Blue Bloods : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  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: Mary McNamara
    Oct 20, 2010
    80
    If it pulls off what it seems capable of doing, Blue Bloods should be both a good cop show and an evocative family drama. So something for everyone, just like a good Sunday dinner.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 20, 2010
    80
    A potent brew of family melodrama, crime-thriller tension and conspiratorial intrigue, Blue Bloods may actually bring some viewers back onto the sinking ship of Friday-night television.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Bailey
    Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Blue Bloods excels through its high-tone production values--Sinatra and Alicia Keys on the soundtrack; urban texture memorably captured across multiple boroughs--and standout performances from Selleck and Wahlberg, whose moral ambiguity and thinly veiled powder-keg fury, passed down by lineage, promises to fuel the series through a gripping first season--provided audiences tune in.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Blue Bloods enters this rough neighborhood with the right personnel, and, living up to its name, a solid pedigree.
  7. The solid acting performances and the family dynamics contained in Blue Bloods make for an absorbing hour of television.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    The plot is unlikely to interfere with the real draw of Bloods, which is watching a terrific, mature, extremely well-chosen cast interact.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    The best thing about Bloods, aside from the return of Selleck to weekly TV, is that it breaks with the nearly 20-year tradition of dark, gritty cop shows ushered in by NYPD Blue. The weakest thing about Bloods is that it can't resist adding a conspiracy story line to its cases-of-the-week structure.
  10. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    I know the whole thing sounds been-there-done-that dopey, but Wahlberg and Selleck are so charismatic that somehow, in their hand(cuffs), it all seems almost new. Yes, it's worth the watch.
  11. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    Bloods isn't groundbreaking, but there are hints of a deeper scandal woven into the solid plot. Worth checking out. [25 Oct 2010, p.39]
  12. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Oct 20, 2010
    70
    Blue Bloods has an old-fashioned appeal both as drama in the vein of a workingman's "Dynasty" and as splashy procedural.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 20, 2010
    70
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 20, 2010
    70
    There's nothing earthshaking happening here, but as someone whose extended family includes both lawyers and cops--and a lot of other argumentative types--I felt the family dinner-table conversation rang true, and so did the people. For people who like their family dramas mixed with crime and a bit of conspiracy, it's a solid choice to end the workweek.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Oct 20, 2010
    70
    Hearing the opening notes of "New York, New York" and seeing Tom Selleck at the start of the show may hurt some viewers like a retro kick in the gut. Yet by the end of the pilot a new, hip-hoppish version of that old tune cements Blue Bloods in the here and now, even if the here and now is a wee bit squaresville.
  18. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Oct 20, 2010
    70
    A solid cast with tangible family chemistry make Blue Blood a contender.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Oct 20, 2010
    63
    The first case they investigate is plenty sensational, but there's nothing special about the show, no connection to any of the characters.
  21. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 20, 2010
    60
    The weekly cops-and-lawyers procedural aspect of the show was never going to hook me, but I found the pilot's core case, featuring an abducted girl, to be particularly manipulative and uninvolving. I was also irked by the contrivances that would allow Moynahan's character to be handling a case in which her brother was accused of malfeasance. I was much more interested in the multigenerational family stuff that played out.
  22. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Blue Bloods sounds good on paper. Yet despite its good cast and competent execution, this drama about a family of New York cops feels a bit perfunctory. There's nothing necessarily wrong with the drama, which is ably headed by Tom Selleck, but there's every chance that Blue Bloods will turn out to be just another cop show.
  23. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 20, 2010
    58
    Wahlberg, a favorite here, needs to avoid David Caruso Syndrome. There's a bit too much posturing with the furrowed brow and hand-on-the-hip that has made a caricature of that "CSI: Miami" star. Moynahan is solid as the assistant district attorney, but her character's lefty politics seem at odds with her occupation and her family.....But Selleck as the bad guy in his own show? It almost makes you want to dial 911.
  24. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    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.
  25. 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.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Sep 25, 2010
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Blue blood, season 1, omg where do i start, tom selleck should be playing the country cop who uses a baseball bat to combat crime,

    donny wolberrg is believable enough in the cop role as usual, his character does not seem to stay much, which is a shame for his acting ability, but this tv series is like a remake of an ole show
    gone bad, come on.... the whole family is running the show, one is being investigated by the DA sure
    enough the next kid will be as well, and that puts the assisant DA in the middle when suddenly tom's
    role will be investigating his daughter the assiatant DA, right? One by one each family member will be part of an investigation, and there will always be some tension about the son who died in uniform,
    tsk tsk, writers are hired too young these days and forgot what we have already seen on the tube or in the movies,

    the best part of this episode is frank sinatra or harry connick jr singing New York New york, i can never tell the difference between the two,

    sorry ole chap but i cant give you any kudo;'s for this role, it is just not believable enuf, your family is getting in our face, and i think we deserve more than that, i can only rate this new series a 2.
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  2. Nov 25, 2010
    4
    The only thing good about this show is that you quickly feel for the characters right from the start. But is that enough to keep the showThe only thing good about this show is that you quickly feel for the characters right from the start. But is that enough to keep the show afloat? I don't think so. The premise is borderline ridiculous - a single NY family consisting of the NY police commissioner, a former NY police commissioner, a DA attorney, a detective, and a beat cop. Oh and they're Irish. Let's be real ok? Every episode is stand-alone. The stories don't require more than one episode to start and finish. Apart from the weak ongoing Blue Templar theme, which in my opinion just doesn't grab the viewer enough to maintain interest in the show. If they don't pick up the pace with the writing, I doubt that the great ensemble of characters and their stellar performances will be enough to keep this show afloat for another season. I'm quickly losing interest. Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2012
    9
    Aside from the killer lineup of characters with background and depth. Ie: Single mom, widowed husband, I kind of miss the family of tv showsAside from the killer lineup of characters with background and depth. Ie: Single mom, widowed husband, I kind of miss the family of tv shows that you'd like to know what happens to them. Likewise, a cops family? Who the hell knows about that and where in TV has that been the focus. The family has always been the force- that hasn't changed. This "family" focus is both interesting and genuinely likable. The power plays of police plaza and city hall join well in a relationship of trust- if it were only that easy! I have hopes for next season. Full Review »