Like that farm family during The Great Depression and early World War II, "Blue Bloods" depicts close bonds among several generations of one family. We who lacked or might still lack that kind of group cohesion grab onto all the sharing and support.
"The Waltons" ran from 1972 to 1981. Its signature was the good-nights the members of the family wished each other at the end of each episode. They were already in bed. For "Blue Bloods" it's the family Sunday dinner.
Hopefully, the creatives producing "Blue Bloods" have prepared a soft landing for audiences if Grandpa - Henry Reagan- dies while the series is still being filmed. He is played by Lou Cariou. His role is to be an ear for his son Francis Reagan who is Police Commissioner. Any advice Gramps provides is done with great brevity.
During "The Waltons," Gramps - Zebulon Tyler Walton - did die. He had been played by social activist Will Geer. We in the audience loved him for both his real life and television roles. It was not easy letting go of him.
On "Blue Bloods," Francis, who goes in public by "Frank," already has endured so much loss. Those included his wife, son and former partner who went into the Tower with him on 9/11. Only recently has Frank seemed on the other side of grief.
Should Frank lose his father, it will be hard not only on him. I wonder how we in the audience, for whom the Reagans have been a surrogate family, will get through that.
St. Patrick's Cathedral is just the right setting. The Reagans are proud of being Roman Catholics.
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