A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids are encouraged to learn through repetition and interactivity, as well as creative puzzle solving.
The show encourages interactivity, problem solving, and teamwork. It's always positive, and the characters relate well to their young viewers.
Positive Role Models
Steve and Joe, the show's human hosts, never condescend when speaking to his young friends. Blue is smart and loyal. Characters demonstrate curiosity, communication, and teamwork.
Products & Purchases
Lots of tie-in Blue merchandise out there.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blue's Clues is an educational interactive show with a playful, energetic feeling and no content to worry about. The human host, Steve -- and later, Joe -- interacts admirably with his friends on the show and at home, and Blue is a smart, loyal companion.
Is It Any Good?
Not only is this show colorful and fun, but it allows young viewers to interact in the problem-solving challenges. Some puzzles may require sounding out words. Others may involve numbers, shapes, or even geography and physiology. The plots are generally good quality, and are always interactive without being bothersome. In other words, though Blue's Clues is suitable for the youngest viewers, it does not lie flat -- there is some complexity to the lessons at hand.
On top of it all, the sets are very creatively fashioned, often appearing to be collage or multi-media in nature. The background soundtrack plays a gentle jazz that doesn't condescend to the viewer, and Joe sometimes gestures in American Sign Language to match what he is saying. The discerning eye will discover many such details. In fact, Blue's Clues does a very fine job of treating its young viewers as the multifaceted individuals that they are.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.