Andy Sam­berg’s precinct sit­com lands on a new net­work with­out los­ing any of its funny force

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COM­EDY Brook­lyn Nine-nine was never a colos­sal hit in its five years on Fox, and no one is prob­a­bly ex­pect­ing it to catch fire now that it’s started sea­son 6 on NBC. But how good to know that this mood-bright­en­ing sit­com is still around—when Fox can­celed the show last May, no less than Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor Guillermo del Toro de­manded its re­turn in a tweet: “Brook­lyn Nine-nine has given us fully hu­man char­ac­ters, beau­ti­ful, pow­er­ful, flawed, vul­ner­a­ble, ma­jes­tic.” And this from a man who loves mon­sters! The new Nine-nine is very much the old Nine-nine: It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of a work­place com­mu­nity in which in­di­vid­ual neu­roses, flaws and ec­cen­tric­i­ties—prob­lems that should hob­ble any of­fice into dys­func­tion—some­how add up to a happy whole. It al­most feels nos­tal­gic, rem­i­nis­cent of the still-missed Parks and Re­cre­ation. And if you’ll par­don our reach, it’s pa­tri­otic: Our repub­lic was founded on the be­lief that tiffs and squab­bles can lead to healthy pub­lic res­o­lu­tion and ac­com­mo­da­tion. Now, in­stead, we have ev­ery­one ready to make a cit­i­zen’s ar­rest of ev­ery­one. What re­ally counts, how­ever, is the show’s zingy hu­mor, which can in­volve co­conuts filled with mer­lot and ran­dom jokes about Bon­nie Bedelia in Die Hard. Wel­come back! (NBC, Thurs­days, 9 p.m.)

‘How good to know that this mood­bright­en­ing sit­com is still around’

Costars Melissa Fumero and Sam­berg (and, be­low, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and An­dre Braugher).

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