The Rookie: Season 1 (2018)


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


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Air date: Oct 16, 2018
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Air date: Jan 8, 2019
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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.


Nathan Fillion
as John Nolan
Afton Williamson
as Talia Bishop
Eric Winter
as Tim Bradford
Richard T. Jones
as Wade Grey
Titus Makin Jr.
as Jackson West
Mercedes Masohn
as Zoe Anderson
Demetrius Grosse
as Detective Kevin Wolfe
Steven Allerick
as Bo Sokolovsky
Mircea Monroe
as Isabel Bradford
Ty Haile
as Jeffrey
David Desantos
as Detective Elijah Vestri
Scott Subiono
as Todd Collins
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Critic Reviews for The Rookie Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

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

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

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…
Top Critic

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…
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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…

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…

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