The Rookie (TV series)
The Rookie is an American crime comedy-drama television series created for ABC by Alexi Hawley. The series follows John Nolan, a man in his forties, who becomes the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department. The series is produced by ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.
|Created by||Alexi Hawley|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original release||October 16, 2018 –|
The series stars Nathan Fillion, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O'Neil, Afton Williamson, and Eric Winter. 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 a full season of 20 episodes. In May 2019, ABC renewed the series for a second season.
The series follows John Nolan, a forty-five-year-old freshly divorced man from Pennsylvania, former owner of a construction company and father of 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. Series lead Nathan Fillion stated the drama was inspired by a true story within the LAPD, as the precinct is one of just two that accepts new officers over the age of 37.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Nathan Fillion as John Nolan: The oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department, he is assigned to Wilshire Division. At the age of 45, Nolan closed his construction company in Pennsylvania and moved out west to become a police officer. He is divorced with an 18-year-old son, Henry, who is a freshman in college. While at the Police Academy, Nolan started a relationship with fellow cadet Lucy Chen. Nolan lives in the guest house of an LA mansion owned by his friend from college.
- Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez: An LAPD training officer on the cusp of making detective-trainee, a situation which is threatened when West is assigned to her. She also gives West a hard time.
- Richard T. Jones as Wade Grey: A sergeant and the watch commander of Wilshire Area who is openly against Nolan being a rookie because he feels that he is just having a midlife crisis and that being a police officer is not his true calling. Sergeant Grey served in the United States Army prior to joining the LAPD. He has a daughter who is planning to go to college in the fall.
- Titus Makin as Jackson West: An eager rookie officer and the son of Commander West, head of the LAPD's Internal Affairs Division.
- Mercedes Mason as Zoe Andersen: Nolan's confident and irreverent commanding officer, Captain Andersen is a former Marine with the military police. After leaving the Corps, she spent a year with the United States Pentagon Police Criminal Investigations Directorate before joining the LAPD. Because of her prior experience, Andersen rose up the ranks very quickly to the point where some of her officers see her more as a boss than a fellow cop. (season 1)
- Melissa O'Neil as Lucy Chen: An ambitious rookie cop who struggles to prove herself to Tim Bradford, her training officer. She was in a secret relationship with Nolan, despite it being against the rules.
- Afton Williamson as 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.
- Eric Winter as Tim Bradford: An overbearing training officer. He is assigned Chen as a rookie and gives her a hard time. He still has feelings for his estranged ex-wife, Isabel.
- Mircea Monroe as Isabel Bradford: The estranged wife of Tim Bradford; she is a former undercover narcotics officer who is now a drug addict.
- Danny Nucci as Sanford Motta: An arrogant major assault crimes detective who looks down on rookies.
- Demetrius Grosse as Kevin Wolfe: a detective who is assigned to Isabel's case.
- David DeSantos as Elijah Vestri: a detective who is assigned to Isabel's case.
- Currie Graham as Ben McRee: Nolan's friend who lets Nolan stay in his mansion as a house guest.
- Michael Beach as Percy West: Jackson’s father and the commander of Internal Affairs
- Shawn Ashmore as Wesley Evers: a defense lawyer whom Lopez initially clashes with but then starts dating.
- Cameron J. Armstrong as Gino Brown: a hospital nurse who becomes a love interest for West.
- Sarah Shahi as Jessica Russo: a former FBI hostage negotiator who now runs her own security firm and is a published author. She is dating Nolan.
- Sara Rue as Nell Forester: A dispatcher for the LAPD who Bradford bribes in order to get the best calls.
- Shawn Christian as Jeremy Hawke: Nolan’s former training officer at the Academy who goes rogue.
- Joelle Carter as Megan Mitchell: Hawke’s ex-wife who is fighting with him over custody of their son Logan.
- Niko Nicotera as Carson Miller: Isabel’s former boyfriend and a drug dealer.
- Jose Pablo Cantillo as Franco DeSantis: A drug dealer who steals money from a drug bust after being tipped off.
- Angel Parker as Luna Grey: Wade Grey’s wife and mother of their daughter Dominique.
- Zayne Emory as Henry Nolan: John Nolan’s son who is a freshman in college.
- Mario Lopez as himself: A celebrity pulled over by Bradford and Chen for running a stop sign who tries to talk his way out of a ticket as part of an integrity test by LAPD Internal Affairs.
- Joel McHale as Brad Hayes: A former border patrol officer turned people smuggler for a cartel, who is placed under the protective detail of Bradford and Nolan.
- will.i.am as himself:
- Stephen Lang as Williams: The LAPD Chief of Police.
- Felicia Day as Dr. Morgan: A CDC task-force specialist specializing in infectious diseases. 
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Liz Friedlander||Alexi Hawley||October 16, 2018||101||5.43|
|John Nolan is a 45-year-old divorcé who, after witnessing (and foiling) 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 on the job 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 family 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. Nolan tells Gray that he believes being a cop might be his calling. Gray responds that if that is true, nothing Gray puts Nolan through will deter him.|
|2||"Crash Course"||Adam Davidson||Alexi Hawley||October 23, 2018||102||4.54|
|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||103||4.53|
|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||104||4.01|
|Sgt. Gray tests the rookies by assigning them new TOs, partnering 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"||Nelson McCormick||Marcus Black||November 20, 2018||106||4.10|
|Nolan struggles to deal with his breakup with Chen just as the TOs start an annual competition to see who can get the most arrests in a single shift. Bradford plays to win, even bribing a dispatcher to get the best calls, which worries Chen. Meanwhile, West dives headfirst into the competition to prove himself while Nolan and Bishop, who is refusing to play, find themselves dealing with a mob-connected banker.|
|6||"The Hawke"||Timothy Busfield||Fredrick Kotto||November 27, 2018||105||4.38|
|Upon learning that his former academy instructor, Jeremy Hawke, has fallen on hard times, Nolan offers to help him out. Hawke politely declines but, the next morning, Lopez and West answer a call from Hawke's estranged wife. She claims Hawke has become unstable and dangerous. Nolan and Bishop get involved in the pursuit of Hawke, which quickly escalates. Then, they discover Hawke has his son with him, who is willingly participating with his father's fugitive activities. Meanwhile, West and Lopez deal with a shooting victim and his father, both of whom they suspect aren't telling them the whole truth and Bradford tries to teach Chen to anticipate the behavior of criminals.|
|7||"The Ride Along"||Cherie Nowlan||Robert Bella||December 4, 2018||107||4.20|
|Nolan and Bishop are assigned Hollywood director Rupert Payne, of whom Nolan is a fan, for a ride along to research his new film. Despite orders to keep him away from any dangerous situations, Payne observes Nolan and Bishop deescalate a situation involving a mentally impaired young man from a troubled neighborhood, which leads to a dangerous situation when Rupert tries to help the young man's family. Meanwhile, West informs Lopez that she is being considered for detective, which prompts Lopez to attempt leveraging smaller criminals into giving up a major player, which ultimately backfires. Elsewhere, Bradford's wife is arrested in a drug bust, forcing Bradford to choose, once and for all, between his devotion to his wife and his duty as a cop.|
|8||"Time of Death"||Mike Goi||Brynn Malone||December 11, 2018||108||4.27|
|While in pursuit of a robber, Nolan fatally shoots him in self defense. The episode centers on the processing of this event. Bradford's wife is returning to be a CI. While trying to get evidence against a major drug trafficker, the connection to her wire is lost and Bishop and Bradford find the camera and blood upon searching the apartment. Bradford's wife seems to have been taken by the drug traffickers. Chen gives Nolan a ride home from the precinct and they sleep together. While Chen is in the shower, the brother of the robber attacks Nolan. The episode ends with Nolan's attacker holding a gun on Nolan and a shot fired off camera.|
|9||"Standoff"||John Terlesky||Alexi Hawley||January 8, 2019||109||3.95|
|Nolan manages to fight off his attacker, throwing him through the window and calling for backup. Meanwhile, Tim, Angela, and Talia find Isabel. She has been shot in the head but will survive. Nolan lies repeatedly to Commander West about his affair with Lucy. Nolan is assigned to desk duty during the investigation of his attack. Tim, Lucy, Jackson, Angela, and Talia go to an apartment building to find Vance, the drug dealer who shot Isabel and left her for dead. Things go sideways and they end up in a shootout with Vance and his men. Lucy helps deliver Vance's girlfriend's baby while Jackson is able to turn off the power to a frequency jammer, so Talia can call for backup. Vance and his men break into the apartment and fight with Tim and Lucy. The other officers, including Nolan, Commander West, and the SWAT team arrive and Vance and his men are arrested. Lucy tells Nolan not to tell the truth about what really happened the previous night. Nolan reports to Andersen and Commander West and the latter informs him that he has been cleared of all charges and can return to the police force immediately.|
|10||"Flesh and Blood"||Jessica Yu||Inda Craig-Galvan||January 15, 2019||110||3.83|
|Henry Nolan comes to visit his dad, who is surprised to learn that Jackson and Lucy already know Henry through social media. At morning roll call, Andersen announces she will ride along with Lucy, while Grey will partner with Nolan, and Tim and Talia will partner with each other. Grey's daughter Dominique also shows up unexpectedly for an internship. Henry and Dominique bond over their concern over their dads' work, and Tim and Talia clash over procedure, as each is used to being the boss of their rookie. The episode ends with Nolan and his son talking about Nolan's job and how they would use a code word if Nolan was ever in trouble.|
|11||"Redwood"||Sylvain White||Ally Seibert & Liz Alper||January 22, 2019||111||3.84|
|The officers are forced to come in to work on their day off, as the Vice President has made an unexpected visit to Los Angeles. Nolan and Bishop stop a man who was a threat to the Vice President after they find a flare gun in his underwear. Chen also gets pricked by a used needle while trying to break up a fight between two homeless women, and is forced to go to the hospital. Bradford also tries to comfort her as she could have various diseases as a result of getting injected. Meanwhile, Lopez and West try to break up protestors, and tell people who have obscene banners to take them down. Nolan and Bishop also engage in a shootout with several robbery suspects. When Lopez and West defy Agent Danvers' orders to go help Bishop and Nolan, Grey defends them, saying it was the right thing to do. At the end of the episode, West waits with Chen as she gets good news about her diagnosis. West also tells Chen about his family problems, and Nolan sells his house in Pennsylvania after having a dilemma about what to do about it.|
|12||"Heartbreak"||Carol Banker||Vincent Angell||February 12, 2019||113||3.64|
|The evening before Valentine's Day, the rookies are on a night out in the same location as Grey and his wife. When the rookies have to leave, Nolan gets in trouble with a man harassing a woman at the bar, ruining Grey's evening. On Valentine's Day, Bradford takes a day off to meet up with his wife, who is in rehab. They end up breaking off their relationship, with Bradford telling her that she'll never move past who she was as a druggie if they remain together. Nolan and Bishop arrive at a car crash where Nolan saves the driver's life. She lost her husband a year ago and tries everything to get together with Nolan, even cozying up to Ben to get close to Nolan. Lopez and West interrogate an alleged assault victim who claims to suffer from amnesia, but turns out to be a dangerous criminal. West hits it off with a male nurse. Lopez searches Evers' smartphone, assuming he cheats on her, but in the end, it turns out to be different than what she had thought. Nolan arranges a party for his first Valentine's Day in a long time without company and is surprised when Officer Bishop attends.|
|13||"Caught Stealing"||Omar Madha||David Radcliff||February 19, 2019||112||3.54|
|Bishop and Nolan respond to a car accident and find the victim has been stabbed, but he escapes from the ambulance and flees the scene. To their surprise, he turns up at the station and is revealed to be an undercover officer investigating a drug cartel, which plans to transfer one million dollars that night. The LAPD raids the home before the transfer, and the rookies are put in charge of the scene until the money counters arrive. The counters finish, and $250,000 is missing. The rookies are interrogated, polygraphed and cleared, but still suspended. Chen is surrounded and attacked by members of the cartel and forced to flee. Nolan and West are on the phone with Chen during the attack, and notify the LAPD before rushing to her aid. Meanwhile, the cartel boss and his men catch up to Chen and demand to know where she hid the missing money - Chen realizes that the cartel boss must have hidden the money himself, recognizing his boots as belonging to the same man she saw leaving the house before the raid with a large duffel bag. The boss shoots his men, but after a scuffle is subdued by Chen. At the end of the episode, Nolan agrees to pay Ben what he can for his apartment on a monthly basis to ensure that he isn't accepting goods or services for free, resulting from his status as a police officer.|
|14||"Plain Clothes Day"||Mike Goi||Terence Paul Winter||February 26, 2019||114||3.89|
|The rookies undergo Plain Clothes Day, where their training officers ride along out of uniform and do not assist in any capacity. West is eager to break his father's records but gets stuck working behind a desk. Chen is confident that she can handle herself but Bradford is intent to rattle her as much as possible, causing her to make a mistake that would threaten her career. Nolan, meanwhile, works hard to prove himself as he announces his intent to make detective within five years.|
|15||"Manhunt"||Bill Johnson||Robert Bella||March 5, 2019||115||4.51|
|A prisoner transport crashes while on the road and several violent criminals are on the loose in suburban Los Angeles. The LAPD is able to quickly recapture all but two, a young gang member and a criminal investment banker, and starts a major manhunt to apprehend them before they can flee the city.|
|16||"Greenlight"||Valerie Weiss||Brynn Malone||March 19, 2019||116||4.24|
|Internal Affairs is conducting random integrity tests at the precinct to ensure officers are following procedure. During an arrest of Nolan's, the shoulder strap on an unruly lady's dress accidentally breaks. Assuming she's with IA when she asks Nolan for his badge number, he complies. Later that evening, a gunman with a fully automatic firearm attempts to kill Nolan, who learns a hit has been put on his life by the unruly lady's boyfriend Cole, whose father is the leader of a violent white supremacist gang. After some soul-searching, Nolan returns to work the next morning and is partnered with Captain Andersen. Officers seize millions of the gang's assets, and Sergeant Grey visits the imprisoned gang leader to call off the hit. But while on patrol, Nolan and Andersen are captured by Cole when responding to a false home burglary call he orchestrated. Cole later kicks a handcuffed and seated Andersen into the backyard pool, but she's able to free herself and kills two gang members, saving Nolan. Unfortunately, during the shootout, a fleeing Cole fatally shoots Andersen through her neck. Grey revisits the gang leader and demands he hand over his son. An ambush is set, and Cole is arrested by Nolan.|
|17||"The Shake Up"||Steve Robin||Alexi Hawley||March 26, 2019||117||4.24|
|An earthquake rocks the city.|
|18||"Homefront"||April Mullen||Bill Rinier & Natalie Callaghan||April 2, 2019||118||3.91|
|a detective is investigated and arrested by Internal Affairs. Also, Nolan comes under fire after a man claims Nolan used excessive force and inflicted an injury.|
|19||"The Checklist"||John Fortenberry||Elizabeth Davis Beall & Fredrick Kotto||April 9, 2019||119||3.63|
|A few days before the rookies' final exam, Bradford and Lopez reveal that Lucy and Jackson still have seven and four types of crime to witness, respectively, and must do so in the next 48 hours. Since Nolan has no outstanding crimes, he is assigned to desk duty while Talia goes before Internal Affairs, but he asks to work with Wolfe instead. While on the streets, Jackson and Lucy come across Ben, who was the latest victim of a car theft ring. Nolan ends up helping to catch the thieves, and tries to plead Talia's case in front of IA. The episode ends with Talia being offered to become a mole for IA, and Nolan telling Ben both about the trauma he suffered after the bank robbery seen in the Pilot episode, and how he got over it.|
|20||"Free Fall"||Mike Goi||Alexi Hawley||April 16, 2019||120||4.06|
|On the day of an important rookie exam, an isolated terrorist cell plot to use a weaponized virus threatens to derail the rookies' advancement as well as put strain on Nolan’s personal relationships. While responding to the threat, Bradford may be infected with the virus, while Jessica makes a questionable shooting on a surrendering terrorist.|
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, and premiered on October 16, 2018. On November 5, 2018, The Rookie was picked up for full season of 20 episodes. On May 10, 2019, ABC renewed the series for a second season.
With the series order in October 2017, Fillion was cast as John Nolan. On February 7, 2018, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter were cast as Talia Bishop and Tim Bradford, respectively. They were shortly followed by Melissa O'Neil as Lucy Chen, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Alyssa Diaz as Angela, and Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen.
In January 2018, Liz Friedlander signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot. Production on the pilot began on March 7, 2018, with filming taking place in Los Angeles and New York City.
|1||"Pilot"||October 16, 2018||1.0/5||5.43||0.8||4.26||1.8||9.68|
|2||"Crash Course"||October 23, 2018||0.8/3||4.54||0.8||4.29||1.6||8.83|
|3||"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"||October 30, 2018||0.8/3||4.53||0.7||3.82||1.5||8.35|
|4||"The Switch"||November 13, 2018||0.7/3||4.01||0.9||4.19||1.6||8.20|
|5||"The Roundup"||November 20, 2018||0.7/3||4.10||0.9||4.43||1.6||8.53|
|6||"The Hawke"||November 27, 2018||0.8/3||4.38||0.8||4.26||1.6||8.64|
|7||"The Ride Along"||December 4, 2018||0.7/3||4.20||0.8||3.98||1.5||8.18|
|8||"Time of Death"||December 11, 2018||0.8/3||4.27||0.7||3.94||1.5||8.21|
|9||"Standoff"||January 8, 2019||0.6/3||3.95||0.7||3.47||1.4||7.43|
|10||"Flesh and Blood"||January 15, 2019||0.7/3||3.83||0.8||4.29||1.5||8.12|
|11||"Redwood"||January 22, 2019||0.7/3||3.84||0.9||4.42||1.6||8.26|
|12||"Heartbreak"||February 12, 2019||0.6/3||3.64||0.9||4.49||1.5||8.13|
|13||"Caught Stealing"||February 19, 2019||0.6/3||3.54||0.8||4.09||1.4||7.63|
|14||"Plain Clothes Day"||February 26, 2019||0.6/3||3.89||0.9||4.18||1.5||8.09|
|15||"Manhunt"||March 5, 2019||0.8/4||4.51||0.7||4.02||1.5||8.54|
|16||"Greenlight"||March 19, 2019||0.7/3||4.24||0.8||4.36||1.5||8.60|
|17||"The Shake Up"||March 26, 2019||0.7/4||4.24||0.8||4.12||1.5||8.37|
|18||"Homefront"||April 2, 2019||0.7/3||3.84||0.8||4.06||1.5||7.91|
|19||"The Checklist"||April 9, 2019||0.6/3||3.63||0.8||4.29||1.4||7.92|
|20||"Free Fall"||April 16, 2019||0.7/3||4.06||0.8||4.41||1.5||8.48|
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 71% approval rating with an average rating of 6.33/10 based on 21 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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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