The Rookie: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)


Season 1
The Rookie

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Nathan Fillion's reliably likable presence makes The Rookie worth tuning in, even if the show around him isn't particularly memorable.



Critic Ratings: 22


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Air date: Oct 16, 2018

In the premiere, small-town guy John Nolan pursues his dream of being a police officer after a life-altering incident. 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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Air date: Oct 23, 2018

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.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2018

Nolan and Talia lose control of a crime scene, and then 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.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2018

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.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2018

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.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2018

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.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2018

Sergeant Grey informs Officer Nolan and Officer 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 honorary police officer Kaydence Patton. Meanwhile, Officer Bradford is tested once again after he learns that his wife, Isabel, has been arrested for drug possession

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Air date: Dec 11, 2018

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.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2019

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.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2019

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.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Rookie Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

Kicking off the series with a laughable setup is never good.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

ABC sorely needs a surefire hit, and The Rookie looks like the best bet to deliver as a cop drama with a sometimes unsteady aim.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

If anyone but Fillion tossed out a line so smothered in schmaltz, you'd either laugh or groan. But Mr. Likable nails it and largely nails this comfy, corny and (yup) likable pilot, too.

Oct 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's kind of fun to have a series more interested in building out a large ensemble of characters, where the cases are secondary to the characters bouncing off each other.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The Rookie is police procedural on steroids.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, there was more than one really clunky character revelation which will change the nature of the show going forward... But if you're a fan of Fillion (and he has plenty of them) then your new weekly dose of appointment-viewing has arrived.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

There's not a lot to it, but as background viewing, it's both easy on the brain and the eyes, which in a way makes it the ideal procedural, great to watch while washing dishes, making dinner, or napping. That's both a knock against it and not.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a unique cross between the now-defunct Southland and Rookie Blue. It's not quite as dark and serious Southland but not as light as Rookie Blue. It is a solid, entertaining middle ground.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

The performance doesn't feel off-brand for Fillion, but rather a natural progression for an actor entering a latter stage of his career-one that lends itself to roles imbued with more maturity and restraint.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The pilot episode attempts to hit as many familiar pilot-y notes as possible... but it also manages to surprise, by offering up something more along the lines of a well-balanced ensemble cop drama that just happens to star Nathan Fillion.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The Rookie is just good enough to be a show you can watch without taxing your brain all that much. And sometimes you just need shows like that in your life.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Fillion grounds The Rookie with just enough wry humor and low-key charisma to lift the formula, and he gets yeoman support from a diverse ensemble of rookies, training officers and bosses.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Rookie: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    Loved the first season. It had a good balance of drama and comedy. It kind of reminds me of a cop version of the show "Scrubs".
  • Feb 03, 2021
    bad last few episodes, but mainly attractive plot, i like this "random events everyday in different places" style
  • Jan 26, 2021
    Love this show. Feels more authentic then other cop shows. Love Nathan Fillion
  • Jan 24, 2021
    Best show on tv at the moment ,,, change my mind but yah id be devastated if they cancel another awesome show, also leaving a review here incase the big shots care about what written here
  • Jul 24, 2020
    The cast is great. Melissa O'Neil especially shines. The story is more believable than a lot of cop shows and a lot of fun.
  • Apr 25, 2020
    Absolutely brilliant. One of my favourite TV shows. It's got everything. Great cast, great acting and excellent storytelling gets you truly invested with and caring about the characters. I'd recommend this show to anyone, especially those that have enjoyed shows like Rookie Blue.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    Lots of fun. Good humour. I literally cannot stop watching. Thanks for a good show out of so many dog shows out there.
  • Apr 08, 2020
    Great story and characters. Waiting for season three!
  • Mar 25, 2020
    Really Great Cast, Gives me Something to watch. So far every episode I've watched, I have never been disappointed. Worth watching, and I really do hope this show goes long ways. :)
  • Mar 24, 2020
    Great show. Worth a watch.

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