After five seasons and plenty of laughs, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was recently canceled by Fox. The show, featuring a diverse cast of characters, had become a favorite among viewers for both its humor and its thoughtfulness.

The show and its cancellation

In the past, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has been in danger of not being renewed, but each time, it escaped being canceled. However, on May 10, 2018, Fox confirmed the show’s cancellation, leading to many heartbroken fans. Though it isn’t the only Fox program being axed - "The Last Man on Earth" and "The Mick" have also been canceled - fans are feeling the loss, of the cop Comedy, the most.

Since 2013, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" had been a Fox mainstay, becoming its second longest-running live action program, just behind "New Girl," and has received praise from both fans and critics alike. The show takes place in a New York City police precinct, but it has never been your average cop show. While police work is a serious thing, a reality that programs like "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" try to show viewers, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" provides the laughs along with a serious moral undertone.

Many viewers laud the show for its inclusive characters. While television is full of the straight, white male perspective, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has represented a more diverse look at the world. Even though the show’s main character Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg, is, unsurprisingly, a straight, white man, other characters have more varied qualities.

Andre Braugher’s Captain Raymond Holt is a stoic, gay, black man, who contrasts largely with the show’s other African-American: Terry Crews’ character Terry Jeffords, a police sergeant, and loving father. The program also includes two Latina characters: Rosa Diaz, played by Stephanie Beatriz, and Melissa Fumero’s Amy Santiago. The former is a badass who happens to identify as bisexual, while the latter is an uptight, goody two-shoes.

The main characters on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" are not subjected to the harmful stereotypes we often see, which is why fans are so upset over its cancellation.

Reaction from fans and the cast

Since the announcement, fans have flooded social media with pleas to renew the show. Emphasizing its diversity and ability to tackle timely issues, including racial profiling, police corruption, and LGBT representation, among others. Fans are hoping, either Fox sees the error in canceling the show, or some other network or streaming service will see the value in picking it up.

Fans are currently sharing their favorite clips and scenes from the program or discussing its overall importance and impact.

Cast members and crew are also expressing their thoughts on the cancellation. In a tweet, Melissa Fumero wrote, “I am still processing... don’t have all the words.. but... These last five years have been incredible. Thank you for all your love and support. We have the best fans. It’s been a huge honor to play Amy and be a part of this tremendous ensemble. NINE NINE!” Meanwhile, executive producer and co-creator Dan Goor tweeted, “Wow. Thank you all for this incredible outpouring of support. #brooklyn99 fans are the best fans in the world. It means the world to me and everyone else who works on the show.”

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s future?

The show might still be saved. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is already a top show for streaming service Hulu, who has every season of the show, including new episodes, available for viewing. As a result, Hulu might be keen on producing a new season, as it looks to create high quality, and widely-viewed, original programming. There is already a precedent in place for this. When Fox previously canceled "The Mindy Project" in 2015, Hulu picked up the show, airing it for an additional three seasons.

In the meantime, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s fifth season is not yet over. The season - and perhaps series - finale will air on May 20, focusing on Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago’s wedding.