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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 28, 2024.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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The Rookie - S5E21

#10 - 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 726 votes.

The Rookie - S4E20

#9 - Enervo (Season 4 - Episode 20)


The team alongside the LA Division of the FBI are in a race to stop bombs that have been scattered throughout the city by a suspected terrorist. Meanwhile, the joint task force is suspicious of the CIA’s involvement in the situation.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 909 votes.

The Rookie - S4E19

#8 - Simone (Season 4 - Episode 19)

Officer Nolan and the LA division of the FBI enlist the help of FBI trainee Simone Clark when one of her former students is suspected of terrorism following an explosion at a local power station.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 933 votes.

The Rookie - S3E3

#7 - 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 7.56 from 1069 votes.

The Rookie - S5E20

#6 - 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 7.55 from 716 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 7.52 from 947 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 7.49 from 1027 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 7.13 from 961 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 6.80 from 764 votes.

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 6.32 from 1047 votes.

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