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The Rookies

television series

The Rookies

Genre police procedural
Composer Elmer Bernstein
Country of origin United States of America
Number of episodes 92
Number of seasons 4

About The Rookies

The Rookies burst onto the small screen in 1972, bringing with it a fresh take on the classic cop drama. Starring Michael Ontkean, Georg Stanford Brown, and Sam Melville as three young police officers, the show tackled issues of race, gender, and social justice head-on. With its gritty realism and compelling storylines, The Rookies quickly became a fan favorite, earning critical acclaim and high ratings.

The show's creators, Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, were no strangers to success, having previously produced hit shows like Charlie's Angels and Starsky and Hutch. But with The Rookies, they pushed the envelope even further, exploring controversial topics like police brutality and corruption. The show's willingness to tackle these issues head-on set it apart from other cop dramas of the era, and helped it resonate with audiences across the country.

Despite its popularity, The Rookies only lasted for four seasons, ending in 1976. But its impact on television and popular culture cannot be overstated. The show paved the way for other socially conscious dramas like Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, and its legacy can still be felt in the cop shows of today.

In the end, The Rookies was more than just a TV show. It was a cultural touchstone, a reflection of the turbulent times in which it was made, and a reminder of the power of television to inspire and provoke. As one critic wrote at the time, "The Rookies is more than just a cop show. It's a statement about who we are as a society, and where we're headed."

Main cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


93 years, 8 months, 3 days


52 years, 7 months, 4 days

Born first

23 December 1921

Died first

9 March 1989

Born last

29 October 1948

Died last

31 July 2015

Other cast and crew

Supporting cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


100 years, 1 month, 28 days


55 years, 7 days

Born first

2 April 1917

Died first

5 August 1988

Born last

8 December 1966

Died last

28 May 2022

American actor  John Travolta

John Travolta

American actor

actor John Ritter

John Ritter


American actor and singer Don Johnson

Don Johnson

American actor and singer

American actress Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek

American actress

American actor Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte

American actor

American actress, singer, and author Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Ladd

American actress, singer, and author

American actress Amy Irving

Amy Irving

American actress

American actress Tyne Daly

Tyne Daly

American actress

American actress and singer Della Reese

Della Reese

American actress and singer

American actor  Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

American actor

American actress and businesswoman Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith

American actress and businesswoman

American actor  John Saxon

John Saxon

American actor

actress, activist Sally Kirkland

Sally Kirkland

actress, activist

American actor  Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty

American actor

American actor James Hong

James Hong

American actor

Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan

Irish actress

Jamaican filmmaker, photographer and actress Esther Anderson

Esther Anderson

Jamaican filmmaker, photographer and actress

actress Elinor Donahue

Elinor Donahue


American actor Clint Howard

Clint Howard

American actor

American actress Susan Dey

Susan Dey

American actress

American actor Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

American actor

American actor, writer, director, and producer Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman

American actor, writer, director, and producer

American actress Didi Conn

Didi Conn

American actress

American actor Joseph Campanella

Joseph Campanella

American actor

American actress Gail Strickland

Gail Strickland

American actress

American actress Lorraine Gary

Lorraine Gary

American actress

actor Darren McGavin

Darren McGavin


actress Rose Gregorio

Rose Gregorio


American actress Glynnis O'Connor

Glynnis O'Connor

American actress

American actor  Arte Johnson

Arte Johnson

American actor

American actor Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten

American actor

American actor Ralph Meeker

Ralph Meeker

American actor

American actor and professor Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

American actor and professor

American television and film actor Edward Albert

Edward Albert

American television and film actor

American actress Laurie Walters

Laurie Walters

American actress

actor Alex Rocco

Alex Rocco


actress Jennifer Leak

Jennifer Leak


American actor Charles Martin Smith

Charles Martin Smith

American actor

American actor  Bo Hopkins

Bo Hopkins

American actor

American film and television actor  Kevin Dobson

Kevin Dobson

American film and television actor

Canadian-American actor Marc Singer

Marc Singer

Canadian-American actor

American actor Matthew Labyorteaux

Matthew Labyorteaux

American actor

actor Jon Cypher

Jon Cypher


American actor and director Michael Lembeck

Michael Lembeck

American actor and director

American actor Vincent Gardenia

Vincent Gardenia

American actor

American musical theatre and television actress Beth Howland

Beth Howland

American musical theatre and television actress

American actor William Bassett

William Bassett

American actor

American film and television producer  Leonard Goldberg

Leonard Goldberg

American film and television producer

actor Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel


Film director, screenwriter Randal Kleiser

Randal Kleiser

Film director, screenwriter

American actor and director Kristoffer Tabori

Kristoffer Tabori

American actor and director

American actor Matt Clark

Matt Clark

American actor

American producer Paul Junger Witt

Paul Junger Witt

American producer

American writer Ralph Senensky

Ralph Senensky

American writer

American actor Scott Jacoby

Scott Jacoby

American actor

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