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