The Rookie (TV series)

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The Rookie
The Rookie Logo.png
Created by Alexi Hawley
Composer(s) Jordan Gagne
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Michele Greco
Production location(s) Los Angeles, California
Cinematography Doug Emmett
  • C. Chi-Yoon Chung
  • Emily E. Greene
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Entertainment One[1]
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original release October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16) – present (present)
External links
Official website

The Rookie is an American crime comedy-drama television series created for ABC by Alexi Hawley. The series follows John Nolan, a forty-year-old man, who becomes the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department. The series is produced by ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.

The series stars Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter, Melissa O'Neil, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Alyssa Diaz, and Mercedes Mason. In October 2017, The Rookie received a series order from ABC, and premiered on October 16, 2018. In November 2018, The Rookie was picked up for full season of 20 episodes.


The series follows John Nolan, a forty-year-old who used to own a construction company fresh from a divorce with a son in college who, after inadvertently helping police officers during a bank robbery, moves to Los Angeles to pursue a new career as a police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. After graduating from the Police Academy, as the oldest rookie on the force, John must navigate the dangerous, unpredictable nature of his job and is determined to make it in his new career despite the challenges.[2]

Cast and characters


  • Nathan Fillion as Police Officer I John Nolan: The oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department, who is assigned to Wilshire Division.[2]
  • Alyssa Diaz as Police Officer III Angela Lopez: An LAPD Training Officer on the cusp of making detective-trainee, a situation which gets threatened when she is assigned to West. She also gives West a hard time.[3]
  • Richard T. Jones as Police Sergeant II Wade Grey: The watch commander of Wilshire Area, who is openly against Nolan because he feels that he is just having a midlife crisis and that being a police officer isn't his true calling.[4]
  • Titus Makin as Police Officer I Jackson West: An eager rookie officer and the son of the commander of the LAPD's Internal Affairs Division.[5]
  • Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen: Nolan's confident and irreverent commanding officer.[6]
  • Melissa O'Neil as Police Officer I Lucy Chen: A rookie cop, who struggles with a domineering training officer, and who is in a secret relationship with Nolan, despite it being against the rules.[7]
  • Afton Williamson as Police Officer III Talia Bishop: A newly promoted training officer whose first assignment is Nolan. She is working hard to make detective and work her way up to chief of police.[8]
  • Eric Winter as Police Officer III Tim Bradford: An overbearing training officer. He is assigned to Chen as a boot and gives her a hard time. He has a soon-to-be ex-wife who is a drug addict.[8]


  • Danny Nucci as Sanford Motta: A tough major assault crimes detective.[9]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Liz Friedlander Alexi Hawley October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16) 5.43[10]
John Nolan is a forty year old man who, after witnessing a bank robbery in his small town, packs up his entire life to move to Los Angeles and becomes a cop. His assignment to the force is met with skepticism from his fellow officers, particularly his watch commander, Sergeant Wade Gray, and his training officer Talia Bishop. Nolan's first few days as a cop are marked by a domestic dispute that quickly escalates out of hand (during which Nolan witnesses his first death), an unbalanced father who leaves his child in a locked car on a hot day, and an escaped felon who quickly tests Nolan in ways he never expected. Also joining Nolan as rookie officers are Jackson West, son of a high ranking LAPD officer and eager to live up to the legacy, and Lucy Chen, who became a cop against the wishes of her therapist parents and is carrying on a secret affair with Nolan despite the risk it poses to her career. Gray informs Nolan that he will do everything in his power to discourage him from continuing to serve, as he fears that Nolan's inexperience and age will endanger the lives of his officers.
2 "Crash Course" Adam Davidson Alexi Hawley October 23, 2018 (2018-10-23) 4.54[11]
Nolan persuades a woman not to commit suicide. Jackson is questioned as to why he didn't fire his weapon, but Lopez covers for him. She then forces him to handle the arrest of a man on PCP, which he pulls off. Nolan and Bishop arrest an addict for possession of drugs, but then learn that she stabbed a teenager dead in an argument. Chen is stuck with a lazy new training officer while Tim recovers, and winds up arresting a man for shoplifting. Nolan continues to face difficulties in navigating between his civilian instincts and how they affect his actions as a cop. Jackson is able to subdue a suspect without assistance. Nolan is assigned a rusty old car as punishment for damaging his vehicle. A kidnapping victim is rescued, and Nolan and Bishop obtain a lead on the kidnapper. While apprehending him, Bishop stops Nolan from beating the suspect in a rage. Captain Anderson thanks him for his success, but reminds him that it is not his job to punish criminals. Chen finds out that Tim intentionally got her assigned to a poor officer to test her commitment. Bishop is able to get Nolan a new vehicle, which he nearly crashes on his first drive.
3 "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" Greg Beeman Liz Alper & Ally Seibert October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30) 4.53[12]
Nolan and Bishop chase a group of thieves and Nolan loses a bag of stolen money when a street performer runs off with it. The precinct learns that the thieves are part of a gang who have pulled off a string of heists and they begin searching for the remaining gang members. Meanwhile, Chen helps Bradford as he readjusts to being back on duty while also trying to help his drug addicted wife, who reveals to Chen she was once a narcotics cop. Elsewhere, an arrest of a former college athlete causes West and Lopez to talk about alternative careers to police work since Lopez still doubts West's ability to handle the job.
4 "The Switch" Toa Fraser Vincent Angell November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13) 4.01[13]
Sgt. Gray tests the rookies by assigning them new TOs, partering Nolan with Lopez, West with Bradford and Chen with Bishop. He tasks the rookies with gaining insight into their new TOs. Lopez takes Nolan to court and Nolan ends up chasing an escaped prisoner, leading to a potentially career-making bust for the pair. Bradford, however, learns about West's struggles when he freezes during a shootout. Bradford takes West to meet an agoraphobe who gives West advice on facing his fears. Meanwhile, Chen defends her relationship with Nolan to Bishop during their patrol, prompting Nolan and Chen to have a talk about their relationship.
5 "The Roundup"[14] Brooke Valentine Marcus Black November 20, 2018 (2018-11-20) TBD
6 "The Hawke"[15] Timothy Busfield Fredrick Kotto November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27) TBD
7 "The Ride Along"[16] TBA TBA December 4, 2018 (2018-12-04) TBD
8 "Time of Death"[16] TBA TBA December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11) TBD



On October 26, 2017, ABC announced a straight-to-series order for The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion, and written by Castle executive producer and co-showrunner Alexi Hawley. Fillion and Hawley will serve as executive producers, along with Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman, and Jon Steinberg. The series is produced by ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company,[2] and premiered on October 16, 2018.[17] On November 5, 2018, The Rookie was picked up for full season of 20 episodes.[18]


With the series order in October 2017, Fillion was cast as John Nolan.[2] On February 7, 2018, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter were cast as Talia Bishop and Tim Bradford, respectively.[8] They were shortly followed by Melissa O'Neil as Lucy,[7] Richard T. Jones as sergeant Wade Grey,[4] Titus Makin as Jackson West,[5] Alyssa Diaz as Angela,[3] and Mercedes Mason as captain Zoe Andersen.[6]


In January 2018, Liz Friedlander signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot.[19] Production on the pilot began on March 7, 2018,[20] with filming taking place in Los Angeles and New York.[21]



No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" October 16, 2018 1.0/5 5.43[10] 0.8 4.26 1.8 9.68[22]
2 "Crash Course" October 23, 2018 0.8/3 4.54[11] 0.8 4.29 1.6 8.83[23]
3 "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" October 30, 2018 0.8/3 4.53[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "The Switch" November 13, 2018 0.7/3 4.01[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 70% approval rating with an average rating of 6.33/10 based on 20 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Nathan Fillion's reliably likable presence makes The Rookie worth tuning in, even if the show around him isn't particularly memorable."[24] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]


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External links

  • The Rookie on IMDb
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