Blue Bloods is a police procedural/drama series on CBS, filmed on
location in New York City. The show premiered on September 24, 2010,
with episodes airing on Fridays at 10:00 pm.
The series follows the Irish-American Reagan family of police officers
with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Francis "Frank" Reagan
(Tom Selleck) is the Police Commissioner. He was a U.S. Marine Corps
officer and a Vietnam veteran before he joined the NYPD. He is a widower
whose son Joe died in the line of duty, leaving him three remaining adult
children—Danny, Erin, and Jamie.
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 as in the
Iraq War. Danny's partner at the beginning of the series is Detective
First Grade Jackie Curatola (Jennifer Esposito); however, in the
beginning of season 3 Kate Lansing (Megan Ketch) became an interim
partner. By Episode 13 of the show's 3rd season, Danny Reagan obtains
his 3rd new partner, Candice McElroy (Megan Boone).
Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is an assistant district attorney in Manhattan
who prosecutes many of the criminals Danny arrests.
Jamie (Will Estes), Frank's youngest child, is a recent graduate of
Harvard Law School and is a rookie officer on the police force after
graduating from the police academy.
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 and grandchildren.
The family is close-knit; each episode
includes a scene wherein they all have dinner together with their spouses
and children and discuss their current cases.
Frank's middle son, Joseph, was an NYPD police detective who died in the
line of duty. Joe was involved with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) investigating a group of dirty cops, who were operating within a
fraternal organization called the "Blue Templar". Joe was murdered by
these dirty cops when his covert investigation into their corruption was
getting too close.
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. Jamie then
informs his father Frank, his brother Danny, and his grandfather Henry
about his suspicions after the attempt on his life.
Along with Erin, they join together and complete Joe's investigation of
the Blue Templar. After gathering sufficient evidence to obtain arrest
warrants, Frank leads a team of police officers, including Danny and
Jamie, and they arrest all the corrupt cops at a covert meeting while the
dirty cops are dividing up stolen drug money. A detective named Sonny
Malevsky (Michael T. Weiss), who was leading the gang of dirty cops,
admits to killing Joe, but Malevsky commits suicide with his own service
pistol after confessing to the murder.
Jamie was engaged to Sydney (Dylan Moore), a fellow Harvard graduate who
broke off their engagement after he became obsessed with investigating
Erin is divorced and has one teenage daughter, Nicki (Sami
Danny is married to Linda, a nurse, with two children, Jack and
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.
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 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 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-Boyle, 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.
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.
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. Cariou, separated in age from Selleck by only six
years, wears make-up and a dental prosthetic for the part of Henry.
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
Sami Gayle as Nicole "Nicki" Reagan-Boyle, Erin's daughter and an
aspiring 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.