The exploits of three rookie police officers in a large unnamed Southern California city are followed in this weekly series. Mike Danko is a married former marine, Willie Gillis is a recent college graduate and Terry Webster joined the police as part of a special minority recruitment plan. Their supervisor is Lt. Eddie Riker and Jill is Mike's worried wife who works as a nurse at the local hospital. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
I remember "The Rookies" as one of my favorite shows as a boy, but unfortunately, it doesn't hold up well today. The acting is first-rate, the location work is excellent, and the production has a polished sheen to it - it was obviously a class act from the get-go. But the story lines have dated badly, particularly the "every week we attack another social problem in a bland way" format. Especially annoying is the constant reverse racism of having Ontkean's character set up as the "over-eager white guy" who has to be taught, over and over again, how little he knows about how society really works. It's as insulting a stereotype as Stepin Fetchit, and more common than you realize. Great theme by Bernstein, though. A good trip back for the nostalgia, but you won't keep watching.
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