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How did Brooklyn Nine-Nine win the Golden Globe for best comedy series?

Andy Samberg holds his award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy, for Brooklyn Nine-Nine during the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.


Now that the glimmer dust has settled on the Golden Globe awards, the average person is left with one burning question: How did Brooklyn Nine-Nine win the Globe for best comedy series?

The Telegraph gets even more specific with their article titled, "What is Brooklyn Nine-Nine and how did it win two awards?" For those keeping count, the rookie sitcom also garnered a Best Actor, Musical or Comedy trophy for series star Andy Samberg.

Launching with minimal fanfare last fall, Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes place in a fictional precinct of the New York Police Department, with former Saturday Night Live regular Samberg leading the cast in the role of man-child detective Jake Peralta.

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Shoring up the cast is TV veteran Andre Braugher, formerly of Homicide: Life on the Street, and the cable comedy Men of a Certain Age, who never cracks a smile in his role of precinct boss Captain Ray Holt.

And by anyone's measure, the show has not exactly set the world on fire since debuting last September. Brooklyn Nine-Nine kicked off with U.S. ratings in the six-million viewer range.

More recently, those numbers have been nearly halved with the Jan. 7 episode drawing a paltry 3.4-million viewers. Ratings momentum is not on its side.

But the cause for perplexion over the show's Golden Globe win has more to do with the shows it beat in its category. Also up for best comedy last night: perennial ratings beast The Big Bang Theory, the hugely successful Modern Family, the clever Parks and Recreation and HBO's critical darling Girls.

At any other awards show, a win by any of those nominees in the comedy category would not have raised an eyebrow. Among that group, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was an underdog wrapped up in a long-shot.

Likewise for Samberg's Best Actor win. Consider the competition: Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Canada's own Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show).

Beating any one of those talented comic actors would have been a huge achievement for Samberg. The fact he beat all four seems unfathomable.

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Not to suggest that Samberg doesn't have his charms, but ask any regular SNL viewer what they remember about him during his seven-season run. With rare exception, they will cite the faux music video parodies he starred in with stars like Justin Timberlake.

In the final tally, the surprise wins by Brooklyn Nine-Nine may have less to do with the show or Samberg and more to do with the offbeat voting process of the Golden Globes.

As determined by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, the annual awards fete has never been known for getting it right.

This is the same group, after all, that chose the mushy Love Story over Patton back in 1970 and blanked Taxi Driver in all categories in 1976. The Foreign Press members also handed the best TV award to Sex and the City for three straight years.

In which case, congratulations, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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