The Rookies: Season 1
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"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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I loved it on tv back in the days . LOVE IT NOW!!! More as adult. Sony release the entire series!!! I'm sure if you look back Sony has released some stupid shows no one cares about... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lord PALMER of Barsoom
The DVD's took a while to come. For what reason I don't know. The condition of the DVD's were not what I expected as they had some film or scuff on them but they play OK. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jo Jo