Parents' Guide to

The Rookie

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Nathan Fillion vehicle brings new energy to a tired genre.

TV ABC Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

Great Show

Great show, with plenty of drama and storylines. A bit unrealistic but doesn't take away from the great storylines

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+


This is an excellent show. Little graphic for some younger kids but the story lines and acting are excellent!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (10 ):

No one is going to mistake a Nathan Fillion vehicle for prestige TV -- but for a network police show, this series does a lot of things well. The show is unique in that it doesn't use a crime-of-the-week format the way most procedurals do, but rather follows three sets of officers as they go on their patrols, encountering many criminals over the course of the day and keeping the action rolling.

Plus, it features an extremely diverse cast of charismatic actors who can pull off both the dramatic and comedic aspects of the writing. In general, it feels like the writers aren't afraid to take risks and attempt to breathe some life into a genre that's often seemed way past its prime. The results are mixed, but The Rookie makes up for its flaws with fast-moving episodes that pack a lot into their runtime.

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