14 surprising things you probably didn’t know about ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stars Andy Samberg.
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  • Fox canceled “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in 2018, but the following day NBC picked it up, and the show is currently airing its seventh season.
  • Several celebrities, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Seth Meyers, rallied to save the show when Fox announced the cancelation.
  • A co-creator of the show also worked on “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “The Good Place.”
  • Terry Crews began his career on the football field followed by a time as a courtroom sketch artist.
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Since premiering on Fox in 2013, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has become a highly successful police sitcom starring Andy Samberg.

The show was nearly cut short when Fox announced its cancellation in May of 2018. But fans rallied together and NBC picked up “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for a sixth, seventh, and even an eighth season.

Here are some surprising things you might not have known about “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”


When Fox first announced the show’s cancelation, several celebrities took to Twitter to try and save it.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda may have helped save “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
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Many celebrities were unhappy about Fox’s decision to cancel the show. But some went above and beyond to try and save it.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was perhaps the most vocal about saving the show starting off the outrage with a tweet that read “RENEW BROOKLYN NINE NINE I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS #RenewB99.”

Once the hashtag was out there, other stars like Mark Hamill, Guillermo del Toro, Sean Astin, and Seth Meyers started making noise.

They even made a group chat so they could mourn the loss of their favorite show together and started calling themselves “Guardians of the Nine-Nine” once the show was picked up by NBC.

Miranda was rewarded with a guest appearance on the show on season six.


On-screen friends, Andy Samberg (Jake) and Chelsea Peretti (Gina), actually knew each other when they were kids.

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Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti met in elementary school.
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Jake and Gina knew each other long before working at the 99th precinct together on the show, and the same is true for the actors who portray them.

The two comedians go way back in real life – all the way to elementary school – and there’s photo evidence to prove it.


Before Samberg made it big, he worked as a production assistant on the same lot that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is filmed.

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Andy Samberg was a featured player on “SNL” before “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
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Samberg has made a name for himself in the comedy world. But before he became a featured player on “SNL” and Peralta on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” he worked as a production assistant for the final season of the Fox comedy “Spin Out” – which was filmed on the same lot as “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

During this same time, he was also starting his comedy-trio The Lonely Island, which helped bring him into mainstream comedy.


Kwazy Cupcakes is a real game.

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Kwazy Cupcakes is available on the iTunes store.
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The iPhone game that had most of the precinct hooked is now a reality thanks to its presence on the show. You can download Kwazy Cupcakes from the iTunes App Store.


The building used as the precinct’s exterior is a real precinct building in Brooklyn.

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The show’s exterior precinct set is a real Brooklyn precinct.
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Although the 99th precinct is fictional, the building viewers have associated with it is actually Brooklyn’s 78th precinct, located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street near the Barclays Center.

Most of the show, however, is shot on a sound stage in California.


Stephanie Beatriz (Rosa) originally auditioned to play Amy Santiago, but she was cast as Meghan.

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Stephanie Beatriz didn’t get the part she originally auditioned for.
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After originally auditioning to be Andy Samberg’s partner, Beatriz was invited to audition again for a character named Meghan.

In an interview, Beatriz said she’d lost hope after she found out Melissa Fumero would portray Amy.

“I cried because I thought ‘I’m so happy for her, but I also know that there’s no way that a network is going to cast two Latinas,'” she explained.

Beatriz then landed the role of Meghan, who was later re-named Rosa.


Some fans don’t believe Stephanie Beatriz when she says she plays Rosa.

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Stephaine Beatriz has a noticeably different personality from her “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” character.
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In an interview on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Stephanie Beatriz explained how her shiny demeanor often throws off fans of her bad-to-the-bone onscreen character.

“People will say, ‘girl, you look like that girl who plays Rosa on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ and I’m like, ‘I am that girl!’ People are like, ‘Nah, you ain’t.'”


The show’s co-creator, Michael Schur, has worked on a few other beloved sitcoms.

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Michael Schur wrote for “The Office.”
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If “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” reminds you of some of your other favorite shows, it’s probably because Michael Schur is also known for his work on “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “The Good Place.”


Chelsea Peretti previously worked as a writer for “Parks and Recreation.”

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Chelsea Peretti wrote for “Parks and Recreation.”
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Although the lazy demeanor of her “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” character might suggest otherwise, Peretti works hard in the sitcom business in real life.

She previously wrote for “Parks and Recreation” and even made a cameo on season four of the show.


Terry Crews (Sergeant Jeffords) began his career on the football field.

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He used to be a linebacker.
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Terry Crews, who plays the tough-yet-vulnerable Sergeant Jeffords, was previously a linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams.


Crews’ artistic side runs strong off-screen as well.

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During one of his first jobs, he drew courtroom sketches.
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“My first job in entertainment, I drew courtroom sketches for the worst murder case in Flint, Michigan history,” Crews said during an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

His character has a similar talent, drawing up sketches of perpetrators and even painting a portrait of Captain Holt.


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” isn’t Joe Lo Truglio’s (Charles) first comedic police show.

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Joe Lo Truglio plays Charles Boyle on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
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Before he took on the role of Peralta’s best friend at the precinct, Charles Boyle, Joe Lo Truglio was a reoccurring character for several seasons of Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!”

The show took the style of a “Cops” parody set in Reno, Nevada.


The cast had to go through real police firearm training.

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The cast of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” received gun training.
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Even though the show is a spoofy comedy, the creators wanted it to be authentic, which meant that the cast had to receive formal police firearm training before they started filming.

In an interview with Flare, Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Holt, explained the choice.

“We don’t want to get lazy and we want to play cops to the best of our ability because if we lose our credibility entirely, the comic foundations will fall apart. We want audiences to believe that we’re a bunch of goofball cops rather than comedians who decided to put on police uniforms,” he said.


Braugher is trained in dramatic acting.

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He’s had quite a few dramatic roles.
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Braugher attended Juilliard’s Drama Division, and his acting resume comes stacked with multiple roles in the New York Shakespeare Festival as well as drama and thriller films such as “Glory,” “Primal Fear,” and “Frequency.”

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one of his few comedic appearances.

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