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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S07 E01Jul 27, 2006
Behind the Clues: 10 Years with Blue From the people who bring you VH1's "Behind the Music" this retrospective looks back on ten years of Blue's Clues. The program details the show's secrets to success, the creation of Blue and more. It also features backstage info on Steve (Steven Burns) and Joe (Donovan Patton) and commentary from various celebrities and experts. Viewers receive a look at the early creation of the show, which initially featured a cat known as Mr. Orange. The program also tackles the exit of Steve, along with the various rumors surrounding his departure.
S07 E02Aug 6, 2006
Meet Blue's Baby Brother Viewers are invited to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Blue's Clues as Blue becomes a big sister when she searches for her baby brother. For the first time ever, the characters of Blue's Room are together with many of the characters from the original Blue's Clues. As they gather together for a family party, Blue has a big announcement. She has a baby brother, but she isn't sure who he is. She and Joe skidoo off to Puppyville to find him. There, they learn while there are many puppies there who could be Blue's brother, they'll have to play a special game of Gold Clues (which also includes a golden Notebook and golden Thinking Chair) to find out just who Blue's brother is. As they being their search through the many areas of Puppyville, they meet a small, white puppy named Sprinkles. Sprinkles is young and still has a lot of things to learn --- such as the alphabet and his colors. He finds that each time he learns something new, with our help, he gains a new set of colorful spots.
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S06 E01Feb 8, 2004
The Legend of the Blue Puppy On a night with a blue moon filling the sky, a moon fairy named Moona appears outside the Blue's Clues house and tells Blue a story about her birth under a blue moon, with a key that will unlock her greatest gift. We follow Moona to find this key and once we have it, a great hunt all over the Blue's Clues house begins to find the lock that it fits. Once that's found, the key unlocks ""Blue's Room,"" a special playroom where she is transformed into a puppet. Here, Blue can meet lots of new friends, but the most important thing about it is that she can talk. We take part in games such as ""Boogie Woogie"" (a freeze-dance style game) and ""Dress-Up"" and then a clock chimes and Blue returns to Joe, who is excited to hear about her greatest gift.
S06 E02Feb 16, 2004
Love Day Joe receives a mysterious ""Love Day"" card from a secret admirer and wonders who it could be. The characters explore the meaning of love and learn some important things: such as that someone can love more than one person and that you can get mad at someone and still love them. The Blue Skidoo segment features a story that emphasizes the value of true love. In ""Blue's Room,"" Blue talks with Cinderella (special guest star Mary Stuart Masterson) and gets the answers to some unresolved questions, such as whether or not Cinderella married her prince.
S06 E03Feb 16, 2004
Blue's Wishes Blue and Joe are visited by a magical fairy called ""Wish"" who for a day will grant them any wish they like. They make some fun wishes, getting small to ride a train, making clues appear and helping out friends in the process. We help to make Pail, Tickety and Mr. Salt's wishes come true, paying a visit to a fairy-tale castle in the process. Later, Blue visits her special playroom. There, Fred is engaging in her favorite pastime: pretending for it to be her birthday. Today, she wishes for it to be her birthday and we, Moona, Blue and a mixing bowl help to make the wish come true.
S06 E04Feb 23, 2004
Joe's Clues In this episode, Joe has something very special for us. He's created his version of Blue's Clues known as ""Joe's Clues,"" in which he leaves orange handprints on the clues and he wants us and Blue to play along. We have fun searching for Joe's Clues, solving riddles and turning many of the program's customs upside-down along the way. Later, in ""Blue's Room,"" we play Polka Dot's Puzzles with Polka Dots.
S06 E05Mar 15, 2004
Skidoo Adventure Joe, Blue and the rest of the Blue's Clues charaters have been working on a project called Wacky Wild World. It's a craft complete with all sorts of worlds, from a clay desert to a world filled with soap bubbles. Blue skidoos into the project and we're on a grand adventure. After a stiff wind blows away the picture of home we need to return to the Blue's Clues house, we end up on a treasure hunt, searching for magic letters that will help us form a magic word that we can use to get the picture back.
S06 E06Mar 22, 2004
Playdates This episode features ""playdates,"" special time playing with some of the characters in the Blue's Clues house. We blow on the ""Wheel of Playdates,"" having fun Joe, Blue, Mailbox and Periwinkle (but not necessarily in that order!) In a special skidoo segment, Joe performs a musical number about our friendship with him. Later, viewers play pretend with Blue and her playroom friends in ""Blue's Room.""
S06 E07Apr 5, 2004
The Fairy Tale Ball When Blue and Joe receive an invitation to the fabulous Fairy Tale Ball, we skidoo right along with them into Fairy Tale Land. There, we meet up with and help many well-known fairy tale characters such as Cinderella and Jack. We get everyone on their way and then check out the ball. Later, in ""Blue's Room,"" we pretend that we're putting on our own Fairy Tale Ball and sing a number of songs.
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