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The Rookies

Season 3 1974 - 1975

  • 1974-09-09T04:00:00Z on ABC (US)
  • 60 mins
  • 1 day, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama

The Rookies is an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1972 until 1976. It follows the exploits of three rookie police officers working in an unidentified city for the fictitious Southern California Police Department (SCPD).

24 episodes

3x01 An Ugly Way to Die

  • Season Premiere

    1974-09-09T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Terry Webster breaks in his new partner, junior rookie Chris Owens, searching for an arsonist. Someone is responsible for the murder of several firemen, all young, dark-haired and moustached.

3x02 Key Witness

  • 1974-09-23T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

The murder of a construction company owner is witnessed by a woman and her married boyfriend, a doctor. Because of the possibility of a scandal, the doctor will not allow the girl to give information to the rookies. They do not know that the killers are now after the witnesses.

3x03 Legacy of Death

  • 1974-09-30T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Chris is partnered with a patrolman who gets involved in suicidal situations so that he might be killed in the line of duty and his family would be secure with financial compensation.

3x04 Death at 6 A.M.

  • 1974-10-07T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Four young people out for excitement in a stolen pickup become fugitives from the law when their fun turns into murder and robbery. Rookie Chris Owens is on the case after his partner is killed, but Chris wonders whether the dangers of police life are worth it.

3x05 Walk a Tightrope

  • 1974-10-21T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Two law students, seeking revenge for the death of a girl, frame Terry Webster, whom they hold responsible for the murder of a store guard.

3x06 Judgment

  • 1974-10-28T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The son and daughter of a man who recently died in prison are determined to kill the judge who sentenced him. The rookies must guard the judge and find the criminals. Terry becomes their next target when he prevents their plans for the judge.

3x07 Johnny Lost His Gun

  • 1974-11-04T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Mike is alarmed to find out from his wife and fellow rookies that an old Air Force friend of his is a heroin pusher.

3x08 Prelude to Vengeance

  • 1974-11-11T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The rookies befriend the girlfriend of a robber after Terry delivers her baby and in return becomes the criminal's target. Unless the rookies can catch this man, the girl will be charged with the robbery.

3x09 Vendetta

  • 1974-11-18T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A policeman who was injured in a market holdup returns to the force after a ten year recovery, in pursuit of the man he thinks is responsible for shooting him.

3x10 The Old Neighborhood

  • 1974-11-25T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Lt. Ryker steps from behind his desk to investigate a protection racket in the neighborhood where he grew up.

3x11 A Test of Courage

  • 1974-12-02T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Rookies must find those responsible for holding up gun shops throughout the city.

3x12 The Assassin

  • 1974-12-09T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A photographer friend of Chris' accidentally catches a hired assassin in one of her shots. The rookies must protect the girl and at the same time figure out who this man is trying to assassinate.

3x13 Blue Christmas

  • 1974-12-16T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

It's Christmas Eve and after settling a number of routine disturbances around town, the rookies enjoy a Christmas dinner at the home of Jill and Mike Danko. Jill and Mike are also entertaining their niece who is upset over her parents' separation.

3x14 Take Over

  • 1974-12-30T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

After a syndicate boss is arrested, the rest of the gang plot to take over and continue their work. They are intent on killing Lt. Ryker. The rookies must put the rest of this gang behind bars.

3x15 The Saturday Night Special

  • 1975-01-13T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The dangers of owning a gun are explored when the rookies have to avenge the accidental shooting of a man who bought a gun to protect his family.

3x16 The Hunting Ground

  • 1975-01-20T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Mike's eager new partner proves to be a little too eager when he is found spending his off hours hunting for pushers because his younger brother died of an overdose.

3x17 Solomon's Dilemma

  • 1975-01-27T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A woman's son is kidnapped in a supermarket parking lot but when questioned by the rookies she denies the entire incident. Her and her husband are afraid because they adopted the boy illegally and the kidnappers are the natural parents.

3x18 Angel

  • 1975-02-03T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The rookies must find ample evidence to arrest Tommy, who introduces young girls into unsavory careers for monetary gain.

3x19 The Sheild

  • 1975-02-10T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The rookies are involved in a case of mistaken identity when they charge the wrong man with the murder of a policeman.

3x20 S.W.A.T. (1)

  • 1975-02-17T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Harrelson is the head of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, a unit trained to handle unusually volatile situations. His hard-nosed attitude about police work irks rookie Terry Webster. (This Rookies episode served as the pilot for the S.W.A.T. series).

3x21 S.W.A.T. (2)

  • 1975-02-17T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Conclusion. Harrelson is the head of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, a unit trained to handle unusually volatile situations. His hard-nosed attitude about police work irks rookie Terry Webster.

3x22 A Deadly Image

  • 1975-02-24T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

A look into Lt. Ryker's more sensetive side has him befriending a young, mixed-up girl who reminds him of the daughter he was forced to give up for adoption. The girl's boyfriend persuades her to use her friendship with Ryker for his criminal gain.

3x23 Cliffy

  • 1975-03-03T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

A mentally retarded man, who longs to be a policeman, witnesses a murder in a gas station. But he has difficulty informing the police of what he saw.

3x24 Nightmare

  • 1975-03-17T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Kate Jackson takes center stage in this thriller-styled episode. After being involved in a car accident on a stormy night an injured Jill becomes the prisoner of a disturbed man, who claims to be a doctor.