If you are a fan of CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods,' who followed the drama series from its first season to its current ninth one, there must be lots of reason why you found the series engaging. However, not everyone feels the way you do as some fans have revealed some of the things they despise about the show; these details even made some of them to quit watching the show. Here are six things some viewers disliked about ‘Blue Bloods.’
NON-RELATABLE, SELF-RIGHTEOUS CHARACTERS
We know no one is truly morally superior to others, and this is one of the reasons some viewers have had a hard time relating to some of ‘Blue Bloods’ characters. When a discussion about the series was brought up on Reddit, fans revealed they perceived that some of the 'Blue Bloods' characters are quite self-righteous. A particular user, "The Rad Spaceman" said:
“The show tends to go out of its way to make the main characters morally superior to the detriment of everyone else. Got a different idea on what’s right and wrong? Too bad, Donnie Wahlberg’s right! Caught in a situation that isn’t black and white? Shut up, Magnum P.I. Knows what to do!”
TOM SELLECK'S CHARACTER, FRANK REAGAN, IS WAY TOO DRAMATIC
Some viewers disclosed that they think Tom Selleck’s character, Frank Reagan, often has an exaggerated emotional reaction to events or situations. During the show, he frequently lets out a sigh, and this is quite tiresome for some people who watch the show regularly. "The Rad Spaceman" also gave his piece of mind on the issue, he commented:
“There are copious amounts of heavy sighs in this show. Also, they tend to make Selleck’s character’s lines overly dramatic like they belong in a 30-second online ad for the show”
Another consistent viewer of the show added:
“All the scenes at that house are annoying. And I hate Tom Selleck’s character. The range consists of a heavy sigh, grim expression, and talking in a somber tone.”
THE EXASPERATING FAMILY DINNER SCENES
It's true that some fans relish the Reagan family dinner scenes, but there are others who find the scenes, where they all dine together, displeasing and frustrating. A former viewer mentioned that she felt the conversations during the dinner were too burdensome:
“I think one of the biggest reasons why I couldn’t watch anymore was the Sunday dinners. Everybody always had some very important comments to make, it just got so irritating.”
THE SHOW HAS A COUPLE OF FAILED ATTEMPTS AT BEING OVERLY FUNNY AND INTERESTING
‘Blue Bloods’ is not precisely a comedy-drama, but a fictional police procedural drama series, so it is okay for it not to have lots of humorous scenes. However, viewers revealed that they felt the show tried too hard to be comical.
“It tries to be funny, and it’s not. It tries to be cool, and it’s not. It tries to be original, and it’s probably been done by ten other shows in the last five years. Half of them were probably on CBS.”
A LOT OF EFFORT GOES INTO ENSURING THAT SOME EPISODES ARE PREACHY
While it is refreshing to have a drama series that gives moral advice, a viewer complained that the show did too much to include a significant message in the storyline saying,
“It was alright, but I dropped off after like five or six episodes. It was a little too preachy for me. I thought the emphasis on patriarchy was also a bit heavy-handed.”
EDDIE JACKO ISN'T THE FANS' FAVORITE; THEY THINK SHE IS IMMATURE
Eddie Jacko, a character played by Vanessa Ray, is probably some viewers’ least favorite character. Eddie is the police partner of Jamie Reagan (played by Will Estes), and the two later developed romantic feelings for each other. A fan described Vanessa’s character writing,
“ an immature, selfish headstrong brat that folds at every sign of danger to her position in law-enforcement.”
NEVERTHELESS, THE SHOW DOES ITS BEST IN TACKLING SENSITIVE ISSUES
Unlike other police drama series, ‘Blue Bloods’ addresses delicate topics such as gang violence, racial stereotyping, domestic violence, police brutality and even sexual harassment in the workplace. It is also interesting that during the traditional Sunday dinner, the whole family debate on these social and political issues, and share various perspective on it with each other.
ALSO, THE CHARACTERS ARE RELATIVELY DECENT FELLOWS WITH NO TERRIFYING DARK PAST
It is unconventional to have characters in cop shows that do not have a dark past or complicated personal issues. However, ‘Blue Bloods’ characters are a bunch of good people without no particular troubling history; this is one of the things that makes the show unique.
“...Compared to a lot of its cop drama brethren, the show is pretty bright, and the characters are more or less good people who try to do the right thing, which can be quite refreshing,” wrote The Rad Spaceman on Reddit
THEN THE CHARACTERS AREN’T ENTIRELY FLAWLESS
Even though some major casts are perceived as being self-righteous, some fans agree that the personas’ great strengths were also some of their most notable faults, which makes them less sanctimonious.
The Rad Spaceman also shared his insight on this subject,
“A lot of cop dramas tend to have characters that are either wire thin or little more than caricatures. Blue Bloods is slightly different. A lot of the best qualities of the main characters can also be some of their biggest faults. A big example is that Tom Selleck's character is extremely ethical and rule-oriented, however, that can make him too rigid when it comes to situations where most people would have to use their influence or bent the rules.”
The show whose debut episode had a total of 13.02 million viewers has witnessed a decline in viewers ratings. Ratings have been dwindling among the 18-to-49 demography. Who knows if the decrease in viewership will eventually lead to the end or cancellation of the show.
What do you think about these reviews? Do you agree with other viewers’ opinion about the series? Do you have other things you dislike about the show that didn't feature in this article? We'll love to read your comment. Do not forget to share this article with your friends who are 'Blue Bloods' fans.