Tom Selleck’s Historic Moment on ‘Blue Bloods’ That Changed Television

Since its debut on CBS on September 24, 2010, the police procedural “Blue Bloods” has become one of the network’s signature series. The show revolves around the Reagans, a family predominantly composed of law enforcement officers, and has garnered acclaim for its blend of family dynamics and the challenges of public service, alongside its exploration of complex moral issues. Tom Selleck’s portrayal of Frank Reagan, the stern yet compassionate New York City Police Commissioner and family patriarch, has been a standout, consistently delivering powerful performances.

Alongside Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg’s Danny Reagan and Bridget Moynahan’s Erin Reagan are central characters. Since the series’ inception, Selleck’s character has resonated deeply with audiences, mirroring the actor’s own attachment to his role over the years. This connection has contributed to many memorable moments on the show, enhancing its historical significance within the television landscape.

In a November 2020 interview with CBS for the official “Blue Bloods” Twitter page, Selleck discussed memorable episodes. He highlighted the importance of shooting at the 9/11 Memorial, a scene from the 2012 episode “The Job” in season 2, which was particularly significant for his character, Frank Reagan. This episode, which depicted Frank grappling with survivor’s guilt after the death of an ex-partner who suffered from an illness linked to the 9/11 wreckage, marked a historic moment as it was the first time a film crew was permitted to shoot at the memorial.

Selleck expressed great pride in this landmark achievement and the overall accomplishments of the “Blue Bloods” cast and crew over the years. The respectful tribute to the victims of 9/11 and this significant milestone in television history underscore the show’s impact and enduring legacy.