Over the years, America has been captured by the styles of writing found in television dramas like Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Army Wives, and, Private Practice. Based on the Chicago Police Department, Rookie Blue is similar to these dramas that portray the reality of professional workplaces. This law enforcement-based TV drama debuted in the summer of 2010 and it quickly caught the attention of viewers due to the graphic presentation of the psychology behind being a new recruit in a violent city's police squad.
Deviating from the typical cops and robbers themed television dramas, Rookie Blue does not focus on a case-per-case basis as the central focus of each show. Instead, throughout the episodes the recruits learn that there is a side of police work that you can never learn from a book and each case is a new lesson.
In Rookie Blue, the lives of five recruits are guarded by older detectives and police officers on the force. The relationships between the rookies and the old guard are what weaves together the show's story line. The conversations between the show's characters captures the way that these rookies process some of the horrors of day-to-day reality at the Chicago Police Department.
While doctors must learn bedside manner in their residency training, police work has its own form of subtle police officer to civilian etiquette to impart. Along the way, the rookies learn the tools of the trade and begin to see the invisible ladder to the top of law enforcement in Chicago.
Although there are five main rookies featured in the show, the plot centers around Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and her romance with senior officer Sam Swarek (Ben Bass). Three of the rookies, Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), and Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), are roommates with an initial relationship forming between Peck and Diaz. One other rookie, Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), starts out on the beat but deviates from the others by joining the detectives and dating senior detective Jerry Barber (Noam Jenkins).
Within the first two years it was on the air, Rookie Blue was nominated for a number of awards including the 2012 Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Episode and the 2011 Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series.
Rookie Blue Full Episode Guide:
Season 4 (10 full episodes, 4 clips available)
Season 3 (39 full episodes)
Episode 13 - I Never
First Aired: September 06, 2012
Episode 12 - Every Man
First Aired: August 30, 2012
- Episode 11 - The Rules
- Episode 10 - Cold Comforts
- Episode 9 - Out of Time
- Episode 8 - The Girlfriend Experience
- Episode 7 - Leap of Faith
- Episode 6 - Coming Home
- Episode 5 - Messy Houses
- Episode 4 - Girls' Night Out
- Episode 3 - A Good Shoot
- Episode 2 - Class Dismissed
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