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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 documentary special at the end of its life. Blue's Clues, Dora, and Little Bear are 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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  • Approval of God: Steve Burns had a hand in the audition process for the reboot's new host.
    Steve: I had the great honor of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up! He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt.
  • 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 Blue's Room, Dictionary was voiced by a girl. Also in the Season 1 finale episode Meet Blue's Baby Brother, the male puppies from Puppyville were voiced by females.
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  • The Danza: Steve Burns as Steve. (Joe's real name, however, was Donovan Patton.) Similarly, Joshua Dela Cruz is Josh.
  • Dueling Shows: The reboot will be competing with another show on Nick Jr. with a similar concept: Ryan's Mystery Playdate, which also has the lead solve mysteries by using three given clues.
  • Follow the Leader: Steve was such a popular character for speaking to the audience, that most Nick Jr. shows tried to do so. Depending on some, it either works or it dumbs the information down to the kids.
  • Franchise Killer: There were several moments that could've potentially killed the show. Steve Burns leaving was the first one. For some reason, some parents just didn't find Donovan Patton Adorkable enough. However, the show managed to pull on for another 5 years with Patton as host. The second, clearer one, was the Spin-Off into Blue's Room in 2006. The many changes made to the spinoff- specifically, 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  gave the franchise one year to live before production of both shows ceased in 2007 and the franchise was left slowly pattering off into obscurity. That 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 is 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's 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 adore this show, to the point where MTV Tr3s will 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 is still popular in the UK today as re-runs still aired, and it's one of the only shows left over from the network's original launch (the other two being Little Bill and Thomas & Friends).
  • I Knew It!: Many people theorized that the Handy Dandy Notebook in Blue's Clues & You would be a tablet or a smartphone. The reason being that it was heavily implied in news articles, and it would justify its more rectangular size in the promos. That turned out to be exactly the case.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Very little footage of the South Korean version of the show (hosted by Hyun Shup Shin) has surfaced online, with only a handful of screenshots and a brief bumper for the series currently being available. A clip of the Korean version was shown in the 10th anniversary special Behind the Clues: 10 Years with Blue.
  • 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.
    • It's commonly spread that Blue is female and Magenta is male, and that was intentionally done to invert gender roles. That's incorrect. They're both female.
    • Steve is dead. It's gotten to the point where he 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:
    • The 1995 pilot was titled Blue 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) 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).
  • The Wiki Rule: Yes, even Blue's Clues has a Wiki Page.


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