The Use of ‘Forthwith’ in Blue Bloods is Certainly Not Intended as a Recurring Joke

The Reagan family is highly entrenched in law enforcement in “Blue Bloods,” a police procedural starring Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, and Abigail Hawk.

It emphasizes family relationships even more than the “Fast & Furious” franchise, with the Reagans sharing meals, overcoming obstacles, and, according to fans, jokingly misusing the English language together.

Here’s how it’s done. “Blue Bloods” frequently employs certain words (it’s called a formula, guys), “forthwith” being one of them. Seriously, it’s poured into the dialogue rather than peppered throughout it. For the CBS show, it might be the new “uh.”

Viewers often turn to forums like Reddit, after a quick Google search, to discuss the noticeable repetition in “Blue Bloods.”

Some see it as a reason to dislike the show, while others are simply curious. Despite fan theories suggesting it’s an in-joke, the showrunner, Kevin Wade, denies this notion.

Cops, it appears, speak like Shakespeare.

In an interview with TV Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich, “Blue Bloods” showrunner Kevin Wade disproved the idea of a long-running wordplay gag involving the word “forthwith.”

Despite fans’ speculation about a hidden joke, Wade stated that the seeming over-use was due to legitimate police jargon.

Wade acknowledged the early use of “forthwith” in “Blue Bloods” due to its relevance in NYPD language.

He shared that they’ve reduced its frequency in response to fan feedback, although it occasionally remains crucial for the narrative.

Finally, this is a case of art copying life until life instructed art to be more innovative. Which begs the question of how long it will be before the NYPD modifies the term to avoid the same kind of humorous backlash?

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