Blue's Clues is an American children's television show that premiered on September 8, 1996 on the cable television network Nickelodeon, and ran for ten years, until August 6, 2006. Producers Angela Santomero, Todd Kessler and Traci Paige Johnson combined concepts from child development and early-childhood education with innovative animation and production techniques that helped their viewers learn. It was hosted originally by Steve Burns, who left in 2002 to pursue a music career, and later by Donovan Patton. Burns was a crucial reason for the show's success, and rumors that surrounded his departure were an indication of the show's emergence as a cultural phenomenon. Blue's Clues became the highest-rated show for preschoolers on American commercial television and was crucial to Nickelodeon's growth. It has been called "one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time". A spin-off called Blue's Room premiered in 2004. The show's producers and creators presented material in narrative format instead of the more traditional magazine format, used repetition to reinforce its curriculum, and structured every episode the same way. They used research about child development and young children's viewing habits that had been conducted in the thirty years since the debut of Sesame Street in the U.S. They revolutionized the genre by inviting their viewers' involvement. Research was part of the creative and decision-making process in the production of the show, and was integrated into all aspects and stages of the creative process. Blue's Clues was the first cutout animation series for preschoolers, and resembled a storybook in its use of primary colors and its simple construction paper shapes of familiar objects with varied colors and textures. Its home-based setting was familiar to American children, but had a look unlike other children's TV shows. A live production of Blue's Clues, which used many of the production innovations developed by the show's creators, toured the U.S. starting in 1999. As of 2002, over 2 million people had attended over 1,000 performances.
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Season 1Rent or Buy
S01 E01Sep 8, 1996
Snack Time Sep 8, 1996 It's our first day visiting the Blue's Clues house and right away we're welcomed in to join in a snack. Although ""snacking"" is the theme of the episode, there's much more to learn about than that. We help out Blue with a painting, show her the colors she needs. We identify foods by shape and later we find about ""Blue Skiddoo"" and visit a farm, where we help some baby chicks in hats to find their friends.
S01 E02Sep 16, 1996
What Time Is It for Blue? Sep 16, 1996 In this episode, we're concerned with what time it is and while we try to figure it out, we help our friends and have some fun along the way. We help out Tickety Tock after disturbing her and causing her to lose her numbers and bells. We do some cleaning by picking up some clothes and stuffed animals and putting them in Steve's closet. We also skidoo into a jungle and have some fun finding animals by imitating their sounds.
S01 E03Sep 23, 1996
Mailbox's Birthday Sep 23, 1996 For Mailbox's birthday, there's a special celebration and we're invited to help out. We help decorate the cake for the party by observing patterns. We also skiddoo along with Steve and Blue into a present store. There, we find the perfect present for Mailbox and then help Blue and Steve to find it when it gets lost among a bunch of other presents.
S01 E04Sep 30, 1996
Blue's Story Time Sep 30, 1996 It's story time at the Blue's Clues house and in this episode, we get to hear some classic stories and also use our knowledge to help fix problems with some classic stories. Shovel, Pail and Blue act out ""Jack and Jill"" and we fill in important parts of the story - for example, they went up a hill, not a mountain. Later, Blue finds a photo album and we help to arrange some pictures of her and her preschool friend, Magenta, to tell a story. We also visit the home of the Three Bears and use logic to make sure each one gets the right bowl of porridge and cup of milk.
S01 E05Oct 7, 1996
What Does Blue Need? Oct 7, 1996 Needs are the order of the day. After taking care of some gardening needs, we help Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, who need to know which fruits to wash for their fruit salad. Later, we help out with Steve's need to have his clothes clean and in order when Blue gets into them and they get messed up. Then we skiddoo into a picture of a beach where we help Starfish who needs to get to the ocean to get cleaned off.
S01 E06Oct 14, 1996
Blue's Favorite Song Oct 14, 1996 It's Song Time at the Blue's Clues house. Steve suggests singing ""She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain,"" but Blue doesn't want to sing that. We have fun learning interesting things about music in this episode and helping our friends with music-related things. When the sounds of some instruments get switched, we help to change them back. We help Steve to learn a brand new song. We also skidoo into a farm, where we help some chicks choose the right lyrics and tune for the song ""Row, Row, Row Your Boat.""
S01 E07Nov 25, 1996
Adventures in Art Nov 25, 1996 Today we're exploring art in many forms. Steve and Blue enjoy painting and Steve has painted a picture of Blue and Blue's painted a nice outdoor scene. Later, we help her out with painting her wagon when she find that she doesn't have the colors that she wants. We help her out by showing that mixing two colors can make a new color. We also help out a color of felt friends to use shapes to make a sailboat. Later, we skiddoo into a picture of an art museum, where we learn that pictures can tell a story. Unfortunately, the story that the pictures represent isn't in the right order, so we use logic to get all the pictures back in the right place.
Season 2Rent or Buy
S02 E01Nov 3, 1997
Steve Gets the Sniffles Nov 3, 1997 Steve isn't feeling well. He has the sniffles and so we try to help him out while learning about healthy things in the process. While in the kitchen, we categorize healthy snacks with Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, then Steve gets a quick check-up with Shovel and Pail. We also skiddoo into a book, where we meet a girl named Jill who wants us to try to figure out what happens in her story when she goes out to play in the rain.
S02 E02Nov 10, 1997
What Does Blue Want to Build? Nov 10, 1997 Steve and Blue have been building things and so in this episode we explore construction and measurement. We find some popsicle sticks assembling themselves in various shapes and try to figure out what they're creating. We help out Shovel and Pail - first to measure their sand castles and see which is taller and then to even them up. Later, in the Blue Skiddoo segment, we help a friend named Tink who was flung out of her contraption world to get back to where she belongs.
S02 E03Dec 8, 1997
Blue's Senses Dec 8, 1997 In this episode, we explore our senses, from hearing to touch and more. A hunt for a missing wind-up toy under Steve's bed gets us learning about all sorts of sensations, from something prickly, to something very soft. We test a number of senses when trying to find things while playing ""Lights On, Lights Off."" We also skidoo into a computer game where ""sound notes"" provide us with sounds and we figure out what makes those sounds.
S02 E04Dec 15, 1997
What Experiment Does Blue Want to Try? Dec 15, 1997 Steve and Blue have been doing experiments to see what things sink and float. We find Shovel and Pail and help them out with their experiments with nature. We take a look at things through a magnifying glass and try to guess what they are. In the Blue Skiddoo segment, we meet up with the Sun and learn all about the different planets in our solar system.
S02 E05Feb 9, 1998
Math! Feb 9, 1998 It's clean-up time and as we help Steve and Blue to find things to clean up, Steve gets the idea that we could turn the trash into something else. He draws a recycling logo on the screen and in this episode, we learn all about recycling. We help Steve when he encounters a group of recycling bins to figure out what things go in which bin. We help Tickety to make something neat out of her old stuff. Later, we skidoo into Recycle Town where we help the mayor to find ways to recycle all sorts of things, since nothing in Recycle Town is ever thrown away, it's all recycled.
S02 E06Mar 30, 1998
Blue's ABCs Mar 30, 1998 In this episode, we explore the dreams of the various characters. We also learn that if you try hard enough, sometimes you can change your dream. That way, if you're scared by something, you can make it go away. Additionally, we find out that if you try hard enough, sometimes dreams can come true.
S02 E07May 15, 1998
What Does Blue Want to Make Out of Recycled Things? May 15, 1998 This episode is all about books, words and letters. Steve himself has A Really Great Book, although we never do get to find out the contents of it. To fit with the theme, various objects are labeled such as the Thinking Chair and even Steve himself. By reading off a grocery list, we help Mr. Salt and Mr. Pepper to due their grocery shopping in order to feed a hungry Paprika. Later, we skiddoo into a storybook and determine the correct order of words to make complete sentences through visual and contextual clues.