We like "Brooklyn Nine-Nine": It's funny, it's endearing, and it already boasts one of the tightest comedy ensembles on TV. But we can't help feeling like we've seen these characters somewhere before…
You see, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was created by Michael Schur and Dan Goor, both of whom wrote for and produced NBC's "Parks and Recreation." And you don't have to look too closely to see the overlap between these two comedies.
Here, a character-by-character rundown of each "Brooklyn" cop and their corresponding Pawnee equivalent.
Jake Peralta is… Andy Dwyer
This one might be the biggest stretch of the bunch, but stay with us here: Both are goofy, overgrown man-children prone to juvenile pranks who learn to grow up with the guidance of a strong paternal figure. And just think: If Andy hadn't failed that police exam back in Season 5, he might be Detective Dwyer right now.
Amy Santiago is… Leslie Knope
This one's easy: Both are chipper, ambitious do-gooders who strive to be the absolute best they can be at their jobs. (To the point of annoying others.) Leslie wants to be President; Amy would settle for NYPD commissioner. They probably both have anthologies of inspiring women's stories they could swap.
Gina Linetti is… Donna Meagle
Oh, these two would be instant BFFs, wouldn't they? Both are sarcastic office gossips who aren't shy about flaunting their extracurricular activities in front of their co-workers. They're probably tweeting at each other right now… during business hours.
Terry Jeffords is… Chris Traeger
Both men are the pinnacle of physical fitness. (Terry fell asleep doing pull-ups; Chris wants to live to be 150 years old.) But both harbor crippling phobias: Terry is terrified of going back out into the field, and Chris has battled a fear of aging and ending up alone. But if there's an office pick-up basketball game, these two are definitely captains.
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