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The Rookie Season 3 Poster.jpg
Original run January 3, 2021 – May 16, 2021
No. of Episodes 14
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Previous Season 2
Next Season 4

Season 3 of The Rookie was announced as a renewal on May 21, 2020; the season premiered on January 3, 2021, and concluded on May 16, 2021.


John Nolan is a man in his 40s who, after some life-changing events, packs up his belongings and moves to Los Angeles to become a cop. Season One picked up his story just after he graduated from the police academy, when he was assigned to the Mid-Wilshire division along with two other rookies.

At the end of Season One, Nolan had been in the field with his Training Officer for six months, and he and the other rookies were facing a Training Evaluation exam that would decide whether they could continue in the department. As of the first episode of Season Two, all three rookies have passed the exam, some with better scores than others.

At the end of Season Two, the rookies were entering their final month of training, during which they were warned of more pressure and scrutiny than ever before.

As a consequence of the investigation he and Harper undertook without official sanction at the end of Season Two, Nolan does not exit the FTO program with West and Chen, but has to continue in the program for an additional month.



Recurring cast[]


  • Harold Perrineau as Detective Nick Armstrong (1 episode)
  • Annie Wersching as Rosalind Dyer (1 episode)
  • Michael Beach as Cmdr. Percy West (2 episodes)
  • Angel Parker as Luna Grey (2 episodes)
  • Hrach Titizian as Ruben Derian (1 episode)
  • Armin Shimerman as Judge Paloma (1 episode)
  • Arjay Smith as James Murray (3 episodes)
  • Nik Sanchez as Silas March (3 episodes)
  • Amarr M. Wooten as D'Andre Salah (1 episode)
  • Frances Fisher as Evelyn Nolan (2 episodes)
  • Markus Flanagan as Danny Hill (1 episode)
  • Jamason Coles as Kyle (1 episode)
  • Anthony Kevan as Diego De La Cruz (2 episodes)
  • Christian Keyes as Alonzo Smith (2 episodes)
  • Sterling Sulieman as Officer Ben Owens (1 episode)
  • Joy Brunson as Erica Drum (1 episode)
  • Gilbert Chayrez-Chavarria as Armand Gusta (1 episode)
  • Molly C. Quinn as Ashley (1 episode)
  • Frankie Muniz as Corey Harris (1 episode)
  • Daniel Lissing as Sterling Freeman (1 episode)
  • Robin Roberts as Robin Roberts (1 episode)
  • Rainn Wilson as Rainn Wilson (1 episode)
  • Matty Cardarople as Slim Jim (1 episode)
  • Currie Graham as Ben McRee (1 episode)
  • Emily Deschanel as Sarah Nolan (1 episode)
  • Zayne Emory as Henry Nolan (3 episodes)
  • Madeleine Coghlan as Abigail (2 episodes)
  • Jane Daly as Patrice Evers (2 episodes)
  • Jason Canela as Cesar Madrigal (3 episodes)
  • Rey Gallegos as Aaron Galeno (2 episodes)
  • Britni Camacho as Reyna (2 episodes)
  • Jenna Dewan as Bailey (1 episode)



Picture Title Number Original Airdate Writer Director
Consequences-01.jpg "Consequences" 1 January 3, 2021 Alexi Hawley Bill Roe
Nearing the end of his training, Nolan now faces his biggest challenge as a police officer yet when he must come to terms with the choices he has made in pursuit of the truth.
In Justice.jpg "In Justice" 2 January 10, 2021 Brynn Malone & Fredrick Kotto Michael Goi
Officer John Nolan and Officer Nyla Harper are assigned to a community policing center to help rebuild their station’s reputation in the community. Nolan is determined to make a positive impact but Harper has her doubts.
Rookie3x03 13.jpg "La Fiera" 3 January 17, 2021 Terence Paul Winter and Natalie Callaghan Sylvain White
Officer John Nolan’s mom makes an unannounced visit that complicates his life, and Sergeant Grey considers retiring.
Sabotage-promo.jpg "Sabotage" 4 January 24, 2021 Vincent Angell and Diana Mendez Boucher Daniel Willis
Officer Jackson West’s relationship with his new training officer, Stanton, has escalated and he begins to work with Sergeant Grey to find a solution.
Lockdown promo.jpg "Lockdown" 5 February 14, 2021 Elizabeth Davis Beall and Robert Bella Anna Mastro
Officer Nolan is taken hostage by a man with nothing to lose while the station goes on lockdown and races to identify the suspect before time runs out. Meanwhile, Officer West and his training officer, Officer Doug Stanton, reach a tipping point in their relationship that could end Jackson’s career.
Revelations ChenHarper.jpg "Revelations" 6 February 21, 2021 Corey Miller and Fredrick Kotto Chi-Yoon Chung
Officer Nolan’s decision to return to school in order to become a training officer is proving to be much harder than he expected. Meanwhile, Officer Chen considers going into undercover work after getting a taste of the job when Harper’s former colleague needs help.
TrueCrime promo.jpg "True Crime" 7 February 28, 2021 Alexi Hawley and Zoe Cheng Bill Roe
The team gets the true crime docuseries treatment when they analyze a recent case featuring a former child actor whose adult life has garnered him a cult following.
Rookie 3x08 promo.jpg "Bad Blood" 8 March 28, 2021 Paula Puryear and Bill Rinier Sylvain White
Officer Nolan, Officer Harper and Detective Lopez are assigned to the kidnapping of the son of a criminal court judge who has a long list of enemies who could possibly be involved.
Rookie3x09 Amber.jpg "Amber" 9 April 4, 2021 Brynn Malone and Natalie Callaghan Bill Roe
An Amber Alert sends the team on a race against time to find a newborn infant who was stolen from a local hospital. Meanwhile, Officers Jackson and Chen work their last shift as rookies as Officer Nolan continues on for 30 more days.
Man of Honor.jpg "Man of Honor" 10 April 11, 2021 Elizabeth Davis Beall and Diana Mendez Boucher Sylvain White
Officers Harper and Nolan respond to a bank robbery in progress and realize the motives of the thief run much deeper than just needing money. Meanwhile, Officers Jackson and Chen’s first day riding without training officers isn’t what they thought it would be.
The Rookie 3x11.jpg "New Blood" 11 April 18, 2021 Corey Miller and Zoe Cheng Bill Roe
When Professor Fiona Ryan’s car window is smashed following a series of mysterious notes, Officer Nolan volunteers to guard her house overnight. Meanwhile, Lucy notices that Tim is being much nicer to his new boot than he was with her and she does not like it.
Rookie3x12 promo.jpg "Brave Heart" 12 May 2, 2021 Vincent Angell and Paula Puryear Lisa Demaine
After rushing his son, Henry, to the hospital following his collapse, Nolan is reunited with his ex-wife, Sarah, and they must come together to help their son. Meanwhile, Detective Lopez discovers “La Fiera” is in the same hospital and wants to find out exactly why.
Rookie 3x13 promo.jpg "Triple Duty" 13 May 9, 2021 Natalie Callaghan, Zoe Cheng and Paula Puryear (teleplay)
Bill Rinier (story)
Bill Johnson
Officers Nolan and Bradford hope they can de-escalate a drug war before any innocent lives are lost. Meanwhile, Officer Harper hopes she can get Officer Chen ready to go undercover.
The Rookie 3x14.jpg "Threshold" 14 May 16, 2021 Alexi Hawley Lisa Demaine
Officer Nolan mildly injures himself  while chasing down a shoplifter and the local DA wants to charge the suspect with assault despite Nolan’s wishes. Meanwhile, Lucy goes undercover, Lopez’ wedding venue is seized by the FBI and Nolan meets his new neighbor.

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Trivia []

  • On May 21, 2020, ABC announced that the series had been renewed for a third season.
  • On July 26, 2020 Nathan Fillion was featured on a panel for Comic Con @ Home, where one of his guests was his Firefly co-star Gina Torres; Nathan mentioned that he wanted her to be on The Rookie at some point.[1]
    • She agreed to be part of it at some point with the condition that unlike with her guest spot on Castle, he'd actually be on set.[1]
    • Alexi Hawley promised that if Gina came on board, he'd have her and Nathan interact on the show.[1]
  • Executive producer Jon Steinberg tweeted on October 12, 2020 that the third season would premiere on January 3, 2021.[2][3] The delay, as well as the truncated season, was due to quarantine restrictions related to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On December 2, 2020, it was announced that Brandon Routh has joined the series to portray Doug Stanton.[4]


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