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How 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Can Reach The Level of 'Parks and Rec'

By Stewart Mason, Hollywood Staff

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the squadroom comedy starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, is the best new situation comedy of 2013. However, given that its competition includes shows like The Millers and the recently-canceled Welcome to the Family, that's not saying a whole lot. The show at this point is good but not great, although it's been showing signs of improvement after an awkward first couple of episodes. And series creators Michael Schur and Dan Goor obviously have experience in making improvements on a series that had a rocky start: they came to this show from Parks and Recreation, which went from an absolutely terrible first season to becoming the sharpest, funniest and sweetest comedy on TV. (By the way: up yours, NBC, for putting Parks on hiatus until 2014.) So what cues can the showrunners take from their former series to make Brooklyn Nine-Nine better still?