Emily Clark

TV Series Review

Bluey is a rambunctious 6-year-old Blue Heeler dog, who loves to play games and have adventures. With a little help from the “magic” of imagination, Bluey and her little sister, Bingo, climb mountains, escape dastardly crocodiles and turn into fierce lions.

Always willing to play along or help create a new game are Bluey and Bingo’s mum and dad. They keep their lively little girls in check, teaching them valuable lessons, such as the importance of sharing and using good manners.

Other than an occasional eyeroll or some mild toilet humor, Bluey is light and clean. The two sisters sometimes get into little tiffs over the rules of their made-up games, but they always apologize in the end and find a way to make the game fun for everyone. And they can inspire young viewers and their own mums and dads to play those same games, too.

Bluey makes me wish I was a kid again (or at least that I had some kiddos to play these games with). And though the show released before the coronavirus outbreak, it feels like a valuable tool for parents since the games that Bluey creates don’t require a lot of toys, people or even time to play. With just a little imagination, your littles can mimic the lovable dog, developing their mental, physical and emotional resilience in the process.

Episode Reviews

“Mum and Dads/Mount Mumandad/Asparagus”

Bluey’s friends, Indy and Rusty, learn that parents should, above all, love each other and take care of their children: Where or how they work isn’t as important. Later, Bluey and Bingo race up a pretend mountain, learning that teamwork makes the job much easier. Finally, Bluey is taught a valuable lesson about using good manners after her family pretends to turn into rude dinner guests.

Children raise their voices and roll their eyes while playing games when the rules aren’t following properly. Bluey turns Bingo and her mom into lions using a “magic” asparagus. They then attack their neighbor, scaring him and pretending to bite him. Someone cheats in a game. Bingo rudely interrupts Bluey. Bluey talks with her mouth full, and Bingo sticks her tongue out covered in food. Bingo wears underwear on her head like a hat. Someone mentions a stinky diaper. Bluey’s dad pretends to use the toilet on the rug like an untrained pet.

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Emily Clark
Emily Clark

Emily studied film and writing when she was in college. And when she isn’t being way too competitive while playing board games, she enjoys food, sleep, and indulging in her “nerdom,” which is the collective fan cultures of everything she loves, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

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