15 Shows Like Brooklyn Nine-Nine You Need To See

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has had a fascinating history. The series stars Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta, a goofy cop who loves "Die Hard" and making sex tape jokes while working a case. The sitcom hails from iconic comedy creators and has had a devoted fanbase throughout its run, but was canceled by Fox after its 5th season. NBC revived it for three more, yet after the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, many long running police shows reexamined the way they propagated the police states. While it's a comedy, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was no exception; its writing staff tossed out all of its work on Season 8 and started over, hoping to create a final season that was appropriate for the current cultural moment. 

And now, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has ended on its own terms, leaving fans wondering what to watch next. If you're one of them, don't worry. While the stories of Jake, Amy, Captain Holt, and the rest may be over, there are plenty of excellent television shows left to watch. Here are a few you may enjoy.

The Office

If there's a family tree of sitcoms, "The Office" is the weird but lovable grandpa who says racist and sexist things at Thanksgiving dinner while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is the mildly woke grandkid. Greg Daniels' irreverent workplace comedy reinvented the genre with Steve Carell's Michael Scott at the center. As the "world's greatest boss," Carell injected humor and pathos into a character that was at turns stupid, mean, and charming. Over the course of its nine seasons, "The Office" used its mockumentary format to bring us into its main characters lives, making Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight, and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin staff staples in our homes. 

If Hitchcock and Scully's lewd and ignorant jokes are some of your favorite parts of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and you haven't seen "The Office" before, give it a try. It might be just the post "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" fix you need. You can stream "The Office" on Peacock.

Parks and Recreation

"Parks and Recreation" is probably the most obvious relative of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" on our list. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" showrunner and creator Dan Goor previously worked on "Parks and Recreation" with "Nine-Nine" executive producer Michael Schur. The series follows Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana. Leslie is optimistic, upbeat, and takes everything about her job deadly seriously, despite the grind of government work. 

"Parks and Recreation" follows a similar mockumentary format as "The Office," but relies less on cringe comedy, and finds its big, beating heart over time. Beyond sharing a number of creative staff, both shows are silly workplace comedies with well-meaning protagonists at their center and winning ensemble casts. If Charles leading the Nine-Nine seems like a show you'd want to watch, give "Parks and Recreation" a shot. You can stream the show on Peacock.

The Good Place

To refer to the sitcom family tree again, "The Good Place" is another cousin of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Created by Michael Schur, "The Good Place" deals with the ever-surprising bureaucracy that runs the afterlife and the many philosophical questions the system raises. It is centered around Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), a woman who is incorrectly sent to the Good Place when she dies, and one of the afterlife's architects, Michael (Ted Danson).

Aside from the Schur connection, "The Good Place" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" share a wholesome and heartfelt comedic sensibility, as well as many of the same guest stars. For example, you may recognize Marc Evan Jackson, who plays Captain Holt's husband, Kevin, in a very different role on "The Good Place." If your favorite parts of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" are the sincere character moments that make you cry, you'll likely love "The Good Place." The entire series is streaming on Netflix.

Rutherford Falls

Yes, "Rutherford Falls" is another cousin of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Michael Schur is a busy man). Co-created by Sierra Teller Ornelas, Schur, and Ed Helms, the series follows Helms' Nathan Rutherford, a descendent of Rutherford Falls' (white) founder who fiercely protects his family legacy amid a fight over a statue of his ancestor. Alongside him is his best friend, Reagan (Jana Schmeiding), a member of the Minishonka tribe who has to reconcile the interests of her community while trying to help Nathan. 

Co-creators Teller Ornelas and Schur worked on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," bringing the same feel-good sensibility to Rutherford Falls. "Rutherford Falls" definitely has "Parks and Recreation" vibes while being grounded in a relevant, real-world premise. If you like the way "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" tackles both bureaucracy and friendships, Rutherford Falls may be right up your alley. You can stream the first season exclusively on Peacock.


Another workplace comedy in "The Office" vein, "Superstore" might serve as uncle or cousin to "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Justin Spitzer worked as a co-executive producer on "The Office" before he created "Superstore," a comedy about the trials and tribulations of employees working for a big box store. There is also overlap with some of the writers from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," including "Rutherford Falls" creator Sierra Teller Ornelas. 

"Superstore" feels very much like "The Office," with characters that map almost directly to its predecessor (for example, a Dwight type), while correcting for the modern era with jokes that are less politically caustic. Fans of the workplace family dynamic and the romance in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will likely enjoy the will-they-won't-they romance between main characters Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman), as well as the general, "Should we be this close?" relationships between the store's employees. You can watch the entire series on Hulu.


Like "Alone Together," "PEN15" is a big departure from other shows on this list. It's not a workplace comedy like "The Office" or "Parks and Recreation." However, also like "Alone Together," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star and producer Andy Samberg's fingerprints are all over "PEN15." Alongside Lonely Island members Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, Samberg executive produces this show as well. 

"PEN15" follows Maya Erskine and Anna Conkle, who appear as fictionalized versions of themselves as teenagers in the late '90s and early '00s. While the now 30-something actresses play their 13-year-old selves, the rest of the kids are actual child actors, a contrast that plays up the awkwardness of adolescence. As Maya and Anna navigate junior high, AOL Instant Messenger, and the complexities of boys, they always have each other's backs. Like "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "PEN15" balances goofy comedy with heart and feeling. You can watch all episodes exclusively on Hulu.


Like "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Community" is an ensemble comedy, but the similarities end just about there. Created by Dan Harmon of "Rick and Morty" fame, "Community" follows a dysfunctional study group at Greendale Community College, led by cocky and selfish wannabe lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), who faked his way through the bar exam.  Like the other sitcoms on this list, the study group becomes closer over time, and "Community" follows the friendships and pseudo-family dynamics that grow the course of the series. 

However, unlike "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Community" is known for its experimental storytelling, with episodes based on musicals and action movies, as well as fresh and inventive spins on classic television tropes like clip shows and bottle episodes. If your favorite episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" are the Halloween heists, you'll probably love the unhinged comedic sensibility of "Community." You can stream the entire series on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or Netflix.

30 Rock

Last but not least, finishing off our list is a show some regard as one of the best comedies of all time. "30 Rock" is a zany workplace comedy with a large and talented ensemble cast that follows Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), the head writer and creator of "The Girlie Show," a sort of feminist-leaning version of "Saturday Night Live." Throughout the series, Liz has to figure out how to push her own creative agenda in an increasingly competitive corporate environment, spearheaded by Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and her show's competing stars (Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski). 

Like "Community," "30 Rock" is known for highly specific absurdist humor. If you really want to find a new show to quote after finishing "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," give "30 Rock" a shot. You can stream the entire series on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and Peacock.

The Afterparty

The most hilarious original comedy series on Apple TV+ to date is "The Afterparty," an anthology series that ran on the platform for two seasons. Each season follows a different murder mystery during different parties, with all of the attendees among the suspects. Linking the two seasons are investigators Danner and Aniq, played by Tiffany Haddish and Sam Richardson, respectively. Joining them are an ensemble of gifted comedic actors, including Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ilana Glazer, and Ben Schwartz, bringing the laughs each season.

With each episode told from a different character's perspective and told in the style of a variety of movie and TV genres, "The Afterparty" plays like a comical version of Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon." Each actor feels perfectly cast, bringing their unique comedic strengths to the proceedings while keeping the audience guessing who the culprit is. In an era when the whodunnit genre is in the middle of a resurgence, "The Afterparty" lends its own funny twist to the familiar premise.

Colin From Accounts

The biggest comedy import to come from Australia this side of Crocodile Dundee is "Colin from Accounts," one of the best overseas romantic sitcoms in recent memory. Created by and starring real-life husband-and-wife team Harriet Dyer and Patrick Brammall, the series was added to Paramount+ in 2023, introducing it to American audiences. The couple play protagonists Ashley and Gordon, who are brought together by a car accident and decide to adopt a dog, naming him Colin.

"Colin from Accounts" is a romantic comedy that definitely places the emphasis on the comedy aspect, but with plenty of heart at its core. Dyer and Brammall bring their characters into intensely vulnerable areas at times as Ashley and Gordon's relationship is tested. Tightly scripted and memorably brought to life by its leads, "Colin from Accounts" breathes fresh energy into a well-worn genre. The series has since been renewed for a second season, promising new twists and turns for its central couple.

Jury Duty

Not all of Amazon's best original programming is on Prime Video, with Amazon Freevee featuring its own line of solid series. One of the most acclaimed original shows on the streaming service is "Jury Duty," which has gone on to earn multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. The show stars Ronald Gladden as a man who presumes he's a juror in a routine case, unaware it's an elaborate staged production, with his peers secretly actors. Among the highlights in the courtroom is James Marsden, playing a fictionalized version of himself roped into appearing as a juror.

Marsden really steals the show, poking fun at himself and his image at every possible opportunity as a running gag that keeps on hilariously giving. Even beyond Marsden, the show boasts a tight ensemble cast and sharp writing that takes its laughs to another level. "Jury Duty" takes elements of mockumentary, workplace sitcom, and true crime parody to really blend them into something special.

Abbott Elementary

Of all the mockumentaries to surface around television in the wake of "The Office," one of the best in recent years is the school-based sitcom "Abbott Elementary." Created by Quinta Brunson, who also stars as grade school teacher Janine Teagues, the series follows a group of teachers and administrators in a Philadelphia public school. Premiering on ABC in 2021, "Abbott Elementary" has grown to be a streaming hit on Hulu. The understaffed and underfunded ensemble has to contend with the school's new principal Ava Cole, who is supremely unqualified at her job.

"Abbott Elementary" is sharply written and directed, delivering perfectly balanced mockumentary comedy and effectively using its ensemble cast. The show's memorable characters are anchored by the dynamic between Janine and coworker Gregory Eddie, played by Tyler James Williams, forming a solid will-they/won't-they tension. Beyond this de facto couple, the "Abbott Elementary" cast leads with expertly honed comedic timing, usually executed with deadpan glee. Mockumentaries had become a tired sitcom trope in the past decade but "Abbott Elementary" proves there is still plenty of laughs in the sub-genre to be had.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

It's a small television miracle that not only has Larry David continued making "Curb Your Enthusiasm" off-and-on for over 20 years and it only improves with age. The HBO original series follows a curmudgeonly facsimile of David as he deals with the ups and downs of living in Los Angeles after creating "Seinfeld." From getting drawn into the miseries of his friends' lives to navigating more awkward social nuances, David finds himself in a constant state of discomfort. This is all played for laughs, of course, with much of the humor in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" rooted in David's pain.

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" ran for 12 seasons, with its final season premiering in February 2024 on HBO. For the past several seasons, the show has incorporated larger narratives, from David starring in a Broadway production of "The Producers" to organizing a "Seinfeld" reunion. In addition to David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" boasts an impressive list of guest stars, with some of the biggest names in contemporary comedy. In HBO, David enjoyed more creative freedom than he had on network television and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is the ultimate proof of his comedic genius.

Party Down

The Starz original series "Party Down" is one of those shows that went greatly underappreciated during its initial two-season run from 2009-2010, despite the pedigree of talent behind it. The show follows a group of misfits trying to break it big in the entertainment industry, begrudgingly working as caterers at various social functions in Los Angeles. As the catering ensemble has to endure obnoxious clients, they try to network with figures within the industry to finally escape this dead-end job and fulfill their respective dreams.

With an all-star cast led by Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, and Jane Lynch, "Party Down" has a dream acting lineup. Across its run, the show welcomed a number of equally impressive stars with their own strong comedic chops, including Kristen Bell, Jennifer Coolidge, and J.K. Simmons. Over a decade after its initial cancellation, "Party Down" received a revival season in 2023, with most of its main cast returning, with the show just as good as ever.

High Maintenance

The long-running series "High Maintenance" has a genius premise for its anthology-style format as every episode unfolds in Brooklyn. Each episode spotlights a different set of individuals in the borough soliciting a local marijuana dealer, known simply as The Guy, who visits them to deliver his goods. This makes many of the installments relatively standalone vignettes, incorporating their own level of comedy and drama to varying degrees. "High Maintenance" operates as a set of character studies, loosely linked by the presence of The Guy as the de facto facilitator to these poignant stories.

"High Maintenance" started out as a webseries on Vimeo for its first six seasons, with shorter episodes that took greater advantage of the platform. After moving to HBO for its final four seasons, concluding in 2020, "High Maintenance" evolved into the standard 30-minute format. This change didn't hinder the show's quality, with the series organically evolving with the heightened production budget. Heartwarming, heartbreaking, and hilarious in equal measure, "High Maintenance" is an understated humanistic masterpiece.