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  • Adored by the Network:
    • Blue's Clues was the poster boy for Nick Jr in the late 90s, early 2000s. Even when Dora the Explorer took away some of its limelight, Blue's Clues was still quite popular to the point where it received a prime-time documentary special in 2006. Blue's Clues, Dora and Little Bear were the only shows from that era to air on the Nick Jr. channel in the 2010s. In preschool show years, that's a lengthy lifespan. A sum of the target demographics parents probably watched Blue's Clues when they were their age. And in 2018, the long-standing adoration of the show culminated in the announcement of a reboot of the franchise.
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    • It's also adored by AFN Family, which has been airing the show nonstop since it made its' debut on what was then known as AFN Kids.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: The show had a lot of merchandise during its heyday and made a lot of money for Nick.
  • Children Voicing Children:
    • Perhaps the only animated program other than the Peanuts specials to play this trope completely straight. Every child character on the show is voiced by an actual child and for the most part by their respective gender.
    • Averted in the UK version, where all of the characters are voiced by ONE voice actress (Kara Tritton).
  • Crossdressing Voices: In the Season 6 finale episode Meet Blue's Baby Brother, the male puppies from Puppyville were voiced by females.
  • The Danza: Steve Burns as Steve (Joe's real name, however, was Donovan Patton).
  • Defictionalization:
    • Numerous physical Handy-Dandy notebooks, complete with thick, green crayons, were sold over the show's run.
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    • Alternatively, there have been a number of Etsy listings for [unlicensed] versions of the notebook.
    • Steve's outfit consisted of a green, striped rugby shirt; khaki pants, and brown shoes. So, if you ever have interest in cosplaying as Steve, all of the clothing items needed are not only easy to acquire, but affordable if bought together.
  • Dueling Shows: The format for Sesame Street segment Journey to Ernie is almost similar to that of this show.
  • Fan Nickname: Fans have dubbed the leitmotif that plays after all three clues are found "Race to the Thinking Chair". It's often associated with the version that plays when the host needs to skidoo back home.
  • Follow the Leader: Steve was such a popular character for speaking to the audience, that most Nick Jr. shows tried to have that lightning strike twice (or three times, four times, etc.). Most attempts either shot for the stars, or crashed and burned.
  • Franchise Killer: There were several moments that could've potentially caused the show's train to come to a screeching halt.
    • Steve Burns leaving was the first one. For some reason, some parents just didn't find Donovan Patton charismatic enough. Despite the initial backlash, the show managed to pull on for another two years with Patton as host.
    • The second, clearer one, was the Spin-Off into Blue's Room in 2004. The many changes made to the spinoff- specifically, the non-appearance of many of the cast from the main show and that Blue can now talk, aside from the change to puppetry, as well as the revamp of one aspect of the main shownote  barely gave the franchise any longer to live. Production of both shows ceased in 2006 and 2007, respectively. That being said, the show enjoys a comfortable shelf life as an offering on Amazon Prime / Instant Video and shows such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (created by Blue's Clues creator Angela Santomero) and Wallykazam! (created by Blue's Clues head writer / voice of Green Puppy, Adam Peltzman) likely wouldn't be nearly as successful if this show hadn't paved the way first. It also used to be the only late 1990s to early 2000s show to still air on the Nick Jr. channel, even nearly twenty years after it first aired, even if it was on a Friday Night Death Slot (4 AM Eastern) within the US and repeats have practically stopped on many international feeds (in particular, those that don't transmit to the Americas or the UK), although the DVDs are still being sold in many other markets. A reboot was finally announced on March 6, 2018, eleven years later.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Hispanic American children adored this show, to the point where MTV Tr3s would occasionally air it, usually on holidays when children are off from school.
    • When the UK Nick Jr. channel premiered, the localized version of Blue's Clues was the second-highest rated show (behind Magic Adventures of Mumfie). It continued to be popular in the UK as re-runs still aired, and it was one of the only shows left over from the network's original launch (the other two being Little Bill and Thomas & Friends).
  • In Memoriam: One episode about a neighborhood festival ended with short animated segment of a trolley to honor the late Fred Rogers.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • As of 2020, only five episodes of the South Korean version of the show (hosted by HyunShup Shin) have surfaced online, and the show is otherwise considered lost media.
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus' guest spot on the show in "Blue's Pajama Party" only aired once on said episode's premiere and was never released to home video.
  • Out of Order: In spades. For example, "Blue's Surprise at 2 O'Clock" aired after "Blue's Sad Day" on October 19, 1998.
  • Permanent Placeholder: Co-creator Traci Paige Johnson did Blue's barks during table reads under the assumption they would get a more professional voice actor down the line. However, everybody liked Johnson's take on Blue enough that they kept her as Blue's voice.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends:
    • Multiple false rumors exist as to why Steve Burns left the show. Burns himself stated that he left because he was losing his hair and wasn't comfortable with having a bunch of kids watch him gradually go bald on national television.
    • Steve is dead. It's gotten to the point where even he has discussed the rumor. Despite it being untrue, people keep on believing the hoax that he died years ago.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Most of the show aged well; however, the portions featuring random kids haven't. Their fashion sense tends to be very '90s.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Justin Long was offered the chance to replace Steve Burns as the host of the series. However, Long turned down the offer as he just secured a proper agent at the time and was interested in other projects.
    • The 1995 pilot was titled Blue's Prints. In it, Steve wore a red polo instead of his signature green shirt.
    • Blue was originally a kitten instead of a puppy. She was changed into a dog because Nick Jr. had already greenlit Allegra's Window, which featured a blue cat (Riff)note  and CatDog had already entered production on the main channel. It wasn't until several seasons in that they added a cat character (a male kitten named Periwinkle).
    • Mr. Salt was originally supposed to have a Brooklyn accent before a French accent was chosen.
  • The Wiki Rule: Yes, even Blue's Clues has a Wiki Page.


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