|Genre|| Police procedural |
|Created by||Alexi Hawley|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer(s)|| Alexi Hawley |
Jonathan E. Steinberg
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)|| Entertainment One |
|Distributor||Disney-ABC TV Distribution|
|Original release||October 16, 2018 – present|
The Rookie is an American crime drama television series created for ABC by Alexi Hawley. Based on true events, 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 Entertainment One.
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 was premiered on October 16, 2018.
The series follows John Nolan, a forty-year-old man, who moves from his comfortable, small town life to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a "young" cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.
Alphabetical order by last name and first appearance
|Introduced in Season 1|
|John Nolan||Nathan Fillion|
|Angela Lopez||Alyssa Diaz|
|Wade Grey||Richard T. Jones|
|Jackson West||Titus Makin|
|Zoe Andersen||Mercedes Mason|
|Lucy Chen||Melissa O'Neil|
|Talia Bishop||Afton Williamson|
|Tim Bradford||Eric Winter|
|Season 1||October 16, 2018 –|
The Rookie was created by former Castle producer Alexi Hawley. On October 26, 2017, the show landed on ABC with a straight-to-series order commitment, with Hawley serving as writer and executive producer. Mark Gordon from Entertainment One were also announced as executive producers.
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.
Critical response Edit
The review aggregation 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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".