It almost feels nostalgic, reminiscent of the still-missed Parks and Recreation

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January 10, 2019 11:05 AM

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!

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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.

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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!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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