How to watch 'The Rookie' season 6 online TV channel and streams

Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD in "The Rookie" S6
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Have they arrested the right person behind the attacks on the LAPD? After the hold-ups due to the Hollywood writers' strike, fans of "The Rookie" rejoice, because the Nathan Fillion cop show is back! Read on for how to watch "The Rookie" season 6 online and from anywhere with a VPN.

'The Rookie' release date, start time, TV channel, streaming info

U.S. date and time: "The Rookie" season 6 premiered Tuesday. Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. ET /PT on ABC. New episodes are now airing weekly and are available on Hulu the following day. International release dates TBA.
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Long-time viewers who have been following the career of John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) in "The Rookie" since 2018 will know that, recently divorced and in his mid-40s, he moved to LA to join the LAPD to become the oldest rookie in the force.

Having overcome preconceptions, he is still at Mid-Wilshire and fans will have been relieved to see him make it to the end of season 5 in one piece as a series of co-ordinated attacks rocked the department. Luke Moran (Chet Grissom) was arrested – but was he responsible? 

Season 6 picks up after the explosive finale of the previous season and a new villain in the form of Canadian actor Kristian Bruun (glimpsed at the end of season 5) has joined the show. Other cliffhangers, including the fate of Aaron Thorsen (Tru Valentino) who was left fighting for his life after being shot in the back are being resolved this season, but we won't spoil anything here. 

Read on for everything you need to know about where to watch "The Rookie" season 6 online...

How to watch 'The Rookie' season 6 from abroad

Away from home at the moment and blocked from watching the The Rookie on your usual subscription?

You can still watch the crime drama thanks to the wonders of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). The software allows your devices to appear to be back in your home country regardless of where in the world you are. So ideal for viewers away on vacation or on business. Our favorite is NordVPN. It's the best on the market:


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How to watch 'The Rookie' S6 in the U.S. online and without cable

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American fans can tune into "The Rookie" season 6 every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

ABC is a broadcast network that can be accessed with one of the best TV antennas, a cable TV package or a live TV streaming platform like Fubo, Sling, Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV. You can also catch up with episodes the following day on Hulu in the U.S..

Sling TV

Sling TV gives you live TV at an affordable price. The Sling Blue package includes more than 50 channels including ABC, Fox and NBC (in select cities), AMC, Bravo, Food Network, HGTV, Lifetime and USA. Right now, new subscribers get half off their first month.


Fubo offers a 7-day free trial so you check out all of its features without paying upfront. Fubo's channel lineup includes local networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox as well as cable favorites such as ESPN, AMC, Food Network, FX, MTV, Syfy and more.

How to watch 'The Rookie' season 6 in Canada

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Canadians can tune into "The Rookie" season 6 on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV,, and the CTV app while the U.S. nationals traveling North of the border can watch on ABC via their usual services with ExpressVPN

Can I watch 'The Rookie' season 6 in the U.K.?

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Bad news for Brits — it's unclear if "The Rookie" season 6 is airing on any U.K. channels or streaming services.

Don't forget: U.S. nationals visiting the U.K. can still access their usual paid streaming services with the help of ExpressVPN.

Can I watch 'The Rookie' season 6 in Australia?

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It's bad news for Aussies too — so far, The Rookie" doesn't appear to be airing on any Australian channels or streaming platforms.

But with ExpressVPN, U.S. nationals visiting Oz can can gain access to the U.S. streaming services they already pay for.

'The Rookie' season 6 episode guide

"The Rookie" S06 E01 - Strike Back

The team must try to understand why they were targeted and if there is a bigger plan in place; Nolan must survive his last shift before his wedding to Bailey.

"The Rookie" S06 E02 - The Hammer

The team comes together to celebrate John and Bailey's wedding; Celina discovers a discrepancy in her case, leading to a new discovery; Lucy and Tim's relationship is put to the test.

Future episodes remain under wraps for now, but we'll be sure to update this page as soon as further info become available.

Is Nathan Fillion's (John Nolan) character in "The Rookie" based on a real-life person?

He is. "The Rookie" is based on the true story of Bill Norcross, who was 44 years old when he left Pennsylvania to attend the LAPD Academy. Norcross is an executive producer on the show.

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Bill Borrows is an award-winning journalist, feature writer and columnist (Times Magazine/ Guardian/ Telegraph/ Daily Mirror/ Mail On Sunday/ Radio Times), author (The Hurricane: The Turbulent Life and Times of Alex Higgins) and book editor. A frequent contributor on talkSPORT and talkRADIO, his areas of specialisation include sport, history, politics, TV and film. He doesn’t get much free time but does admit to an addiction to true crime podcasts, following Man City home and away, and a weakness for milk chocolate cookies

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    Hi Tom's Guide. Do you know how I can watch Season 6 of the Rookie in Australia? In the article, it only says about US fans watching in Australia, not us Australians. I've tried VPNs (NordVPN), but the ABC website needs a network provider and Hulu needs a US residential address to make an account.

    Any ideas for us Aussies? I really want to watch the new season, especially after the big cliffhanger!