to book it. [9 Dec 2013, p.43]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 16, 2013
    88
    Credit Samberg with choosing a solid concept, a Barney Miller-type cop comedy from Parks and Recreation's Dan Goor and Michael Schur, and surrounding himself with a great supporting cast led by Andre Braugher as the squad's captain.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 16, 2013
    83
    Easily one of fall's better new comedies, but don't expect to be blown away yet. The pilot offers just a taste of what's to come, which is plenty good enough.
  4. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Sep 15, 2013
    83
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a tight, funny pilot where the energy of the cast salvages the few down moments. Still, it lays some possible traps for the rest of the series, not the least of which is the ever-present temptation of cop-show cliché.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Sep 11, 2013
    83
    Fortunately, you don't have to take the former SNL star too seriously to roll with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a sitcom from the producers of Parks and Recreation that smartly pokes at police-show tropes and creates a promising comedy playground where the Motherlovin' jester can cut loose.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    It's broad, but funny because it's broad--you get the tone immediately and go with it.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrea Reiher
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    Add in openly gay Captain Holt and the excellent supporting cast of Chelsea Peretti, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz and you've got a good formula for a fun half-hour comedy.
  8. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is easily the fall’s strongest comedy pilot, clever, appealing, feeling thought-through and lived in after only a half-hour.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    There's considerable cast chemistry, but also nice touches as the cops go about their business, when in the middle of tense stand-offs and perp pursuits they encounter stubborn Brooklyn-ites who refuse to get out of their way.
  10. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    While there’s something vintage about the show, as it follows in the footsteps of “Barney Miller,” it’s also got fresh twists that firmly place it in the now. Braugher anchors Samberg’s performance, and indeed he anchors the whole show.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the funniest and most satisfying new broadcast sitcom of the season.
  12. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 11, 2013
    80
    It’s a next-gen “Barney Miller,” a smart workplace cop comedy.
  13. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 19, 2013
    75
    The talented comedic ensemble makes the most of the strong material from “Parks & Recreation” vets Dan Goor and Mike Schur.
  14. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Sep 17, 2013
    75
    A smart and funny series.
  15. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 16, 2013
    75
    As comedy pilots go, it's not an instant classic--though those are far more rare in comedy than drama(*)--but there are enough promising signs, both on-screen and off, to suggest it can get there in time.
  16. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 12, 2013
    75
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with its solid supporting cast aiding and abetting Samberg, has a so far/so good first outing that rises above the majority of this season’s new fall comedies.
  17. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 11, 2013
    75
    Both individually and when they play off each other, Braugher and Samberg are reason enough to tune in to Brooklyn Nine Nine.
  18. Reviewed by: Luis Sanchez
    Sep 11, 2013
    75
    The strength of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is in the way it summons the communal spirit of those shows [Parks and Recreation, The Office, and 30 Rock] to not only poke fun at crime-show clichés, but also reinterpret them with a fresh and idiosyncratic comedic point of view.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    It’s got that awkward but lovable and relatable sense of humor. A few too many easy jokes in the premiere can be forgiven for setting up the characters and premise.
  20. 70
    The supporting cast is excellent, even though their characters feel a bit one-note right now.... As long as Andre Braugher is employed, it's a force for good in the universe.
  21. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 17, 2013
    70
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a genial, pleasing loopiness and very solid work from an intelligently assembled cast.
  22. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 17, 2013
    70
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn’t uproarious yet, but pilots, even of good sitcoms, rarely are. (It took Parks and Recreation an entire season to figure out its tone.) What Brooklyn Nine-Nine has, unlike many of the other new fall comedies, is intelligent design.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 17, 2013
    70
    The series is in most respects a typical action-comedy. But it has a nice swing and surprises you often enough, usually with some throwaway line, to feel invigorating in the end.
  24. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 17, 2013
    70
    They're [Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher] good together (even if I don't completely buy Samberg yet in the role), but the show's strength is its note-perfect ensemble.
  25. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 17, 2013
    67
    If the show can cut down on crime and focus more on the squad room silliness, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a chance of getting past probation.
  26. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    67
    No one will accuse 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' of too much authenticity, but it does have a confident breeziness in its banter that almost immediately locates a ['Barney Miller']-esque balance in the more absurd aspects of law enforcement.
  27. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 17, 2013
    60
    The humor quotient in the pilot proves to be a mixed bag. The laugh lines come, but they're fairly inconsistent. Still, when they do hit--particularly during a canvassing door-knock scene that includes a Fred Armisen cameo--it's easy to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine's potential to develop into a good, maybe even great, prime-time comedy.
  28. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    Sep 17, 2013
    60
    It’s to this busy show’s credit that the pilot doesn’t feel disjointed. All of these disparate parts are working more or less harmoniously.
  29. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    Mild, affable and familiar, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a show the whole family can snicker at.
  30. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    All in all, it’s just plain unarresting, which is too bad.
  31. Reviewed by: Tyler Huckabee
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    It works in measures, but the tragedy here is that Samberg's leash is too short.
  32. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 13, 2013
    50
    While there's a nice ensemble cast, Mr. Samberg is meant to steal the show and he does--although not often in a good way.... But the nearly laugh-less pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is like one of those SNL sketches that doesn't work but you don't mind too much because it's possible the next sketch will be hilarious.
  33. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 11, 2013
    50
    Not as wacky as “Police Squad” or as droll as “Barney Miller,” Brooklyn occupies a comedic no-man’s land--affecting an irreverent tone seemingly designed to keep as many people out as it invites in.
  34. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 17, 2013
    20
    It’s badly written.... And it’s horribly miscast.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 184 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 7 out of 42
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    10
    One of the better pilots I've seen in a long time. Cast is great and they already have a rapport in only one episode. I laughed out loud several times, which was nice after sitting through the train-wreck of Dads. If you like Parks & Rec, 30 Rock, The Office (meaning smart, well-written, well-acted shows) then you will enjoy this as well. It fits well with New Girl and Mindy. Oh, and referring to another review on here, in what universe is a gay black cop a stereotype? Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    2
    This show seems like it doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a screwball comedy or one that solves crimes?Either way it isn't funny. Stereotypical black boss, rule-breaking gifted detective and his way too hot and young to be a homicide detective partner. Whichever critics thought this show was funny need a new t.v. Full Review »
  3. Sep 17, 2013
    7
    It's a better pitch for show than an episode of television, but it's kinda nice to finish watching a pilot with feelings of "Well, that's got potential!" instead of "jesus, hopefully they figure that mess out." The characters seemed primed for great interactions with each other once the actors get a feel for them (and they appear to be learning fast). Full Review »