Brooklyn Nine-Nine did not deserve to be cancelled

After five years Brooklyn Nine Nine has been cancelled by Fox, and I am gutted. Season 5 saw the show enter its prime – covering institutional racism, coming out (’99’) and mass shootings (‘Show Me Going’) among many moral conundrums, whilst maintaining the light-hearted humour the show was loved for. While we knew a cancellation was on the cards I am surprised it actually happened – and judging by my Twitter feed, I am not the only one.

holt stoicI can’t imagine it won’t be picked up by another network (Netflix, we mean you) but if it doesn’t it will be a crying shame. While it is in short a silly cop comedy show – it’s more than that, to a lot of us, because we see ourselves in it as more than a novelty filler.

The show focuses on characters that are often there only to complement the more societally conventional star. In Brooklyn Nine-Nine the stars ARE the black gay police captain, the Latina detectives, the Italian-Jewish alpha female that is Gina Linetti.

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Intersectionality is normalised, and that is the realist thing I have ever seen.

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It’s also something all of my other favourite shows fail to do (okay, so the only other show I watch is Eastenders really). Sure, there might be the black sidekick, the goofy Indian guy, or the gay best friend – but that tends to be all they are, an embodiment of that stereotype alone – no depth, no expansion, no character quirks that everyone can relate to, only a play on what makes them different.

Captain Raymond Holt is a black gay captain and while his struggle is discussed on the show, he’s more than a marginalised character. He’s hilariously stoic, a no-nonsense go getter, an endearing father figure to the squad, a loving husband in a healthy relationship and an adorable dog owner.

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Rosa Diaz is another one of my intersectional faves – a bad ass bisexual Latina woman who you don’t wanna mess with – but deep down she’s just a bit socially awkward, and I get that.

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I can also relate to her Latina co-worker Amy Santiago – nerdy, awkward and uncool, I know I have felt like Amy before.

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And Charles Boyle, the food-obsessed best friend of main man Jake Peralta, someone who isn’t afraid to cry or dress up for Halloween or express his emotions.

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The wonderful Terry Crews is the precinct sergeant who represents a hard-working family man who still faces racism in his position. One episode sees them tackle the situation of Terry getting stopped by a cop while off-duty for being black.

Then there’s the main star Jake Peralta, the hilarious man-child who admittedly I am in love with.

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The show tackled many social issues, and what I admire about it most was the ability to do that while remaining light-hearted – it was a mentally relieving show after a horrible day, the opposite vibe of me in my worst mood, it put me in a happier place with its relatable silliness, and I’ll miss that. Ultimately it was my happy show when I was sad, and so I now feel personally victimised. RIP 99, we hope somebody saves you (HURRY UP NETFLIX)!

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