The eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine provides a plethora of comedy and sentimentality

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This is the poster teasing the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

This review may contain a spoiler from seasons five and seven of the series.

We all have those TV shows to put on when we need some cheering up, some background noise, or simply something to watch for pure entertainment. For me, those shows are The Office, Friends, Will and Grace, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

On August 12, 2021, NBC released the first out of nine episodes of the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This season has the perfect combination of the comedy I am used to and a bittersweet ending.

Since Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a cop show, the producers wanted to dedicate the first episode addressing the current events happening in society regarding police brutality. This episode, entitled “The Good Ones,” displayed an accurate representation of the reality of the world today, and I feel that it was a necessary addition to their usual lineup of episodes to make the show feel more real.

Knowing that there would not be any more new episodes following the lives of the detective squad of the 99th Precinct was difficult to accept, but it made the remaining episodes all the more entertaining.”

It has been over a year since I have last seen the cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I was more than excited to see Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) fight off crime in the streets of Brooklyn with his trusty sidekick, Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio). I was thrilled to see Lieutenant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) lead the 99th Precinct with persistence and honor, while always providing a hilarious punchline. With the seventh season-ending with Peralta and his wife, Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), having their son, Mac, I was eager to see where the life of parenthood took them. Though I did not get as much of Mac as I was hoping to, I still fervently enjoyed the moments I was able to witness.

After having watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a few years now, I was heartbroken when I found out that this season was concluding the series. Knowing that there would not be any more new episodes following the lives of the detective squad of the 99th Precinct was difficult to accept, but it made the remaining episodes all the more entertaining.

With the circumstances that come about during season eight, I do not think that the show could have ended any better. Sure, it was upsetting, but I was delighted to hear Peralta announce that they will be hosting one final “Halloween Heist.” Except, this one would not be held on a holiday. The “Halloween Heist” episodes were always my favorites throughout the season, as they consisted of many hilarious moments, along with sentimental ones–such as Peralta’s proposal to Santiago in season five–that you do not get in a typical episode. The finale had the perfect combination of both comedy and sentimentality, and it was a perfect way to say goodbye to all of the characters. 

As I continue watching my comfort TV shows for some cheering up, some background noise, or simply pure entertainment, the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine will always be on my radar. Throughout the longevity of the series, this show has never failed to make me laugh, make me cry, and the characters will forever have a special place in my heart.