Grey’s + Parks and Recreation opening credits
i’m behind on grey’s, scandal, and SVU, only by an episode each, but may fall further behind before i have time to get caught up. hoping to maybe post thoughts two or three episodes at a time or something.
i’m at least half a season, if not more, behind on pretty little liars, the good wife, parenthood, and sleepy hollow, but some day soon-ish i plan to catch up. when i do, i will be tumblr’ing about them.
plus i still need to finish breaking bad and house of cards.
and i want to start true detective, treme, and justified.
apparently, i can only stay caught up on comedies these days - brooklyn nine-nine (favorite comedy on the air at the moment), parks and rec (still solid even though i mourn ann and chris), and modern family (a sinking ship but easy to watch when i want to zone out for 20 min) - and the walking dead (tragically awful but it’s the only way i get to see a friend on a regular basis).
in conclusion, i need to make better life choices.
OKAY BUT CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT BROOKLYN NINE NINE FOR A SECOND AND WHY PEOPLE NEED TO GET ON THIS SHIT:
- this can’t be said enough but a diverse cast!!!!! out of a main cast of 7, 4 are PoC. one of whom is gay, the other of whom subverts the ~angry black man~ trope and is the self-professed ‘proud mother hen’ of the precinct (and he also enjoys yoghurt parfaits, foreign films, and loves his daughters more than anything in the world), and the other two are latina women.
- speaking of which, ladies!!!! the women are in this show are all friends, and even have centric episodes based on their friendships. though one of the women is very competitive, they’re never catty, and they care about each other!
- once again touching on the ladies, one of the them is a typical “badass “character, with a penchant for leather jackets and destroying computers with fire extinguishers, and has no tragic backstory or reasoning for her behaviour, something that isn’t often seen with female characters like this.
- captain! holt! a gay black man who is the captain of the precinct. however, his sexuality is never made the butt of any joke, and the homophobia he faced in the NYPD is never glossed over or ignored, instead it is a central part of his character’s motivations. likewise, the sexism that women in the force would’ve been subjected to in the past has also been pointed out.
- with such a diverse cast, often shows feel the need to make fun of their character’s races (glee, i am looking at you), but not once has any character’s race been made into a joke. likewise, neither has holt’s sexuality, or the women’s gender.
- whilst the main character is a straight white male, he is made to recognize his privilege, which is not something you often see on television. instead, the privilege he has over his fellow colleagues is pointed out to him regularly, and he has called out the nypd for the discrimination they have shown.
- they subvert the nice guy trope!!!!! a male character had been pining over one of his colleagues for over a year, and not only did the show point out his behaviour as creepy and out of line (and nothing ~romantic), they apologized for it!
- and finally, every character on the show is an angel (except gina, but she’s wired to thrive on dysfunction), just about every combination of characters has been paired together in different episodes, and it’s fucking hilarious!!!!!
brooklyn nine nine is a hilarious show with a diverse cast - and not only treats this diverse cast with respect, but also points out the problematic behaviour directed towards them. it subverts the typically offensive tropes in comedy, whilst making jokes that don’t need to rely on race and sexuality. it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty damn close to it.
I was actually worried they were going to turn the Rosa/Boyle plotline where they were hanging out and having a good time together into something romantic, but I should have known to trust this show, because Boyle then apologized for being creepy and Rosa told him he’s a lot more fun to hang out with now that he’s over her.
This shouldn’t be groundbreaking on a mainstream sitcom, but it is.