Blue's Clues is an American children's television show premiered on Nick Jr, September 8, 1996, although production of new episodes stopped by 2006. Reruns have been airing on AFN Family since 1996. Versions of the show have been produced in other countries, most notably in the United Kingdom.
It was created by a "green team" of producers, Todd Kessler, Angela C. Santemo and Traci Paige Johnson, who used concepts learned from child development and early-childhood education research to create a television show that would capture preschool attention and help them learn. They used the narrative format in their presentation of material, as opposed to the more traditional magazine format, and structured every episode the same way.
The result, Blue's Clues, has been called "one of the most successful, critically-acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television shows of all time".Author Malcolm Gladwell called the show "perhaps the 'stickiest'—meaning the most irresistible and involving—television show ever". Its innovative use of research, technology, and interactive content has influenced its genre since its debut, including the "gold standard of preschool TV programs" that inspired it, Sesame Street. It became the highest-rated show for preschoolers on commercial television, and received nine Emmy awards. Its efficacy in teaching preschoolers using the medium of television has been documented in research studies.
In March 2018, Nickelodeon announced a reboot of the show, eventually titled Blue's Clues & You. It will be hosted by Joshua Dela Cruz, include improvements to the show's original designs and aesthetics, and a complete switch to 3D CGI animation. It will premiere in November 2019.
- Sidetable Drawer
- Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper
- Paprika and Cinnamon
- Shovel and Pail
- Tickety Tock
- Slippery Soap
- → Main article: Blue's Clues & You!
- A pink snail appears in each episode three times as an extra challenge for older kids.
- The '12' mark on Tickety's clock face is usually replaced by a symbol that relates to the episode's topic.
- In The Fairly OddParents' television film Channel Chasers, Timmy Turner runs into a parody of Blue's Clues called "Clint's Hints".