Above all else, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a happy show. It may be a sitcom about a New York City police precinct, but more than anything it’s just another workplace comedy, one that bears little resemblance to serious procedurals like “CSI” or “Law & Order.” It is much more similar to sitcoms like “Parks and Rec,” “Superstore,” and, of course, “Abbott Elementary.” From the dry-as-a-desert Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) to the lovable, childish, yet surprisingly competent Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has brought at least half a dozen iconic sitcom characters into the zeitgeist.
Much like “Abbott Elementary,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” boasts an impressive stream of self-contained gags, with numerous iconic cold opens. But there’s also a sense of history for its characters, with plenty of callbacks and running jokes. In the mid to later seasons, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” didn’t shy away from addressing the many serious issues surrounding policing in America, and it is most likely this willingness to take accountability that paved the way for shows like “Abbott” to jump onto the scene with more socio-political awareness from the get-go.