Why We Still Love Family Dinners on ‘Blue Bloods’ TV Show
Now that we’re full from Thanksgiving dinners, it's the perfect time to check out our favorite family meals on TV. Specifically, we're talking about the Sunday dinners with the Reagans on Blue Bloods.
Every week, the cast would gather at Frank (Tom Selleck) and Henry’s (Len Cariou) house, and this tradition has been going on since the show started in 2010. At first, it was just the Reagans hanging out at the table and it was a bit overwhelming for Donnie Wahlberg on his first day of filming. He told TV Insider in 2019 that it was kind of a shock to have to take charge of the dinner table right away.
“But I knew if I didn’t do it successfully, the show wouldn’t have a chance to thrive. We had to be able to speak our own voices and stand up for our characters’ points of views on the show or it wouldn’t work,” he continued. “[After, Selleck] gave me the biggest smile and pat on the back after and said, ‘That’s what’s going to make this show magic.’”
We take a look at why we still love these dinners 12 years later below.
Conversations usually (and quickly) turn into debates, especially if Danny and Erin (Bridget Moynahan) get on a case, or there’s any sort of friction with any of the siblings. It’s a great way to catch up on what’s going on in the Reagans’ professional lives as well as find out where the rest of the family falls on certain topics.
The Occasional Guest
Over the years, only a few people who have not been Reagans (or weren’t yet or weren’t married into the family anymore) have been granted a seat at the table, and that’s what makes the experience so special. Jamie (Will Estes) told the rest of the family he and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) were engaged by bringing her to dinner. (Watch it above.) Erin’s ex-husband Jack (Peter Hermann) has attended one. Outside the family, Frank’s old partner Lenny (Treat Williams) and Danny’s partner Baez (Marisa Ramirez) were the lucky ones to score invites.
The Obvious: Everyone’s Together
While a majority of the family may work for the NYPD — or adjacent, in Erin’s case, as a lawyer — these dinners are really the only time we see everyone together, especially if one of Danny or Erin’s kids is in town visiting. Whether the atmosphere is light or tense, happy or solemn, there’s something special about the family at that table.