If you have been anywhere near kids or the internet in recent months, then you have no doubt heard about a little blue dog named “Bluey.” Bluey is a cartoon about a family of dogs called the “Heelers.” The Heeler family includes 7-year-old Bluey, her 5-year-old sister, Bingo, their mum, Chilli, and their dad, Bandit. Now, it may sound silly, but this Australian cartoon has easily become one of my favorite shows. Not because of any thrilling plot or crazy budget. No. What makes this show so compelling to watch is its simplicity.
Recently I was sitting down with my family to watch tv, when my little brother suggested we watch a show we had never seen before called Bluey. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Bluey is a children’s show about a little blue dog (no, not Blue’s Clues). At first I thought the show would be a bit too juvenile for us to enjoy, but my whole family actually ended up really liking it. It got me thinking about how the writers were able to balance child and adult humor without necessarily crossing the line into risky territory, and I think that it set a standard that networks should be seeking to meet. Children’s show networks should seek to appeal to a better balance between children and parental viewers with their shows, because it takes both parent and child in order to accumulate an audience for children’s shows.