A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see Bluey and her family spend time together, happily playing games, going on outings, and doing things around home. She has a big imagination that aids in their play. Her parents work hard to balance their jobs and their family life. The stories often involve strong messages about qualities like patience and sharing.
Positive Role Models
Bandit and Chilli devote their time to their kids while maintaining professional lives. Their rapport with Bluey and Bingo makes for an enviable family dynamic. Bluey is enthusiastic about everything, welcoming new experiences with a positive attitude.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bluey is an Australian preschool series about an anthropomorphic puppy with a big imagination and a joyous approach to life. All of the show's characters are dogs, with many different breeds represented in Bluey's family and acquaintances. Each episode shows Bluey and her sister engaged in creative, simple playtime with their parents or friends, often learning important social skills like taking turns and being patient. It's notable that Bluey's mom and dad are actively engaged with their kids, spending time doing things their daughters want to do when they're not working. This sweet series is sharply written and makes for a fun pick to watch along with kids.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet, family-centered series is almost as adorable as its titular character herself. Bluey's appetite for life is infectious, and she delights in the simple things: a day at the park with friends, an impromptu game with her dad while they wait in a restaurant, and indoor play born of a balloon and some imagination. The stories aren't elaborate, and in that way, they're on par with most viewers' daily experiences.
Not every episode leaves viewers with an obvious lesson, but the show's broader family-related themes and sweet character relationships are assuring in and of themselves. Bluey is a series that presents parental figures who are very much attuned to their kids and who aptly balance the demands of work and family. Even when they're not directly involved in their kids' play, their presence is known in the story and their influence is felt in how the youngsters interact and solve problems.
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