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In contrast to producers Spelling and Goldberg's violent S.W.A.T. series, The Rookies emphasized more humane methods of law enforcement. Though constantly at odds with their hard-boiled superior, Lt. Ryker, the three wet-behind-the-ears recruits proved that there's more to being a good cop than toting a gun. The dynamic theme was penned by the noted composer Elmer Bernstein.

From the CD: rookies.mp3  mp3 (1.39MB)
From the CD: rookies_mp3.wav  mp3_wav (946 KB)
Television: rookiestheme1.wav   standard wav (1.41MB)

1972-1976 (ELMER BERNSTEIN) Golden Torch Music Corporation (ASCAP).

The mp3 and mp3_wav came from the album "Television's Greatest Hits 70's & 80's" distributed by TeeVee Toons, Inc. and were digitalized by Paul Rudoff for this site's exclusive use and your personal pleasure, please do not post them on other websites! Thanks!

By the way, in case you didn't know, Elmer Bernstein is the same composer who scored the original Ghostbusters film.

The Rookies theme is also available on the CRIMESTOPPERS CD from TVLand/Rhino Records.