Blue Bloods

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Interesting family cop drama has mature storylines.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Strong, positive messages about what is right and what is wrong when it comes to promoting law and order, although occasionally someone's constitutional rights are potentially violated. It also underscores the importance and strength of family.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The entire Reagan family has dedicated itself to public service, both as law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Frank Reagan's approach to his work and his family are guided by strong moral principles. They all want to make the streets of New York safe, but Danny sometimes breaks with procedure in order to extract information to catch the bad guy.

Violence

A few violent scenes, including a brutal attack by a cop during an arrest and glimpses of bloody gunshot wounds. On the whole, though, there's less violence than other cop shows.

Sex
Language

Most episodes have zero strong language, but very occasionally characters utter "bitch" or "son of a bitch."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

People drink wine and hard liquor at bars, restaurants or during family dinners. Occasionally folks are shown smoking cigars. One main smokes, and during a stressful moment announces “I need a cigarette.”

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blue Bloods is a legal/cop drama that focuses on a family deeply involved in New York City law enforcement. There's some shooting and physical violence between cops and bad guys, but it is much less than in many other police dramas. Mature topics relating to violent crime, people's legal rights, police corruption, and other issues are discussed. The show's focus on the complicated, interconnected lives of a single family also leads to some family tensions and arguments. Social drinking and smoking (cigars) is occasionally visible.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written byWendyJo October 9, 2010
We enjoy this show as a family. Our children are 10 and 12. We go by the TV rating on the show in order to know if they can watch or not. So far, the first 2... Continue reading
Adult Written byPaul R. August 3, 2017

Season 6 - SEX AND GORE!!

My wife and I loved watching Bluebloods because it was fairly clean. Season 6 starts out with lengthy erotic strip club scene and there is very graphic/disturbi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bycaliforniaman714 June 22, 2011

Perfect Family Drama

Perfect family show of course some episodes may not be ok for all ages it all depends on what that episode is about and what the rating says. I think this show... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byApostolicKay January 4, 2015

Great

Awesome show! Great role models, family support, and police work! My absolute Favorite show! Sometimes there are words and very few episodes with adult scenes..... Continue reading

What's the story?

BLUE BLOODS stars Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan, a New York City police commissioner following in the footsteps of his father (Leonard Cariou). Also continuing the family tradition are sons Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), a hot-headed NYPD detective, rookie Jamie (Will Estes), and his late son Joe, who died in the line of duty. Lone daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan), an assistant district attorney, helps prosecute the folks they arrest. For this family, police blue is everything, whether on streets alongside officers like Jackie Curatola (Jennifer Esposito) and Anthony Renzulli (Nicholas Tuturro), or at home during weekly family dinners.

Is it any good?

The series successfully combines police/legal procedure with family drama in a way that allows viewers to watch the Reagan family dynasty solve cases on the job and at home. Throughout it all, Frank holds the family together with a quiet and principled authority, offering advice when his adult children are struggling in their professional and personal lives.

Blue Bloods offers the typical tales of robbery, murder, office politics, and police corruption, but it also addresses morally and ethically complex issues, like ignoring procedure for the sake of justice, and racial profiling. While some of these themes are decidedly mature, the overall show is positive, insightful, and entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence portrayed in Blue Bloods. How does watching violence on TV make you feel? Do you think it changes how you act in real life?

  • How does violence play out in the real world? Do you think a cop should beat a suspect to extract potentially life-saving information? Does the end justify the means? Or do the rights of the accused trump the rights of possibly innocent victims?

  • Talk about how families are portrayed on television. Can you relate to any of the family issues in this show? Do their problems seem realistic?

TV details

For kids who love politics and the law

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