‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Explains Importance of ‘Differing Opinions’ Among the Reagan Family

by Keeli Parkey

In the hit CBS procedural drama “Blue Bloods,” the Reagan family is as dedicated to one another as they are to keeping the people of New York City safe. They present a united front to the outside world.

However, on many occasions during the show’s long television run, the Reagans have gone toe to toe over a variety of issues. It seems that while they would never let anyone come between them, the Reagans don’t mind having a heated argument when they feel the need arises.

The Reagan family dynamic is one of the most important factors that keep fans of “Blue Bloods” coming back year after year. And, one thing that makes that family dynamic so interesting is the fact that they don’t always agree, even though they are fiercely loyal to one another.

The fact that the members of the Reagan family often don’t see eye-to-eye on serious topics. And their differences often come to light while they are gathering around the dinner table on Sundays.

Gathering around that table are the patriarch Henry Reagan (Len Cariou). Henry’s son, New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck). Frank’s children Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), Erin (Bridget Moynahan), and Jamie (Will Estes) are also there. So are Erin’s daughter, Nicky (Sami Gayle), and Danny’s sons Sean (Andrew Terraciano) and Jack (Tony Terraciano).

Donnie Wahlberg Said Dinner Scene Arguments in ‘Blue Bloods’ Often Comment on ‘a Real-Life Situation’

Those dinners on “Blue Bloods” are meetings of the Reagan family’s minds. And depending on what is happening in that episode, those minds are going to do battle. It is in these heated conversations that are so important to the show.

Donnie Wahlberg once talked about how the differences between the Reagans are important to the success of the show.

“Despite the fact that it’s a law enforcement family, it’s a law enforcement family with a lot of differing opinions,” Donnie Walhberg said, according to Looper.

The debates between the Reagans often focus on issues other people are facing. This allows “Blue Bloods” fans to view a situation from many angles. This is one of the factors that makes the show so popular.

“On any given dinner scene, you could have eight people at the table, all with eight different opinions of a real-life situation that’s occurring,” Wahlberg also said.

Tom Selleck has also talked about how the Reagans being willing to argue with one another is important to the success of the show.

“It’s a police family. They don’t – we don’t – pull punches on, on their opinions. We don’t try to water them down to make it acceptable to everybody. Although, I think they’re pretty reasonable people,” Selleck said in 2016.

Selleck also said the variety of opinions show on “Blue Bloods” offers “balance.”

“We try very hard to provide strong characters who present their points of view in very strong ways. And that’s, I think, how you get balance,” he said.