JC here, to tell you why not to bother with Rookie Blue.
ROOKIE BLUE: 1.01 “The Pilot”
I just want to say a few things about ABC’s new cop show, Rookie Blue. And I mean, just a few things. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on it because it doesn’t deserve it. Frankly, this show sucks. You may have heard other commentators talking about how this is essentially Grey’s Anatomy (a show for which I have zero love for, by the way) transposed to the police force, and anyone who’s said that is right. But while dialog leaden with nervous quick-talking and verbal quips may work in the realm of a hospital, it falls flat on its face out on the streets. Sorry folks; people don’t talk that way, and you can’t fool us into thinking that they do after we’ve been exposed to shows like Southland. I was a bit surprised to see the collective scores on Metacritic hovering around a not-putrid enough 52. The harshest review, from The Hollywood Reporter, mentions that its inexcusable for a modern cop drama to be located in an unnamed city. The city, afterall, should be a major character in a show like this. They’re right, of course, but almost everything else is a problem here. The over-the-top acting and melodrama (the scene where she finds the murderer; so much cheese!), the absurdly attractive cast who look like they should be in an Ambercrombie catalog instead of patrolling the streets, the misunderstood criminal (of course the kid is good at heart, and just killed the drug dealer because he was scared for his sister’s well-being), the tough-as-nails training officers, and of course the disgraced dad-cop storyline. The cliches are everywhere, and far too blatant; a show like this may have worked… almost twenty years ago, before Homicide: Life on the Streets broke the mold. Now-a-days, you’ve got to be a bit more subtle.
No doubt about it: this show is bad. But I think I’m extra mad at it because it has a prime-time network slot, albeit in the summer, while Southland has to deal with a slashed budget over at TNT. Life on the streets ain’t fair.