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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.

Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on ABC
6 Seasons, 75 Episodes
June 24, 2010
Crime, Drama
Cast: Missy Peregrym
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Rookie Blue Full Episode Guide

  • With the impending restructuring of the division, Andy and Sam's wedding comes just in time for the gang to celebrate one last hurrah.

  • On the day of Steve Peck's hearing, Inspector Jarvis makes a huge announcement. Andy debates leaving town on assignment.

  • Andy is faced with her most difficult task yet.

  • With Oliver still the prime suspect in the bombing of 15's evidence room, Andy, Dov, Gail, and Nick plot to prove that Commissioner Alonso Santana is corrupt. Meanwhile Traci shadows Steve Peck, hoping to calm her fears about his involvement in the bombing.

  • Sam is shocked when Noelle - Juliet's boss at Internal Affairs - tells him that all evidence of corruption at 15 Division points to Oliver Shaw.

  • When a drive-by shooting occurs during a community-outreach baseball, Gail's relationship with her brother is put to the test.

  • When Traci fails to show for her first raid, 15 Division is afraid the worst has happened to her.

  • When Nick's estranged older brother shows up with new information on someone from their past, Nick takes matters into his own hands. When Juliet follows him, Nick is forced to let her into the secrets of his past.

  • Although Andy is suspicious of the mysterious Juliet, she realizes she'll have to work with her to make it out of the prison.

  • Andy contemplates her future with Sam after she discovers that Marlo is pregnant with his baby. But Andy's ideas about what makes a perfect family are put into perspective when she meets an out-of-control teen who needs to be protected from her own conservative family.

  • In the season premiere, Andy is attacked.

  • In the wake of Marlo's pregnancy bombshell (Ep. 512), a devastated Andy tries to process what this means for her future and the future she thought she'd have with Sam. Andy gets a welcome distraction and perspective-check when she meets Hayley, an out-of-control teenager who needs to be protected from her own conservative family, challenging Andy's vision of a perfect family. Meanwhile, Nick and Juliet's star-crossed romance starts to feel inevitable when they are sent on the road together on Juliet's first shift at 15 Division - if only she would see it that way.

  • In part 2 of the season finale, the Division searches for a car bomber, but once they catch him they realize he has more targets ready to explode.

  • In first part of the season finale, Duncan doesn't feel ready to be back on duty, but her feelings must be put aside when a bomb goes off in a downtown parking garage.

  • While volunteering at a community outreach program to help tenants move out of a subsidized-housing complex that's being torn down, Andy and Chloe discover a severely beaten man in a vacant unit.

  • Dov and Chris investigate a suspicious home invasion. Chris's addiction issues surface.

  • In the midst of a chaotic day at the station, Oliver squeezes in time to prepare Andy to defend herself at Duncan's dismissal hearing. But when Duncan produces new evidence that shifts all the blame to Andy, Oliver is faced with a major dilemma.

  • When the team investigates the murder of Brian Gowdy, Andy and Sam end up questioning inmates at Millburn Penitentiary, including Jay Swarek, Sam's elusive father.

  • The team goes undercover in an effort to locate illegal handguns. Meanwhile, Andy helps Sam with a missing-persons case.

  • Officials are anxious to avoid possible repercussions following the execution of a gang leader.

  • Andy and Nick must seize all proceeds from an illegal gambling house.

  • Oliver is promoted to Acting Staff Sergeant.

  • In the aftermath of the night's traumatic events, Andy and Dov stop at an all-night diner for a break, but are caught off-duty and off-guard during a hold-up. Meanwhile, a new inspector is appointed to watch over 15 Division.

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