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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 8.08 from 1407 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 7.95 from 1120 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 7.93 from 1069 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 7.92 from 1344 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 7.92 from 1016 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 7.89 from 855 votes.

The Rookie - S2E10

#7 - 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 7.86 from 1150 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 7.85 from 962 votes.

The Rookie - S3E5

#9 - 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 7.84 from 890 votes.

The Rookie - S5E4

#10 - The Choice (Season 5 - Episode 4)

Rosalind returns with a vengeance and Bailey’s life is left hanging in the balance. With a ticking clock, the LAPD and the FBI join forces, and Officer John Nolan is forced to make a deadly decision after a harrowing ultimatum.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 558 votes.

The Rookie - S2E17
#11 - 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 1015 votes.
The Rookie - S4E7
#12 - 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 840 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 1140 votes.
The Rookie - S1E9
#14 - 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 1426 votes.
The Rookie - S2E18
#15 - 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 1029 votes.
The Rookie - S5E1
#16 - Double Down
Season 5 - Episode 1

Officer John Nolan is once again face-to-face with serial killer Rosalind, and she wants him to know she's not done with him yet. Meanwhile, officers Bradford and Chen work undercover with Detective Lopez and the Las Vegas Police Department to arrest leaders of a major criminal enterprise.

The episode was rated from 613 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 1352 votes.
The Rookie - S2E1
#18 - 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 1356 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 1376 votes.
The Rookie - S1E8
#20 - Time of Death
Season 1 - Episode 8

Nolan and Bishop respond to a silent alarm call at a local convenience store where two men are attempting to rob the place. Bishop helps coordinate a drug bust that hits a little too close to home for Bradford.

The episode was rated from 1466 votes.

Last updated: nov 26, 2022



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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.


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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