‘Blue Bloods’: Here’s Why Donnie Wahlberg Thinks the Series Stands Out Compared to Other Police Dramas

by Quentin Blount

There is no question that Blue Bloods is one of the most popular police shows on television. But what makes it stand out compared to the others? Well, one of the show’s stars has the answer.

Blue Bloods, of course, follows the Reagans — a multigenerational cop family in New York City. The very popular Donnie Wahlberg plays Danny Reagan on the show. He is the oldest son of New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (played by Tom Selleck).

Wahlberg’s character is also an Iraqi War veteran and a seasoned NYPD detective. He is known for sometimes resorting to questionable tactics when solving cases. However, underneath the rigid exterior of Danny Reagan lies a simple family man who loves his wife.

Blue Bloods first aired on CBS back in September of 2010. And just a month after the first episode hit national airwaves, Wahlberg sat down with Daily Actor for an interview. It was there where he discussed what makes the cop-drama stand out as opposed to others.

“Well, I think the audience is going to have their own opinion on what makes it stand out,” Wahlberg said. “For me personally what attracted mentioned the three things. I think the cast was amazing, the script was amazing and my character, in my eyes, is a kind character that I don’t get to play very often. I can play emotional beat if I want with a suspect, I can play an angry beat, I can play a fun beat, I get to really explore the different colors of this character.”

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Believes the ‘Family Stuff’ is a Big Part of the Show

‘Blue Bloods’ stands out compared to other police shows for a number of different reasons. It’s well-written, it’s produced and directed well, it’s exciting, and, of course, it’s relatable. But perhaps one of the biggest reasons is that there is a deep sense of family. Wahlberg believes that the audience can relate to that.

“The family stuff is what works for the audience and it’s a big part of what works for the cast as well,” he explained.

In the end, Wahlberg says he knew that he was going to enjoy being an integral part of the show. And he has been just that for 11 seasons. Meanwhile, fans of the popular show can expect him to be there for at least one more as well. CBS announced back in April that Blue Bloods has been picked up for a 12th season.

“I knew I was gonna have a good time doing it,” he said. “I knew it’d be tense, I knew it’d be fun. When you’re doing television and it’s a grind and you’re working 5 days a week, I know personally, I look for something that’s going to make me feel alive. I think to feel alive a few days a week during episodic television, it’s a gift, sort of like electricity. I get to feel it I think more than most.”