Welcome to Fatness In Film, a monthly column analysing examples of fat representation and body diversity on screen.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the ‘nicest’ shows on television. It might follow the goings-on of a police precinct, but doesn’t focus on the violence, crime or jaded attitudes we might come to expect from a cop show. Instead, the characters come together to form an odd but utterly lovable family, and being a good person always wins in the end.
As television shows go, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the good guys. But, it’s not perfect. There’s one major problem with Nine-Nine’s otherwise remarkable record on inclusivity – it can’t stop being fatphobic.