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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User Ratings: 371

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Air date: Oct 16, 2018
Air date: Oct 23, 2018
Air date: Oct 30, 2018
Air date: Nov 13, 2018
Air date: Nov 20, 2018
Air date: Nov 27, 2018
Air date: Dec 4, 2018
Air date: Dec 11, 2018
Air date: Jan 8, 2019
Air date: Jan 15, 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 (22) | 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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for The Rookie: Season 1

  • Jun 23, 2019
    The Rookie is fresh and good entertaiment!
  • Jun 16, 2019
    Its got my Boi Cay- I mean Nathan Fillion Being a hunk in uniform being a down to earth dramatized version of our bois and girls in Blue. Seemingly Realistic encounters with people and a deep inspirational insight on how it MAY feel being a cop in a highly populated area. the only gripe is the "romance" subplot.
  • Jun 07, 2019
    I dunno what show the critics were watching, this show is exceptionally good. This show is so underrated, and clearly the rest of the audience agrees with me.
  • May 13, 2019
    I really like this series...they have a good blend of humour and seriousness. Instead of the usual vet cop doing the job, this shows a blend of both youth, experience and on the job knowledge. It also whos it with humour...which considering some of the topics it hits is refreshing. SPOILER SPOILER - LAST EPISDOE DO NOT READ - SPOILER This is the only thing that got me...a massive city wide issue about somethign that can only spread through bodily fluid, not fluid on skin, but body to body fluid.For a series finally the chance that only mayeb 100+ people in the whole of Los Angeles is at risk was a let down. They should at least have found an aerosolized dispersant to increase the risk!! But hey, really enjoyed the Season :)
  • May 10, 2019
    For older Americans this is the show to watch! Your second career doesn't have to be volunteering in a nursing home. You just need a desire to be, motivation to do, and the imagination to succeed. This show shows you how to put it all together and BE. Love It!
  • May 03, 2019
    I live for Saturday mornings when I wake up at 5 AM the house is quiet and I can watch the show.
  • May 02, 2019
    Amazing show love it. Hope theres a season 2
  • Apr 25, 2019
    Great, action-packed show!
  • Apr 23, 2019
    Nice balance between witty and serious with a superb ensemble cast. Tune in for Nathan Fillion but you will end up loving them all. I really like the strong female training officers! This show deserves a chance to find a broader audience. It could be a multi year hit like Castle for ABC.
  • Apr 23, 2019
    The Rookie is my go to show. Love the story line and the acting. The finale had me on the edge of my seat. Great family show.

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