Rookie Blue

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Canadian police drama lacks grit of U.S. cop shows.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The rookie cops must rely on their own strengths -- and each other -- to succeed. Hard work matters, but it isn't always enough.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The rookies are committed to their job and eager to prove themselves. The suspects/criminals they deal with are less admirable.


People are chased, shoved, and knocked down. Guns are visible, shots are fired, and bloody gunshot wounds are visible. Some minor hazing scenes, including forcibly handcuffing rookies and making them find a way to get out.


Prostitutes are often suspects and/or witnesses. Officers are occasionally shown taking off their outer clothes and/or standing in their underwear in locker rooms. 


Generally mild; potential for words like "hell" and "damn."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink beer, tequila shots, martinis, and other liquor at bars. The police also often find themselves dealing with drug dealers and addicts and investigating crimes at crack houses.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Canadian police drama is milder than most U.S. cop shows, but it still has plenty of content that makes it an iffy choice for younger viewers. Subjects like prostitution, drug dealing, addiction, and murder are consistently discussed, and gunshot victims (often with bloody wounds) are visible. Characters are sometimes shown getting undressed and standing in their underwear, and they often unwind over beer, tequila, martinis, and other drinks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bydanharvell May 30, 2013

Series Had Promise, Ultimately Disappoints

When this series started, I was really excited about it. The premise of the show seemed very strong with strong characters to back it. Season two started the... Continue reading
Adult Written byHOT IN TEXAS September 9, 2011


Watch every week.
Teen, 14 years old Written byAndrea.Mcnally September 13, 2020

Great tv show for 12+

Its a great tv show for 12+ with mild sex refences and mild sex references form prostitution to removing outer clothing. There is quite a lot of violence and go... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycommanderundy ha September 6, 2010
love it

What's the story?

ROOKIE BLUE follows the lives of police officers beginning their careers with Toronto’s 15th Division. In the first season, the novice cops include Officer Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Officer Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), Officer Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), and Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), who eventually graduate from "rookie" status and become more experienced partners. Throughout it all, the officers must also find a way to negotiate their personal lives and relationships while dealing with the pressure of being on the force.

Is it any good?

On one hand, this Canadian series -- which airs simultaneously on Canadian and American television -- feels hip and trendy, thanks to the modelesque looks of its attractive, young crew. On the other, it feels a little like a throwback, thanks to plotlines and gee-golly antics that are noticeably tamer than other series tackling the same subject matter.

While Rookie Blue definitely has some worthy moments and delivers well-paced, suspenseful action plots, it also lacks the grittiness that most popular American crime dramas are known for, which could strike some viewers as a little unconvincing. Still, others looking for a milder option to edgier cop shows might find this police drama an entertaining alternative.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to be a police officer. What kind of challenges do rookies face when they start out? How long is a person considered a "rookie" officer?

  • How does the media contribute to the way people view police officers in real life? What do you think some of the differences are between the ways in which movies and TV shows depict cops and the work they do, and what the life of a police officer is really like?

  • Do you think reality shows that feature police officers offer a more realistic view of what police officers do on a daily basis? Why or why not? How do cop dramas and cop-centered reality shows compare?

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