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The Rookies: Season 1

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Product Description

Experience all the excitement of The Rookies from the beginning! This classic series follows the exploits of three heroic young police officers of the Southern California Police Dept. (SCPD). Each episode showcases highly dramatized police cases, intertwined with the drama of their off-duty lives. The Rookies features non-stop action with guest appearances throughout the season by notable tv stars including Cheryl Ladd, Roddy McDowall, Lou Gossett, Jr., Martin Sheen, Mike Farrell and Tyne Daly.


Aaron Spelling's series The Rookies was a mildly successful attempt to put a younger face on the aging cop-drama genre via a trio of new police recruits, who attempted to protect and serve Southern California with their hearts and minds as well as their guns. The trio in question--former project resident Georg Stanford Brown, who sought to solve his people's problems from behind a badge, solid ex-vet Sam Melville, and good-natured Michael Ontkean--saw their share of action during the show's four-year run from 1972 to 1976, but frequently solved conflicts through dialogue, not brawn. Gerald S. O'Laughlin was their seen-it-all lieutenant, while a pre-Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson was Melville's wife, who did her part as a nurse. The Rookies' blend of social conscience and street action worked for the most part, especially in episodes like "The Commitment" (disc 1), in which Brown and Melville hunt down the assailant who shot Ontkean (their search takes them onto the back lot of the Fox Studios, which provides an interesting glimpse at their movie production slate), and "Crossfire," in which a black cop dealing with anger issues is sent to a camp that bolsters community relationships between the police and the public. The dialogue borders on the heavy-handed at times, but for the most part, The Rookies is an engaging alternative to the by-the-books cop shows of the '50s and '60s. The five-disc set includes no extras, which is unfortunate, given that the original two-hour movie that served as the show's pilot (which featured Darren McGavin in O'Loughlin's role) would've made an interesting companion piece to the episodes. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • 23 episodes in a five-disc boxed set, including: Concrete Valley, Neon Sky, Dead, Like a Lost Dream, The Informant, The Commitment, Covenant with Death, Time Is the Fire, The Bear That Didn't Get Up, Dirge for Sunday, The Good Die Young, To Taste of Terror, A Deadly Velocity, A Bloody Shade of Blue, Very Special Piece of Ground, Rabbits on the Runway, Tarnished Idol, Crossfire, Snow Job, Point of Impact, Three Hours to Kill, The Wheel of Death, Life Robbery, Farewell Tree from Marly, Easy Money
  • Digitally Remastered Audio and Video
  • Bonus Previews

Product Details

  • Actors: Sam Melville
  • Format: Subtitled, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 1174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMGS5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rookies: Season 1" on IMDb

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Aaron Spelling was in the beginning of his reign as ABC's personal hit-producer, having already contributed "The Mod Squad," when this show first aired in 1972. This show contributed to a era of cop shows that were as light and fluffy in content as they were heavy in pyrotechnic action.

"The Rookies" were a trio of newly-minted uniform patrolmen in a California police department. Terry Webster was a serious intellectual who had been a social protester, but decided he could make real change by patrolling the beat. Mike Danko was a serious minded ex military man married to a nurse, and Willie Gillis was a fun-loving college grad. Under the tutelage of their squad commander, Lt. Ryker, the three cops learned the ropes and how to take the bad guys off the streets.

Georg Stanford Brown played Webster with authority. Sam Melville, a veteran character actor, played Danko as a sober, but compassionate cop woh dearly loved his wife (played by Spelling's future Charlie's Angel Kate Jackson), and Michael Ontkean was the silly one, making jokes and always looking at things from a humorous perspective. (Ontkean would leave the series and be replaced by a different character played by Bruce Fairbairn in subsequent seasons). And Gerald S. O'Loughlin was marvelous as Lt. Ryker, a serious, almost unemotional superior who actually had a great sense of humor and was genuinely caring and concerned about his young charges.

This show wasn't going to set a high bar for plotting or originality, but it was well-written and well acted. It was entertaining and worth watching. And it continued to pave the way for Spelling's many other cop/detective dramas, including "SWAT," "Starsky and Hutch," "Vegas," "Hart to Hart," "Charlie's Angels," "TJ Hooker," and "Matt Houston." It's well worth remembering.
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I know a lot about this series. First, this DVD set is a re-mastered digitally enhanced edition of uncut (MINUS previews to next week that originally aired!!) 50 minute episodes. That is the good news. The bad news. Where is the original PILOT movie called tHE ROOKIES that ran 74 minutes (no commercials) and featured the same cast (minus Kate Jackson and Gerald S.)' Loughlin) and featured Darren Mcgavin? It introduced the series and truly was a "pilot". Shame on SONY DVD. Also "missing" are the orignal bumpers that aired during eaach episode featuring a Police Siren "The Rookies will continue after Station identifaction" and all the previews to next weeks shows. There was a 60 second preview to next weeks show at the end of every episode aired on ABC in the 70's. All are missing on the DVD release.

Here is some information on the series many may not know. Getting the rest of this series released on home DVD might take..YEARS( aND IT TURNS OUT I AM RIGHT AS OF JULY 2011..IT IS TAKING years!) Season Two has an issue-- One episode--titled FROZEN SMOKE stars John Travolta and for years he kept the episode out of syndication and it was never aired for over 25 years until TV land did a once through run of PART of the series several years ago. They STOPPED airing episodes 1/3 throught the second season and no one else airs the series. If we do not get them on home dvd--we cannot get them. It is still possible the Travolta episode is a stumbling block for relase of Season 2 to DVD...if it is so much an issue with residual payments to Travolta. just leave it off. I would take Season 2 minus ONE episode if there is a good reason a deal could not be worked out. This way we have no Season 2 or 3 , etc.
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I remember this show in the 70's, but only vaugly, however one episode stuck in my mind called "A taste of terror". and I remember seeing it when I was seven. and it was pretty scary for me at that time. However over the years I forgot about the show , until I was checking on Amazon on the release date for "Emergency- season four",and found this as well.
Oddly enough I started to remember the episode, and read the reviews, and took a chance and purchased it. The first episode was kinda lame ,and I began to worry a bit , but as I continued to watch further episodes on this set I began to enjoy this series. This really was well put together
and the stories were great and although "taste of terror" doesn't scare me anymore , it is still a very good episode to watch. I might take a chance and get further season releases of this series , I especially would like to see the spinoff episode for S.W.A.T. now that I discovered that it was a spinoff of this series.For those who never seen this show and love the classic's this series is for you.
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The hit 1972-1976 television Spelling/Goldberg Production cop show about three rookie cops fresh out of the academy. The three rookies each come from vastly different backgrounds--Terry Webster, social worker; Willie Gillis, college graduate, raised in Ohio; Mike Danko, just discharged from the Air Force after a long stint; married--but share one common goal which is a more humane approach to law enforcement. Guided by their boss and mentor, Lt. Ryker, the rookies tackle some of the most prominent social problems of the 1970's from racism to drug abuse. Some of these problems can be seen to this day.

The Rookies is a no nonsense drama that successfully attempts to bring out the human side of the police force. Not only does the viewer see the rookies at work but the viewer can also see them in their private lives and how the job affects them and their families. Although the show does contain some violence, it doesn't rise to the occasion of today's television shows. This DVD is highly recommended.The Rookies - The Complete First Season

This paragraph has been added on 05/18/2010. I have been actively trying to get Sony Entertainment to release The Rookies Seasons 2-4 on to DVD format ever since season one came on the market. I just received a letter from to co-chief executive operating officer of Sony Entertainment Television Division who stated that there is just "not enough of a market" to warrant the release of another season of The Rookies. I say there must be some interest otherwise season one would have never came out to begin with. I've started a new petition to send to Sony Entertainment letting them them know Rookie fans won't let this matter rest until seasons two through four are released. Please sign the petition.

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