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Rookie Blue: Season 5-Volume 1

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 8/21/15

I never watched this show before, but it's actually a very good one. It's an entertaining primetime soap. It reminds me of "Grey's Anatomy," or "ER" or "Chicago Fire." It's not the first soap opera-like cop show (that would be "Hill Street Blues"), but it's a pretty good one.

In the first season, the show focused on the rookies, but now that it's five years later, the rookies are all police officers. They have new rookies, but the show is still about former rookie Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and her fellow cops. She's the star of the show. It has a big cast, though.

Having never watched the show before, I was concerned that I might be confused about who the people are or what their history or relationships are, but I was not. They do a pretty good job of catching you up and reminding you of all that, without making it sound boring. Now I kind of wish I had watched the first four seasons!

The fifth season starts right after one of the officers has been shot. Another officer is recovering from getting stabbed in the neck. A third is being sought for shooting the bad guy that shot the first officer. It's very dramatic - your typical season opener from a cliffhanger.  Once that's all done, they get back to more normal stories about police work, but it's still a soap opera, so the show is more about the characters and their romances and other relationships than it is about police work.

It's a fantastic show (not as good as "Hill Street Blues", but it might be as good as "NYPD Blue," if not as ground-breaking) but it's a good, solid show. I was happy to see Gregory Smith, who was so great in "Everwood," as one of the cops. I don't recognize anyone else, but I assume they're mostly Canadian actors, since this is a Canadian show.

ABC shows "Rookie Blue" every summer. The 6th season is well under way. I don't know why the DVD is "Volume One." The set has all 11 episodes from season 5. Now, it only has one feature, so maybe they're planning to release a "Volume Two" with more extras. If so, that's great, but it's still weird that they would do that.

The feature "Life Is Not a Fairytale" is a good one, and they also have included the webisodes.

The show is definitely worth watching. You can just watch this one to get a taste, or go buy the first four seasons first. I wish I had the time to watch them all! Maybe one day I will...


Arresting Cop Drama ROOKIE BLUE: SEASON FIVE, VOLUME ONE Hits DVD on 8/18, Only from eOne!

"Grey's Anatomy with uniforms and guns"

-- Robert Lloyd, The Los Angeles Times








Street Date: August 18, 2015

DVD SRP: $39.98


The Arresting 3-Disc Set, Exclusively from Entertainment One,

Features All Eleven Episodes Plus a Bonus Featurette & Webisodes




Five years ago, a group of green rookies fresh out of the Academy started their careers with 15 Division -- one of the most elite units in the city.  Now, as Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and her fellow officers enter their next year as seasoned pros, more resilient than ever, each day still continues to bring new surprises and revelations. 


ROOKIE BLUE: SEASON FIVE, VOLUME ONE, available exclusively on DVD from Entertainment One directly following ABC-TV's summer premieres, begins with two lives hanging in the balance: officers Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) and Chloe Price(Priscilla Faia), who've been shot in the line of duty.  But life at 15 Division must go on, as the officers have sworn an oath to serve and protect, no matter the consequences.  But as the shell-shocked men and women in blue struggle to pull the pieces of their lives back together, they can't help but wonder: will things ever work out the way they're supposed to?


ROOKIE BLUE is executive produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron ("Flashpoint"), Ilana Frank ("The Eleventh Hour", "Would Be Kings"), David Wellington ("The Eleventh Hour", "Would Be Kings") and John Morayniss ("Rogue", "Haven").  The series is a production of ICF Films and leading independent studio eOne, who also distribute it internationally.



  • Missy Peregrym ("Reaper", "Heroes")
  • Ben Bass ("Flashpoint", "Monk")
  • Gregory Smith ("Everwood", Dream House)
  • Travis Milne (Badge of Honor)
  • Enuka Okuma ("NCIS: Los Angeles", "24")
  • Charlotte Sullivan (The Colony, "The Kennedys")
  • Peter Mooney ("Heartland", "Camelot")
  • Priscilla Faia ("Psych", "Eleventh Victim")
  • Oliver Becker ("Lost Girl", "Republic of Doyle", Crimson Peak)
  • Matthew Owen Murray ("Suits")


  • "Life is Not a Fairytale" Featurette & Webisodes



Type: DVD/3 Discs

Running Time: 470 mins.

Rating: TV-14

Genre: TV/Drama

Aspect Ratio:16x9 (1.78:1)

Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound

Language: English w/SDH subtitles

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