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The Rookie (2018)

Comedy | Drama 
Popularity 69
Rayting:   8.1/10 26K votes
Country: USA
Language: English

Starting over isn't easy, especially for John Nolan who, after a life altering incident, is pursuing his dream of joining the LAPD. As their oldest rookie, he's met with skepticism from those who see him as just a walking midlife crisis.

Episode Guide

Season 4

November 7, 2021Episode 6 Poetic Justice
October 31, 2021Episode 5 A.C.H.
October 17, 2021Episode 4 Red Hot
October 3, 2021Episode 2 Five Minutes
September 26, 2021Episode 1 Life and Death

Season 3

Season 2

Season 1

Best The Rookie Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

March 19, 2019star9.3 1250 votesS1E16 Greenlight
December 11, 2018star8.9 958 votesS1E8 Time of Death
January 8, 2019star8.8 878 votesS1E9 Standoff
April 16, 2019star8.8 815 votesS1E20 Free Fall
February 23, 2020star8.8 737 votesS2E11 Day of Death
December 8, 2019star8.8 729 votesS2E10 The Dark Side
March 5, 2019star8.7 834 votesS1E15 Manhunt
November 17, 2019star8.7 681 votesS2E8 Clean Cut
May 3, 2020star8.7 587 votesS2E19 The Q Word (1)
February 26, 2019star8.6 747 votesS1E14 Plain Clothes Day
April 9, 2019star8.6 694 votesS1E19 The Checklist
April 26, 2020star8.6 555 votesS2E18 Under the Gun
January 15, 2019star8.5 776 votesS1E10 Flesh and Blood
May 16, 2021star8.5 583 votesS3E14 Threshold
December 4, 2018star8.3 808 votesS1E7 The Ride Along
January 22, 2019star8.3 757 votesS1E11 Redwood
September 29, 2019star8.3 746 votesS2E1 Impact
October 6, 2019star8.3 679 votesS2E2 The Night General
October 20, 2019star8.3 652 votesS2E4 Warriors and Guardians
October 16, 2018star8.2 1377 votesS1E1 Pilot

The Rookie Trailer

User Reviews

pjball 17 October 2018

As an active police officer of 25 years, I'm currently 54, it was like watching my own body cam footage from the last few months! I am hooked on this show! P. Ball

Top_Dawg_Critic 17 October 2018

At first I thought "no please, not another cop show" and I wasn't sure about Nathan Fillion as a cop. But I must say, the directing is spot on, and the writing is refreshing - especially the relationships of the rookies and their T.O's, their relationship with each other, the conflicts they have to deal with, and the use/views of the body cams. Also surprisingly, Fillion is perfect for this part and nails his role, and all other actors were perfectly cast and also are great in their roles. I especially appreciate seeing the various parts of L.A. and the different people/conflicts the LAPD has to deal with - outside and within the force. So far so good, let's hope the writing progresses as good at the pilot was throughout the season. A well deserved 8/10 from me.

EDIT: 4/2019 - upped my score from 8 to 9/10... the writing has vastly improved; more realistic (and original) drama, and much less cliched cheese. Keep it up guys!

noparolefromrocknroll 18 January 2021

I have genuinely enjoyed this show and would rate the first two seasons at a solid 8. The plot and characters have been interesting and enjoyable overall.

Season three, only a few episodes in, is a huge disappointment. Does every tv show and movie have to bend the knee to the so-called 'woke' agenda and relentlessly bombard its audience with political messaging? I can watch CNN for that.

Come on, Hollywood, I want to be entertained, not indoctrinated. I'm sure you can come up with a more original storyline for this season.

For this year, at least, I'm out.

jesseglover-84848 14 January 2021

I heard this would focus on BLM but all the guy in the second episode did was piss me off. Blaming cops for trying to help his community and not getting his own community together to stop drug dealers and vandals from ruining it.

The guy used a bike lock to close a playground because used it for either dealing or doing drugs. That's like putting a bandaid on a bullet wound.

Getting tired of shows pushing political messages instead of just being entertaining

jedwards-32462 12 January 2021

I really liked the first 2 seasons. But the 2nd episode feels like the first real episode of this season because the first was the end of the second season and you can tell the narrative has changed.

This show has changed from genuine optimistic trying to do the right thing. To super manipulative plots with an agendas now. These situations seem so forced and unatural.

I might give this another chance but will change my review if this drastic cramming stuff down our throats changes my whole view of this show.

Sorry love me some Nathan Fillion.

marcberger 17 January 2021

I really liked the first two seasons but season three is only agenda tv. I'm a groven adult and i don't need, again and again political teachings in a tv show.

ressurrectin 11 January 2021

Seasons 1 and 2 are worth the watch, but season 3 has really dropped the ball here.

It's clear the show-runners have decided Season 3 will focus on educating viewers of political talking points, which would be fine if it was subtle about it and if it didn't detract from the show we know from seasons 1 and 2.

Unfortunately it fails both of those tests.

Episode 3 update: Same deal. It's like I'm watching clips from /r/AmIFreeToGo but it's a TV show.

tinajo62 7 March 2019

Please bring this show back for a second season. Nathan has many fans, not to mention the rest of the cast is great. Pls pls pls.

Washington-Matt 12 January 2021

First two seasons were decent. Season three is agenda tv. Automatic 1 star.

maximus-98997 19 January 2021

Season 1 and 2 were great, season 3 i am choking on biased political agenda. Get enough of that on Social Media and on the news. I tried to muscle through but i can't even finish episode 3. I will not be continuing to watch this show if it is going to continue down this path.

srbishop-46546 23 January 2021

Wow what a difference from last season. Now every sub story is about social injustice. I understand putting some social injustice in the story line but this is way way over the top. Every sub story is now about social injustice. Can we just have an entertaining show. It was well written series before the BLM movement this summer. But now I guess the writers feel the need to put his story line in every sub story in every episode. Yes I agree there is much social injustice, but we don't need to have this pushed on us every time we want to just watch TV. I live here in LA the home of Hollywood. I am a true So Cal native, so I understand but give me a break. We hear what you are saying but can you do a better job of writing and not make the message and agenda you are pushing so obvious? I would like to be entertained. ENOUGH WITH THE SOCIAL INJUSTICE story lines. Put it in but it does not have to be the point of every episode!!!

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