The Rookie (2018– )
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Small town guy John Nolan pursues his dream of being a police officer after a life-altering incident. As the force's oldest rookie he's met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as a walking mid-life crisis.


Liz Friedlander


Alexi Hawley (created by), Alexi Hawley




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Fillion ... John Nolan
Alyssa Diaz ... Angela Lopez
Richard T. Jones ... Sergeant Wade Grey
Titus Makin Jr. ... Jackson West (as Titus Makin)
Mercedes Mason ... Captain Zoe Andersen
Melissa O'Neil ... Lucy Chen
Afton Williamson ... Talia Bishop
Eric Winter ... Tim Bradford
Julie Ann Emery ... Stacy
Kai Lennox ... Unicorn Father
Mircea Monroe ... Isabel Bradford
John Nania ... Pistol
Michael Chaturantabut ... Shotgun (as Mike Chat)
Mary Albee ... Female Foxburg Cop
Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle ... Male Foxburg Cop (as Lauro Chartrand)


Small town guy John Nolan pursues his dream of being a police officer after a life-altering incident. As the force's oldest rookie he's met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as a walking mid-life crisis.

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Release Date:

16 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Kai Lennox, man who claimed his son was next to a unicorn, starred in another show headlined by Nathan Fillion, Castle: The Blame Game (2016). See more »


Officer Bradford's Guy Perpetually in Need of a Shave facial hair as well as the Sergeant's Van Dyke beard both violate section 605.30 of the LAPD grooming regulations. This regulation requires officers in uniform to be clean shaven. See more »


References Eat Pray Love (2010) See more »


You Worry Me
Written by Luke Mossman (uncredited)
Performed by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
In the Cold Open, or the first scene of the series
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Fillion Rocks!
24 October 2018 | by rbr-41299See all my reviews

I really like the new show featuring Nathan Fillion. The setting of the story and the characters make for an interesting show. The story helps illustrate that while wearing a common uniform police officers are individuals and not clones. They each have their strengths and weaknesses and personality quirks. Having been an LAPD officer in my youth (1971), I looked for familiar elements to my experience. The Rookie is nothing like the original Adam-12 series, episodes of which were actually shown in Academy classes back then to teach procedure. My training and experience was a world away from present-day policing. No body cams back then. Like Nolan I was assigned to an A-car, but its significance wasn't shown in the episode. The A-car is a component of community policing in Los Angeles, so that the assigned officers get to know a specific section of the city.

Some elements stood out to me as less than satisfactory. First, the story conflict of Sergeant Jones not accepting a 40-year old rookie seems overdone and artificial. Noland graduated the LAPD Academy, which is one of the toughest courses in America. Second, the review of equipment and procedure with the rookies by the T.O.'s was an unnecessary plot device and waste of story time. All those things were learned in the Academy, which includes actual duty in the field. Third, the fact that Noland fired his weapon at a suspect on his first day is unrealistic. The average police officer rarely fires his/her weapon in a crisis situation in their entire career. I certainly didn't in my short time with the LAPD.

It was a surprise that writer Alexi Hawley (who wrote and produced for Castle) introduced the sex factor in the pilot with Noland involved in an affair with a fellow cop, when it took Castle four years to get in bed with Becket. Also I had never before heard the term "badge bunny," but I certainly recall witnessing the phenomenon, especially in Hollywood where I served. Even with its flaws THE ROOKIE has great potential with its drama, action, humor and likable characters.

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