New show: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Fox
Andy Samberg was always a reliable comic presence in his years on "Saturday Night Live," but his charms tended to work best in small doses. So when you hear he's the lead of the new Fox comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," premiering Tuesday night, you wonder whether the goofball is capable of pulling it off.
Happily, the answer is an emphatic yes. With a smart script (courtesy of "Parks and Recreation" writers) and a talented, diverse cast backing up Samberg, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of the best comedies of the new season.
Granted, the set-up is not that novel – a fun-loving, sarcastic police detective faces a by-the-book new captain. But Samberg's Detective Jake Peralta is more endearing than annoying, whether he's quoting "Donnie Brasco" or flouting a new dress code by pairing his tie with a Speedo.