Television is not a huge priority in our house – we only have one. I do not watch a lot shows; Mad Men and Parenthood are at the top of my list and of course, my alma mater’s football games. I am NOT a fan of most reality TV shows. I would rather be subjected to bodily injury than watch any of the Real Housewives series. But, one new Fall show got my attention for two reasons: it is a show about a multigenerational family and it stars Tom Selleck.
Many of my friends will recall my flat-out obsession with Tom Selleck when he starred in Magnum, P.I. (Perhaps this is a better memory for me than them? I can almost make out the eye-rolling as I write this.) And later, when I was in college (as luck would have it, it was the same university from which he graduated) I met him several times when he attended alumni events – moments I will never forget. And no – my dear college friends – no need to re-live my insanity at the alumni volleyball game that occurred the same day of his birthday – a fact that no one knew but me…
So when I heard about Blue Bloods – well, you can imagine that there was no way I was going to miss it. I liked it – but not for the reason that you might think.
It was an interesting storyline – family of police officers, with Tom Selleck the Chief of Police in NY. He has four adult children, one son having recently been killed in the line of duty. His only daughter is a district attorney. Two other sons are on the police force.
But it was the family-themed, (do not read this as poltically conversative please…) many generations close together every day, that got me. And in particular, the family dinner with 4, count them 4, generations sitting down to a meal on a Sunday night that was eerily familiar.
Does this sound like any dinner you have had with family before?…Lots of people in the kitchen, differing opinions among the adult kids and some snipping among parents, children and even grandchildren. People up and down from the table, one person leaving early, and at some point, alcohol was located and consumed to provide some relief.
Sounds about right…. Families are complex and people disagree and things can get a bit, shall we say, testy. But family is non-negotiable in my book and for them it seems, too.
Blue Bloods has been added to my TV list – and apparently, I am not the only one who liked the show – it reeled in the viewers on Friday night. Tom Selleck is a big draw for me but it was really fun to watch the family dynamics and see how often I said, “I get that….”