TV cops are among the most common kinds of characters for shows to center on, but there are very, very few that can compare to Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Jake Peralta. Andy Samberg's detective is one part abundant self-confidence and two parts cool-cool-cool, cool-cool-cool as a cucumber, with a heaping dash of silliness spread around the rim. So how does Detective Jake compare to Actor Andy?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz spoke with CinemaBlend's Jeff McCobb and a couple of other outlets at a recent NBC press junket. When he asked about the Jake and Andy Samberg balance, here's how Beatriz responded:
Not that Jake Peralta is hyper-prejudiced and lacking any social or civil bone in his body. Anybody who voluntarily spends that much time with Charles can accept virtually anyone else for who they are, amirite?
In any case, Stephanie Beatriz was nothing but complimentary about her co-star and friend Andy Samberg, and I'm pretty sure she'd be in his corner if the SNL vet ever had to face his character Jake in an electronic simulation or some kind of a dream-based battle of the brains. Jake would be so into that. But then he'd probably be a terrible Golden Globes host, unlike Samberg.
Stephanie Beatriz spoke further about Andy and Jake comparisons.
It's generally desired for both police detectives and TV stars and writers to be as whip-smart as possible, though obviously for far different reasons. But as long as Brooklyn Nine-Nine's brilliant writers keep making Jake Peralta one of the funniest characters on TV, then fans will hopefully get to keep watching the equally brilliant Andy Samberg solving ridiculous cases.
We also want to see as much of Stephanie Beatriz's Rosa as possible, too, obviously. (And her mom.) Rosa and Jake were at the center of one of the sitcom's best episodes of its first season on NBC: "The Crime Scene," and I'd love to see more episodes that spend more time on specific characters, even if it sometimes means cutting back slightly on the ensemble.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursday nights on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET. No need to worry about its future for now, either, because it's already been renewed for Season 7.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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