is an American live-action children's television series
that premiered on Nickelodeon
as part of its Nick Jr. block on September 8, 1996. Producers/creators 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. The show was originally hosted by Steve Burns
, who left in 2002 and was replaced by Donovan Patton
as Joe for the rest of the series. The show follows an animated blue-spotted dog named Blue as she leaves a trail of clues/paw prints for the host and the viewers to figure out her plans for the day. Blue's Clues
became the highest-rated show for preschoolers on American commercial television and was critical to Nickelodeon
's growth. A spin-off
called Blue's Room
premiered in 2004. A revival of the series titled Blue's Clues & You!
premiered in November 2019.
The show's producers and creators presented material in a 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. and 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 in the United States and resembles 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 is familiar to American children but has 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. (Full article...