Posted on March 17, 2011
Irish American families are popping up all over DISH Network programming these days - from the Reagans to the Gavins, it's not always leprechauns and bartenders anymore to hit the small screen. In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, we're revealing some of the most recognizable Irish American TV characters and families on current television programming.CBS' 'Blue Bloods' revolves around an entire Irish American family, the 'Reagans,' who are mainly involved in law enforcement and preserving the peace as much as possible in the great New York City. Frank is not only the father of the group, but he is also New York City's Police Chief, both of his sons are involved in law enforcement and his only daughter is a New York Assistant D.A. Viewers can catch 'Blue Bloods' on CBS every Friday at 10/9c.Another Irish American family to grace your TV set are the Gallaghers on Showtime's 'Shameless.' Straight out of Chicago, this dysfunctional family is comprised of a lunatic mom, a drunk dad and six independent children. I don't see the Gallaghers and the Reagans becoming neighbors anytime soon, although the Gallaghers make 'Shameless' a must-watch show. 'Shameless' airs on Showtime Sunday nights at 10pm.Similar to the crime fighting Reagans, the Gavins on 'Rescue Me' are a family centered on firefighter, Tommy Gavin. Tommy's character is a troubled, yet resilient one as he battles the death of his son and the ups and downs of his career. 'Rescue Me' is scheduled to air its final season later this year in the fall, just ten years after the 9/11 attacks which spurred the idea for the hit show on FX.Enjoy a clip of the St. Patrick's Day party on 'Shameless,' below. Know any other Irish TV families you enjoy watching? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter; and for more information on DISH Network programming visit authorized retailer DISH Systems online or call 866-989-3474.