Blue Bloods: Season 1 (2010 - 2011)

Season 1
Blue Bloods

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Blue Bloods features charismatic performances from Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck, intriguing plotlines, and compelling doses of family drama within its police procedural trappings.



Critic Ratings: 31


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User Ratings: 73

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Air date: Sep 24, 2010

Tom Selleck is the New York City Police Commissioner and head of the Reagan family in this brand new police drama about multi- generational clan of cops. As the series begins, youngest son Jamie's life takes an abrupt turn when he's asked to become part of a clandestine investigation that could impact the family's legacy and reveal the truth about his elder brother, who died in the line of duty. He also discovers his father's secret affair with a reporter played by Rescue Me's Andrea Roth.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2010

The Reagans are forced to question their attitudes toward vigilantism and the media after a man with a criminal record uses an illegal handgun to stop a robbery on the subway - then hands himself in to a local news reporter.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2010

Two girls are attacked and a third is raped on a local college campus, and when Danny investigates, evidence suggests the culprit is a member of an elite fraternity-and the son of a diplomat. Meanwhile, Sydney realises that Jamie is more dedicated to the police force than to her, and Frank is forced to question the appropriateness of his relationship with Kelly.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2010

Frank mobilizes the entire NYPD to find the killer of an off-duty police officer who was murdered during a diamond heist.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2010

Frank and Danny search for a homemade bomb they learn is going to be detonated in Manhattan. The investigation reveals the bomb may be connected to terrorists and Islamic people are targeted for questioning, which leads to a dispute over the pros and cons of profiling. The case becomes more emotional for Danny when he is unable to reach his wife, who is in the city with their children.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2010

Three teens from a Catholic high school die from a drug overdose while attending a party at a student's house. The probe reveals the designer drug they took was laced with poison, which turns the case into a homicide investigation. Danny tries to discover the narcotic's source before an epidemic breaks out.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2010

When Erin tries to take down a gang leader using his law-abiding brother as bait, the family debates her methods.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2010

When Jaime goes to meet Anderson, he comes across what he thinks is a crime. When he approaches them, they start shooting at him and shoots back. In the end someone is killed. Danny shows up and tries to find out what happened but no one is willing to talk. Eventually they learn that a Chinese woman is being sought by the Triad.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2010

The life of a Reagan is put in danger when three dangerous criminals are released from prison.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2010

When a doorman at a New York City hotspot is murdered, Danny returns to investigate the nightclub scene he left behind years ago. Meanwhile, Frank makes a decision about an ex-partner's future.

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This New York crime drama focuses on a multigenerational family of cops, which includes the city's police commissioner, his two sons and his retired father. Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) stars as the NYPD police commissioner, a role once held by his father, Henry (Len Cariou). Frank's eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is an Iraq War vet and a detective on the force, daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is an assistant DA, and younger son Jamie (Will Estes) is a Harvard alum who just became a beat cop. In the premiere series, the Reagan family deal with the recent loss of another son, Joe, who was killed in the line of duty. Along the way, they tackle many crime situations, often with the help of Jamie's partner, Sgt. Anthony Renzulli (Nick Turturro).

Critic Reviews for Blue Bloods Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (19)

The best thing about "Blue Bloods," besides Selleck, is Wahlberg, who shifts between being empathetic and temperamental without any crunching of gears.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The Green/Burgess team is one of TV's best and we hope they'll make this show as sharp and compelling as it should be.

Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

If not for the narrative clunkiness, "Blue Bloods'' has the potential to be a juicy multigenerational family drama.

Sep 24, 2010 | Full Review…

The best new cop drama of a TV season that has more police than a presidential motorcade.

Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Blue Bloods" excels through its high-tone production values...and standout performances from Selleck and Wahlberg, whose moral ambiguity and thinly veiled powder-keg fury...promises to fuel the series through a gripping first season.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

This feels different than what you expect on other shows of this sort, and that should be encouraged. I can't recommend Bloods right now, though.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

What I dug about Blue Bloods was the fact that on one hand it's a family drama, but on the other it's a crime drama. I wasn't sure how well those two things would mix, but they did it very well.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

So, is Blue Bloods good enough? For the most part, yes. While certainly not the best procedural out there, it's better than the lions share, and certainly the best on CBS at the moment.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

While some of these themes are decidedly mature, the overall show is positive, insightful, and entertaining.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As long as the writers continue to provide the characters with enough interesting choices, the show should become a solid hit for CBS.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Blue Bloods isn't your normal police procedural. It is a cop show and family drama that is driven by characters, not forensics. It's also the perfect vehicle to bring Tom Selleck back into our living rooms every week.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 4.2/5 | Full Review…

It almost makes you want to dial 911.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blue Bloods: Season 1

  • Jan 21, 2021
    Great series, highly recommend.
  • Aug 12, 2020
    I love this show. The first season had great story lines and at the end of the day, you wanted them to put away the bad guys. I also enjoyed the family dinner scenes, where everyone had a different opinion but was always discussed openly.
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Unless you love shows where the cops are always right and society is always wrong skip it.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    I loved this show!!! At least until now. The last one I watched has made me decide not to watch it. I see no need for the writers of the script to all of a sudden interject so many bad language and suggestively crude innuendos that ruin such a good show like this. The borderline language says to me you are testing the waters for more crude talk and even worse type suggestive scenes. I enjoy watching shows that show a more professional and respectful dialog. It looks to me like this one is heading down the wrong path.
  • May 30, 2019
    I love everything about this show. The family connections (including the Sunday family dinners and the closeness of the family despite the loss of several family members off-screen before the series even starts), Donnie Wahlberg's willingness to do what he has to do to catch the bad guys, Tom Selleck's quite, almost-gruff class act, and Will Estes' almost-an-attorney-but-decided-to-be-a-cop insecurity. Each episode is good and I like how the family stories move from episode to episode. I look forward to the cozy house scenes and the interaction between Tom Selleck and his dad and kids.
  • May 03, 2019
    One of my favorite shows ! The way the viewer is kept enterntained with how all the family members seems to work on their own cases, and try to add as much personal imput as they can is fascinating. Also, the acting is very much realistic and we could feel the deep connection lying between the characters. Pretty damn good, if you ask me
  • Jul 19, 2017
    “That’s the funny thing about decisions. You don’t seem to have to talk yourself into the right ones.”
  • Jul 17, 2017
    Easy to watch with good characters.
  • Oct 03, 2015
    Meh....need more Selleck and less marginal actors.
  • Sep 03, 2015
    Just finished season 1. It would have gotten 5 stars, except for the finale was was one of the worst ever! They built up all this tension through out the season with some awesome standalone episodes and then blow it tying everything together. Hopefully that's not the end of the Blue Templar, if so, what a waste of a good idea. Otherwise, we're definitely going to continue watching, but might have to take a break with all the DC shows starting up soon.

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