On the off-chance anyone cares to read critiques of Blue Bloods
The best you can say for Blue Boods
is that it's probably the most competent cop drama on TV as of 2014. There have been attempts at basing shows in Chicago, but for some reason, people only want to watch cops in NYC. So, Blue Bloods
wins by default. It's managed to keep going for four seasons and stay relatively fresh.
Being a CBS drama, the show is unabashedly conservative; although, to its credit, Tom Selleck's Frank Reagan has occasionally gone to bat for drug addicts, rape victims and other disadvantaged citizens. It seems his ideology is more libertarian than conservative (six of one, I know), and police commissioners aren't known for munching on pot brownies and singing Kumbaya in any case. What's a little frustrating about the Reagans, particularly Frank and Danny, is their stubbornness. Frank treats every piece of news as bad news, frowning and glaring out the window at his poor beleaguered city, like Superman. After awhile, it seems like Frank just loves to argue. Donnie Wahlberg is lovably douchey as Danny, the Long Island native, with his man-child persona, popped collar and inability to be civil to anyone. (It's television law than NYPD cops hate all other branches of law enforcement.) Having a D.A. in the family (Erin Reagan) leads to some interesting rivalries between the department and courts. Probably the least-likable character is Erin's "precocious" daughter, Nikki. She's the token teen girl: shaming everyone, acting dickish to her mother for no reason, wishing her deadbeat father had gotten custody instead, etc etc etc. She's become to Blue Bloods
what Neelix is to Sci Fi Debris. I award an extra star to non-Nikki episodes.
Politically, Blue Bloods
ruffles feathers at times, but the show is workmanlike and well-made.