I don’t know what Fox was thinking, but the network decided to cancel Brooklyn Nine-Nine after five seasons. Of course, fans (including some high-profile names) rallied online to save the show. Other networks have reportedly shown interest in giving the well-written and progressive show more life.
I began watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine after it had aired half of season one back in September 2013 because I wasn’t much of an Andy Samberg fan. However, I was hooked the moment I saw the first episode and have been keeping up with it ever since. I even wrote a recommendation post.
Over the course of five seasons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine skillfully tackled important issues including sexuality, harassment, racism, sexism, and more. It is a show that went against TV tropes to create something better.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine clearly meant a lot to many people around the world, evident by the fact that numerous fans banded together to voice their disappointment after the cancelation news. Even high-profile names came forward as fans of the show.
The intense fan reaction has clearly been noticed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Television (the producers of B99) have been in contact with other outlets to find a way to keep this show alive. The outlets include Hulu (where the show already has an SVOD deal), Netflix, TBS, and NBC.
While the diverse show hasn’t delivered impressive live viewing numbers, it has continued to be a critic and audience darling, gaining a Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes and collecting numerous awards and nominations.
Along with B99, Fox also canceled The Mick and The Last Man on Earth. According to sources, those two shows might find life elsewhere, too.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air its penultimate episode on May 13, 2018. The season five finale will air on May 20, 2018.
Fingers crossed some other network or streaming service sees sense and picks up B99. The world needs such a show to exist on people’s TV screens.
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Update (May 11, 2018): Hulu has decided not to save Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Update (May 12, 2018): NBC has picked the show up for a 13-episode sixth season.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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