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Blue's Clues

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

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.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Lots of tie-in Blue merchandise out there.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 8, 1996
Cast:Donovan Patton, Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson
Genre:Kids' Animation
Character strengths:Communication, Curiosity, Teamwork
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymannymateo10isback January 12, 2011

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
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Teen, 13 years old Written bydurven193 June 4, 2010

just seasons 3-6 seasons 5-6 joe

i love blues clues i liked it when i was just 2
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Educational value
Great messages
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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 was very upset when they changed actors for the main guy at first it was Steve and then it was joe.I Think kids ages 0-5 will love this show!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models