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4.0 out of 5 stars NYPD Blue meets the Waltons, 15 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Blue Bloods - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Blue Bloods is a classy police show that engages without challenging too much and benefits from an excellent cast and, in particular, a peerless lead in the shape of Tom Selleck.

It can't have been a hard pitch to the network commissioners - Tom as New York's top cop; Donnie Wahlberg as his edgy, sometimes brutal, but gifted, detective son and gorgeous Bridget Moynihan as his daughter and assistant District Attorney, who's going through a rough divorce - lots of action and the 'moral' questions examined over family Sunday roasts to lift this beyond mere brain-dead action/police procedural. Simple fare, which is not a criticism. The Keep It Simple, Stupid exhortation works with TV drama as it does with everything else.

The main strength of the show is Selleck - every second he's on screen is great. The man has a gravitas and natural authority that transcends any weaknesses in the plot or writing. I just love him. He could - maybe should - have been a huge movie star if he had been able to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the big screen's loss is the small screen's gain. He's epic in this.

The weaknesses are the inevitable daft age casting - Tom's dad is played by a guy five years older than him; the youngest son's story arc, which is some twaddle about a secret NYPD cabal called 'the Blue Templars," who bring vigilante justice to the bad guys and, generally, the fact that this isn't edgy at all. Blue Bloods is at the Cold Case/CSI end of American cop shows - not The Wire or the Shield end.

The only show that transcended this divide was the brilliant NYPD Blue when it was in his its first three or four series and there is a - I'm sure deliberate - nod to that masterpiece with the casting of Nicholas Turturro (James Martinez) as a world-weary (but decent) sergeant.

In short, this is very good without being great. I watched it all back to back and would recommend other crime buffs do the same.
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