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The Rookies is an ABC network police crime drama series created by Rita Lakin & executively produced by Aaron Spelling & Leonard Goldberg.

The show aired from September 11, 1972 to March 30, 1976, lasting for four seasons and 93 episodes.

The pilot episode aired as an "ABC Movie of the Week" on March 7, 1972.


The series centered on three rookie police officers working in an unidentified city for the fictitious Southern California Police Department (SCPD).


  • Georg Stanford Brown as Officer Terry Webster
  • Sam Melville as Officer Mike Danko
  • Michael Ontkean as Officer Willie Gillis
  • Kate Jackson as Jill Danko
  • Gerald S. O'Loughlin as Lieutenant Ed Ryker
  • Bruce Fairbairn as Officer Chris Owens