YMMV / Blue's Clues

  • Accidental Innuendo: We never find out what the book Steve reads in one episode (the book is called "A Really Great Book"), and he's very into it...what is that book about!?
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Feast your eyes.
    • Steve - cheerful inhabitant of a colorful house full of talking objects, or friendless schizophrenic whose loneliness has led him to populate his home with chattering hallucinations?
  • Awesome Music:
    • You best believe it. And even if you don't much care for music aimed at the six-and-under set, you've got to admit that the show's full of Earworms. The show's theme tune is a good example, and the "Glasses" song from "Magenta Gets Glasses." There was also the "Puppyville" song in Meet Blue's Baby Brother. "Look at all these puppies, this must be Puppyville!"
    • Every song from Blue's Big Musical. Especially I Can Be Anything That I Wanna Be.
    • The 100th episode includes delightful instrumentals of several the show's best songs.
    • Awesomely, every episode uses a different variation of the closing credits music, often matching in some way the theme of the episode when possible.
  • Broken Base:
    • Steve Era or Joe Era?
    • Classic Era or Blue's Room Era?
      • Early Joe Era or Blue's Room Joe Era?
    • Is Joe a good replacement for Steve or not?
    • Was giving Blue a baby brother a good idea or not?
    • Should the reboot have stuck to 2D Flash animation or was the switch to 3D CGI called for?
  • Follow the Leader: Steve was such a popular character for speaking to the audience, that most Nick shows tried to do so. Depending on some, it either works or it dumbs the information down to the kids.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why a sock in a bakery? Well, it was the third clue. So maybe Blue left it there herself.
  • Fridge Horror: In a later episode about patience, Joe helps Periwinkle — the neighbor cat — be patient while waiting for a bird's egg to hatch.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point in "Blue's News," Steve and Blue jump into a chalkboard, whereupon Steve grabs a piece of chalk and starts drawing. Steve invented Chalkzone.
    • Also, the fact that Blue and Steve can "skidoo" into the paintings by jumping into them. Sound familiar?
  • Les Yay: A lot of adult watchers think of Magenta as Blue's girlfriend. Of course, it didn't help that a good amount of people thought that Blue was a boy.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The noise that plays when a clue is found.
    • "Let's put this into our Handy-Dandy..." (Audible Gleam) "...Notebook!" Ding!
    • The music when heading to the Thinking Chair after finding the third clue. Especially if the last clue was in a location they skidooed to, since it includes an epic remix of the "Blue Skidoo, We Can Too" jingle.
  • Nightmare Fuel: A very minor one, but the ending for every episode when the "Blue's Clues" book closes after the credits can be slightly chilling to some, especially in some episodes like "A Snowy Day" or "What Does Blue Want to Make?", when it stays onscreen for several extra seconds. It can also depend on the type of ending theme used for certain episodes.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The series had several CD-ROM games published by Humongous Entertainment, many of which are considered to be genuinely enjoyable.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • The show was surprisingly popular even with older kids and parents—possibly due to a combination of Parental Bonus and the fact that Steve's jokes, while simple enough for kids to understand, weren't so painfully lame as to be unfunny to everyone else.
    • In fact, most college students will outright admit to watching it, or that was at least true when the show was still regularly airing new episodes, and particularly when Steve was still on.
    • During the show's heyday, Nickelodeon did produce some merchandise specifically targeted at older fans. Mostly apparel in adult sizes, with some more "adult" designs, such as minimalist pawprint logos.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Many fans of the show do NOT like Joe. Why? Because he isn't Steve. To be fair, though, he does just as good a job as Steve, he's just a little more enthusiastic about it. It didn't help that the show underwent some major retooling not long after he was cast. Naturally, the actor took the brunt of the backlash despite having nothing to do with, say, live-action puppet sequences.
    • Many of the actors who auditioned for the role tried to copy Steve's style, which was never going to work. A good part of the reason Patton landed the role was because he did not do this. After all, the character was supposed be Steve's little brother, not Steve.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Whenever Blue starts up a game of Blue's Clues, if you listen carefully as she proceeds to plant a pawprint on the screen, she is actually saying (or rather, barking) what the answer is.
    • The episode where Paprika is born has a lot of this. When Steve and Blue find Mr. Salt (who is the first clue), he's pacing while muttering some spice names to himself, as if he's trying to decide on one. Later on, they find that the second clue is Mrs. Pepper, but instead of her being there in person, the clue was on a picture of her. Of course she wouldn't be there; she was busy giving birth!
  • Sacred Cow: Steve. No really, Steve is pretty much beloved on the internet and his time as the show's host due to his dorky, goofy, and genuine curiosity, with many people going around for Steve Burns and what he does now (which is live a modest calm life, with an occasional slide into music).
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: It was actually quite tastefully done for the most part until Blue's Room was created, which played this trope relatively straight.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Though not nearly as discussed as the change from Steve to Joe or to Blue's Room, there was another change that really steamed many long time viewers. Beginning around the middle of the Season 5, specifically in "Blue's Neighborhood Festival," the clues were no longer drawn in the Handy-Dandy Notebook by Joe but instead simply appeared to draw themselves, talked and then sang a little song. Long-timers who stuck around to watch the "Meet Blue's Baby Brother" anniversary special were thrilled that in it, at least, they were actually drawn by Joe and remained silent.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Most of the confusion stems from the lack of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics on Blue; she lacks eye lashes or a slim build as one might expect. She never speaks, just barks, and the pitch is deep enough that it can't be distinguished as explicitly feminine, unlike most cartoon dogs. Also, she is colored (and named) blue, often thought of as a boy's color by many children and parents alike.
    • It doesn't help that in one episode, Steve refers to Green Puppy (another girl character, and a friend from Blue's school, but voiced by a male voice actor, Adam Peltzman, show headwriter in later seasons) in pronouns twice: once with a male pronoun, and again with a female one. And this was the only indication of Green Puppy's gender for a while.
    • Anyone else think Periwinkle was a girl when they were a kid? This is true for the UK dub in which Periwinkle actually is a girl.
    • Magenta is often mistaken for a boy from people who think the show is inverting gender roles. She's just as female as Blue and Green Puppy.
    • Shovel is not easily distinguished as being male.
  • The Woobie: Poor Sidetable Drawer in Blue's Big Musical Movie. She wants to sing in the musical Steve and the others are putting on, but she's too shy to actually ask. Luckily, not only does she eventually work up the courage, but the movie's sequence of clues point to Blue wanting her to fill in for Tickety Tock, who lost her voice shortly prior, as lead singer in her act.


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