'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Gets Real With Special Racial Profiling Episode

Damian Holbrook

The goofy cop-com takes aim at a serious matter when Terry (Terry Crews, above right) is racially profiled by a white cop—but star and executive producer Andy Samberg (above left) promises this isn’t a case of the Nine-Nine going grim.

Balancing comedy and social issues is tricky. What can you tell us about the episode?
I don’t want to talk about it too much because I don’t want to put expectations on it. People should just see it and talk about it. But I will say, we were very conscious of not changing the DNA of our show. We were gonna talk about issues like that, but not have it be too super dramatic.

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So this isn’t a very special Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
There’s still a lot of laughs in it. I personally love the episode. I think it came out really wonderful, and I’m glad we did it.

Did you feel that, because you’re a cop show, this needed to be addressed in some way?
I don’t think it was our obligation, necessarily, but we talked about it a lot [and decided] let’s not do it unless we feel like it’s the right angle and it feels natural. There were a few versions that were tossed around and the one that we came up with felt like a really nice fit.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Tuesday, May 2, 8/7c, Fox