The Rookie

The WORST episodes of The Rookie

Every episode of The Rookie ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of The Rookie!

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a Los Angeles police officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

Last Updated: 11/24/2022Network:ABC (US)
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True Crime
star
6.30
888 votes

#1 - True Crime

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/28/2021

The team gets the true crime docuseries treatment when they analyze a recent case featuring a former child actor whose adult life has garnered him a cult following.

Directors: Bill Roe
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Real Crime
star
7.16
759 votes

#2 - Real Crime

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/13/2022

Desperate to reset the way the world sees him, Officer Thorsen reluctantly decides to be a part of a reality show to help rebrand his image, only to be thrust back into yet another deadly situation. With cameras rolling, the show’s producer is found murdered and the team must investigate before Aaron is made suspect number one.

Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Revelations
star
7.50
874 votes

#3 - Revelations

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/21/2021

Nolan’s decision to return to school in order to become a training officer is proving to be much harder than he expected. Chen considers going into undercover work after getting a taste of the job when Harper’s former colleague needs help.

Directors: Chi Yoon Chung
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Long Shot
star
7.52
752 votes

#4 - Long Shot

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/27/2022

Officers Nolan and Harper help Skip Tracer Randy on his first bounty hunter case. Meanwhile, Officer Chen and Sergeant Bradford are on the hunt for a perpetrator on a citywide crime spree.

Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
star
7.56
1637 votes

#5 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/30/2018

After Nolan and Talia lose control of a crime scene, they begin to debate whether people are fundamentally good or bad and what that means for a police officer. Meanwhile, Lucy is concerned Tim is enabling his wife’s destructive behavior and not taking care of himself.

Directors: Greg Beeman
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Day in the Hole
star
7.56
756 votes

#6 - Day in the Hole

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/15/2022

Officer John Nolan is forced to spend a week in solitary confinement in a quiet border town with a young local officer who is in need of some training. Meanwhile, Sergeant Bradford and Officer Chen discover that looks are deceiving and go undercover together in a possible drug trafficking case.

Directors: Alexi Hawley
Writer: Alexi Hawley
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
La Fiera
star
7.57
905 votes

#7 - La Fiera

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/17/2021

Officer John Nolan’s mom makes an unannounced visit that complicates his life, and Sergeant Grey considers retiring.

Directors: Sylvain White
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Enervo
star
7.58
707 votes

#8 - Enervo

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/1/2022

The team alongside the LA Division of the FBI are in a race to stop bombs that have been scattered throughout the city by a suspected terrorist. The joint task force is suspicious of the CIA’s involvement in the situation.

Directors: Bill Roe
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Brave Heart
star
7.59
818 votes

#9 - Brave Heart

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/2/2021

After rushing his son to the hospital following his collapse, Nolan is reunited with his ex-wife and they must come together to help their son. Detective Lopez discovers "La Fiera" is in the same hospital and wants to find out exactly why.

Directors: Lisa Demaine
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Coding
star
7.59
703 votes

#10 - Coding

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/3/2022

Officer John Nolan and the team feel they must negotiate with a distraught man who is holding a hospital hostage to ensure his wife receives a lifesaving surgery.

Directors: Bill Roe
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Sabotage
star
7.59
923 votes

#11 - Sabotage

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/24/2021

Officer Jackson West’s relationship with his new training officer escalates, and he works with Sergeant Grey to find a solution.

Directors: Daniel Willis
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Bad Blood
star
7.59
875 votes

#12 - Bad Blood

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/28/2021

Nolan, Harper and Lopez are assigned to the kidnapping of the son of a criminal court judge who has a long list of enemies who could possibly be involved.

Directors: Sylvain White
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Knock
star
7.60
761 votes

#13 - The Knock

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/23/2022

The team responds to the report of a severed hand washing up on the beach and are on the hunt to find its owner. Meanwhile, Tim attempts to prove he isn’t a control freak to Lucy and invites her on a double date with him and Ashley.

Writer: Zoe Cheng
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Ride Along
star
7.61
1458 votes

#14 - The Ride Along

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/4/2018

Sergeant Grey informs Officer Nolan and Officer Bishop that they are going to have a movie director as a ride-along during their patrol after a fun afternoon granting the wish of a Make-A-Wish kid as honorary police officer Kaydence Patton. Meanwhile, Officer Bradford is tested once again after he learns that his wife, Isabel, has been arrested for drug possession.

Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writer: Robert Bella
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
In Justice
star
7.62
915 votes

#15 - In Justice

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/10/2021

Officer John Nolan and Officer Nyla Harper are assigned to a community policing center to help rebuild their station’s reputation in the community. Nolan is determined to make a positive impact but Nyla has her doubts.

Directors: Michael Goi
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Simone
star
7.62
731 votes

#16 - Simone

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/24/2022

Officer Nolan and the LA division of the FBI enlist the help of FBI trainee Simone Clark when one of her former students is suspected of terrorism following an explosion at a local power station.

Directors: Liz Friedlander
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Reckoning
star
7.63
544 votes

#17 - The Reckoning

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/30/2022

Nolan and Celina investigate a cash deposit linked to an old DEA case.

Directors: Lanre Olabisi
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Hawke
star
7.63
1474 votes

#18 - The Hawke

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/27/2018

Nolan and the team must help capture a cop and his former mentor from the academy after he becomes a fugitive following an assault. Meanwhile, Officer Tim Bradford needs Officer Lucy Chen to learn to predict the moves of criminals in order to capture them.

Directors: Timothy Busfield
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
A.C.H.
star
7.64
842 votes

#19 - A.C.H.

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/31/2021

When a new designer drug hits LA streets, it turns users into “zombies,” and Officer Nolan and the team have a Halloween they won’t soon forget. Back at home, Lucy questions whether her apartment building might be haunted.

Directors: Daniel Willis
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Crossfire
star
7.64
483 votes

#20 - Crossfire

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/6/2022

Officer John Nolan and Celina witness a shooting, realize the victim was already dead, and investigate further. Back at home, Bailey has been feeling off-center ever since the proposal, leaving Nolan to wonder what he can do to make her feel more comfortable. Elsewhere, Lopez and Harper enlist Lucy’s help to investigate the gang-related murder of a local shopkeeper.

Directors: Jon Huertas
Writer: Glen Mazzara
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Heartbreak
star
7.64
1370 votes

#21 - Heartbreak

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/12/2019

The most dangerous day of the year – Valentine’s Day – has the team on high alert, and Officer Nolan invites everyone over for a party now that he is single.

Directors: Carol Banker
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
In the Line of Fire
star
7.64
838 votes

#22 - In the Line of Fire

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/10/2021

Officer Nolan and officer Chen report to a structure fire and suspect that there is more to the situation than meets the eye. Meanwhile, after witnessing a sniper shooting, the team searches for the shooter and discovers that the perpetrator has a connection to one of their own.

Directors: Daniel Willis
Writer: Robert Bella
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Life and Death
star
7.64
866 votes

#23 - Life and Death

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/26/2021

Nolan and the entire team race against the clock to locate Lopez after she is kidnapped on her wedding day, not only to save her life but her unborn child’s.

Directors: Bill Roe
Writer: Alexi Hawley
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Hit and Run
star
7.64
813 votes

#24 - Hit and Run

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/5/2021

The team goes on a city-wide hunt for an individual who is threatening a mass casualty event. Meanwhile, Tim’s sister Genny shows up unannounced with some surprising news, and Lopez continues her inner struggle over Wesley’s deal with Elijah and tries to come up with a plan to get them out of it.

Directors: Bill Roe
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Man of Honor
star
7.65
838 votes

#25 - Man of Honor

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/11/2021

Harper and Nolan respond to a bank robbery in progress and realize the motives of the thief run much deeper than just needing money. Jackson and Chen’s first day riding without training officers isn’t what they thought it would be.

Directors: Sylvain White
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes

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