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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 16, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

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  • Summary: 40-year-old John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) decides to move from his hometown to Los Angeles to pursue his dream to join the LAPD in this crime drama from Alexi Hawley.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    [Fillion's] character fits him like a well-worn suit. ... Full of action, interesting characters, and a little bit of romance, The Rookie is a sure-fire hit.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Oct 15, 2018
    83
    This feels like an ensemble with real potential. [19/26 Oct 2018, p.85]
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 12, 2018
    75
    What really makes The Rookie interesting is watching Fillion maneuver among all these sharp elbows while balancing the shortage of adrenaline with the bonus supply of experience that both come with middle age. He does it all with the same let's-have-a-beer amiability he's displayed in shows as diverse as Firefly and Castle. He'll make you forget Kate Jackson is missing.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Barton
    Oct 16, 2018
    60
    Fillion’s strengths are key, because despite the show’s best efforts to drape multiple dramatic storylines around him in the one episode ABC made available to review, there’s just not a lot that stands out otherwise. ... It’s a breezy drama that doesn’t demand much from the viewer, but Fillion’s easy charm is tough to dismiss.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 16, 2018
    58
    There’s enough parity in the group to keep viewers engaged, be it from their slew of emergencies (like a crazy man screaming about unicorns on top of his car) or testy inter-personal dynamics. Even after the ridiculous opening scene, Fillion manages to fill Nolan with enough foolish sincerity to be a believable human being.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 16, 2018
    55
    Fillion is vulnerable and appealing, and he has welcome help from Richard T. Jones as his tough-as-nails boss. But The Rookie seems destined to test the limits of that charm, in a show where the shaky imagery can't obscure that we've seen every beat here before.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 12, 2018
    50
    Fillion fans will be happy to see their hero back on the tube; for everyone else, The Rookie has a “been there, done that” feel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Great cast, taking an old narrative into deeper realms. It's a tough story to sell but Episode after episode, the characters keep growing and the direction feels natural and even new. It's easy to see the strong center that is Nathan Fillion, but the other hardened heroes with a heart of gold also make the show a winner. There's a great mentor vibe and they went straight for a work relationship and didn't string that along. Bravo. The comedy is subtle. I hope they get to weave in more. Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2018
    10
    This I gotta admit is the number one action of the fall it's no doubt one of the best shows of the year too I must admit I was unsure at firstThis I gotta admit is the number one action of the fall it's no doubt one of the best shows of the year too I must admit I was unsure at first but let me tell you this was no doubt a hit for abc I know I'll be watching Tuesday. It's like Richard castle never even left plus the fact that there is hilarious humor doesn't hurt it either Expand
  3. Oct 20, 2018
    10
    The Firefly meets The Dark Matter. How cool is that? This series is worth your precious time. It's well written, dynamic and full ofThe Firefly meets The Dark Matter. How cool is that? This series is worth your precious time. It's well written, dynamic and full of interesting characters. Expand
  4. Oct 24, 2018
    10
    The show offers a nice look into a mind of a regular person who become a cop but with the experience life can offer, it is funny when it hasThe show offers a nice look into a mind of a regular person who become a cop but with the experience life can offer, it is funny when it has to be funny and it is drama in good proportions. after only two episodes i feel is a show i can enjoy and i hope it continue getting audience Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2018
    8
    Entertaining and often engaging. It’s a pretty typical cop drama as far as the scripts are concerned. As characters, the group of rookies areEntertaining and often engaging. It’s a pretty typical cop drama as far as the scripts are concerned. As characters, the group of rookies are believable, the group of training officers are shallow and stereotypical. Having the Sgt. rag on the rookies constantly is getting old, and borders on being referred to HR for harassment. That needs to be dialed back big time.

    If the characters are allowed to develop into something more believable, this show could last more than one season.
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  6. Nov 16, 2018
    8
    From episode 1, it is apparent that the creators and writers of The Rookie have indeed made an effort to be a bit more creative in regards toFrom episode 1, it is apparent that the creators and writers of The Rookie have indeed made an effort to be a bit more creative in regards to the general plot of the show with each passing episode. Well timed direction also deserves a mention. I can appreciate that and quite frankly, it's a refreshing change! Shows like FBI completely FAIL in the creative department. The Rookie also pulls on the heartstrings. There's a sense of realism and identifying with the characters in the show and their issues surrounding the story line are believable and in some cases relatable. The humor is cleverly blended into the scripts which is another check mark on my list and it really helps balance out the otherwise "heaviness" of some of the situations that take place here. In MY opinion, definitely one of the better cop shows on the air, currently! Expand
  7. Oct 17, 2018
    0
    After all the hype & being a Fillionite, I was soooo disappointed. Too chaotic; tried too hard to be funny. A 40-year old cop that ran fullAfter all the hype & being a Fillionite, I was soooo disappointed. Too chaotic; tried too hard to be funny. A 40-year old cop that ran full speed for five blocks and not even winded - really? And what happened to Nathan? Shot with unflattering lighting to make him look older? He just looks gaunt, tired and life- worn until seen having breakfast with a girl young enough to be his daughter - not his lover. Suddenly handsome again. Decide! I'm going back to New Amsterdam - but with a heavy heart. Expand

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