'Blue Bloods': Interesting Facts About The Popular Police Drama

The cult-favorite police drama "Blue Bloods" is known for its realistic depictions of the New York Police Department. Fans simply cannot get enough of the Reagans.

Centered around the New York Police Department,  the CBS series "Blue Bloods" tells the story of the Reagan family. The show highlights the importance of family and the balance between personal and professional lives.

The stellar cast includes Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, and Donnie Wahlberg. Here are some surprising facts about the show.

The cast attends the "Blue Bloods" Screening | Getty Images

The cast attends the "Blue Bloods" Screening | Getty Images

Two of the Stars Are Actually Related in Real Life

Andrew and Tony Terraciano who play the characters Sean and Jack Reagan are brothers in real life.  The co-stars play the sons of Danny Reagan (Donnie) and the grandsons of Frank Reagan (Tom). 

According to reports, the brothers landed the roles at the tender ages of eight and six respectively.  The two grew up on the show.

"Me and my friends we really all do the same things except I’m out once a week and I just have to kind of catch up on homework," Andrew told CBS New York.

Over the course of the series, the boys experienced many painful moments including the death of their on-screen mother, Linda Reagan (Amy Carlson). Currently, their characters make rare appearances as the character Jack, much like the actor who plays him, is in college. 

A CBS spokesperson revealed that Tony will be returning to New York to film when his college schedule permits him to.
Producer Leonard Goldberg, actors Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and producer Kevin Wade arrive to a screening | Getty Images

Producer Leonard Goldberg, actors Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and producer Kevin Wade arrive to a screening | Getty Images

Police Praise the Show

While the show is not technically based on a real-life story, it closely resembles the reality of the police department. In fact, the show does such a good job that even actual policemen commend it.

A real family of police officers, the Baumeister family, claim the show is an accurate depiction of their own lives. Their family has three generations of police officers who work together.

Jack Baumeister, who retired after 20 years of civil service, says, “the show is pretty good, and right on target.”

Jack’s son, John is currently a detective. He reiterated his father's sentiments saying,

“It’s pretty realistic as far as showing the Wahlberg character. The detective squad scenes and him talking and interviewing people, I’d say that’s pretty right-on accurate.”

The cast of "Blue Bloods" attend the 2010 CBS UpFront | Getty Images

The cast of "Blue Bloods" attend the 2010 CBS UpFront | Getty Images

Real Life "Blue Bloods"

The Baumeisters are not the only police family to resemble the show. In 2015, three brothers graduated from the police academy together.

Stephen, who was 24 at the time, and 22-year-old twin brothers Alec and John have police work in their blood. Their father is the highly decorated NYPD veteran, Anthony Favale.

“It feels amazing. I couldn’t have planned it any better,” said Anthony Favale when they graduated. “I let the kids make their own decision, and it just so happened that they chose the Police Department. And the fact that it’s happening all at the same time is like winning the lottery.”

Their mother revealed she had always suspected that at least one of her boys would follow in their father's footsteps. However, she never guessed all of them would do so. 

Tom Selleck,Donnie Wahlberg,Bridget Moynahan and Amy Carlson attend the Blue Bloods 150th Episode Celebration | Getty Images

Tom Selleck,Donnie Wahlberg,Bridget Moynahan and Amy Carlson attend the Blue Bloods 150th Episode Celebration | Getty Images

The popular crime drama currently has 199 episodes and ten seasons. CBS plans to air the tenth season of the show on September 27. Earlier this year, Tom Selleck even hinted at a possible wedding in the upcoming season. 

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