Brooklyn Nine-Nine is easily one of the best shows on television right now, and if you're not watching it, you definitely should be.
The show is ridiculously well written and has a slew of complex characters that love and care for one another while also kicking ass at their job. They also just happened to celebrate their 99th episode, and revealed a super important fact about the show at the same time.
Fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have long suspected that one of their favourite characters - hard as nails detective Rosa Diaz - would explore her sexuality during the show's running. And she finally did.
During a conversation with Charles (Joe Lo Truglio), Rosa came out as bisexual, adding a new dimension to what is already one of the most diverse shows on network television.
Fans immediately lit up Twitter with love for Rosa, the show, and the woman behind the character, Stephanie Beatriz Bischoff Alvizuri, who is also bisexual.
could not be happier :’) pic.twitter.com/PFIVAianm2— canon bisexual rosa diaz (@jordnalexandr) December 6, 2017
rosa is rly a bi character played by a bi actress and both are vocal about their bisexuality. thank u so much for my life pic.twitter.com/yfzMoqZjMl— rosa diaz is bisexual (@linzzmccalls) December 6, 2017
brooklyn nine nine has more representation in a 20 minute episode than in all 271 episodes of supernatural and that’s a fact— c (@gjnalinetti) December 3, 2017
This is a big deal for a number of reasons, but mostly because the LGBTQ+ community is still vastly underrepresented on primetime television.
Beatriz herself said she was stoked to be able to portray Rosa this way. She told Entertainment Weekly: "I was really excited about it. I hadn’t really seen much of that representation in television that I personally watch. I know it’s out there, but often times it’s written in a specific way…It’s really cool to me that our show is exploring something with almost the safety net underneath it, telling the audience, ‘Look, we’re not doing this so that we can explore a story and simply throw it away when it’s convenient for us. We are going to keep this person around because we love this person already.’ It’s part of the family."
In other words, Brooklyn Nine-Nine marked its achievement in a big way, and fans of the show are 100% here for it.