The Rookie
The Rookie intertitle
Genre Police procedural
Created by Alexi Hawley
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Alexi Hawley
Nathan Fillion
Mark Gordon
Nicholas Pepper
Michelle Chapman
Jonathan E. Steinberg
Liz Friedlander
Bill Norcross
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Entertainment One
ABC Studios
Perfectman Pictures
Distributor Disney-ABC TV Distribution
Original network ABC
Picture_format 480i (SDTV)
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.

Premise Edit

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

Character Year
Season 1
The Rookie Season 1 poster
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

Episodes Edit

Picture Title Release
The Rookie Season 1 poster Season 1 October 16, 2018 –

Production Edit

Development Edit

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.

On May 9, 2018, the show was officially picked up to series as well as A Million Little Things, and was announced to be co-produced by ABC Studios and Entertainment One.

Casting Edit

Casting for the main cast started in October 2017 with Nathan Fillion, and ended the next year with Mercedes Mason in February 2018.

Filming Edit

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.

Reception Edit

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".

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