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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Starring: Tom Selleck, Len Cariou, Marisa Ramirez
  • 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
  • Creator: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 24, 2010
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 20, 2010
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 20, 2010
    Blue Bloods enters this rough neighborhood with the right personnel, and, living up to its name, a solid pedigree.
  3. The solid acting performances and the family dynamics contained in Blue Bloods make for an absorbing hour of television.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 20, 2010
    If not for the narrative clunkiness, Blue Bloods has the potential to be a juicy multigenerational family drama set in a moodily evoked New York, with Selleck's furrier-than-ever mustache as a bonus.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Oct 20, 2010
    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
    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: Hank Stuever
    Oct 20, 2010
    There's perhaps the coppiest cop show of the century so far, the soppy and self-satirizing CBS melodrama Blue Bloods, about an entire family--"the Reagans" yet!--involved in the crime biz.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    I have to agree with mrbinky on all accounts. CASTING: EXCELLENT!! Bluebloods is a well-written show that not only shows police drama on the streets of NYC, but is developing storyline and characterization. So the family prays before dinner, there are some in the world that still do that, Irish or not. The real meat (no pun intended) is the conversation that takes place regarding the generational issues and differences....again....real life. I've been paying attention, too, to the development of the story regarding the other son's death. There was mention of investigation into the Knights of the Templar by this son. The grandfather, son, and older grandson (Donnie) are pin-wearers. This could make for some interesting family turmoil if something comes out regarding the negative aspects of the deceased son's investigation. I love the show, the acting is stellar, and it's been a long time since I looked forward to actually watching a show. As far as Sinatra and Connick go.....? Seriously? Most people can tell the difference, especially since Frank did the song "New York, New York" in his later years. It's TV growup time for some. The crime lab shows, although they have good acting, and were worth watching in the beginning, are getting monotonous. What's the last movie anyone went to? There isn't anything that hasn't been done. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2010
    This is an usually good prime time network show; nuanced acting, multiple plot layers mixing police drama with an appealing multi-generation extended family and it's stories. It's a keeper. Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2011
    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 like Criminal Minds or C. S. I, this show is defineitely for you. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2014
    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 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. Jan 20, 2011
    This series is beautifully filmed insofar as New York City scenes are concerned. The plots are engaging, while the acting of a couple of the major supporting players is off the charts in two directions. The son played by Donnie Wahlberg is a throwback to pre-PC days. He is completely unreconstructed, so Wahlberg's performance is so without nuance as to be unintentionally comedic. The other son, a rookie policeman, left all his personality at the door, phones in his performance, and makes no impression at all. Tom Selleck is consistently excellent, dominating any scene in which he appears. All in all, I have certainly seen worse police series survive, but this one badly needs some crises and themes that move from episode to episode. Expand
  6. Sep 26, 2010
    I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. Selleck and Wahlberg were good and everyone else at least competent. Definitely a little old school but well executed The plot was rather standard but holds promise if the writers follow some of the themes that have been introduced. Worth following for a while. Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2014
    I'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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