It’s been ten years since Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and the beloved Brooklyn Nine-Nine! (I salute you if you read that in Terry Jeffords’ voice).
The cop comedy initially aired on our screens in 2013 [September 17] and has since been a fan favourite, with fans notably saving the show from cancellation in 2018.
The show, which also stars Terry Crews and Stephanie Beatriz, follows Jake, a gifted but immature NYPD investigator who clashes with his new commanding officer, Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher).
There have been several incredible celebrity cameos throughout the years, including Ed Helms, Eva Longoria, and Sterling K Brown, as well as a terrific New Girl crossover with Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel).
Doug Judy (Craig Robinson) will always hold a special place in our hearts.
While ardent fans have binge-watched the series several times, there are a few surprising facts about the comedy developed by Dan Goor and Michael Schur that they may be unaware of.
As Brooklyn Nine-Nine celebrates its tenth anniversary, here are some facts about the popular comedy that you may not know.
1. Andy Samberg almost passed on the role
It’s difficult to see anybody else playing the John McClane obsessive investigator as well as Andy.
Since the show’s inception in 2013, the officer’s fascination with Die Hard has been a recurring gag, and he has previously stated that the film is the sole reason he joined the force.
However, there was a chance he wouldn’t attend the concert, and it had everything to do with his experience on Saturday Night Live (SNL).
In 2012, the Hotel Transylvania actor announced his departure from the popular American sketch programme after seven years on the show, and the experience of this tenure caused him to redirect his attention away from television.
Andy told The Wrap in 2013 that the opportunity to play the lead was “too good to pass up,” and of course he accepted, and we’re pleased he did.
2. Scully and Hitchcock are named after the show’s producers
The ‘lazy guys’ of the precinct were detectives Norm Scully and Michael Hitchcock.
But did you know the comedy team is named after Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s writers and producers, Norm Hiscock and Mike Scully, who were both writers on creator Michael Schur’s earlier sitcom, Parks and Recreation?
3. Andy Samberg & Chelsea Peretti grew up together
Andy and Chelsea Peretti (Gina Linetti) went to elementary school together, and that’s not all. Chelsea also She stated on Conan that she had a crush on him when she was younger.
She said: ‘We went to elementary school… I had a huge crush on Andy and he for some reason will never acknowledge this, when I bring it up he just dead-eyes me. I used to call his house on like those old-timey phones that we used to have. I would call and hang up, call and hang up, as some young girls do. Irritating young girls.’
4. Rosa’s bisexuality storyline was based on actress Stephanie Beatriz’s real life
Many viewers of the show accused Rosa of being bisexual.
Stephanie Beatriz, nicknamed X, agreed with their hypothesis on Twitter.
‘I’m bisexual in real life, and I came out sort of openly on Twitter,’ she added of her personal connection to the tale.
Around that time, [show creator] Dan Goor approached me and said “we were thinking that it might be interesting for Rosa’s storyline to explore her being bisexual, would you be comfortable exploring that.”
‘And I was like ‘Yes! Absolutely yes!’
5. Amy And Jake Had Bad Breath During Their First Kiss
Andy and Melissa Fumero (Amy Santiago) ate a lot of food to achieve that foul odour.
We can imagine that a kiss scene between two pals isn’t the most comfortable, so the couple decided to compete for the stinkiest breath during their first kiss to get through it.
6. The Black Lives Matter episode was based on Terry Crews’ experience
Terry’s character, Sergeant Terry, was racially profiled on a suburban street by a fellow police officer while hunting for his children’ blanket in the sixteenth episode of the season, named Moo Moo.
And the White Chicks actor confessed that he, like his character, experienced a similar experience.
‘One thing that we really needed to address was the racial profiling that the police have always been guilty of, particularly in America,’ he added.
He added during E4’s one-off ‘Goodbye Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ special: ‘I have been a victim of racial profiling, there were incidents where I was mistaken for someone else and had guns drawn, and it was a very, very serious event.’
His remarks come after the actors of Brooklyn Nine-Nine denounced George Floyd’s murder and paid $100,000 (£80,000) to assist jailed demonstrators in making bail.
‘The cast and showrunner of Brooklyn 99 condemn the murder of George Floyd and support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationally,’ read a statement shared by actress Stephanie Beatriz.
7. Stephanie Beatriz Auditioned for Amy Santiago
Did you know that Stephanie first tried out for the role of Amy, while Chelsea Peretti tried out for Rosa Diaz?
Stephanie, on the other hand, had a closer connection with the character of fiery investigator Rosa, and the rest is history.
8. The cast don’t know who wins the Halloween Heist until the last minute
The Halloween Heist is a fan favourite and one of the series’ most recognisable classics.
It began as an innocent rivalry between Jake and Captain Holt in Season One.
However, as time passed, the Heists grew more sophisticated, with more members of the Nine-Nine competing to be proclaimed the “ultimate detective/ genius.”
However, it is not only the audience who is kept in the dark. Apparently, the actors had no idea who would win until the very last second.
9. The cast underwent real police training
Although the show’s major focus is comedy, viewers can witness the characters correctly representing police officers’ regular responsibilities.
And the reason these individuals make such convincing officers is because they have really had police and handgun training. The actors, according to Stephanie (Rosa), went through a boot camp organised by the Glendale Police Department.
10. The ‘Nine-Nine’ Chant Was Written Into The Show After Terry Crews Invented It
Terry Crews’ approach of inspiring the actors and crew was the show’s distinctive slogan.
The Nine Nine pump-up chant became a regular gag on the show, and it even made its way into real life, where cast members utilise the digits as a jubilant exclamation.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is available to stream on Netflix.
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