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Pick the correct Quaran-binge!

Hey guys! I am Bandhuli and I’m a new member of the Calm for Covid team and for my first blog I thought, why not write about one of my favorite things in the entire world? Brooklyn Nine-Nine! I’m not exaggerating when I say that I would sell my soul for Jake Peralta. Anyone who knows me has heard me rant about B99 at some point or the other, not because of the adorable looking cast members, but because the show is so much more than it seems to be at first. On the surface, it is one of those sit-coms that makes you laugh way too much but if you look a bit deeper it is so much more. Let’s talk about how beautifully unique each and every character is. A guy like Jake who’s immature except for when it matters, a man who is a feminist and stays up an entire night watching feminist documentaries because he wanted to understand his wife’s experiences, a person who stands up to his childhood idol for being homophobic to his boss who he didn’t even like at that point. We see multiple complex Latinas, a black gay man who does not fulfill some cheap stereotype and instead is proud of his sexuality while simultaneously having other parts of his personality that are equally highlighted. We get another black man who is not afraid to show his emotions and an exceptional father who is proud of his three daughters and does not once joke about how he wishes he could have a son or how he feels “outnumbered”. We get a character like Boyle, a man who embodies “femininity” and is not ashamed about it.

And now let’s talk about the relationships between the characters. I don’t think I have seen a more pure love story than that of Jake and Amy’s. They genuinely love, care and respect each other. There is no hidden toxicity, they communicate and don’t make jokes that are sexist or misogynistic. Another thing that hasn’t been talked about enough is how Boyle went from obsessing over Rosa to accepting the fact that she didn’t like him that way and remained a genuine and caring friend. At no point was there a mention of “friend zone”. A very important thing that is not talked about much is how the show has completely averted the trope of men who hate being married, or see getting married as a trap. All three of the men are portrayed as being absolutely devoted to their relationship and enthusiastically caring about their spouses. B99 gets so much recognition for its diversity, and it deserves that, but I don’t think there ever has been such positive portrayals of masculinity on TV before.

Last but not the least, Hitchcock and Scully. They are so accommodating to the drama happening around them. Have to fake a heart attack to help Jake’s frenemy? Sure. Gotta find a new musician for Jake and Amy’s wedding? Done! And so on and so forth.

So on this Wisdom Wednesday, my wisdom for you is – Go on Netflix and binge watch Brooklyn Nine Nine and appreciate the most beautiful and genuine show out there, because it truly deserves it. And I promise you these virtual characters will get you through quarantine!

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