8.0
1,781 votes
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

8.09

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 1352 votes.

The Rookie - S4E4

#2 - Red Hot

7.95

Season 4 - Episode 4

Officer Nolan and Officer Chen search for a missing person who may have international ties that puts everyone’s lives in danger. Meanwhile, Harper continues the search for a serial arsonist after responding to a report of an injured cyclist. Elsewhere, Wesley must overcome an impossible task

The episode was rated from 301 votes.

The Rookie - S3E14

#3 - Threshold

7.95

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 706 votes.

The Rookie - S2E11

#4 - Day of Death

7.94

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 1032 votes.

The Rookie - S1E20

#5 - Free Fall

7.94

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 1277 votes.

The Rookie - S2E19
#6 - The Q Word (1)
7.93
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 986 votes.
The Rookie - S2E20
#7 - The Hunt (2)
7.92
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 924 votes.
The Rookie - S3E5
#8 - Lockdown
7.86
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 767 votes.
The Rookie - S3E1
#9 - Consequences
7.85
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 845 votes.
The Rookie - S2E10
#10 - The Dark Side
7.85
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 1063 votes.

Last updated: oct 22, 2021

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fabulous series. I just can't get enough.

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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.

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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.

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Who even talks like these people in the show?

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Just imagine having _Stana Katic_ as Dr. Grace.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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