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11 September 1972 (USA) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 115)

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

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

Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Lt. Ed Ryker / ... (92 episodes, 1972-1976)

Kate Jackson ... Jill Danko (92 episodes, 1972-1976)

Michael Ontkean ... Officer Willie Gillis / ... (47 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bruce Fairbairn ... Officer Chris Owens / ... (46 episodes, 1974-1976)

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 (31 episodes, 1972-1975)
Rita Lakin (27 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)
Shelley Hull .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1972-1975)
William Blinn .... producer (31 episodes, 1972-1974)
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 (13 episodes, 1972-1975)
Allyn Ferguson (13 episodes, 1972-1975)
Elmer Bernstein (12 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mark Snow (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
Robert Drasnin (4 episodes, 1973-1975)
Pete Rugolo (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
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 (9 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 (25 episodes, 1972-1973)
Claire Newell (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Art Direction by
Paul Sylos (29 episodes, 1972-1975)
Series Set Decoration by
Ken Swartz (25 episodes, 1972-1973)
Dorcy Howard (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Costume Design by
Thelma Strahm (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Robert Harris Jr. (4 episodes, 1975)
Series Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist (30 episodes, 1972-1975)
Pat Whiffing .... hair stylist (22 episodes, 1972-1973)
Joyce Morrison .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Production Management
Norman Henry .... executive production manager / production manager (30 episodes, 1972-1975)
William A. Calihan Jr. .... production manager (29 episodes, 1972-1975)
Russel Wiles .... post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 1973-1975)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wesley Barry .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1972-1975)
Joe Lauth .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert Della Santina .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Ashley Hamilton .... trainee director (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Art Department
Jesse Stone .... construction coordinator (30 episodes, 1972-1975)
Jerry McFarland .... property master (28 episodes, 1972-1975)
Jerry Swift .... property master (2 episodes, 1975)
Series Sound Department
Tommy Thompson .... sound engineer / sound recordist (30 episodes, 1972-1975)

Stan Gordon .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Bill Ferrier .... special effects (16 episodes, 1972-1975)
Series Stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 1973-1975)

Denny Arnold .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Reynolds .... lighting technician (35 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
Thelma Strahm .... costumes / costumer (25 episodes, 1972-1974)
Robert Harris Jr. .... 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 (30 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 (30 episodes, 1972-1975)
Parke Perine .... coordinator: producer / production coordinator (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
Hal Sitowitz .... story editor (2 episodes, 1973-1974)

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60 min (92 episodes)
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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 »
Lt. Ryker:[Repeated line at rollcall] Check your pidmaps!... Hit the streets!See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Santa Clara's Finest, 20 November 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of the more successful TV police dramas which seemed to be exploding all over the place during the Seventies as westerns declined and because they were getting expensive to make was The Rookies. The show was about three eager young police officers straight from the Academy on their first assignment. The three, Georg Stanford, Brown, Michael Ontkean, and Sam Melville served as cops in the mythical community of Santa Clara in California.

I liked the show because it showed three idealistic young cops and a time when idealism was at a premium. The Rookies debuted while Richard Nixon was running for re-election and we got treated nationally to all the stories about Watergate and the aftermath during the run of this show.

In that vein it was also nice to see a moral authority like Lieutenant Eddie Ryker who took The Rookies under his wing and taught them to be good cops. As a police officer Ryker was one of the best ever shown on television and it gave Gerald S. O'Loughlin his career role. He was and remains one of my favorite television police officers.

The women and the gay men certainly had a lot of nice beefcake to look at with the three Rookies. Michael Ontkean left the series midway to pursue a movie career and he's best remembered for Making Love to Harry Hamlin and Kate Jackson in Making Love and for that never to be forgotten strip tease on ice in Slap Shot. He was replace by Bruce Fairbairn for the rest of the show's run.

Speaking of Kate Jackson, she was the only regular female in the series and she played Sam Melville's wife. She was also a nurse in the emergency ward at the Santa Clara Hospital. Kate's got incredible skill or luck if you prefer in picking television series. The Rookies was her second series, she was in Dark Shadows, after The Rookies came Charlie's Angels and The Scarecrow and Mrs. King. That's one pretty substantial record and most would envy her for just one successful TV series. Kate as a nurse allowed her to get into the action in a few shows, she was not just home waiting dinner for Sam Melville. They were like a lot of young marrieds then and now, struggling to maintain a two income household and both with stressful occupations.

The Rookies were not supercops, they were young and inexperienced and made mistakes out there. Those mistakes became the basis of many a story line. But under Gerald S. O'Loughlin's wise tutelage they weren't Rookies when the series ended its run.

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