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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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70

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  • Summary: Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is a New York police commissioner from a family of cops, including his own father and his eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), while his daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is an assistant DA, and Jamie (Will Estes), the youngest, recently graduated from Harvard Law.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 20, 2010
    80
    This is a solid hour that feels perfectly attuned to the CBS lineup, although it's less formulaic than what you usually find on Fridays.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 20, 2010
    80
    The best new cop drama of a TV season that has more police than a presidential motorcade. Blue Bloods doesn't have the best time slot on TV, but it's got some of the strongest characters and performances.
  3. The solid acting performances and the family dynamics contained in Blue Bloods make for an absorbing hour of television.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 20, 2010
    70
    Blue Bloods showcases a surprising amount of character-driven storytelling. The potential police department conspiracy pushes Blue Bloods into more sudsy territory than necessary, but at least this show marks another attempt by CBS, following "The Good Wife" last year, to expand its offerings beyond paint-by-number crime dramas.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Oct 20, 2010
    70
    What is there in the premiere of Blue Bloods is the aforementioned cast, which also includes Will Estes ("Reunion," "American Dreams") and Len Cariou ("Damages"), and some sharply written and acted scenes between the family members. Those more than make up for a pretty standard-issue case in the premiere.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 20, 2010
    67
    Forgive the pun, but this brass needs polishing. The Green/Burgess team is one of TV's best and we hope they'll make this show as sharp and compelling as it should be.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    It's a rote cop show, but in the last five minutes or so, it hints at something deeper.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Mar 6, 2015
    10
    One of THE BEST shows on TV today.
    Excellent writing!
    The perfect cast of characters! They work perfectly together to create a fantastic
    One of THE BEST shows on TV today.
    Excellent writing!
    The perfect cast of characters!
    They work perfectly together to create a fantastic show that is not a part of the current "Reality" show BS.
    Exciting scripts.
    What else could we ask for?
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  2. Jan 29, 2011
    10
    This show is just amazing.The plot is great,acting is more than solid,give Donnie Wahlberg at least a nomination already.It is not one of theThis show is just amazing.The plot is great,acting is more than solid,give Donnie Wahlberg at least a nomination already.It is not one of the best,but the best newest television show ever.Please CBS,don't cancel the series. Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2011
    10
    This show is class! Donnie Wahlberg is great and some of the crimes are good thinking as well. My 2nd favourite series on T. V. If you likeThis show is class! Donnie Wahlberg is great and some of the crimes are good thinking as well. My 2nd favourite series on T. V. If you like Criminal Minds or C. S. I, this show is defineitely for you. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2014
    8
    Maybe not the best show in the world,it still worth a watch. The show follows a family of cops.Magnum PI as the father,and policeMaybe not the best show in the world,it still worth a watch. The show follows a family of cops.Magnum PI as the father,and police commissioner,some old guy as his dad,who's also a former PC. Then there is the 40 year old Detective son, the Harvard Grad 20 year old, the chick from Longmire as the daughter,and DA,and the wife of the detective. I'm not too far in,maybe 20 episodes,there is 25 episodes per season, and the case get dull rather quick. Murder, fake 9/11 and gang shooting. But it's still a pretty good show,especially when it's avalible for free o Hulu,at the time of wrighting this. Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2010
    7
    Good, solid cop show. Selleck fits the part of a believable patriarch. Good stuff. Typical action, decent story. Love seeing DonnieGood, solid cop show. Selleck fits the part of a believable patriarch. Good stuff. Typical action, decent story. Love seeing Donnie Wahlberg, strong actor. Hard to really separate this from the average in the genre, but it's very watchable and "comforting." I get the impression this is a show that could take off after a few episodes. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2010
    4
    The cast is more than competent, but the stereotypes are heavy enough to flatten the most fawning Selleck groupies. A family of Irish copsThe cast is more than competent, but the stereotypes are heavy enough to flatten the most fawning Selleck groupies. A family of Irish cops (named Reagan, for the love of heaven) who predictably say grace before the Sunday dinner clan gathering. Selleck just naturally has to be a widower so he can be both fatherly and sexy - a younger and hot looking woman is hovering in the wings. Then there's the crusty, lovable grandfather (didn't we do all this last year on NCIS?) and the intense son who must be forgiven his willingness to bash suspects' heads into toilet bowls because - of course - he's an Iraq vet. I was hopeful about this show because of its writers, but really it could have been written by a team of bright high schoolers. One cliche' after another. Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2014
    0
    I've always admired Tom Selleck for the kind of characters he's represented throughout his career. Whether it was Sgt. Jack R. Ramsay inI've always admired Tom Selleck for the kind of characters he's represented throughout his career. Whether it was Sgt. Jack R. Ramsay in 'Runaway' ,Thomas Magnum in 'Magnum P.I.' or Matthew Quigley in 'Quigley Down Under', Mr. Selleck has always portrayed upstanding individuals with high moral standards and had continued that portrayal in the 'Blue Bloods' series. That is, until the end of the episode that aired last night, January 17, 2014. Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) watches as an Army veteran, John Russell (Chad Michael Collinswith) commits suicide by throwing himself off a building. Apparently Mr. Russell is suffering from PTSD due to his two stints in Afghanistan. When asked by his father, Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) why he called the suicide an 'accident' in his report, Danny tells the Commissioner that he didn't want Russell's son to know the truth about his father's suicide and Commissioner Reagan concurs. Apparently, the writer of the episode, co-executive producer Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, has decided that it was about time to show the world that even police detectives and commissioners can't be trusted to tell the truth. Very disappointing. Expand

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