Blue's Clues

Common Sense Media says

Engaging fun for young ones (and parents, too!).

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids are encouraged to learn through repetition and interactivity, as well as creative puzzle solving.

Positive messages

The show encourages interactivity, problem solving, and teamwork. It's always positive, and the characters relate well to their young viewers.

Positive role models

Joe, the show's human host, never condescends when speaking to his young friends. Blue is smart and loyal.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Lots of tie-in Blue merchandise out there.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this educational interactive show has a playful, energetic feeling and no content to worry about. The human host, Joe, interacts admirably with his friends on the show and at home, and Blue is a smart, loyal companion.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In every episode of BLUE'S CLUES, the human host, Joe, leads his young viewers through the show while encouraging them to help him find the clues that will solve the conundrum that beleaguers him. Blue, the loveable animated dog that helps Joe decipher the clues, is the picture of loyalty. She can \"skidoo\" into magical places and situations without distracting from the educational message.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Not only is Blue's Clues 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Blue is an imaginary friend or a real dog. Can imaginary friends be as much fun as Blue?

  • What kind of things would Blue say to Joe if she could talk all the time?

TV details

Cast:Donovan Patton, Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymannymateo10isback January 12, 2011
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the best education show ever!

best show since i was little but its always perfect for preschoolers and kindergarden only =)
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bydurven193 June 4, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

just seasons 3-6 seasons 5-6 joe

i love blues clues i liked it when i was just 2
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old February 16, 2011
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Cute, Funny, Awesome, Kind, Caring, ALL OF THE ABOVE!

I LOVE THIS SHOW! I STILL WATCH IT NOW!
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Great messages
Great role models

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