The Rookies (1972–1976)

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The trials and adventures of three young police officers.

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 Officer Terry Webster / ... (93 episodes, 1972-1976)
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 Off. Mike Danko / ... (93 episodes, 1972-1976)
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 Jill Danko (92 episodes, 1972-1976)
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
 Lt. Ryker / ... (92 episodes, 1972-1976)
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 Officer Willie Gillis / ... (47 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bruce Fairbairn ...
 Officer Chris Owens / ... (46 episodes, 1974-1976)
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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>

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11 September 1972 (USA)  »

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A Tutte le auto della polizia  »

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Sam Melville, who played police officer and husband Mike Danko, to Kate Jackson's wife and nurse Jill Danko on this show, later played ex-husband Joe King to Jackson's title character Mrs. Amanda King on later series Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983). See more »

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Spin-off S.W.A.T. (1975) See more »

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Doesn't hold up, unfortunately
31 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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