Ettie Newlands

We’re addicted, we admit it.

We’re into the seventh season of watching “Blue Bloods” and there are only eight.

The separation anxiety has already kicked in.

That I would ever watch cop shows was, probability speaking, right up there with eating beets or getting a pet iguana.

But have I mentioned Tom Selleck?

No matter how old he gets, he’s still incredibly pretty. And his role as all-knowing, all-solving, all-fixing police commissioner of New York City doesn’t detract from the total ‘please insert DVD’ experience one bit.

It’s not the “Murder She Wrote” type predictable plot that we’re enthralled with, it’s the whole Regan family.

Tom Selleck’s TV father, Len Cariou, is the previous New York City police commissioner.

Selleck’s “Blue Bloods” son, Donny Walhberg, is a detective with anger issues.

His other actor son, Will Estes, is a patrolman with a law degree who we’re sure will give up life on the beat to become a priest.

Tom Selleck’s daughter, played by Bridget Moynahan, is the bureau chief at the Manhattan district attorney’s office and she sees no gray in her world of black and white absolutes.

Donny and his wife Linda have two sons and Erin has a daughter, and they all have opinions.

Have I mentioned Tom Selleck?

At the end of most episodes, this family has a Sunday family dinner when they discuss the events of their week, a week that makes up each episode.

It’s those discussions about the decisions the multi-generations of TV cops make about what’s right and what’s almost right that lead to our own, almost-as-heated conversations.

Does the end always, or even ever, justify the means?

If the suspect didn’t do this crime but did half a dozen worse ones that can’t be proven, is it okay to keep him locked up?

Is withholding the truth the same as telling a lie?

When does a favor become a bribe?

Is family always first, even if it means fudging on the truth, and in this case, the law?

The conflicts in “Blue Bloods” are real, even in non-cop families.

They’re interesting and thought-provoking.

And have I mentioned Tom Selleck?


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