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11 September 1972 (USA) See more »
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The trials and adventures of three young police officers. Full summary »
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High quality production, good acting, but preachy. See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Georg Stanford Brown ... Officer Terry Webster / ... (93 episodes, 1972-1976)

Sam Melville ... Off. Mike Danko / ... (93 episodes, 1972-1976)

Kate Jackson ... Jill Danko (92 episodes, 1972-1976)
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Lt. Ryker / ... (92 episodes, 1972-1976)

Michael Ontkean ... Officer Willie Gillis / ... (47 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bruce Fairbairn ... Officer Chris Owens / ... (46 episodes, 1974-1976)
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Series Directed by
Phil Bondelli (15 episodes, 1974-1976)
E.W. Swackhamer (10 episodes, 1972-1975)
Leonard Horn (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
Harry Falk (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gene Nelson (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Fernando Lamas (5 episodes, 1975)
Michael Caffey (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Georg Stanford Brown (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Bruce Bilson (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
William Crain (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
William F. Claxton (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ralph Senensky (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1972)
Jerry Jameson (2 episodes, 1972)
Jud Taylor (2 episodes, 1972)
Richard Newton (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Philip Leacock (2 episodes, 1974)
Richard Benedict (2 episodes, 1976)
Randal Kleiser (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Writing credits
William Blinn (30 episodes, 1972-1975)
Rita Lakin (26 episodes, 1972-1975)
Skip Webster (12 episodes, 1972-1976)
Robert I. Holt (11 episodes, 1972-1975)
Hal Sitowitz (8 episodes, 1972-1974)
Don Balluck (6 episodes, 1973-1975)
Sean Baine (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Hoke Howell (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
James Basler (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Rick Husky (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
Irv Pearlberg (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Daniel B. Ullman (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Richard H. Landau (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Mark Weingart (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert Harland (2 episodes, 1973)
William Douglas Lansford (2 episodes, 1973)
David Ketchum (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Mann Rubin (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Bruce Shelly (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Frank Telford (2 episodes, 1974)
Jack V. Fogarty (2 episodes, 1976)

Paul F. Edwards (unknown episodes)
Mathius Reitz (unknown episodes)
Dirk Wayne Summers (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer / producer (93 episodes, 1972-1976)
Leonard Goldberg .... executive producer (92 episodes, 1972-1976)
William Blinn .... producer (31 episodes, 1972-1974)
Shelley Hull .... associate producer (27 episodes, 1972-1975)
Rick Husky .... producer (20 episodes, 1974-1976)
Hal Sitowitz .... producer (16 episodes, 1974-1975)
Douglas Benton .... producer (10 episodes, 1973-1974)
Skip Webster .... producer (7 episodes, 1975-1976)
Paul Junger Witt .... producer (5 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Original Music by
Jack Elliott (12 episodes, 1972-1975)
Allyn Ferguson (12 episodes, 1972-1975)
Elmer Bernstein (12 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mark Snow (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
Robert Drasnin (4 episodes, 1973-1975)
Laurence Rosenthal (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Shorty Rogers (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
George Romanis (2 episodes, 1975)

Paul Glass (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Archie R. Dalzell (46 episodes, 1972-1974)
Dennis Dalzell (46 episodes, 1974-1976)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jim Faris (7 episodes, 1972-1975)
Dick Wormell (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
Bill Mosher (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Art Seid (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Leon Carrere (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Gene Milford (2 episodes, 1972)
Richard Malek (2 episodes, 1975)

James Baiotto (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Bert Remsen (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
Claire Newell (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Art Direction by
Paul Sylos (27 episodes, 1972-1975)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Ken Swartz (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
Dorcy Howard (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Costume Design by
Thelma Strahm (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Robert Harris Jr. (4 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist (28 episodes, 1972-1975)
Pat Whiffing .... hair stylist (21 episodes, 1972-1973)
Joyce Morrison .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Production Management
Norman Henry .... executive production manager / production manager (28 episodes, 1972-1975)
William A. Calihan Jr. .... production manager (27 episodes, 1972-1975)
Russel Wiles .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wesley Barry .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1972-1975)
Joe Lauth .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1972-1973)
John Ashley Hamilton .... trainee director (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Art Department
Jesse Stone .... construction coordinator (28 episodes, 1972-1975)
Jerry McFarland .... property master (26 episodes, 1972-1975)
Jerry Swift .... property master (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Sound Department
Tommy Thompson .... sound engineer / sound recordist (28 episodes, 1972-1975)

Stan Gordon .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Bill Ferrier .... special effects (14 episodes, 1972-1975)
 
Series Stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1975)

Denny Arnold .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Reynolds .... lighting technician (37 episodes, 1973-1974)

Paul Jacobsen .... electrician (unknown episodes, 1975)
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
John Stadler .... electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Joel Thurm .... casting supervisor (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumes (23 episodes, 1972-1973)
Thelma Strahm .... costumes (23 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Editorial Department
Russel Wiles .... post-production coordinator (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jim Allen .... post-production coordinator (6 episodes, 1972)

Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... composer: theme music (82 episodes, 1972-1976)
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor (28 episodes, 1972-1975)
Steve Livingston .... music editor (4 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (10 episodes, 1972-1975)

Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Helen Parker .... script supervisor (28 episodes, 1972-1975)
Parke Perine .... coordinator: producer (23 episodes, 1972-1973)
 

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Trivia:
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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4 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
High quality production, good acting, but preachy., 21 July 2002
Author: Lawrence J. Roll (k3lt@magpage.com) from Dover, DE

The Rookies was one of my favorite "cop shows" from what I think was one of the best periods of time for television. Production quality was very high for a weekly series, each episode had the quality of an hour long feature film - only with commercial breaks. Of course, the clothes, vehicles, music, and a lot of the language is dated today, but I don't have a problem with that since I was in my early 20's during that time. The drama centers around three rookie police officers in a large metropolitan police force, who daily struggle with the social issues of the day -- drugs, crime, racism, homosexuality, prostitution, you-name-it. I agree with what one other commentor said about "reverse racism" in the manner that the Michael Ontkean character, Officer Willie Gillis, is used as an example of the social cluelessness of white, middle-class males. In fact, it was my observation of how the Gillis character was portrayed that woke me up to Hollywood's liberal agenda, and caused me to start thinking a lot more critically when shown something on the silver screen or TV labeled as "entertainment" but really meant as liberal political propaganda.

The politics aside, this series gives one a look at very high quality TV production, and some great acting. The Kate Jackson character (Jill Danko) shows us a real woman -- caring, loving, concerned -- but without yet having grown the liberal, male-bashing chip on her shoulder that would later become sine qua non in future female characters. The men, however, seem to have been considerably "softened up" -- the Officer Gillis character in particular. This series probably draws the line between TV's golden era and the mandatory liberal indoctrination of the present day. This is where the Marxist social brainwashing started, but it is still enjoyable to watch.

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