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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 Worst Episodes of The Rookie

The Rookie - S3E5

#1 - Lockdown

0.00

Season 3 - Episode 5

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Rookie from 0 votes.

The Rookie - S1E3

#2 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

7.62

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 #2 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1447 votes.

The Rookie - S1E5

#3 - The Roundup

7.62

Season 1 - Episode 5

Nolan, the rookies and their training officers get involved in a competition that pits them against each other. Chen notices Bradford is obsessed with winning at all costs.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1315 votes.

The Rookie - S1E7

#4 - The Ride Along

7.65

Season 1 - Episode 7

Grey informs Nolan and Bishop that they are going to have a movie director as a ride-along during their patrol after a fun afternoon granting the wish of a Make-a-Wish kid as an honorary police officer. Bradford is tested once again after he learns that his wife has been arrested for drug possession.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1274 votes.

The Rookie - S1E6

#5 - The Hawke

7.66

Season 1 - Episode 6

Nolan and the team must help capture a cop and his former mentor from the academy after he becomes a fugitive following an assault. Bradford needs Chen to learn to predict the moves of criminals in order to capture them.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1301 votes.

The Rookie - S1E1

#6 - Pilot

7.66

Season 1 - Episode 1

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a police officer.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1760 votes.

The Rookie - S2E14

#7 - Casualties

7.67

Season 2 - Episode 14

Nolan and Harper investigate a murder which may have national security implications. Bradford must confront his past when he crosses paths with a homeless veteran.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Rookie from 902 votes.

The Rookie - S1E4

#8 - The Switch

7.67

Season 1 - Episode 4

The rookies are temporarily paired with new training officers, and Nolan is paired with Lopez. When Nolan and Lopez track down an escaped criminal, they discover a little kindness goes a long way. Jackson is forced to face his fears when he is partnered with Officer Bradford. Chen and Nolan must face a hard truth.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1340 votes.

The Rookie - S3E4

#9 - Sabotage

7.70

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 #9 Worst episode of The Rookie from 500 votes.

The Rookie - S1E12

#10 - Heartbreak

7.70

Season 1 - Episode 12

The most dangerous day of the year – Valentine’s Day – has the team on high alert, and Officer Nolan invites everyone over for a party now that he is single.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1199 votes.

The Rookie - S3E3
#11 - La Fiera
7.71
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 #1 Worst episode of The Rookie from 513 votes.

The Rookie - S1E11
#12 - Redwood
7.71
Season 1 - Episode 11

An unscheduled visit by the vice president of the United States puts the station on high alert. The secret service tasks Officer Nolan and Officer Bishop with checking out a possible threat to the vice president while the rest of the team try to keep the streets clear and safe for his visit.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1249 votes.

The Rookie - S2E13
#13 - Follow-Up Day
7.72
Season 2 - Episode 13

Nolan is given some life-changing news and invites Grace over for a homecooked meal in his newly remodeled kitchen. Each unit is tasked with following up on dormant cases in the hopes they can uncover new leads.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Rookie from 892 votes.

The Rookie - S2E7
#14 - Safety
7.72
Season 2 - Episode 7

John and Jessica’s relationship gets a lot more complicated after she delivers some surprising news. Bradford and West are assigned a community policing project helping out the Watts Rams as volunteer coaches at their Fall clinic.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Rookie from 989 votes.

The Rookie - S1E13
#15 - Caught Stealing
7.72
Season 1 - Episode 13

The rookies become the prime suspects after it is discovered a large sum of money used in a drug bust has gone missing.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1241 votes.

The Rookie - S2E9
#16 - Breaking Point
7.73
Season 2 - Episode 9

Nolan’s trust is tested when he tries to help the previous owner of his home reconnect with his family. Harper has finally earned an overnight visit with her daughter that is put into jeopardy when her past undercover life resurfaces again.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Rookie from 985 votes.

The Rookie - S1E18
#17 - Homefront
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 18

When one of their colleagues is arrested by Internal Affairs for lying on the witness stand, it leads to the release of three felons whose cases he worked on and the team being asked to check in on them now that they are free. Meanwhile, Officer Nolan finds out he is being sued by a man who claims he used excessive force which led to an injury.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1192 votes.

The Rookie - S1E10
#18 - Flesh and Blood
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 10

On Captain Andersen’s orders, Officer Nolan and Sergeant Grey are paired up for the day on patrol. Additionally, Nolan’s son and Grey’s daughter visit their dads on the job and see them in action. Meanwhile, Officer Chen is paired up with Captain Andersen, and Officer Bradford tells Chen to protect her at all costs.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Rookie from 1235 votes.

The Rookie - S3E2
#19 - In Justice
7.74
Season 3 - Episode 2

Officer John Nolan and Officer Nyla Harper are assigned to a community policing center to help rebuild their station’s reputation in the community. Nolan is determined to make a positive impact but Nyla has her doubts.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Rookie from 541 votes.

The Rookie - S2E15
#20 - Hand-Off
7.75
Season 2 - Episode 15

Nolan is having a particularly bad day after learning his identity has been stolen and could jeopardize his position as an officer. Grey must confront his past and testify at the parole hearing of the man who shot him and murdered his partner.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Rookie from 910 votes.

Last updated: mar 07, 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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