NBC just announced the final season will consist of 10 episodes.
Fan-favorite comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine is coming to an end. Again. The show was first canceled after five seasons at Fox in 2018, according to Variety. Until NBC picked up the show for a 6th season in the same year. The beloved cop comedy was renewed for an eighth season in 2019 but production got delayed due to the pandemic. Season 8 will consist of 10 episodes and air as part of the 2021-2022 season.
Sources say the delay was chosen specifically in hopes of giving Brooklyn Nine-Nine a fitting send-off, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, which won the Golden Globe for best comedy series in 2014, stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller. Sandberg also went on to win Best Actor in a comedy.
“I still remember the palpable excitement that night in 2018 when we announced Brooklyn Nine-Nine would be returning to its rightful home at NBC,” said Lisa Katz, president of scripted content for NBC Universal Television and Streaming. “We’ve always loved these characters and the way they make us laugh while also masterfully weaving in storylines that make us reflect as well. A big thank you to our wonderful partners – Dan Goor, the writers, producers and the incredibly talented cast and crew – for a comedy whose legacy will stand the test of time.”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been one of the jewels in our comedy crown,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of Universal Studio Group. "It’s had an incredible run across not one but two networks, garnered widespread acclaim and captured the hearts of fans all over the world. We extend our deepest gratitude to Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher and our entire wonderful ensemble, and our amazingly talented writers, producers and crew. And a special thanks to our brilliant showrunner Dan Goor, who could have rested on his laurels after season one but never took his foot off the hilarious gas pedal. ‘B99,’ it’s been NOICE!”
Andy Samberg Previews New Movie Palm Springs — and Discusses the Future of Brooklyn Nine-Nine https://t.co/pxzaTAvcen— People (@people) July 6, 2020
As a cop comedy, the show did face some criticism on how it portrayed the police force in a sympathetic light. The issue came to light in the wake of George Floyd's killing by a police officer. "The writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward," Samberg, who also exec produces the series, previously told PEOPLE in July. "[Everyone is] discussing how you make a comedy show about police right now, and if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally OK about? I know that we’ll figure it out, but it’s definitely a challenge." The cast and crew pledged to donate $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network last June and have decided to address the issues surrounding cops in the upcoming season.
Everyone will be watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine's final season intently as it nears its end. “I’m so thankful to NBC and Universal Television for allowing us to give these characters and our fans the ending they deserve,” said executive producer Dan Goor. “When Mike Schur and I first pitched the pilot episode to Andy, he said, ‘I’m in, but I think the only way to tell this story is over exactly 153 episodes,’ which was crazy because that was exactly the number Mike and I had envisioned. I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with this amazing cast and crew for eight seasons. They are not only among the most talented people in the business, they are all good human beings who have become a family. But most of all, I feel lucky that we have had the best fans in the world. Fans who literally saved us from cancellation. Fans who fill us with joy. Ending the show was a difficult decision, but ultimately, we felt it was the best way to honor the characters, the story and our viewers. I know some people will be disappointed it’s ending so soon, but honestly, I’m grateful it lasted this long. Title of my sex tape.”