I'm not a show junkie and watch very little tv (for the record, I don't even own a tv and when I do watch tv, it's usually The Food Network). But I started watching Blue Bloods this year and I LOVE the traditional, family values exhibited in this show. Although each episode has a different crime(s) to be solved, you can be sure the Reagan family will always have Sunday dinner together regardless of the drama going on around them.
Let me give you some background on the show and the reasons why I make time to watch it. It's turned into a highlight in my week! :)
Thanks to Wikipedia, I found a solid summary on the show, so I will let them do the summary. I paired it down and added a few brackets and commentary of my own as well.
Henry (Len Cariou) is Frank's father, former NYPD officer and also a former NYPD police commissioner, now retired. Henry served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Henry often provides advice to his son and grandchildren. [Just his presence exudes a peace and calm to the family members; he's also a widower like his son, Frank.]
Read the entire Wikipedia article here.
According to producer, Leonard Goldberg, he says:
"[The family has] values" and "[the show] has an old-fashioned appeal both as drama in the vein of a workingman’s 'Dynasty' and as splashy procedural. The Reagans of 'Blue Bloods' are a sprawling Irish family who gather for Sunday roasts and extend through the five boroughs."
Goldberg was asked by a friend to come out of a 14-year retirement and get back into show business despite he's in his mid-70s. Goldberg agreed and has proven he hasn't lost his touch. I think his age contributes to the family values exuded in the show. In my opinion we need more "old school" writers and producers like him. I think we'd have more quality, redeeming television on air instead of the filth and trash that infiltrates most of the air waves these days.
His response: "Absolutely not! When I told Nina [Tassler, CBS Entertainment President] the very basic idea a year and a half ago, I said, 'Do you know the show 'Modern Family?' and she said 'Yes!' I said, 'This isn't it! It's a traditional family.'"
And I guess that's why I like it so much. Although I'm in my 20s and most of my counterparts love the hip, edgy, "politically correct" shows, I prefer traditional I enjoy watching shows and movies that have redeeming qualities and takeaways--something that leaves me thinking; makes me examine my own character and integrity; and makes me appreciate the family unit even more.
I did some research on one of the writers for the show and it turns out she's an Irish-Catholic mother of 3 children with family ties to New York City (fancy that!). Thus for her, it doesn't take a huge imagination to write scripts for Blue Bloods. In an interview, she said:
"What is so great about 'Blue Bloods' and what makes it so different is the family element. We don't just explore crime stories, but use them more as a jumping-off point to explore the family's relationships, beliefs and journeys. We not only tackle larger societal questions and concerns, but how they impact a family that is enmeshed in law enforcement and the legal system. Because this is an Irish-American, Catholic family the writers are free to explore issues of faith and culture."
- Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, writer and contributor for Blue Bloods
I encourage you to check the show out. If you want to watch old episodes, check out your local library. I found some past seasons at mine. And you can also watch current episodes on CBS.com for free.
Also this is a show you can "jump" right it into. You don't need to have watched prior seasons to be able to enjoy current episodes. For the most part, each show has a stand alone plot (crime to be solved) and you'll pick up on the family dynamics pretty quickly.