I watched the season premiere of the CBS police drama Blue Bloods recently, and it reminded me that I sometimes wonder if anyone in entertainment media is aware that this show even exists. If they knew what was going on on this show, they might second guess their decision to air it. This is justified for two reasons:
1. It portrays a strong family. Family ties are shown in a positive light, and the Reagan family of New York cops isn't shown as being dysfunctional, or at least not yet. Tom Selleck and Len Cariou also portray strong and upstanding father figures, as opposed to the absence or incompetence of fathers so common in modern entertainment media. I can also appreciate the series's inclusion of the family dinner scenes in basically every episode.
2. Positive, or at least non-negative, portrayals of the Catholic Church. Blue Bloods is a show that not only pays attention to the family's religious background, it shows Catholic clergy as being something other than corrupt, moralistic, hypocritical pedophiles. I particularly appreciated an episode last season in which Frank, Selleck's character, actively pushes back against allegations that a popular parish priest has abused children, allegations that the viewer is led to believe are false.
Blue Bloods, it should be noted, could only be classified as "family friendly" in comparison to almost everything else on TV. It deals with some very adult themes and covers scenarios not appropriate for family viewing, although to its credit, the show never manages to reach CSI levels of creepiness. I'm not ready to declare it The Most Conservative Show on Television, but its view of family and society is at least somewhat refreshing.