The cast, which includes Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews and Andre Braugher, plus series co-creator Dan Goor have been sharing memories of the time working on the sitcom with Goor taking to social media to express his thoughts.
“I’m so thankful to NBC and Universal Television for allowing us to give these characters and our fans the ending they deserve,” Goor wrote on the show’s official Instagram account. “I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with this amazing cast and crew for eight seasons… But most of all, I feel lucky that we have had the best fans in the world. Fans who literally saved us from cancellation. Fans who fill us with joy.”
The comedic police procedural was dropped by US Network FOX in 2018 in a shock move, before finding new life on cable network channel NBC.
“Ending the show was a difficult decision, but ultimately, we felt it was the best way to honour the characters, the story and our viewers,” Goor said. “ I know some people will be disappointed it’s ending so soon, but honestly, I’m grateful it lasted this long. Title of my sex tape.”
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Melissa Fumero, who plays Amy Santiago, shared her own feelings about the news on Twitter saying, “It has been one of the greatest joys and honour of my life to play Amy. I am so grateful to be able to take a victory lap with our beloved cast and crew. To our amazing fans, we love you. No tears for now, we still have a whole season to shoot!”
It has been one of the greatest joys and honor of my life to play Amy. I am so grateful to be able to take a victory lap with our beloved cast and crew. To our amazing fans, we love you. No tears for now, we still have a whole season to shoot! 🚨❤️ https://t.co/WsbCyhr5WC
— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) February 11, 2021
The show’s season seven finale saw Amy and Jake become parents to a son, Mac, so at least fans will have the chance to see the couple attempt to juggle parenthood with life at our favourite precinct.
The hilarious sitcom won a Golden Globe for best comedy series in its first year, with Samberg also taking home the trophy for lead actor in a comedy. Meanwhile, Braugher picked up an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Captain Holt who, along with Beatriz’s Rosa, provides representation for the LGBTQIA community.
In 2020, Brooklyn Nine-Nine faced a significant hurdle after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, shone a disturbing spotlight on the policing practices of the US and the deeply ingrained issues of systemic racism and brutality.
“The writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward,” Samberg, who also serves as executive producer on the series, told People. “Everyone is 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 OK about? I know that we’ll figure it out, but it’s definitely a challenge.”
The showrunners ended up rewriting all of the season eight episodes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests with Crews telling NME, “We’ve had a lot of sombre talks about it and deep conversations. And we hope through this, we’re going to make something that will be truly groundbreaking this year. We have an opportunity, and we plan to use it in the best way possible.”
The series previously drew praise for tackling the issue of racial profiling with its season four episode ‘Moo Moo’ in which Crews, as Sergeant Terry Jeffords, is stopped by a fellow police officer who finds him suspicious as he is in plain clothes and in a “nice” neighbourhood.
Terry later opens up to Captain Holt about the trauma of his experience and the sadness he feels knowing that his daughters are growing up in a world where incidents like that are commonplace.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is available to watch in Australia on Netflix.
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