Blue Bloods season 13: next episode, cast and everything we know about the cop drama

Tom Selleck in Blue Bloods
Tom Selleck in Blue Bloods (Image credit: CBS)

One of the shows consistently helping CBS earn the title of most-watched US TV network is Blue Bloods. The cop drama created by Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, both veterans of The Sopranos, premiered in 2010 and is now in its 13th season, with TV legend Tom Selleck starring.

Blue Bloods is just one of many CBS crime dramas, standing tall with the NCIS and FBI franchises, as well as SWAT and The Equalizer.

Here is everything that we know about Blue Bloods season 13.

When is the next Blue Bloods season 13 episode?

The Blue Bloods season 13 finale airs on Friday, May 19, at 10 pm ET/PT on CBS. In an exciting bit of news, the finale is going to feature the return of a fan favorite character, with the star just as excited to be back.

Here is the synopsis for the finale, titled "Forgive Us Our Trespasses":

"Danny and Baez team up with Danny's old partner, Jackie Curatola, to find a copycat killer emulating murders from a previous case. Also, Frank and Mayor Chase battle over how best to handle the city's rising homeless population; and Jamie, Eddie and Erin team up to build evidence against a previously released man who they believe is again committing criminal assault."

Catch up with Blue Bloods season 13 on Paramount Plus.

Blue Bloods season 12 premiered on Sky Witness in the UK on June 20. While we don’t have any official word, it stands to reason that Blue Bloods season 13 could see a similar release window for the UK.

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Blue Bloods season 13 plot

The premise of Blue Bloods is that it centers on the Reagan family, almost all of whom work as New York City cops or in some law enforcement capacity.

Each episode deals with different cases and family dynamics, but one of the overarching plotlines we can expect to take place in season 13 is Erin Reagan running for District Attorney and how that impacts her relationship with Frank and the rest of the family. Check out how fan's reacted to a tough decision by Frank in regards to Erin's run for DA.

Blue Bloods season 13 cast

Tom Selleck in Blue Bloods

Tom Selleck, Blue Bloods (Image credit: John Paul Filo/CBS)

Tom Selleck leads the cast of Blue Bloods as Frank Reagan. Selleck is a TV legend, having starred in the original Magnum P.I. series, The Closer, a long-running guest arc on Friends, Boston Legal and Las Vegas. He’s also starred in a number of movies, including Three Men and a Baby, Quigley Down Under and In & Out. While Magnum P.I. may still be Selleck’s most famous role, he has actually played Frank Reagan longer than he has any other character.

The main cast of Blue Bloods also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Marisa Ramirez and Vanessa Ray. Here is who everyone plays:

  • Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan
  • Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan
  • Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan
  • Will Estes as Jamie Reagan
  • Len Cariou as Henry Reagan
  • Marisa Ramirez as Marisa Baez
  • Vanessa Ray as Eddie Janko

Get a more in-depth rundown of the Blue Bloods season 13 cast right here.

How to watch Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods airs on CBS, which means that any US TV household with a traditional cable subscription or a TV antenna that receives local stations can tune in. CBS is also part of the channel lineup for live TV streaming services including FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.

Cord cutters have the option to watch Blue Bloods both live and on-demand with a subscription to Paramount Plus. Any Paramount Plus subscriber can watch new and past episodes of Blue Bloods, but if you want to watch new episodes live you’ll need to be signed up for Paramount Plus' premium ad-free subscription, which allows consumers to stream their local CBS station live.

UK viewers who want to watch Blue Bloods can do so on Sky Witness, which is a channel available through Sky TV. Past seasons of the show are also available on Paramount Plus, Sky Go, Now TV and Virgin Go. You can also purchase episodes of Blue Bloods on Prime Video.

Is there going to be a Blue Bloods season 14?

There's still more Blue Bloods season 13 on the way, but CBS announced on March 29 that the crime drama is going to return for its 14th season.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.