It has endured for almost an infinite number of reasons. Mostly emotional. And those resonate in these confusing political times.
The "Blue Bloods" signature scene is that four-generation Reagan family Sunday dinner. The clan is Irish Catholic.
That brings back memories for us Baby Boomers and members of Generation X who drifted away from that religion when The Boston Globe broke the story of widespread sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.
But we still treasure Kodak moments like our First Communion. In my white dress, white veil, white pocketbook and white shoes I was a star. That was that last time I felt that way. "Blue Bloods" brings us back there.
Those of us who have lost confidence in the family as nurturing unit or who no longer have a family are drawn to that weekly Reagan ritual.
Some of us are critical that such lack of deep hostility can exist. It seems impossible. So we search for fissures.
Others try to figure out how they can replicate that structure in our own little lives. So they tune in every week and maybe also to the reruns.
An especially compelling aspect of the plot line is that third-generation Jamie, son of patriarch police commissioner Frank (who is son of former police commissioner Henry), is a graduate of Harvard Law School. While a 1L he was turned off by all his classmates' talk of high pay and big bonuses in BigLaw. He didn't approve of their failure to focus on how to make a difference in the world through their work.
So, Jamie, with more than $80,000 in student loans, decided his vocation was to join the cop side of the family business. The job pays in the $40s.. However, his sister Erin is an assistant district attorney. Jamie could have done that. Perhaps he didn't because his crusade is to uncover who offed his cop brother Joe who had been investigating corrupt police. It's amazing that Jamie hasn't also been rubbed out.
One odd distraction in the plot line is that Jamie, who certainly knows the cop ethos, wears his Harvard jacket. A woman who he is providing police protection to naturally asks about it. She is stunned that he had graduated from that elite institution. One wonders if Jamie sports that identity as datebait. He is, though, attracted to his female cop partner.
Other endearing aspects of "Blue Bloods" is that Frank is a dad who is accessible. His children come to them when they have professional or personal challenges. Don't we all wish we had had such a male figure in our childhoods?
However, Frank isn't above leveraging his power to do what he considers right. Even if it breaks the rules. For example, he has Henry verbally rough up a woman who is trying to shake down an otherwise upright police department administrator.
Also, Frank's political skills could be enhanced if he had an executive coach. Now and then he positions and packages his own antipathy toward some authority figures as living according to his personal code of conduct.
Takeaway: Our primal search for family overrides any flaws in plot. The "Blue Bloods" formula works well.
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