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YMMV / Blue's Clues

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  • 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:
  • Awesome Music:
    • The show's theme tune.
    • The "Glasses" song from "Magenta Gets Glasses."
    • 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.
    • Perhaps most awesome of all, every episode uses a different variation of the closing credits music, often matching the theme of the episode in some way 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?
    • Was Blue's Room a good idea or not?
  • Common Knowledge: 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.
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  • Crossover Ship: There's some Ceri X Blue (Bleri) fans out there, due to both being smart problem-solving female dogs.
  • 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.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Blue's Clues and Llan-ar-goll-en fans seem to overlap, thanks to both shows being about a live-action man and his animated female dog solving mysteries.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: "Blue's Big Musical" has a subplot where Steve is determined to find a clue and, after a song, he is able to find it by himself. In Blue's Clues & You!, Steve is now a detective meaning he is capable of finding clues on his own, we hope.
  • 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?
    • In "Bluestock", They Might Be Giants guest appeared in the show. Less than two years later, former host Steve Burns did a Cover Up of their song "Dead".
    • A purple kangaroo is a minor character in this show. A purple kangaroo would become a major character in another Nick Jr. show.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Even though the other elements of the show are well received enough, a lot of fans admit that Steve was the best thing about the show and tuned into it just for him alone.
  • 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. The credits for "What's That Sound?" can count as well, due to the only audio playing being wind and chimes, giving it a sort of eerie feeling. The Nick Jr. Productions logo (or Nickelodeon if you're watching on home video) on a black background it would cut to didn't help.
    • There is also the rooster crow (a stock sound effect from the General Series 6000 library, released in 1992) in "Morning Music" as the camera zooms in on the door, which Joe opens soon after.
  • 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 Donovan Patton landed the role was because he did not do this. After all, the character was supposed be Steve's little brother, not Steve himself.
  • 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 that is considered to what brought so much life and charm to the show, 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).
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: With a lot of preschool shows today (notably Dora the Explorer and the like) using Fake Interactivity to try to teach children lessons, Blues Clues doesn't seem like anything too original. But back in the 1990s, there was hardly anything like it with the way Steve (and later Joe) would interact with the audience.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Steve's farewell from the show as he hops on a bus for college.
    • Steve finding his first clue in Blue's Big Musical.
  • Star-Making Role: This was Angela Santemaro's first big hit. Since then, she's created such successful shows as Super Why! and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The "Up a Mountain and Over a Bridge" song has often been compared to a certain recurring music cue on Arthur, which premiered the same year as Blue's Clues did, no less!
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: It was actually quite tastefully done for the most part until Blue's Room was created, when the sugar levels cranked up.
  • 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 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.
    • There's something deep and touching about the way everybody understood what Blue wanted to say despite her barking being difficult to understand, and giving her the ability to talk lowered all of that to the mundane, if only in "Blue's Room".
  • Tough Act to Follow: The case of Joe compared to Steve is pretty self-explanatory, since Joe didn't quite have the same kind of charm Steve had.
  • 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. Although the fact that the kids start every episode by shouting, "There she is!" helps.
    • Shovel is not easily distinguished as being male. Same goes for Pail, who is not easily distinguished as being female.
    • 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, head writer 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. However, in the US version, he's a boy.
    • 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.
  • Vindicated by History: Donovan Patton’s stint on Blues Clues was widely criticized by the older audiences when he was introduced to the show in 2002, mostly due to bias from said older audiences, and changes to aspects of the show that was not his fault. However, kids who grew up watching Patton’s stint as Joe have no such bias, and as people start realizing that the many changes made to the show was not Patton’s fault at all, they started to warm up to Joe. As of 2019, the reception of Joe is now largely positive.
  • 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.
    • Also Steve in the movie. He's always the last one to know where the clues are, as his goal in the movie is to find one of the clues before the viewers do. Despite him being determined to find them first, he ends up being the last one to find them like he usually does. With him not being able to find the last one and knowing that Blue and the others are depending on him to find it before the music show starts, he eventually begins to suffer from a Despair Event Horizon over his failure to find the clues. Even though he does come through, it's still one of the few moments where we see a usually happy-go-lucky Steve become sad and despondent that's pretty much one of the series' most tearjerker moments.


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