Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada. The series is filmed on location in New York City with occasional references to nearby suburbs. The show premiered on September 24, 2010, with episodes airing on Fridays following CSI: NY before being moved to Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time and 9:00 p.m. Central and Mountain time for a four week tryout and after four weeks returned to its original timeslot Fridays at 10:00 p.m. and has remained there ever since.
On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed Blue Bloods for a fifth season, which premiered on September 26, 2014.
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is a top NYPD detective, holding the rank of Detective First Grade, but is sometimes hard-nosed and does not always go by the book. Danny is also a Marine veteran, having served in the Iraq War. Danny's partner at the beginning of the series is Detective First Grade Jackie Curatola (Jennifer Esposito); however, Kate Lansing (Megan Ketch) became an interim partner early in Season 3. By Episode 13 of the show's third season, Danny Reagan obtains another interim partner, Candice McElroy (Megan Boone). As of Season 3, Episode 17, Danny's full-time partner is Detective Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez).
Jamie (Will Estes), Frank's youngest child, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is a decorated officer on the police force after graduating from the police academy in the pilot episode. He was formerly partnered with Officer Vinny Cruz until his death at the end of season three. He is currently partnered with Officer Eddie Janko.
Henry (Len Cariou) is Frank's father, former NYPD officer and also a former NYPD police commissioner, now retired. Henry served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Henry often provides advice to his son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Both Henry's and Frank's wives are deceased. Erin is divorced (her ex-husband, Jack Boyle, has appeared in some episodes) and has one teenage daughter, Nicki (Sami Gayle), who lives with Erin. Danny is married to Linda (Amy Carlson), an ER nurse. They have two sons, Jack and Seán.
Each episode has a family dinner scene at a large dining table in the Henry/Frank home. All family members attend, including Danny's sons and Erin's daughter. Various family members discuss their day, current cases, or controversies just depicted in the episode. The kids often have meaty or moral issue questions which the various adults answer, sometimes with differing viewpoints. The conversation may also include family members ribbing each other, and Henry or Frank dispensing wise advice. Sometimes the conversation breaks down in acrimony due to differing feelings or perspectives between family members on emotional issues, but the family always remains loving and united.
Frank's middle son, Joseph, was an NYPD police detective who died in the line of duty in events that pre-date the series. Joe was involved with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigating a group of corrupt NYPD cops, who were operating within a fraternal organization called the "Blue Templar". The dirty cops murdered Joe when his covert investigation was getting close to naming names.
A running thread through the first season is Jamie's picking up Joe's investigation. The FBI tried to recruit Jamie, but he instead conducted his own covert investigation into Joe's death. Joe's murderers try to kill Jamie by tampering with the brakes on his car, but fail. After the failed hit, Jamie informs Frank, Danny, and grandfather Henry about the results of his informal investigation.
Along with his prosecutor sister Erin, the Reagan family joins together and completes Joe's Blue Templar investigation. After gathering sufficient evidence to obtain arrest warrants, Frank leads a team of police officers, including Danny and Jamie, to execute the warrant. They arrest the corrupt cops while they are having a covert meeting to divide stolen drug money. The group's leader, a detective named Sonny Malevsky (Michael T. Weiss), admits to killing Joe Reagan. After his confession, Malevsky commits suicide with his service pistol.
Jamie's field training officer is Sergeant Anthony Renzulli (Nicholas Turturro), who is tough but fair with Jamie and thinks Jamie has what it takes to be a great cop. Jamie was engaged to Sydney (Dylan Moore), a fellow Harvard graduate who was upset with his decision to become a cop. She officially broke off their engagement after Jamie became obsessed with investigating Joe's murder.
Tom Selleck as Francis "Frank" Reagan, the Police Commissioner of New York City and widowed father of Danny, Erin, and Jamie. His second son, Joe, was killed in the line of duty on May 15, 2009 (15 months before the beginning of the series). Frank was a Marine officer during the Vietnam War and often serves as the moral center of the family. He has an indifferent attitude towards politics, often taking on the mayor and numerous reporters who misinterpret his actions. He tries hard not to judge people, and tends to purse his lips together when hearing bad news or the horrific details of an ongoing case. His wife Mary died September 14, 2005. The death of his wife, son, mother and the thousands who perished on 9/11--he was working in the North Tower when the South Tower collapsed--weigh heavily on him, and the person who is best at lifting his spirits is his father, who often talks to him late at night when he cannot sleep. Frank is a devout Catholic and has good relationships with his local church and his city's archdiocese, to whom he talks about personal and police matters. Frank lives in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn along with his father.
Donnie Wahlberg as Det. Daniel "Danny" Reagan. Danny was a Marine in Gulf War II. He is happily married with two sons and lives with his family in Staten Island. He is old-school; his hotheadedness and harsh methods of detective work sometimes gets him in trouble, which his father worries about. Although he violates police procedure from time to time, he is hard on other policemen when he feels they are unprofessional or not doing their duty to its utmost.
Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan, Assistant District Attorney and single mother. Erin is almost raped and killed at the end of season 1, episode 9 ("Re-Do"), though Frank saves her life by shooting her attacker dead. She is mostly by-the-book in matters of criminal justice, often to the annoyance of Danny and her grandfather. As of season 2, episode 9 ("Moonlighting"), she is 36 years old, but in season 3, episode 17 ("Protest Too Much"), it is mentioned that she recently celebrated her 40th birthday. In "Ends and Means" (season 3, episode 20) Erin is promoted from senior counsel to deputy Trial Bureau chief. In season 4, episode 3 ("To Serve and Protect"), Erin is taken hostage at the courthouse. She is saved by Danny after he says a coded message, "Please, don't hurt my family," after which she dropped to the ground and Danny shot her assailant. It is revealed that their father taught them this when they were young, as a plan in case one of them was ever held at gunpoint. In season 4 finale she had to file a complaint against her boss Bureau Chief Harris because she abused her power.
Will Estes as Jamison "Jamie" Reagan, a younger police officer and recent Harvard Law graduate. Like his father, he is mostly silent on his political beliefs. He was the one who continued Joe Reagan's investigation into the Blue Templar in Season 1. In Season 2, he takes advantage of a chance opportunity to go undercover in the Sanfino crime family. He is stationed at the 12th Precinct. In the Season 4, he begins to express concerns because both his father and brother had made detective by that point in their careers, while he is still an officer.
Len Cariou as Henry Reagan, retired Police Commissioner, father of Frank (grandfather of Danny, Erin, and Jamie; great-grandfather of Nikki, Sean, and Jack). His childhood during the 1920s and 1930s was hard due to his father's alcoholism and inability to hold a job. Henry was a Marine in World War II and Korea, and joined the NYPD in 1952. Like his grandson Danny, Henry is socially conservative and hates the political correctness of modern law and order. His wife Betty died December 2, 2001. It is later revealed that Henry had another son Peter Christopher, who died of leukemia at the age of 18 months. Cariou, separated in age from Selleck by only six years, wears make-up and a dental prosthetic to appear older.
Amy Carlson as Linda Reagan, wife of Danny and mother of their two sons. She loves her husband and the Reagan family, but at times Danny's obsessive attitude toward collaring criminals makes her wonder whether he views his job as a higher priority than his family. In seasons 1 and 2, she was a stay-at-home mom, but she returns to her nursing job in season 3. Beginning in season 5, Carlson is listed among the main cast in the opening credits sequence.
Sami Gayle as Nicole "Nicky" Reagan-Boyle, Erin's daughter who aspires to become a cop. As of season 3, episode 3 ("Old Wounds") she is 16 years old. She is a very curious young girl and is not afraid to question her uncle Danny and great-grandfather about police matters, as well as challenging their old school conservatism. In the pilot episode, Nicki is portrayed by actress Marlene Lawston. Beginning in season 5, Gayle is listed among the main cast in the opening credits sequence.
Nicholas Turturro as Sgt. Anthony Renzulli, Jamie's first partner and Training Officer. He was also the Training Officer for Jamie's late brother Joe. Renzulli knows the beat of his precinct very well and offers Jamie a lot of good advice. He believes Jamie will make a great cop, and often pokes fun at him for abandoning a lucrative law career. Starting Season 3, Episode 1, he moves to an apparent desk job managing the patrolmen of the 5th Precinct.
Marisa Ramirez as Detective Maria Baez (recurring Season 3, also starring Season 4-), Danny's partner as of Season 3, Episode 17.
Vanessa Ray as Officer Eddie Janko (Season 4 - present), a rookie officer and Jamie's current partner. As of Season 5, Episode 1, her probationary period has ended and she is a full-fledged police officer. Romantic feelings between Eddie and Jamie have been implied since the middle of Season 4, but Jamie has chosen to not act on his feelings after learning that he would lose Eddie as a partner.
Jennifer Esposito as Det. Jackie Curatola (episodes 4 through 51), Danny's partner. Esposito's character is divorced and is regularly the recipient of passes or ogling from her uniformed colleagues and perps alike, much to her annoyance. The character takes a leave of absence from the precinct after the events of "Nightmares" (Season 3, Episode 7). In actuality, CBS placed Esposito on medical leave under disputed circumstances after executives at the TV network had learned Esposito's doctor advised the actress to lessen her workload in order to help her cope with her celiac disease.
Brian Roland as Richard, assistant to Erin Reagan (Season 2-present).
Megan Ketch as Danny's partner, Detective Kate Lansing (Season 3, episodes 7–12, "Nightmares" through "Framed"). She has moved back to Internal Affairs.
Dylan Moore as Sydney Davenport, brief fiancée of Jamie (Season 1).
Bebe Neuwirth as Kelly Peterson, Inspector General of the NYPD (Season 4). In the season 4 finale, Peterson tells Frank Reagan about her intent to resign, after finding that she doesn't have enough "professional animosity" toward the NYPD due to becoming too close to Frank.
David Ramsey as Mayor Carter Poole, Mayor Russo's successor (Season 2 – present).
Andrea Roth as Kelly Davidson, a reporter who dated Frank (Season 1).
Sebastian Sozzi as Officer Vinny Cruz, Jamie's partner (Season 3). Officer Cruz is shot dead by gang members in the season 3 finale. Cruz was posthumously promoted to Detective First Grade.
Andrew Terraciano as Sean Reagan, Danny and Linda's younger son.
Tony Terraciano as Jack Reagan, Danny and Linda's older son.
John Ventimiglia as Dino Arbogast, Organized Crime Control Bureau Chief (later Chief of Department), NYPD (Season 2, Episode 5; Season 4). Dino turns over his badge in the season 4 finale after being caught on video committing lewd acts, and lying about it to Frank Reagan.
Selleck said that he was drawn to the project because of the strong pilot script and that he was concerned about becoming involved in an ongoing series because he did not want to compromise his commitment to the Jesse Stone television movies. Beginning January 19, 2011, Blue Bloods was moved to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. for a four-week tryout. In February 2011, the series returned to its Friday night time slot due to the series premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. In the UK, the show helped launch Sky Atlantic by premiering on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 10:30 p.m. In Australia, the show premiered in February 2011 in a primetime Wednesday slot on Network TEN, then from February 2013 for season two was moved from the network's primary SD channel to its HD channel one alongside White Collar, then on August 26, 2013 the show moved back to the primary SD channel on Mondays for season three. In New Zealand, the show premieres on July 13, 2013 on TV3 replacing CSI: NY in a primetime Saturday slot after Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
On October 20, 2012, CBS announced that Jennifer Esposito was being dropped from the series, with her character, Detective Curatola, being placed on indefinite leave of absence. Esposito and CBS had been at odds over her limited availability for work after the actress was diagnosed with Celiac disease. She had missed a week after collapsing on set earlier in the season. According to Esposito, CBS challenged her request for a reduced work schedule, and further, kept her from finding work elsewhere. In a press release from CBS, the network said that Esposito had "informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she's unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence." Curatola's last appearance was in the third season episode "Nightmares".
Blue Bloods was renewed for a fifth season on March 13, 2014.
In Australia the series premiered on Network Ten's primary channel on February 2, 2011. Due to poor ratings of the first season, Ten moved the series to its HD channel One, which premiered the second season on October 31, 2011. Due to decreased viewership of Ten's primary channel, season three moved back from August 26, 2013, and season four returned on March 17, 2014.
In New Zealand the series premiered on TV3 on July 13, 2013.
The series premiered on Sky Atlantic in the UK on February 1, 2011, with season two returning on October 4, 2011, season three on December 13, 2012, and season four on November 28, 2013.
Reviewers have praised the series' on-location shooting. The New York Daily News praised Selleck's performance as Frank Reagan, while also praising the family dinner scene for discussion of morally complex issues.
The Daily News drew comparisons between Selleck's characters Jesse Stone and Frank Reagan, saying that both Reagan and Stone are moral, principled men of few words. In Entertainment Weekly's annual Fall TV Preview, Ken Tucker named Blue Bloods as one of the "5 Best New Shows" of 2010.
The pilot episode garnered 15.246 million viewers because of the Live + 7 days after with viewings from DVRs. Without the DVR adding to the live viewing the show's debut episode garnered a total of 13.02 million viewers.
Overall, the ratings have been steady for the series, after the pilot episode. The lowest viewer total of 9.77 million occurred in the second episode of the third season, and is to date the only episode that had fewer than 10 million viewers. The highest (non-pilot) numbers of 12.73 million occurred in the sixth episode of the second season. The second season finale on May 11, 2012 was watched by 10.73 million viewers and received a 1.2/4 ratings/share among adults ages 18–49.
In January 2013, CBS announced via press release that Blue Bloods was the first scripted Friday series in 10 years to average at least 13 million viewers, gaining eight percent more viewers than the previous year. The second season of CSI in 2001 had 14.78 million viewers, while the fourth season of Law & Order: SVU in 2003 had 14.92 million.