Why You Should Be Watching “Rookie Blue”

A couple of years ago I was in college living with some girls who seemed to spend all their time watching TV in the living room. I mostly stayed in my room watching my shows. One day I walk in on them watching this show I’ve never heard of: “Rookie Blue.” I was prepared to ignore this as one of the many shows they watched and I didn’t, but while making dinner I got caught up in the plot and soon I was hooked. “Rookie Blue” was intriguing and full of many different kinds of people who were attractive, but didn’t all look like Abercrombie & Fitch models.

“Rookie Blue” is a Canadian TV show that airs on ABC in the states during the summer. I will admit I didn’t even know this show was Canadian until I someone on the show referred to degrees in Celsius, until then I figured it took place in a New York City-type place. It stars Missy Peregrym, of “Stick It,” “Heroes,” and others. Wikipedia describes it as a show about:

rookie cops from fictional 15 Division who have just graduated from the academy. Training’s over, life begins. They must learn not only to deal with their duties as police officers, but also deal with the problems and expectation of their families and friends. They are first responders and they are about to learn that no amount of training prepares you for life.

The idea of people just starting out in this really difficult job was what interested me. Putting regular people who had a passion for justice into a job where they were constantly learning what to do and how to do it was interesting. I felt like it could apply to everyone, not just cops. I have a soft spot for people who feel led to do that kind of work, but I usually avoid cop dramas. They often seem repetitive, characters are all tough guys and hard to relate to, but I found that I loved the characters on “Rookie Blue,” and the characters I didn’t like I loved to hate.

But the No.-1 reason you should start watching “Rookie Blue” is for the relationships. They are difficult, interesting, and complicated. It’s high drama with high stakes. Whether you can believe the storylines or not this show will break your heart and make you hope for your favorites. Each season has an overarching theme and this season”it’s complicated,” and I can’t wait.

Tune into the two-hour season premiere this Thursday, June 19, at 9/8c and tweet us your thoughts @litdarling


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