The Rookie is an ABC network police procedural/comedy-drama series created by Alexi Hawley which premiered on October 16, 2018.

About the show

The series follows John Nolan, a 40-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.



Season 1

  1. Pilot
  2. Crash Course
  3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  4. The Switch
  5. The Roundup
  6. The Hawke
  7. The Ride Along
  8. Time of Death
  9. Standoff
  10. Flesh and Blood
  11. Redwood
  12. Heartbreak
  13. Caught Stealing
  14. Plain Clothes Day
  15. Manhunt
  16. Greenlight
  17. The Shake Up
  18. Homefront
  19. The Checklist
  20. Free Fall

Season 2

  1. Impact
  2. The Night General
  3. The Bet
  4. Warriors and Guardians
  5. Tough Love
  6. Fallout
  7. Safety
  8. Clean Cut
  9. Breaking Point
  10. The Dark Side
  11. Day of Death
  12. Now and Then
  13. Follow-Up Day
  14. Casualties
  15. Hand-Off
  16. The Overnight
  17. Control
  18. Under the Gun
  19. The Q Word
  20. The Hunt

Season 2



On October 26, 2017, ABC announced a straight-to-series order for The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion, and written by Castle executive producer and co-showrunner Alexi Hawley.

Fillion and Hawley will serve as executive producers, along with Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman, and Jonathan E. Steinberg.

The series is produced by ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company. In November of 2018, it was picked up for full season of 20 episodes.


With the series order in October of 2017, Fillion was cast as John Nolan.

On February 7, 2018, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter were cast as Talia Bishop and Tim Bradford, respectively.

They were shortly followed by Melissa O'Neil as Lucy, Richard T. Jones as sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Alyssa Diaz as Angela, and Mercedes Mason as captain Zoe Andersen.


In January of 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.


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