The Rookie

2018
4.5
153 reviews
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Season 1 episodes (21)

1 Pilot
10/16/18
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. As the force's oldest rookie, he's met with skepticism from higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis.
2 Crash Course
10/23/18
Talia forces Nolan to confront his personal moral instincts in order to be a good cop after he encounters a kidnapping victim. Meanwhile, Lucy is temporarily placed with a new training officer who tests her patience, and Jackson must confront his failures head-on if he wants to be an officer.
3 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
10/30/18
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. Meanwhile, Lucy is concerned Tim is enabling his wife's destructive behavior and not taking care of himself.
4 The Switch
11/13/18
The rookies are temporarily paired with new training officers, and Officer Nolan is paired with Officer Lopez. When Nolan and Lopez track down an escaped criminal, they discover a little kindness goes a long way. Meanwhile, Jackson is forced to face his fears when he is partnered with Officer Bradford, while Officer Chen and Nolan must face a hard truth.
5 The Roundup
11/20/18
Nolan, the rookies and their training officers get involved in a competition that pits them against each other, while Officer Lucy Chen notices Officer Tim Bradford is obsessed with winning at all costs.
6 The Hawke
11/27/18
Nolan and the team must help capture a cop and his former mentor from the academy after he becomes a fugitive following an assault. Meanwhile, Officer Tim Bradford needs Officer Lucy Chen to learn to predict the moves of criminals in order to capture them.
7 The Ride Along
12/4/18
Sergeant Grey informs Officer Nolan and Officer Bishop that they are going to have a movie director as a ride-along during their patrol. Meanwhile, Officer Bradford is tested once again after he learns that his wife, Isabel, has been arrested for drug possession.
8 Time of Death
12/11/18
Officer Nolan and Officer Bishop respond to a silent alarm call at a local convenience store where two men are attempting to rob the place. Officer Nolan pursues one of the suspects on foot and is forced to make a split-second decision that will affect both of their lives. Meanwhile, Officer Bishop helps coordinate a drug bust that hits a little too close to home for Officer Bradford.
9 Standoff
1/8/19
Officer Bradford's wife, Isabel, is found shot but alive and he vows to track down the man responsible. Meanwhile, Officer Nolan must protect his home and the truth after a home invasion attack.
10 Flesh and Blood
1/15/19
On Captain Andersen's orders, Officer Nolan and Sergeant Grey are paired up for the day on patrol. Meanwhile, Officer Chen is paired up with Captain Andersen, and Officer Bradford tells Chen to protect her at all costs.
11 Redwood
1/22/19
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 while the rest of the team try to keep the streets clear and safe for his visit.
12 Heartbreak
2/12/19
The team is on high alert during the most dangerous day of the year, Valentine's Day; officer Nolan invites everyone over for a party now that he is single.
13 Caught Stealing
2/19/19
The rookies become the prime suspects after a large sum of money used in a drug bust goes missing.
14 Plain Clothes Day
2/26/19
The rookies are really put to the test when they are forced to make all decisions while on patrol; officer Nolan tries to prove he has been progressing faster than the other rookies to justify his desire of becoming a detective within five years.
15 Manhunt
3/5/19
When a prison bus crashes, some inmates face severe injuries while others seek an opportunity to flee; in the wake of the accident, officer Nolan tries to impress an FBI hostage negotiator while tracking down an escaped convict.
16 Green Light
3/19/19
Officer Nolan gets a lesson in respect after his arrest of a gang member leads to a free-for-all on his life; officer Chen and Bradford pull over Mario Lopez, who thinks he can talk his way out of a traffic violation.
17 The Shake Up
3/26/19
A massive earthquake rocks the city and throws everything into chaos; Russo recommends Officer Nolan for a protective detail of Brad Hayes, a man whose dealings have put a target on his head.
18 Homefront
4/2/19
When a cop is arrested by Internal Affairs for lying on the witness stand, it leads to the release of three felons whose cases he worked on; Officer Nolan finds out he is being sued by a man who claims he used excessive force which led to an injury.
19 The Checklist
4/9/19
Sgt. Gray informs the rookies that they must track down a specific set of crimes in a 48-hour period to qualify for their final exam; Nolan and Bishop answer a silent alarm call at will.i.am's house.
20 Free Fall
4/16/19
As the rookies prepare for a big exam to see who moves on to the next stage of training, Nolan and Bishop are called to the scene of a murder and learn that the victim may be tied to a potential terrorist attack on the city of Los Angeles.
101 Behind the Scenes
8/27/18
Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small town guy John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) 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. 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.

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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.
4.5
153 reviews
Garnett Stephen Benjamin
January 10, 2019
Tries to humanize cops but tends to reinforce how imperfect of a job they do. They have alot of good moral preaching and then act boorish and privileged like many of cops now adays. particularly in episode 7 the ride along. How they approached the interaction with the mentally stunted African American man and his family showed real promise until they made the brother incapable of not seeing money and resorting to theft and violence. Hoping the writers stop typecasting later on.
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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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Fletcher Persinger
January 11, 2019
Ok to be honest. I had high hopes on this show as the trailer was awesome it seemed like it was going to be a good story and had great actors. but the first few episodes were good but not great. I kind of lost interest as some of the story lines seemed plastic. But i must say I just watched Episode 8 and 9.. Damn what a Roller Coaster of Feelings, Drama, Action and Emotions. I was really invested in the characters and its starting to feel real and interesting. I cant wait for the next episode!
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