7 Fantastic New TV Shows That Hooked Us In 2013

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Awards show recognition isn’t always a true mark of quality (not naming any names, The Big Bang Theory) but Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Best Comedy nomination at the Golden Globes makes its inclusion in a list of the Best New Shows kind of a no brainer. And let’s hope the full season order is just the first of many with (Parks and Recreation’s) Michael Schur and Dan Goor’s new comedy only getting better with each episode. To be fair, B99 has been solid since the premiere (directed by 21 Jump Street’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller) but chemistry amongst the cast and crew is a crucial component for any sitcom’s success and it obviously only improves over time.

Speaking of the cast, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has assembled an incredible group of actors and comedians with Andy Samberg front and center as the goofy yet effective Detective Jake Peralta. While Samberg is solid as the semi-insubordinate lead, it’s the supporting members of the ‘department’ that elevate the cop-comedy to another level. Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz and Chelsea Peretti are all great in their respective roles (square, sensitive-hulk, schmuck, tough and crazy) with Andre Braugher stealing scenes as the ultimate straight man. Well, except that this stoic African-American police captain is gay. Did I mention the impeccable writing? If you’re not watching, start. Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns with Episode 12, “Pontiac Bandit,” on Tuesday, January 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox. (By Jesse Carp)
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