Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 8 Will Address Police Brutality

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 8 will address this hot-button topic.

We live in a divisive time. This past year has had a lot of lowlights, but one of the lowest has to be the murder of George Floyd. While America has had an interesting relationship with cops for decades, this year seemed to blow that dynamic wide open. Some worship cops and some fear or hate them. The Black Lives Matter movement was one that was bound to affect media on some level.

One show that’s been high on everyone’s radar has been Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show is hilarious and lighthearted, and it follows a precinct of New York City cops. Though it is fairly light, the show has always been fairly progressive in terms of how it treats race, sex, and other hot-button political topics. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, star Terry Crews told Access Online that the writing staff threw out the four episodes they already had written and they had no idea what direction they’d go in. 

“Our showrunner Dan Goor … they had four episodes all ready to go and they just threw them in the trash. We have to start over. Right now we don’t know which direction it’s going to go in,” Crews said.

That was in June. In the time since then, there were rumors that the show could be wrapping things up altogether. But what about now?

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In a profile on star Andre Braugher, showrunner Dan Goor gave an update, telling Variety that they would incorporate police brutality into the upcoming season.

“We want to make sure we get it right,” he said.

For his part, Braugher believes it’s important that the show covers the polarizing topic.

“‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ has to commit itself, as a comedy, to telling the story of how these things happen, and what’s possible to deal with them. I don’t have any easy answers, nor do I have a window into the mind bank of this writing staff,” he told the outlet. “Can you tell the same story? Can anyone in America maintain any kind of innocence about what police departments are capable of?”

“Can a comedy sustain the things that we’re trying to talk about? I don’t know,” Braugher admitted. “It could be a really groundbreaking season that we’re all going to be very, very proud of, or we’re going to fall flat on our face. … But I think this is a staff, a cast and a crew that’s willing to take it on and give it our best. I think we have a damn good chance to tell the kinds of stories that heretofore have only been seen on grittier shows.”

Well, regardless of what anyone thinks, it sounds like police brutality is getting addressed in Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 8. How do you think they’ll handle the subject matter? Sound off in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Access Online, Variety

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