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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

8.12

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 #1 Best episode of The Rookie from 1268 votes.

The Rookie - S2E11

#2 - Day of Death

7.96

Season 2 - Episode 11

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

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Rookie from 939 votes.

The Rookie - S2E19

#3 - The Q Word (1)

7.95

Season 2 - Episode 19

Their rookie year is coming to an end and 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. After one of their rookie classmates is involved in a shooting, the team uncovers some unsettling evidence.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Rookie from 879 votes.

The Rookie - S1E20

#4 - 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 #4 Best episode of The Rookie from 1197 votes.

The Rookie - S2E20

#5 - The Hunt (2)

7.94

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 #5 Best episode of The Rookie from 823 votes.

The Rookie - S3E1

#6 - Consequences

7.93

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 #6 Best episode of The Rookie from 587 votes.

The Rookie - S2E10

#7 - The Dark Side

7.88

Season 2 - Episode 10

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. Chen meets a seemingly perfect man who sparks her interest, and Lopez worries about Wesley as his PTSD continues to increase.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Rookie from 971 votes.

The Rookie - S2E17

#8 - Control

7.88

Season 2 - Episode 17

Nolan’s relationship with his first confidential informant is tested when he discovers her back on the street dealing drugs. 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 #8 Best episode of The Rookie from 840 votes.

The Rookie - S1E9

#9 - Standoff

7.85

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 #9 Best episode of The Rookie from 1275 votes.

The Rookie - S2E1

#10 - Impact

7.85

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. Flash forward two weeks and the rookies receive the shocking results of their latest training exam, leaving one officer questioning what the future holds. Meanwhile, tension develops at home as Nolan and Lopez advance in their relationships with Jessica and Wesley.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Rookie from 1188 votes.

The Rookie - S2E18
#11 - Under the Gun
7.84
Season 2 - Episode 18

Nolan and Harper escort 4 juvenile offenders to a Scared Straight program at a correctional facility that quickly becomes a riotous situation. Nolan is uncertain about his relationship with Grace after she fails to introduce him to her ex-husband.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Rookie from 853 votes.

The Rookie - S2E8
#12 - Clean Cut
7.83
Season 2 - Episode 8

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

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Rookie from 965 votes.

The Rookie - S1E15
#13 - Manhunt
7.82
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 #3 Best episode of The Rookie from 1221 votes.

The Rookie - S1E8
#14 - Time of Death
7.81
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 #4 Best episode of The Rookie from 1306 votes.

The Rookie - S1E14
#15 - Plain Clothes Day
7.81
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 #5 Best episode of The Rookie from 1237 votes.

The Rookie - S2E4
#16 - Warriors and Guardians
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 4

Nolan gets off to a rocky start after being introduced to his new training officer, who has an unconventional approach to police work after her stint as an undercover detective. Bradford struggles to think of an appropriate birthday gift for Rachel. Lopez finds herself navigating a case that triggers a personal memory.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Rookie from 1064 votes.

The Rookie - S2E3
#17 - The Bet
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 3

Nolan navigates building tension in his relationship with Jessica and a developing rapport with Grace, while working a high-stakes criminal case involving an undercover homeland security agent. Chen meddles with Bradford’s love life. Lopez learns some surprising news about Wesley.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Rookie from 1111 votes.

The Rookie - S1E19
#18 - The Checklist
7.79
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 #8 Best episode of The Rookie from 1177 votes.

The Rookie - S2E16
#19 - The Overnight
7.79
Season 2 - Episode 16

Officers Chen and Bradford respond to a call at the Los Angeles auditions of American Idol and Officer Chen ends up facing Ryan Seacrest and the judges. Chen befriends a reporter whose motives are not clear.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Rookie from 865 votes.

The Rookie - S1E2
#20 - Crash Course
7.79
Season 1 - Episode 2

Talia forces Nolan to confront his personal moral instincts in order to be a good cop after he encounters a kidnapping victim. Lucy is temporarily placed with a new training officer who tests her patience. Jackson must confront his failures head-on if he wants to be an officer.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Rookie from 1539 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 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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