The Rookie

2018
4.5
182 reviews
TV-14
Rating
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Season 2 episodes (20)

1 Impact
9/29/19
The officers grapple with the aftermath of a plotted attack on the city of Los Angeles, leaving Bradford fighting for his life.
2 The Night General
10/6/19
Nolan teams up with new night detective Pablo Armstrong for a murder investigation case that results in an unexpected reunion with a former love interest.
3 The Bet
10/13/19
Officer Nolan navigates his relationship with Jessica and a developing rapport with Grace while working a high-stakes criminal case involving an undercover homeland security agent; Officer Chen meddles with Officer Bradford's love life.
4 Warriors and Guardians
10/20/19
Officer Nolan gets off to a rocky start after being introduced to his new training officer; Officer Bradford struggles to think of an appropriate birthday gift for Rachel; Officer Lopez finds herself navigating a case that triggers a personal memory.
5 Tough Love
10/27/19
The rookies are asked to develop their first confidential informants; Officer Chen's mother complicates her home life when she comes to stay with her.
6 Fallout
11/3/19
An emergency alert of an impending missile attack sends Los Angeles into chaos and uncertainty, while the officers each try to keep the peace and deal with their own disasters.
7 Safety
11/10/19
John and Jessica's relationship gets a lot more complicated after she delivers some surprising news; Officer Bradford and Officer West are assigned a community policing project helping out the Watts Rams as volunteer coaches.
8 Clean Cut
11/17/19
Officer Nolan kicks off his birthday by babysitting a crime scene at a law office; Officer Bradford and Officer West are set to receive special awards; Sgt. Grey rides patrol with Officer Harper after she requests an early annual evaluation.
9 Breaking Point
12/1/19
Officer Nolan's trust is tested when he tries to help the previous owner of his home reconnect with his family; Officer Harper's overnight visit with her daughter is put into jeopardy when her past undercover life resurfaces again.
10 The Dark Side
12/8/19
Officer Nolan and the team are charged with escorting a notorious female serial killer to the graves of her victims; Officer Chen meets a seemingly perfect man who sparks her interest; Officer Lopez worries about Wesley.
11 Day of Death
2/23/20
Officer Nolan and the entire team are in a desperate search to rescue Officer Chen after her abduction; Officer Lopez discovers Wesley unconscious from a dangerous cocktail of alcohol and pills.
12 Now and Then
3/1/20
Nolan takes his son's fiancée, Abigail, on a ride-along after she shows interest in becoming a police officer; Jackson's relationship becomes increasingly complicated.
13 Follow-Up Day
3/8/20
Nolan is given some life-changing news and invites Grace over for a home-cooked meal in his newly remodeled kitchen; each unit is tasked with following up on dormant cases in hopes of uncovering new leads.
14 Casualties
3/15/20
Officers Nolan and Harper investigate a murder which may have national security implications; Officer Bradford must confront his past when he crosses paths with a homeless veteran.
15 Hand-Off
3/22/20
Officer Nolan learns his identity has been stolen and could jeopardize his position as an officer; Sgt. Grey must testify at the parole hearing of the man who shot him and murdered his partner.
16 The Overnight
4/5/20
Season-only
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.
17 Control
4/12/20
Season-only
Officer 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 is beginning to threaten her friendship with Jackson.
18 Under the Gun
4/26/20
Officers Nolan and Harper escort four juvenile offenders to a Scared Straight program at a correctional facility, but it quickly becomes a riotous situation; Nolan is uncertain about Grace after she fails to introduce him to her ex-husband.
19 The Q Word
5/3/20
Officers Nolan, Chen and West are squeezed harder than ever before as their training officers evaluate whether they are truly ready for the job; one of the rookie classmates is involved in a shooting.
20 The Hunt
5/10/20
Season-only
Nolan's discovery goes much deeper than he expected and could put his life and career in jeopardy.

About this show

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. If he can't keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he'll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

Ratings and reviews

4.5
182 reviews
Christian Publishing House
November 28, 2023
Season 1 and 2 are GREAT! Then season 3 takes a nose dive into wokeism in the EXTREME!!!!! It is racist this, racist that, gender this, gender that, the new rooking is a lesbian special forces Rambo. Defund the police is repackaged but there. I have had to skip over so many episodes out of frustration and anger. If you are not a woke person, DO NOT BUY season 3 forward. I find it ironic that in 40+ episodes of season 1 and 2, they did not deal with one of the now plagued woke issues.
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M E
January 21, 2021
It's a decent show...but season 3 is starting to lose me. I'm not liking how season 3 trivializes the progress that has been made against racism. Sure it's still around today, but the show seems to be preaching that racism today is just as bad as it was in the past...and that just makes me shake my head in disappointment at the showrunners and their lack of respect of what people had to sacrifice in order to get to the world we have today.
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Ken R
November 1, 2018
The Rookie, with Castle's Nathan Fillion, falls into an odd niche. Not really a police drama like SWAT, and not fully a comedy (they did spend one episode destroying a bunch of police cars.) So the show may not find a loyal audience because it is not fully devoted to one purpose. I do think Richard T. Jones and the rest of the very clever casting can propel the show to success, though. It is enjoyable to watch, but may run out of good plots quickly. Can you tell I am on the fence on this one?
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