Blue Bloods is a perfectly fine show. In fact, it's actually pretty decent and has a good cast, and while not totally original or even remotely edgy, it's a solid series. The biggest problem with it is that it's airing on Friday nights at 10 PM. That's a terrible timeslot for it.
Sure, I watched Numb3rs on Friday evenings, but not religiously. And going up directly against the Jimmy Smits-fronted Outlaw, which previewed to a pretty sizable audience, isn't doing it any favors. Still, hopefully there are enough Tom Selleck fans in the world to support this family drama throughout its first season.
Selleck plays New York's police commissioner Frank Reagan, and he's got four kids -- or, he had four kids, one of his sons was shot and killed in the line of duty. His eldest son, Danny (played by Donnie Wahlberg), is a detective who had served in Iraq. Daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is an assistant district attorney, and youngest son Jamie is a Harvard grad/up-and-coming lawyer turned beat cop. Hell, even the grandfather is a cop. It's seemingly par for the course for the Reagan family.
While it seems like your typical Law & Order at first, about halfway through the pilot it was revealed that there's some creepy, Masons-like police society, and that the deceased brother was trying to take it down from the inside. I have to say, I didn't really see that coming, and it gives this show a lot of depth. That, paired with the fact that all of these branches of law enforcement overlap so the family members inevitably either hinder or help each other, gives it a bit more flavor than your typical cop drama.
I'm very curious to see where this all goes because I actually enjoyed all the family in-fighting, which made up for the fact that it wasn't gritty or all that realistic. Not saying that I need to see Selleck be like Sipowicz and show his bare ass on TV all the time, but a little bit more actual street flavor would be appreciated.
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