Brooklyn Nine-Nine fan art by kitzwitt
When it was announced that Fox had cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine and it wouldn’t be returning for a 6th season, Twitter erupted. The reaction was to be expected as the cop-comedy has developed a hugely devoted fan base largely due to it’s diversity and storytelling.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of those shows that we simply need on TV.
First of all, it provides endless laughs for an audience in desperate need of a distraction from the world around them. Second of all, it makes people feel both seen and heard.
The cast is extremely diverse (with two black men and two Latina women in lead roles) and two of the characters are LGBTQ+ (with the bisexual character, Rosa, being played by a bisexual actress, Stephanie Beatriz). Throughout the 5 seasons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has covered police brutality, racism, homophobia, sexism and so much more – and the best thing? It’s always done it perfectly.
So understandably, when Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans heard that was being taken away, they were devestated.
live footage of me finding out Brooklyn 99 is fucking CANCELED pic.twitter.com/OY6a8HuaUy
— Caroline Framke (@carolineframke) May 10, 2018
brooklyn nine nine got cancelled
— paco (@AllaireMatt) May 10, 2018
b99 tackled homophobia, transphobia, sexism, misogyny, racism, racial profiling, gun control, acknowledged the police can be better than they are, had healthy relationships, no toxic masculinity, lgbt+ characters, actually diverse cast… clever & funny… and it’s cancelled
— ash (@asluckyasus) May 10, 2018
The amount of noise that Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans made definitely didn’t go unnoticed. Everyone was talking about it and around 3 of the top trends were focussed on the news.
Some of the fans tweeting about it were pretty high profile too…
Here’s the thing about Brooklyn 99 being cancelled, I don’t want it to be. I love all of those people & they earned the right 2 have a final season victory lap where I could emotionally prepare. Don’t know them. Have nothing 2 do with the show. I’m just a fan who deserves better.
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) May 11, 2018
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 11, 2018
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has given us fully human characters, beautiful, powerful, flawed, vulnerable, majestic… In whichever form, B99 must return. It will. And I will be there to watch. And, it is my hope that I hope that, this time, a lot more people do too.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) May 11, 2018
Oh NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! ???????????????? I’m SO not ready to say #ByeBye99. Be forewarned @FOXTV-when networks dump shows I love, I’m known for holding grudges a long, L-O-N-G time. I’m still mad @CBS didn’t renew #SquarePegs! ????#EverythingILikeGetsCancelled https://t.co/NEry6Hrpng
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 10, 2018
Although the show had just been cancelled, there was still some hope amongst fans that it could return. The likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other major networks could see the social media uproar and bring it back to our screens.
Thankfully, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans refused to be silenced. Their fierce love for the show that meant so much to them was hard to miss, and NBC stepped in to save the day.
Just 24 hours after the news of the cancellation came out, NBC announced that they’d be giving it a 13-episode 6th season.
Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt stated: “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home”.
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) May 12, 2018
This only emphasises the power of social media and the importance of fans for these series. Showing support for the shows you love has a huge impact on it’s lifespan, so stay loud and keep the audience growing.
Here’s to another series of our number one ensemble.