B99; A Melting Pot disguised as a police station.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedic sitcom that displays its plot through a police station as a primary setting. The diverse nature of B99’s cast in respect to representing various ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual identities as well as body types, and lastly, gender. A most fascinating aspect of B99 is that women aren’t reflected as physically or criminally experienced at an inferior level in comparison to their male counterparts.
Amy and Rosa are strong-headed detectives with Rosa being displayed as stronger and smarter than majority male characters. The series has an essence of feminism in it since women are appointed to major cases and not treated as second-class officers to the men.
Secondly, the representation of queer people especially a black male, Raymond Holt, as the captain of the 99th precinct. To place an apparently marginalized community at an appointment of authority shifts the general stereotypes and instills acceptability in the audiences. The two female Latina police are portrayed to be extremely helpful and useful to the precincts success instead of approaching them in a gendered manner since majority of important cases were appointed to them.
Moreover, b99 addresses societal issues like sexual harassment and racism or racial profiling as pertaining issues in today’s world as well. Terry’s confession of his traumatic experiences of being racially profiled are a moment of awareness for the consuming audiences for the dire issues that still prevail in today’s societies for minorities.
Lastly, the protagonist Jake Peralta himself appears to be a feminist who recognizes his male privileges in his profession specifically and generally wishes to establish a more equal environment for his peers. A male lead character reflecting such idealistic notions greatly affect the audiences to be more inclined towards change within themselves.