• Network: ABC , Global
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. I rather enjoyed the pilot. Perhaps it's a Canadian thing, but like "Flashpoint," Rookie Blue doesn't oversell itself. It is modest and plain in a way that makes even its less likely moments feel credible enough.
  2. The insipid pop music that cues emotional moments is annoying, but the writing isn't. And the characters are more interesting than their headshots would suggest.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    67
    It's summer, expectations are low, and you could do a lot worse than this genial, softhearted import.
  4. Rookie Blue is set in a nondescript big city, which also serves to make the series generic. The cast, however, is spunky and promising.
  5. 50
    Rookie Blue makes every rookie mistake there is. And the main message going out to the public about new police recruits? "They're so cute!"
  6. Reviewed by: Katherine Stevens
    50
    Despite occasional moments of solid acting on the part of Peregrym and Okuma, Rookie Blue sinks under the weight of its cheesy montages, references to the rookies as "fresh paint," and the lack of chemistry between the main characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    The pilot goes down smoothly enough, but lacking a single novel beat and with no one but Peregrym registering, there's simply no compelling reason to make another visit to this precinct
  8. Rookie Blue is "Grey's Anatomy" in a police station. And that's about as remarkable as this fairly generic Canadian co-production gets.
  9. 40
    Rookie Blue hauls out pretty much every cop-show cliche in the book. As a matter of fact, it looks like it was stitched together from pieces of old TV shows.
  10. 40
    There's absolutely no texture in the world of Rookie Blue, no effort to make it seem like anything more than a routine hour of TV.
  11. At its core, Rookie is a terrible show.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    10
    I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire series. I liked getting to know the characters and look forward to more and changing dynamics. I like the clean language and the fact that I'm not subjected to bloody violence. I look forward to the new season. Thanks. Full Review »
  2. Jun 28, 2013
    10
    Love this show. It works extremely hard to be as realistic as possible, and it does a pretty great job. The characters are not all crazy gifted, and they make their fair share of mistakes, making them extremely believable as people. The angle on this show is basically if you like seeing some justice and also like shows that capture real emotions, and focus on the characters more; then you will like this. All the actors are extremely talented and interact with each other like you would with colleagues at work, another very humanizing factor in the show. Great, if your into this stuff. Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2012
    10
    Police Drama, Police Procedure shows have a shelf life these days of no more than like 8 seasons unless they can work an interesting angle like forensics like CSI, psychology with criminal minds or getting at the motives like colombo or something. Rookie Blue gets at exactly that what it is like a rookie. As for shelf life, i don't know how these rookies can be rookies for 8 years but it is very entertaining and the show has the characters we want to see more of. Down to earth development of plots and surprises make this show. Unlike watching paint dry, seeing a rookie in this light has potential for some real stories. Third Watch was the best before all these new shows which had that down to earth feel I see here. Third Watch left on a high when it was ahead. 9/11 gave Third Watch its rich drama, Rookie Blue needs to find its groove like Third Watch or it will be hard to reach 5 seasons. In the end, it benefits from the summer crowd who can make the investment into the show. Full Review »