‘Blue Bloods’: Fans Want to See This Character Go Away

Even fan-favorite TV shows can’t do everything right. As much as viewers may love a program like Blue Bloods, which is entering its 10th season, there is often one character who rubs viewers the wrong way. 

That one character is Nicky Reagan-Boyle, the oldest of the Reagan grandchildren. Fans tend to think of her as annoying and contradictory, and that ire is interesting because there is another character close to her whom viewers also find abrasive. Truly in Blue Bloods, it runs in the family. 

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Why don’t viewers like Nicky?

Reddit is full of TV show opinions, and one thread on Nicky spells out why she’s not a favorite. A fan writes (with punctuation added by us to make it clearer):

“I just started watching Blue Bloods,  great show in enjoy it very much, been binge-watching for a week now. The only complaint I have is Nicky. Growing up in a big Catholic strict family at such a young age,  there is no way I would have been allowed to argue back and forth. Especially (not) with the heads of my family and then at family dinner! Please!  I would have been told to leave and go to my room!”

What’s more, other fans mentioned that Nicky doesn’t exactly improve in subsequent seasons. To be fair, though, other fans pointed out that if there was never any conflict, the show’s famous dinner scenes would get dull quickly.

Agreement might be preferable in real life, but if anything, agreement in real life seems harder to come by these days. Good as it may be for the soul, agreement doesn’t make for very compelling drama.

Why is Nicky argumentative? 

According to a fan biography, Nicky’s personality stems from the fact that she’s the only female grandchild in a family dominated by men. She is attending Columbia University with the aim of being the first female Reagan to be a cop.  She wants to prove herself to her family, but her family’s name is so well-known in law enforcement circles, she sometimes struggles with expectations. 

That kind of family dynamic also plays into the real life of Sami Gayle, who plays Nicky.

She told Hollywood Life, “I’m lucky to have a second mother in Bridget [Moynahan], and a grandfather in Tom (Selleck)  and an uncle in Donnie Wahlberg, who is the most fun person on the planet.”

Indeed, she is so close to her Blue Bloods family that they’ve vetted her boyfriends, along with her real-life family. 

Nicky’s apple doesn’t fall from Erin’s tree

One of the reasons that fans are cool to Nicky might be her mother, Erin Reagan, played by Bridget Moynahan. She also tends to be one of the less popular characters, with fans referring to her as an ice princess who insists that it’s her way or the highway.

Looking at Erin and Nicky empathetically, though, both women have had a rough go on the show. 

Erin is a single mom to Nicky, and Nicky has had to deal with the stress of an absent father, even though Tom Selleck as the family patriarch acts as a father figure to her. Like her daughter, Erin has also had to cope with living up to the family name, although Erin works as an attorney rather than a police officer. 

Another fan stuck up for Nicky on those grounds, saying “I am in the minority but really [Nicky] I think is headstrong and can hold her own … her mother raised her to think on her own. Really find nothing wrong with Nikki. She is her own woman.”