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Blue's Clues is an American live-action/animated educational preschool television series that premiered on Nickelodeon's 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.

Iranian censorship[]

In order to comply with Iranian broadcasting laws and better appeal to Islamic culture, various edits were made to a number of scenes and episodes in the Persian dub of the series.

General edits[]

  • Most of the show's songs and music sequences were cut out, possibly due to concern about whether music is considered acceptable or not in Islamic culture. This leads to some awkward jump cuts however, as a lot of these song sequences lead into other scenes.
    • There are a few exceptions however, most notably the We Are Looking for Blue's Clues and We Just Got a Letter songs, although both are only sung in certain episodes.
  • In addition to songs being cut, any instances where a musical instrument is shown on-screen have also been cut or censored. This is because Iran has a law preventing such instruments from being showcased on Iranian television.
  • Most instances of Steve giving a thumbs up to the viewer(s) were either cut out or censored, due to the gesture being considered offensive in the Middle East.
  • For unknown reasons, most episodes cut out the scenes in the Mail Time segments where Steve interacts with Mailbox before receiving a letter, and cut straight to the part where Steve opens the letter. It's not clear as to why these scenes were removed, as other episodes leave the Mail Time segments mostly intact aside from the songs.
  • The end credits have been replaced with reused footage from the show's intro.

Episode-specific edits[]

  • In the episode What Time is it For Blue?, a shot of Steve giving the viewer(s) a thumbs up was censored with a close-up of Side Table Drawer.
  • In the episode Mailbox's Birthday, the scene where Steve cleans up Blue's pawprint off the screen was cut for unknown reasons, and goes straight to him receiving the Handy Dandy Notebook from Side Table Drawer.
  • In the episode Adventures in Art, a scene where Steve is giving Blue a thumbs up for her painting was censored with a close-up of her face. The close-up seems to be taken from the episode What Does Blue Want to Make Out of Recycled Things?.
  • In the episode Blue Goes to the Beach, a scene where Blue is hiding from Steve in a laundry basket was cut entirely for unknown reasons.
    • The same episode's Mail Time segment was also removed entirely, due to the video letter containing footage of mixed-gender swimming, which goes against Iranian laws regarding gender segregation.
    • Also, at one point earlier in the episode, a scene where Steve gives the viewer(s) a thumbs up was censored with a close-up of Side Table Drawer, similar to what happened in What Time is it For Blue?
  • The entire Mail Time segments in Pretend Time and Blue Wants to Play a Song Game! were cut for unknown reasons. Weirdly enough, part of the Mail Time chorus is still audible in the background of the former episode.
  • In the episode A Snowy Day, a scene in which Steve and Blue are looking for matching snowflake patterns with Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper was cut entirely for unknown reasons.
  • The ending of the episode What Does Blue Want to Make Out of Recycled Things? was almost abruptly cut off, most likely due to the fact that Blue is seen playing a guitar made out of recycled materials, which goes against Iran's policy regarding musical instruments, even fake ones, being shown on television.
  • In the episode What Was Blue's Dream About?, the footage was stretched and cropped near the end in order to hide Steve's guitar, once again due to Iranian broadcasting laws.
    • The same episode's Mail Time segment was also cut entirely, due to the video letter showcasing a dream catcher, an object considered haram in Islamic culture.

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External links[]

  • Blue's Clues (episodes) at the Blue's Clues Wiki
  • Blue's Clues (episode list) at Nickipedia
  • Blue's Clues at Wikipedia
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