Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'
What TV Series Are Like Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
We have a unique relationship with TV shows. They inextricably form part of our life and fit in our often mundane schedule to give us occasional laughs. These shows often feature an ensemble cast, be it F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or The Big Bang Theory.
Among them is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Set up in the vicinity of a New York neighborhood, Brooklyn's 99th precinct, it is a cop comedy with a fantastic ensemble cast. Featuring Andy Samberg in the central role, this sitcom has an interesting set of characters, which is aimed at breaking stereotypes.
Produced as a single-camera comedy, it’s a fresh whiff among tons of laughter track-supported sitcoms. The dysfunctional relationships and people are what makes it both identifiable and funny.
It is also fast-paced, unlike its contemporaries, not wasting any time to get to the crux. But there is a limited amount of what we can take, and after binge-watching several episodes, we are left high and dry.
Worry not! I have got you covered. I have compiled a list of several similar series like Brooklyn Nine-Nine that will continue to bring a smile to your face.
Series Like Brooklyn Nine-nine
- Reno 911
- Burn Notice
- The Good Place
- Parks And Recreation
- Silicon Valley
1. Reno 911
Cops and comedy seem like an unlikely combination, but that's why we like Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Shot in mockumentary-style, you would love Reno 911 for the same reasons.
In a sense, it is a parody of law enforcement and a spoof of serious cop TV shows, but only in the beginning. The show evolves from being a simple spoof into something much more—something that'll stay with you for a long while.
Go behind the fake badges and you'll find a show that mocks the absurdities of the workplace with the same deadpan charm of Emmy winning series The Office. Political correctness is not a high priority and the show's strength is the interplay among its quirky characters.
The show often switches from spoof to satire, even becoming a dark comedy at times. Right off the bat, the show is also excellent at integrating guest stars into the action, which, when added to the brilliant main cast, makes the show amazingly funny.
Psych is The Mentalist minus all the gore but with an added tinge of fun. It is essentially a story about Shawn Spencer, an extremely observant man with a great memory.
He decides to pretend to be a psychic in order to work as a consultant with the police department, also bringing his best friend, Burton ‘Gus’ Guster, to work along with him. In a way, you can understand it as a funny, hilarious, and modern day Sherlock.
The bromance between Shawn and Gus, much like Sherlock and Watson, is perhaps one of the most endearing parts of the show. Apart from that, their constant reference to the pop culture of the 80s and 90s, and the occasional appearance of the actors from that era on the show, makes it funnily nostalgic to many viewers.
It's unabashedly free-form silly at times, not caring too much about the seriousness of the plot, and the show is all the better for it. It is comic mayhem wrapped into a detective series. Once you pick this up, you'll be laughing hysterically instead of attempting to find clues to solve the crimes.
Those looking for some shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine will not be disappointed here.
3. Burn Notice
Do you ever wonder what do spies do when they stop being a spy? You may find some answers in the series Burn Notice.
A burn notice is an official statement issued by an intelligence agency to other agencies. It states that an asset or intelligence source is unreliable for one or several reasons, often fabrication, and must be officially disavowed. In other terms, the information should be burned.
In the series, Jeffery Donovan plays Michael Westen, a spy who has been discredited, or to refer to the title, been ‘burnt’. So, he ends up not going anywhere from Miami. He helps people in need by teaming up with his crazy ex-girlfriend, Fiona, and his perpetually inebriated former Navy SEAL friend, Sam Axe.
The series juggles two storylines; one to find out why Jeffery was burnt and then the regular clients who need help. It makes a smart, charmingly irreverent first impression, thanks to its pleasantly warped, deadpan writing and performances by the cast.
This is a crisp show, but at the same time it sends regular lighthearted winks at the audience in a manner that is funny but not dumb. If you don’t want outright sitcom but are bored by the so-called CSI-type shows, Burn Notice perfectly sits in the midst of both of these genres.
4. The Good Place
This one is my favorites on the list. Though there are no cops or detectives around, but there is a lot of comedy. And there is also a common thread between The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Both, for instance, are created by Michael Schur and are incredibly funny, innovative, and at times satirical.
The Good Place is apparently a place where all the good souls end up after they die—a place occupied by all the people who have done good deeds all their life.
There is no place for anyone who hasn't accumulated enough points to be deserving of this place. But as a mistake, a supposedly bad person, Eleanor, played pitch perfectly by Kristen Bell, ends up there. Understandably, she wants to stay, so she spends most of the season one trying to keep her secret from Michael (Ted Danson), the angel-architect overseeing the Good Place neighborhood.
There are several good things about this place but certain prohibitions as well. You can't say the four-letter F-word, for instance. Every time you try saying it, you would end up saying “Fork!” No swearing allowed!
The show is peppered with intellectual pop culture and references to popular philosophies and ethical dilemmas, redefining the sitcom genre with its nuanced philosophical lessons filled with humor and wit.
If you're looking for some shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, you'll love what The Good Place brings to the table. This show is forking good!
5. Parks and Recreation
It seems as if we're on a Michael Schur spree. This is the third show on this list that has been co-created by Michael Schur along with Greg Daniels. It may not have the detectives of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but the show delivers the political undertones in its satires with equal brilliance.
The series stars the phenomenal Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope—a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. She is well complemented by a stellar cast featuring Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, and Chris Pratt among many others. The series follows the attempts of Leslie and her group to make the local town a more beautiful place.
The dry humor is driven by the awkwardness of these characters. The episodes are mixed with the right amount of comedy, wit, and storytelling. Each character is built up from the ground with perfect depth and backstory, which separates this capricious series from other comedy shows that rely on cardboard characters with running jokes to make us laugh.
Yes, it would often remind of the famous TV series The Office, but it has got heart and mind of its own. And that is why it ruled the hearts of its viewers.
Parks and Recreation has also garnered several awards and nominations, including 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and a Golden Globe Award for Poehler's performance.
6. Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley may not have the sneaky cops or hard-nosed detectives, but it stands on its own when it comes to delivering sardonic humor. The series is a coding comedy about five young men who founded a startup company in Silicon Valley.
Written by Mike Judge, who has worked in the tech industry and has seen the office politics, camaraderie, and jealousy up close. The story follows the problems rising startups face, and how much work, disappointments, and failure it takes to become successful.
It features an oddball but seemingly befitting cast, including a genius coder, Richard played by Thomas Middleditch, and T.J. Miller as Erlich Bachman, a snobbish arrogant innovator - two main leads who carry the whole show on their shoulders. Apart from them, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, and Kumail Nanjiani also feature in the show.
It is very original and smart, but most importantly, has a believable story and characters. The heart of show lies in remarkable witty one-liners and the struggle of these young men to make sense about what is going around.
On the other hand, the show is quite informative about the inner workings of the tech industry. If you have enjoyed the nerd stuff in shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Big Bang Theory, you will love Silicon Valley for its clever usages of tech lingo.
Chuck blends a lot of genres together. It is action, romance, comedy, spy-drama, and science fiction wrapped into one cohesive mix.
Chuck Bartowski, played by Zachary Levi, is the protagonist of the show, who is an average computer-whiz-next-door. He receives an encoded e-mail from an old pal now working for CIA. The message embeds the only remaining copy of a software program containing the United States' greatest spy secrets into Chuck's brain, leading the CIA and the NSA to assign him handlers and use him on top-secret missions. He teams up with Sarah Walker, played by Yvonne Strahovski, with whom he embarks upon some of the most thrilling and funny adventures of his life.
The show is unique in a way that it combines the seriousness of the CIA and the nerd-ness and quirkiness of the tech side. The character development of Chuck is among one of the most satisfying experiences of this series. The showrunners, it seems, want us to root for the characters, despite them being somewhat lackluster at solving cases. You would be deeply invested in the relationships of the characters. There is a reason this show has a cult following among its viewers after all.
This show was almost going to be canceled after season one but fans saved it. Subway sponsored it and the show went on for four more seasons. In fact, if you look closely, you would find characters regularly eating at the Subways.
With so many sitcoms popping left and right everywhere, it's hard to keep up with everything. This is where you come in!
Have I missed out on any other good shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Let me know in the comments section.