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The Rookie

The Rookie

ABC 2018

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Rookie

The Rookie - S1E16

#1 - Greenlight


Season 1 - Episode 16

Officer Nolan gets a lesson in respect after his arrest of a gang member leads to a free-for-all on his life. Meanwhile, Officer Chen and Officer Bradford pull over Mario Lopez, who thinks he can talk his way out of a traffic violation.

The episode was rated from 1414 votes.

The Rookie - S2E11

#2 - Day of Death


Season 2 - Episode 11

Officer Nolan and the entire team are in a desperate search to rescue Officer Chen after her abduction and must attempt to get Rosalind to help them in their search. Meanwhile, after Officer Lopez discovers Wesley unconscious from a dangerous cocktail of alcohol and pills, she is forced to keep him close by.

The episode was rated from 1093 votes.

The Rookie - S2E19

#3 - The Q Word (1)


Season 2 - Episode 19

Their rookie year is coming to an end and officers Nolan, Chen and West are about to be squeezed harder than ever before as their training officers evaluate whether they are truly ready for the job. Meanwhile, after one of their rookie classmates is involved in a shooting, the team uncovers some unsettling evidence .

The episode was rated from 1041 votes.

The Rookie - S1E20

#4 - Free Fall


Season 1 - Episode 20

As the rookies prepare for a big exam to see who moves on to the next stage of training, Officer Nolan and Officer Bishop are called to the scene of a murder and learn that the victim may be tied to a potential terrorist attack on the city of Los Angeles.

The episode was rated from 1340 votes.

The Rookie - S2E20

#5 - The Hunt (2)


Season 2 - Episode 20

Nolan's discovery goes much deeper than he expected and could put his life and career in jeopardy.

The episode was rated from 983 votes.

The Rookie - S3E14

#6 - Threshold


Season 3 - Episode 14

Officer Nolan mildly injures himself while chasing down a shoplifter and the local DA wants to charge the suspect with assault despite Nolan's wishes. Meanwhile, Lucy goes undercover, Lopez' wedding venue is seized by the FBI and Nolan meets his new neighbor.

The episode was rated from 814 votes.

The Rookie - S3E5

#7 - Lockdown


Season 3 - Episode 5

Officer Nolan is taken hostage by a man with nothing to lose while the station goes on lockdown and races to identify the suspect before time runs out. Meanwhile, Officer Jackson and his training officer, Officer Doug Stanton, reach a tipping point in their relationship that could end Jackson’s career.

The episode was rated from 852 votes.

The Rookie - S3E1

#8 - Consequences


Season 3 - Episode 1

Nearing the end of his training, Nolan now faces his biggest challenge as a police officer yet when he must come to terms with the choices he has made in pursuit of the truth.

The episode was rated from 927 votes.

The Rookie - S2E10

#9 - The Dark Side


Season 2 - Episode 10

Officer Nolan and team are charged with escorting a notorious female serial killer to the graves of her previously unrecovered victims. However, when they arrive, they unearth even more than they expected. Meanwhile, Officer Chen meets a seemingly perfect man who sparks her interest, and Officer Lopez worries about Wesley as his PTSD continues to increase.

The episode was rated from 1125 votes.

The Rookie - S2E17

#10 - Control


Season 2 - Episode 17

Officer Nolan’s relationship with his first confidential informant is tested when he discovers her back on the street dealing drugs. Meanwhile, Lucy’s fear of dating following her abduction and her intrusion into Jackson’s relationship is beginning to threaten their friendship.

The episode was rated from 985 votes.

The Rookie - S4E7
#11 - Fire Fight
Season 4 - Episode 7

In the aftermath of Fred’s house explosion, Officer Nolan and Bailey discover there’s more to Fred’s death than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Officer Chen and Officer Bradford demand a treasure hunt rematch and enlist Officer Grey to help set the terms to a new bet, all while they arrest a series of wealthy female criminals. Elsewhere, Wesley struggles to keep it together under the pressure of his debt to Elijah.

The episode was rated from 770 votes.
The Rookie - S1E9
#12 - Standoff
Season 1 - Episode 9

Officer Bradford’s wife, Isabel, is found shot but alive and he vows to track down the man responsible. Meanwhile, Officer Nolan must protect his home and the truth after a home invasion attack.

The episode was rated from 1430 votes.
The Rookie - S2E8
#13 - Clean Cut
Season 2 - Episode 8

Officer Nolan kicks off his birthday by babysitting a crime scene at a law office. Meanwhile, Officer Bradford and Officer West are set to receive special awards, and Sgt. Grey rides patrol with Officer Harper after she requests an early annual evaluation.

The episode was rated from 1117 votes.
The Rookie - S2E18
#14 - Under the Gun
Season 2 - Episode 18

Officers Nolan and Harper are tasked with escorting four juvenile offenders to a Scared Straight program at a correctional facility that quickly becomes a riotous situation. Meanwhile, Nolan is uncertain about his relationship with Grace after she fails to introduce him to her ex-husband.

The episode was rated from 1000 votes.
The Rookie - S2E1
#15 - Impact
Season 2 - Episode 1

Danger is ever-present as the officers of the Mid-Wilshire precinct grapple with the aftermath of a plotted attack on the city of Los Angeles, leaving Officer Bradford fighting for his life.

The episode was rated from 1337 votes.
The Rookie - S4E9
#16 - Breakdown
Season 4 - Episode 9

Desperate to break free from his connection to Elijah, Wesley tries to plant a listening device in his office to incriminate him; Officer Bradford and his sister, Genny, learn an unsettling truth about their father.

The episode was rated from 717 votes.
The Rookie - S1E15
#17 - Manhunt
Season 1 - Episode 15

When a prison bus crashes, all units must respond as some inmates face severe injuries while others seek an opportunity to flee. In the wake of the accident, Officer Nolan tries to impress an FBI hostage negotiator while tracking down an escaped convict.

The episode was rated from 1359 votes.
The Rookie - S1E19
#18 - The Checklist
Season 1 - Episode 19

Sergeant Gray informs the rookies that they must track down a specific set of crimes in a 48-hour period in order to qualify for their final exam. Meanwhile, Officer Nolan and Officer Bishop answer a silent alarm call at will.i.am’s house.

The episode was rated from 1315 votes.
The Rookie - S1E14
#19 - Plain Clothes Day
Season 1 - Episode 14

The rookies are really put to the test when their training officers accompany them out of uniform for Plain Clothes Day, which forces them to make all the decisions while on patrol. Meanwhile, Officer Nolan tries to prove he has been progressing faster than the other rookies to justify his desire of becoming a detective within five years.

The episode was rated from 1382 votes.
The Rookie - S4E10
#20 - Heart Beat
Season 4 - Episode 10

Now that John Nolan knows about Bailey’s past, he must decide if they still have a future. Meanwhile, when a plane crashes in the middle of the city the team races to find out why.

The episode was rated from 739 votes.

Last updated: jun 30, 2022



A Cop Drama With Nathan Fillion, I started it watching it because of him and honestly its a pretty enjoyable show with an array of characters. Not your usual cop drama, there is the right amount of humor and I'm liking it and I want to see where this goes. Lethal Weapon is based on the comedy and has some dramatic elements. Chicago P.D. is a serious drama and you get invested in every moment, this one comes right inbetween. I just love how Nathan Fillion plays his character, just brings me back to the Firefly days.


They are clearly trying to be Southland, but it ends up being cheesy. The magic of Southland was how gritty and realistic it was, you can't really get that on network television.


Started watching for Nathan and was not disappointed. Perfect amount of humour, action and familiar character developed to make it addictive without being tiring. It's rare that i get to season 2 of a show and would prefer not to have a break until the third season. Also like the addition of body cam footage, makes me feel more part of the action. How realistic is it? Frankly don't care, I can watch a number of show, heavy dramas for that which I equally love but that's not what i came here for. As advertised.


First of all, this is not a crime show. This is a slice of life drama that just happens to star a group of cops. The crimes don't matter. All that matters is the relationship between the team members and how they feel. That could be great if it's done well, but it's underwhelming here. It appears they're trying to present an idealised idea of being a cop. Like the job is something out of an action movie where the cops are the heroes and their office is a kind of bootcamp, where superiors demean and bully their underlings (even in front of criminals). At one point in the first episode, one supervisor (as a kind of twisted hazing ritual) [spoiler]deliberately sets his rookie up to be attacked by a drug dealer (lucky he didn't have a knife or something), and then stands and watches, smugly, while his rookie is receiving punches.[/spoiler] Yet, by the end of the same episode I'm supposed to feel sympathetic for that supervisor? No, thank you.


Fabulous series. I just can't get enough.


I thought so low about this. That bc of the main actor it would be a comedy or just another cop show which I was done bc of the schematic eps and so little insights with the main cast. Well I was soo wrong! It's so entertaining and maybe sometimes naive but mainly it just show you that you don't have to be tough and a handsome hunk to be great at the cop thing. John doesn't look like a cop, doesn't act like a cop really. He's naive, he's a teddy bear almost but he's gonna move mountains to change a 'crook' when he sees the person has potential. I don't understand how the hell so many women are so into him which is hilarious. As well with the fact he's a rookie. The comedy is there but the cases feel fresh and many times I didn't know how they will turn out and I have seen many cop shows. The romantic relationships feel fake to me and I couldn't feel anything for pretty much all of the relationships, not only with Nolan (maybe when he was with Jess but the relationship was mainly off screen and in the end felt rushed butthe chemistry was there at the beginning, love the actress, sad they didn't show her more). The relationships between the officers on the other hand. By the finale of the 2nd season I saw many scenes so believable I was rooting for the characters I didn't even like just bc they all really started to feel like a family. Boots and TOs. It's really outstanding for me. I feel hangover now (watch the entire show in 2 days) and I want to watch more cp shows but I know there aren't any like that.


Where to begin? Well, first off, I think this show is entertaining and I don't think that will ever change, no matter how much others dislike it or aspects about it and gradually disliking it more and more. There are technical discrepancies when it comes to certain things when compared with real life, I'm sure. But I think some people are overly harsh when it comes to them. There are also other aspects not solely related to how the technicalities are done that I've seen people dwell on, and honestly, I don't even notice them. There comes a point where constantly dwelling on things like that is just out of an egotistical mindset that those things are this unbearable issue, and they're not. I'd go as far as to say that some may start doing it out of spite. At this point, some people must be looking for anything, any little, inconsequential detail to complain about. The show is meant to entertain, and for me, it does just that. If that's not the case for you, I imagine it's because you're choosing to dwell on meaningless details to where that's all you care about and can focus on, and you can't let yourself be entertained as a subsequent offshoot of that. You'd be best off if you quit watching the show if you're one of those people, and there's no need to continue watching the show. For me, this show isn't this wonderful, like-none-other show or anything like that. The fact is, it can be uninteresting for me at times, or some parts of an episode. Regardless of that, I enjoy watching it. The concept is entertaining, and by that, I mean that it's a police procedural. Not all of them are entertaining, but this one is. Take that however you'd like.


Who even talks like these people in the show?


Just imagine having _Stana Katic_ as Dr. Grace.


Just binges the first season, had no idea that I would get hooked. Nice to see a brown coat after all these years. All the show needs is a guest star walk-on by Gina Torres.


First 2 seasons are definitely recommended. It got "woke" in season 3 and isn't worth the time anymore. Unfollowed.


Finally pulling the plug on this show. Just when I think their wokeness can't get any worse the next episode is even more woke and silly than the last. If you feel that having Hollywood force feed you their agenda is fun, this is a great show for you.


terrific show up until the third season. Absolutely awful. I will never watch anything with these actors again and Nathan Filion was always one of my favorites.


Now that its confirmed to have a 4th season, and obviously Nolan passes probation, how does this show still get called The Rookie?


First 2 seasons entertaining 3rd season really really woke and not entertaining


1st & 2nd seasons were wonderful! 3rd season went completely woke, but luckily the 4th season has pulled back from the woke based storylines and are now similar to seasons 1 & 2 and much much better for it!


In short: they decided to get as woke as possible in season three, killed what was a cute show. Like many others I started watching this for Nathan Fillion, he always plays likable characters and the first couple seasons of this were just that. Now, though, they have (and nobody should be surprised) made this into a platform for political correctness and virtue signaling. The first two seasons were actually pretty fun to watch, come season 3 and every episode has huge political statements to make, even making a professor who believes cops are bad and corrupt and racist a main cast member. Black inequality righted? Check. Gay inequality righted? Check. Cops are bad and racist? Check. Cops should be defunded? Check. Who needs a good story when we can just do that instead? Season 3 has been all about being PC about everything, being a social justice warrior about everything and, overall isn't the interesting story line we got in the first two seasons about a middle aged man who becomes a cop and the challenges he has to overcome. So what happens in season 4 when "The Rookie" is no longer a rookie? Will there be a new batch of Rookies that our main character gets to impart his wisdom upon? Probably, and we'll get more political correctness and virtue signaling shoved down our throats since it will be made in 2021.


Pretty decent series, Nathan is great


It's a mainstream cop friendly show. ("Join the LAPD today!") Lots of action. Flat story. Boring Characters. Diverse cast There are a lot better cop shows out there: True Detective, the wire Don't waste your time with this.


The Rookie is a really good police series! Towards the season 3, the series try to integrate in the story the real life events of BLM and the death of George Floyd but without acknowledging them specifically in canon - but still making them feel relevant and I think that it does a good job of commenting about crime brutality and police defunding whislt being fair with both sides and without compromising the plot. Overall, it does a fine job with the plot and the characters. I WAS expecting to be a little bit more of a comedy since it has Nathan Fillion as a lead, but it is really not. But it does a fine job of being an entretaining series. EDIT: Oh no - they [spoiler]kill[/spoiler] the gay in season 4 . x_________x

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