The Rookie

10 Worst Episodes of The Rookie

The Rookie is an American crime drama series, available on ABC, which first aired in 2018. The show follows the life of John Nolan, a small-town guy who is pursuing his dream of becoming an LAPD officer. After five seasons, there have been a variety of episodes that have been considered the worst episodes of The Rookie. In this article, the worst episodes of The Rookie will be ranked, based on a variety of criteria.

The rankings of the worst episodes of The Rookie will be determined by ratings from viewers, reviews from critics, and how the episode is remembered in the overall context of the series. This will allow for an objective comparison of the episodes, while taking into account the subjective opinion of viewers.

The episodes will be ranked from the worst to the least worst, with the worst episode of The Rookie discussed in detail. Additionally, the reasons why the episode was considered the worst will be discussed, as well as the impact it had on the rest of the series.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

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The Rookie - S3E7

#1 - True Crime (Season 3 - Episode 7)

The team gets the true crime docuseries treatment when they analyze a recent case featuring a former child actor whose adult life has garnered him a cult following.

The episode was rated 6.31 from 974 votes.

The Rookie - S5E18

#2 - Double Trouble (Season 5 - Episode 18)


When Dim goes missing, Officer Chen and Sergeant Bradford, along with the CIA, set out to find him and enlist the help of Juicy.

The episode was rated 6.84 from 625 votes.

The Rookie - S4E16

#3 - Real Crime (Season 4 - Episode 16)

Desperate to reset the way the world sees him, Officer Thorsen reluctantly decides to be a part of a reality show to help rebrand his image, only to be thrust back into yet another deadly situation. With cameras rolling, the show’s producer is found murdered and the team must investigate before Aaron is made suspect number one.

The episode was rated 7.14 from 878 votes.

The Rookie - S3E6

#4 - Revelations (Season 3 - Episode 6)


Officer Nolan’s decision to return to school in order to become a training officer is proving to be much harder than he expected. Meanwhile, Officer Chen considers going into undercover work after getting a taste of the job when Harper’s former colleague needs help.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 957 votes.

The Rookie - S4E14

#5 - Long Shot (Season 4 - Episode 14)

Officer Nolan and Detective Harper help Skip Tracer Randy on his first bounty hunter case. Meanwhile, Officer Chen and Sergeant Bradford are on the hunt for a perpetrator on a citywide crime spree.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 857 votes.

The Rookie - S3E3

#6 - La Fiera (Season 3 - Episode 3)


Officer John Nolan's mom makes an unannounced visit that complicates his life, and Sergeant Grey considers retiring.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 992 votes.

The Rookie - S5E21

#7 - Going Under (I) (Season 5 - Episode 21)

Officer Lucy Chen goes undercover to infiltrate an illegal firearm operation, and Detective Harper and Officer John Nolan work together to solve a mystery involving severed limbs found around the city. | The crossover continues on The Rookie: Feds S01E21 Bloodline (II).

The episode was rated 7.58 from 591 votes.

The Rookie - S1E3

#8 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Season 1 - Episode 3)


After Nolan and Talia lose control of a crime scene, they begin to debate whether people are fundamentally good or bad and what that means for a police officer. Lucy is concerned Tim is enabling his wife’s destructive behavior and not taking care of himself.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 1728 votes.

The Rookie - S5E20

#9 - S.T.R. (Season 5 - Episode 20)

Officer Tim Bradford’s ex-wife returns and asks the team to help her save someone from her undercover past. Isabel’s return also creates additional pressure in Lucy and Tim’s relationship as they assist in the search.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 580 votes.

The Rookie - S3E4

#10 - Sabotage (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Officer Jackson West’s relationship with his new training officer, Stanton, has escalated and he begins to work with Sergeant Grey to find a solution.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 1013 votes.

Last updated: aug 22, 2023

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