Blue's Clues

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Engaging fun for young ones (and parents, too!).

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 98 reviews

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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 & Representations

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.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 6, and 8-year-old Written byParentReviewer18 August 20, 2010
My 4 Year old loves this show! We Have a dvr and I Record this and many other shows she likes and we sit down, she eats a snack and we watch the show. I But I w... Continue reading
Adult Written byGmalovingfour November 4, 2020

It's annoying now

I love Blues Clues. I used to watch it with my own kids when they were young but these days it's very annoying. It teaches the same as before but Josh and... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAmazing ryder October 24, 2019

Childhood one of the only nick jr shows i like

Even though i hate nick jr Well done animation in additional live action nice intro it teaches kids healthy lessons it ran for 10 years like ed edd n eddy steve... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 23, 2020

What's the story?

In every episode of BLUE'S CLUES, the human host, Steve -- and later, his brother, 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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Blue is an imaginary friend or a real dog in Blue's Clues. 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?

  • How do the characters in Blue's Clues demonstrate curiosity, communication, and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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For kids who love interactivity and learning

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