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I was first introduced to Bluey when my Mom’s now ex-boyfriend brought his family over to visit and his grand daughter wanted to watch the show on TV (she was a toddler). The episode we put on was about a dog named Jack who said he had trouble remembering things a lot. As I watched it, I couldn’t help but think that Jack sounded like a child with ADHD. This was surprising to me because I had never seen representation of ADHD in a kids’ show before. After the visit, I looked up the episode and sure enough that was the writers’ intention. Soon, I found myself watching Bluey for fun. I loved the simple storylines and the way it could appeal to parents and children. I loved the surprisingly deep messages and themes hidden beneath the antics of the Heeler family. Now, I occasionally watch it on Disney+ and I always wait for new episodes to be released. I know it’s kind of weird that I’m 20 years old and I unironically enjoy a preschool cartoon, but I think Bluey has a lot of heart and it’s very well made. It’s the kind of show to watch when I need cheering up and some good, innocent fun. Does anyone else like Bluey, too? Do you watch it with your kids or do you just watch it for your own enjoyment?

I was first introduced to Bluey when my Mom’s now ex-boyfriend brought his family over to visit and his grand daughter wanted to watch the show on TV (she was a toddler). The episode we put on was about a dog named Jack who said he had trouble remembering things a lot. As I watched it, I couldn’t help but think that Jack sounded like a child with ADHD. This was surprising to me because I had never seen representation of ADHD in a kids’ show before. After the visit, I looked up the episode and sure enough that was the writers’ intention. Soon, I found myself watching Bluey for fun. I loved the simple storylines and the way it could appeal to parents and children. I loved the surprisingly deep messages and themes hidden beneath the antics of the Heeler family. Now, I occasionally watch it on Disney+ and I always wait for new episodes to be released. I know it’s kind of weird that I’m 20 years old and I unironically enjoy a preschool cartoon, but I think Bluey has a lot of heart and it’s very well made. It’s the kind of show to watch when I need cheering up and some good, innocent fun. Does anyone else like Bluey, too? Do you watch it with your kids or do you just watch it for your own enjoyment?

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[–] GrimaceGravis 1 points Edited

I started watching it because I babysit my baby cousin a lot. I really love that show and I am an almost 30 year old without children. I really love the Hammerbarn episode only because of the subtle adult jokes in it!

I love Hammerbarn’s jokes — I just watched it the other day and I couldn’t stop laughing at the “she’s taking away my husband!” line.

I started watching Bluey last week and I'm mid-30s and childfree. It did take me a handful of episodes to get into it, I wasn't a fan of the Hospital episode, and Takeaway just reminded me of why I don't want kids, lol. I'm really digging season 2 right now, though.

I don't think it's that weird that adults like it, it seems more like a show for parents than for kids sometimes.

Lol I watch kid and family shows regularly and I’m in my 30’s with no kids. Sometimes I just want simple stories with minimal drama.

Nigel and I have watched a few episodes of Bluey, we also love Hilda on netfix.

Yes, it’s extremely popular here in Australia.

My baby girl loves it and we have a Bluey nappy bag for her. It’s light-hearted and very cute.

Woah, you live in Australia! I want to visit there someday. Honestly watching Bluey makes me want to go to Australia even more, I like that it shows a lot of Australian culture.

My kids love Bluey, and my husband and I do too! It’s such a sweet and, as silly as this word feels sometimes, “wholesome” show.

Yeah, it’s very wholesome and that’s why I like it a lot. Most shows aimed at adults are incredibly depressing a lot of the time. But Bluey is just a simple show that is adorable and manages to be funny without being upsetting.

My baby loves the theme song but isn't into the show yet, so my husband and I watch it when she's asleep lol. I appreciate the parent's dynamic in the show, and how they interact with their kids.

The way they portray the parents is great. They don’t portray them as perfect, but they show that they really care about their kids and want the best for them. They have fun with their kids without spoiling them.

Big Bluey fans here. When it started my oldest was at the right age for it to become a favourite, and now my youngest loves it too. There are several episodes which make me cry, and most are just great fun. I love how unapologetically Australian it is!

We love Jack and yea, as far as I know, he’s the first representation of adhd in a childrens show.

Yep, Jack is honestly one of my favorite characters. As someone with ADHD too it was great seeing that representation. That way, kids could see themselves in him and know they aren’t alone. And the way it was handled was very tasteful and respectful. They made it clear that Jack had a neurodevelopmental disorder without just reducing his whole identity to his disorder.

Yes! I also have adhd and we think my oldest does as well. We love bluey.

That’s awesome that families like your own can feel seen through the character of Jack in Bluey. I also found out they had an episode featuring a deaf character who uses sign language. I haven’t seen it yet because it’s not on Disney+ but I’ve heard they did a good job with that, too. I’m glad that there is a cartoon representing different types of children, and that it teaches kids that some people see the world and communicate with others differently.

Bluey is like classic Rugrats in that the storylines for the parents are often better than the ones for the kids.

I have a 2 year old who, sadly, doesn't dig Bluey all that much. But I enjoy it. The Baby Race episode always makes me cry. As does the episode where Chilli visits her father. And I love that Chilli & Bandit are 80s Babies. LOL

Yeah, it does remind me of Rugrats in a way. It’s the same kind of idea where the messages resonate with parents as well as kids.

I don't have kids and I love watching Bluey, but the Disney+ version often gets censored: https://censorship-history.fandom.com/wiki/Bluey

Yeah, sadly Disney+ does censor a lot. I particularly didn’t like the fact they cut out a conversation about a vasectomy in the US version. It was far too subtle for any kid to pick up on.

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