As any parent can attest, finding a TV show that the whole family can enjoy can be a challenge. But every now and then, a show comes along that not only entertains both kids and adults, but also provides valuable lessons and insights into family life.
One such show is Bluey, the beloved Australian animated series that has taken the world by storm. If you’re still watching Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol then you’re lagging behind the times duuuude!
In case you haven’t yet had the pleasure of watching Bluey, the show follows the adventures of a lovable blue heeler puppy named Bluey and her family, including her mum (Chilli), dad (Bandit), and younger sister Bingo. Each episode features relatable and humorous scenarios that are both fun and educational, touching on themes such as imaginative play, sibling relationships, friendship, and more.
We are a die-hard Bluey household and I’m not ashamed to say that the wife and I end up watching it even when the kids aren’t around.
So what makes Bluey the ultimate family show? Let’s take a closer look.
First and foremost, Bluey is hilarious. The show’s creators have a keen sense of humour that appeals to both kids and adults, with witty jokes and clever references that will have the whole family laughing out loud. Written by Ludo and commissioned by ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corp) and the BBC.
Episodes are written with both parents and children in mind, with the hidden subtext in each episode that is subtle enough that goes over most kids heads.
But beyond the laughs, Bluey also has heart. Each episode has a meaningful message that is delivered in a fun and engaging way, making it easy for kids to understand and apply to their own lives.
One of the standout features of Bluey is the show’s emphasis on play. Bluey and her family are constantly coming up with imaginative games and scenarios, from turning a simple game of “keepy-uppy” with a balloon into an epic adventure, to pretending to be superheroes and saving the day. These playful moments not only inspire kids to use their own imaginations, but also provide a valuable reminder for parents to let loose and have fun with their kids.
I frequently find myself playing “keepy-uppy” (or if you’re feeling adventurous and “keepy-downy” – just add helium!) with the kids, as well as a bunch of other games. It’s almost at the point now where most games the family and I play are inspired in some way by the Bluey universe.
Another reason why I think Bluey is a parenting lifesaver is its realistic portrayal of family dynamics. The show doesn’t shy away from the messiness and challenges of family life, but instead embraces them with humour and warmth. Whether it’s dealing with a fussy eater, navigating sibling rivalry, or learning to share, Bluey offers valuable insights and tips for parents on how to handle these common parenting struggles in a way that doesn’t come across as preachy or condescending.
Bandit and Chilli are entirely relatable as parents and I’ve always tried to use a gentle-approach to parenting. The show gives parents ideas on how to broach difficult subjects and deal with distraction techniques and diffuse difficult situations.
The show celebrates the importance of family time. Bluey and her family spend a lot of time together, whether they’re going on adventures, playing games, or just hanging out at home. This emphasis on quality family time is a valuable reminder for busy parents to prioritise spending time with their children while they’re still young.
My older children still enjoy watching Bluey with us and we revel in watching new episodes together, but there’s a small twinge of sadness when they realise they can’t play some of the younger games anymore as I just can’t throw them around as easily as their smaller siblings.
So why do I love Bluey so much?
Bluey features a diverse cast of characters. The show includes characters from different backgrounds and cultures, promoting inclusivity and diversity for young viewers.
Bluey encourages creativity and imagination. The show’s focus on imaginative play inspires children to use their imaginations and come up with their own games and adventures.
Bluey addresses important life lessons in a child-friendly way. From learning to lose gracefully to dealing with disappointment, the show covers important topics in a way that is accessible and relatable for young viewers.
Bluey is fun for the whole family. With its catchy theme song, witty writing, and lovable characters, Bluey is a show that parents can enjoy watching with their children. It’s no wonder that it has become a favourite for families around the world.
Finally, Bluey is a show that parents can feel good about letting their kids watch. The show is wholesome and positive, with no violence or crude humour (excusing the occasional fart or joke relating to poo, although if you’re particularly upset by these subjects then Disney+ has censored these episodes because Brits and Aussies are too crude!).
It promotes important values such as kindness, empathy, and creativity. Plus, the Australian setting and accents give the show a unique and refreshing flavour that sets it apart from other kids’ shows.
Once you’ve really started down the Bluey rabbit-hole you’ll start to look for easter eggs in each episode.
Did you know that there’s a hiding long-dog in every episode as well as tennis balls hidden around the place?
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a TV show that the whole family can enjoy, look no further than Bluey. With its mix of humour, heart, and valuable life lessons, it’s the ultimate family show and a parenting lifesaver. So grab some popcorn and settle in for some blue-tinted fun with the lovable Bluey and her family.
You can watch Bluey in the UK on BBC iPlayer or Disney+ with new episodes coming a few months after being screened in Australia.
For those interested in further reading or getting regular updates on Bluey, I highly recommend the Bluey Subreddit, @OfficialBlueyTV or for those in the know “Indys Mums Stashbox” (Adults Only) on Facebook.