With it being that time of the year, when television networks line up our beloved shows only to axe them in the back, there are times when even the brightest TV heroes cannot save themselves.
And the latest one to join the list of martyred television series is the cult favourite Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Fox lists falling ratings as the reason to cancel the show and to make more space on its schedule to bring in the newer crop of shows for the fall TV season.
But they surely have underestimated the power of its Fandom.
Outraged and hurt fans took to Twitter to express their betrayal while Dan Goor, the co-creator of the show, expressed his gratitude for all the fan support.
Support for the series poured in from all directions, including celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeting: “I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS. THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS #RenewB99.”
The stars of the show too voiced their sadness over show’s cancellation and gratitude for running long and strong for five seasons.
The reason why this show is such a cult favourite can be attributed to the fact that it has been dealing with social issues like homophobia, gender representation, workplace dynamics with such kindness and without evoking inappropriate jokes to amuse its audience that it quickly seeped into the hearts of its fans. And the fact that at the heart of every episode, there is the sense of helping everyone and uplifting their spirits throughout all the drama and tension just seals the deal for its viewers.
It has successfully evoked a range of feelings, from acceptance when Rosa’s father offer his daughter this wholehearted apology: “I want you to know that I accept you for who you are, and I love you very, very much.”, to pain and uncertainty when Jake and Rosa gets prison sentence and we see for the first time the scared and vulnerable side of Rosa, to absolute joy when Jake finally proposes to Amy in the precinct via a championship-wrestling belt.
But all hope’s not lost. With networks like Hulu and Netflix gaining more and more popularity and focus of viewers, there are chances that Brooklyn Nine-Nine may be picked up by one of them, giving fans a thread of hope to hang onto. And hopefully in near future the viewers will see the return of their beloved show.