If you’re sick of watching House turn into a girly and idiotic romance and disgusted watching Medium interject typical Hollywood leftist “lessons” into its stories, try the new Blue Bloods on CBS. It’s about a family of New York City law officers – and yes, we’ve seen that before, but a spectacular cast gives it new life. Plus, it has values, warmth and intelligence. It has replaced House on my DVR sked.
The way the show works: every week there’s a crime that touches the life of the Reagan family, which includes the chief of police, a detective, a street cop and a prosecutor. The crime drama unfolds but also, somewhere in the middle of the show, the family sits down to dinner and discusses the issue that arises from the story: the use of torture, say, or the citizen’s right to protect himself with a firearm or whatever. So instead of trying to use emotionalism to put some idiotic leftist tripe over on the audience, the show turns to reasoned argument which, of course, always favors conservatism. Plus most of the Reagan family is on the right side anyway.
Not, as I say, searingly original but Tom Selleck is Dad, the police chief, and he’s at his iron-man-of-integrity-with-a-heart best. Donnie Wahlberg is his son, the Iraq war vet detective, and he’s perfect. Bridget Moynihan, an underappreciated actress in film, does a fine job as the DA. And Len Cariou, an absolutely terrific stage actor much, much underused in the movies, is wonderful as the cantankerous but good-hearted grandfather.
For those who are throwing up their hands – or just throwing up – at the pervasive and preachy leftism of too many network shows, Blue Bloods is a highly enjoyable family crime drama.