If you were planning on pitching a show about cops, you might want to change the subject matter to firefighters, or even astronauts. After the tragic death of George Floyd, being a cop is not the most admirable or desired profession…and that has become an issue that the writers and producers of the popular show, Brooklyn 99, are now facing.
Traditionally, shows about detectives have portrayed the police force under a positive, often sexy light. They are the supposed “good guys” who are (literally) taking a bullet for all of us. Or, in the case of Brooklyn 99, they are harmless, goofy and likable characters you wish were part of your family. However, that’s not exactly how the world is seeing the majority of cops right now. Police brutality, racism, and misogyny are at the forefront of the conversation when discussing our policemen and women who, in theory, should “serve and protect” the population, regardless of social class or skin color.
Andy Samberg, who plays Detective Jake Peralta on the sitcom recently told People, “We’re all in touch and kind of discussing how you make a comedy show about police right now, and if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally okay about. I know that we’ll figure it out, but it’s definitely a challenge, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Terry Crews, who plays Lieutenant Terry Jeffords on the show, added that the cast and crew members of the show have been having frank conversations about racism and how the current events will impact the series.
As a fan of the show and their witty writing, I do not doubt that the writers will find the right tone, voice, and angle to keep the show on the air. Only time will tell…