But as the Dispatch pointed out, this isn't your typical police procedural/cops & robbers show. Nor is it the usual "Irish cop/gangs, and gutter-mouth" dialogue. As the Dispatch made clear, what anchors Blue Bloods and draws over 13 million viewers to it each week is the FAMILY. Especially the family DINNER. Every episode has the entire family gathered at least once around the (usually Sunday) dinner table, and the issues discussed there almost always make a "point" or include some questions relevant to today's culture. No matter how subtle the relevance may be, it's the kind of discussion worth having.
I love the dinner scene. Perhaps because as a former band mom, I still remember how difficult it was to gather everyone together at the same time for a meal. But it was important to us, and we managed it as often as possible.TV families don't often bother with something so "mundane" as a family dinner.
A number of other needed ingredients go into making Blue Bloods the quality show it is. It doesn't hurt that every actor has been perfectly cast for his or her part. No mistakes here. I also appreciate the fact that no episode is overloaded with the usual Hollywood sleaze and gore-fest. And you LIKE these people. You actually enjoy spending an hour a week with them. The family, by the way, consists of the police commissioner, a son who's a detective, another son who's a beat cop, and a daughter who's a prosecutor--and their children. Also, the wonderful Len Cariou plays an important role as the grandfather.
The most appealing aspect of the series, for me, is the way it centers on the family. The last line of the Dispatch article ended with a quote by Donny Wahlberg, who portrays the detective son of the police commissioner (Tom Selleck), a quote that really nails one of the weaknesses of today's TV: "It's the family you don't see on TV anymore ... Everybody's so busy trying to create the most outlandish family on TV, they forgot about the traditional family."
Well, the "traditional family" is still out here, and grateful we can still tune in to a show like Blue Bloods.