Training Day: Season 1 (2017)

Season 1
Training Day

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Training Day falls short of recapturing the excellence of the film in its television incarnation -- and fails to distinguish itself from the current squad of tired police procedurals.



Critic Ratings: 33


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User Ratings: 60

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Air date: Feb 2, 2017

Kyle Craig, an idealistic police officer, is partnered with morally ambiguous detective Frank Rourke in the LAPD. In the opener, Kyle is assigned to work undercover on Frank's team and report on his off-book methods. Meanwhile, Frank tutors Kyle in the way of the streets where the ends often justify the means.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2017

Kyle grows concerned that Frank's rogue tactics will put a kidnapped girl's life at even greater risk after a former member of Muammar Gaddafi's Amazonian Guard becomes involved in the deal and ups the stakes for the girl's safe return.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2017

The rift between Kyle and Frank grows when Kyle refuses to adhere to one of Frank's morally ambiguous rules, but the pair must put aside their differences when they learn the notorious hit man known as El Cucuy is targeting members of the Russian mob in Los Angeles.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2017

Frank's longtime friend and informant is killed by Yakuza assassins, and his quest for revenge puts him and Kyle at odds with an FBI agent whose operation against the Yakuza is jeopardized by Frank's actions.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2017

Lockhart opens an internal investigation into a past shooting that could cost Frank his badge and freedom, which forces Kyle to help Frank clear his name or risk losing the one man who could help him solve his father's murder.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2017

An investigation into weapons trafficking becomes personal for Tommy when an old friend becomes connected to the case. Meanwhile, Lockhart demands to see results from Kyle's probe into Frank's actions, which leads Frank to reveal some surprising information to his trainee.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2017

Kyle's morals are put to the test when Frank involves him in a plan to take down a criminal defense attorney who has been helping his clients eliminate witnesses.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2017

The hunt for a father-son crime team becomes personal for Frank, who is forced to face the parallels between the duo and his own childhood as the son of an outlaw.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2017

Frank and Kyle seek justice for a community organizer who is accidentally killed in a gang-related shooting.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2017

Frank's and Holly's worlds collide when several of her call girls go missing, leading the SIS to investigate an eccentric, reclusive Hollywood producer.

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The crime drama series "Training Day" is a follow-up to the 2001 film of the same name and takes place 15 years after the events of the movie. Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton), a veteran LAPD detective with ambiguous morals, heads the Special Investigation Section that hunts the most dangerous criminals. When his harsh methods are no longer tolerated, Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) sends Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell), a young and idealistic cop, undercover as a trainee to work with Frank and gather enough information to take him down. The first season of the series follows Kyle, Frank and his team as they fight crime. As Frank teaches the younger man about life on the street, Kyle starts seeing the older cop in a positive light, worrying his superiors and his wife Alyse (Lex Scott Davis), who is afraid he might try to get revenge on his father's murderer.

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Critic Reviews for Training Day Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (17)

This is Training Day with training wheels.

Feb 3, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Viewers could do worse than tuning in every week to see Frank troll department heads about a lack of donuts in staff meetings, but Training Day doesn't show enough in three episodes to merit its origins.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Bruckheimer assembly-line sausage stuffed with plenty of hooey and violence - but the leads are plenty appealing.

Feb 1, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's an odd, conflicted show, unwilling to hold a dark tone. Poor Paxton wrestles with over-the-top dialogue. He deserved better. So do viewers.

Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Paxton, as the battle-scarred, Texas-born Rourke, speaks with a comically over-baked rasp that makes Kiefer Sutherland's old Jack Bauer character sound like Mickey Mouse.

Feb 1, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

What I saw in three episodes wasn't intriguing enough to make me crave a fourth, or to understand exactly why CBS thought now was the time to glorify the kind of police officer who thinks laws are for other people.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a big what-if game that can be played with the show. But what-ifs don't make hits, quality does. This isn't it.

Jan 30, 2017 | Full Review…

The 2001 film is now a self-serious TV show. This is not a good choice.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Platitudes are no substitute for convincing dialogue and like many of the characters here, [Frank] feels like a cardboard cut-out.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

As is the TV version of Training Day which brilliantly turns the movie inside out... the show made a deftly brilliant point of telling us that what would be "trained" in future shows would be the morals of the seemingly hopelessly corrupt cop.

Feb 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The series is committed to flirting with a walk on the dark side, but because it's essentially a CBS procedural, it can't or won't go all in, and instead remains on the margins of its characters' moral ambiguity.

Feb 3, 2017 | Full Review…

There's an old Western feel to this modern crime drama that often works, but at times it crosses into a bad caricature.

Feb 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Training Day: Season 1

  • Feb 25, 2019
    Good show star just died and got cancelled before the first season completed fully.
  • May 07, 2017
    Great show! Already looking forward to Season 2.
  • Mar 23, 2017
    Love this show Bill Paxton sells the character very well, New shows have it the the hardest time because it takes a few episodes to see the real potential
  • Mar 19, 2017
    Really liking the show. I hope that they don't cancel the show but replace Bill with another worthy actor/character.
  • Mar 12, 2017
    I've enjoya show that is not so much hard core crime and real life but a little more lighthearted with humor. Training Day fits the bill and I'm thankful it is nothing like the movie version.
  • Feb 20, 2017
    As much as i like Bill Paxton, this is just horrible tv.
  • Feb 12, 2017
    Show has started slow but seems to have a lot of potential.
  • Feb 06, 2017
    Not even half as good as i hoped it would be. Love the movie, very dissapointed by the show.
  • Feb 03, 2017
    This needs serious writing for it to be even daring and controversional its too clichéd and mundane only Paxton comes out with anything. Still its far more entertaining then Lethal Weapon which isn't saying a lot I stick with it for a few more episodes but if it doesn't improve bin it.

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