For just a few short hours in May, fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine were devastated to learn that their favourite show had been cancelled by Fox… After outrage, multiple petitions (and plenty of tears), NBC changed their minds. They decided to pick up the beloved series for its sixth season.
If you haven’t seen for yourself what makes it so great, I’ve created a declaration of love, dedicated to the ladies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine – I hope this gets you on board.
Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), and Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) are the trio of wonderful women who create half of the shows main cast. All three are hilarious (and definitely could kill you), but most importantly: all three are refreshingly original.
Gina Linetti is iconic. With arguably the most memorable one-liners on the show, Gina could run the show solo — and I’m certain she’s tried. She’s never afraid to be her true self, knows her worth, and is easily one of the wisest characters in the 99th precinct. She would most definitely beat Britney Spears in a dance-off, and somehow would still be the most feared member of the squad. Don’t mess with Gina Linetti.
Gina’s taught me that it’s okay to put myself first, how to be my own biggest fan, and shown me not to care what other people think.
Fave Linetti quote: “…but isn’t Gina Linetti more of a state of mind?”
Next up, we have tough-as-nails Detective Rosa Diaz. She’s harsh. She’s almost always emotionless. And she’s a certified badass. Underneath her cold exterior, is a proud, imaginative, and loyal friend – who loves Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers more than she’d like to admit. Despite having a brutal temper, the ability to hold a grudge, and a few disturbing hobbies… Rosa is full of surprises. She should not be underestimated.
She demonstrates that you can be stereotypically ‘girly’ without being ashamed. You can still be a badass in a leather jacket, riding a motorbike. (She’s also a bisexual queen.)
Fave Diaz quote: “You can’t let other people’s opinions get in the way of what you want, especially because other people suck.”
Last but definitely not least is Detective Amy Santiago (or Detective Terrible Detective for those who’ve seen the pilot). When I first watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Amy annoyed me – I’ll admit it. Now? She’s my favourite character.
At first glance, she’s the typical ‘nerdy bookworm’ who’s had perfect grades her whole life. She seemingly needs constant reassurance, despite literally being too intelligent for her own good. The thing about Amy is, she works her butt off. She deserves everything she’s been awarded. Sure, she’s not perfect; she’s awkward and anxious, she doesn’t know how to just go with the flow, but she’s learning.
Her character development is one of the most noticeable on the show. She goes from an incredibly on-guard and desperate-for-approval goodie-two-shoes to a self-assured, positive leader. The base of the majority of Gina’s insults – and the most teased member of the squad – Amy’s bubbly and supportive attitude is never faltered.
Amy shows that there’s nothing wrong with being a nerd. Although you can be cheerful and upbeat, it’s perfectly fine to still have doubts. (Plus, cute stationary is a must!)
Fave Santiago quote: “Gross, Rosa! Those are our dads!”
Individually, these women are perfect examples of versatile and strong female leads. But, another reason why the show is excelling, is through gifting its audience with positive and constructive relationships between women.
Whether it’s Amy and Rosa: “We work at a police force full of dudes. We gotta have each other’s backs,” to Rosa and Gina: ‘In another lifetime, you and I would have made a hot-ass couple.” Or Gina and Amy: “Amy, I too have a gift, okay? Tonight, until the stroke of midnight, I will not make fun of you in any way at all, no matter what.” Each dynamic between the ladies is unique, as they all bring something different to the conversation.
The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have officially started table reading for season six scheduled for early 2019. Are you as excited as me?