Everyone needs to watch the best kids’ TV show on Disney Plus

When my first son was 3, he watched Disney’s worst movie, Planes: Fire and Rescue, approximately four times a week.

To be clear, this is a conservative I estimated. An estimate designed to make me feel better. An estimate to make you think I’m less of a horrorshow parent than I really am. The real number? I don’t know. I do not want know.

In the parenting pull of “doing the right thing” and “cutting yourself a lone inch of slack,” screen time is one of many fronts.

Unfortunately, children have terrible taste in everything. And, given the opportunity, they tend to watch the same thing – over and over again – until every frame is stamped on their hippocampus. I know. I was here. I have suffered.

I’m here to rescue you from that burden. I’m here to talk about Bluey.

Bluey is an Australian children’s TV show about a family of anthropomorphic dogs that walk, talk and act like humans. It debuted on ABC (Australia’s BBC version) in 2018 and has slowly but surely started to take over the planet since then.

Bluey is the best children’s TV show I’ve ever watched and I’m obsessed with it.

Available to watch on Disney Plus in the US, Bluey is geared towards preschoolers, but I watch it regularly with my two kids, now ages 6 and 9.

I definitely I haven’t regularly watched episodes by myself on my lunch break when the kids are at school.

But if I he was regularly watching episodes of Bluey over lunch alone when the kids were at school, I would blame its singularly soothing aesthetic. I would talk about her commitment to quality in all facets of it. I’d tell you that the show regularly brings me to tears, with its relatable yet gritty insights into family life and its lessons on what it’s like to be a parent, or just part of a family, in the 21st century.

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Camping is my favorite episode, but there are so many classics!

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The show’s superficial explanations inevitably don’t do it justice. Bluey is a series about a family doing everyday familiar things, but it’s the execution that counts. An episode about playing on a trampoline with your kids becomes a silent reflection on how work inevitably invades the joy of parenthood. An episode about a baby’s first steps forces parents to face the dangers of becoming competitive with other parents. Bluey is so delicately balanced that classes rarely feel forced and come enriched with humor that transcends age barriers. Bluey is funny, no matter how old you are, and never in a way – shhhh – this is a grown-up joke, but in a accessible, democratic way that keeps everyone on board.

But some episodes hit a level you really don’t expect. One episode, titled Camping, explores the strange nostalgia of a friend on a short-term vacation. I was sobbing at the end. Any episode where kids dress up as “grannies” is hysterical and I defy any parent to watch Sleepytime with dry eyes.

Parents will find a role model in Bandit, perhaps the greatest father in television history. He’s creative, charming, and makes me challenge my own assumptions about what it means to be an effective parent. Bandit is the North Star and we all stand behind him.

Ultimately, Bluey is the rarest of shows. It speaks directly to the parents without alienating the children. It has lessons to learn, but it never patronizes or crosses the mark. It is perfectly balanced and infinitely re-watchable. There has never been a children’s show like Bluey, where nearly every episode is operating at the level of a high quality Pixar short. Watch immediately. You won’t regret it – for real life. Just don’t blame me if your kids start talking with an Australian accent.

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