‘Bluey’ Causes Crying Children: Is the Viral TV Show Too Depressing?

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Bluey is a heartwarming Australian children’s animated television series that has captured the hearts of kids and parents alike. Created by Joe Brumm, the show follows the adventures of a lovable Blue Heeler puppy named Bluey, along with her family. Through its delightful and relatable storytelling, the show explores various aspects of family life, showcasing the loving dynamics within the Heeler family.

In the past few years, Bluey has gained widespread popularity and critical acclaim, not only in Australia but also internationally here in the United States, on Disney+. Its cleverness lies in how it seamlessly weaves humor, emotion, and life lessons into each storyline. This year, the show has been so successful that it is out-streaming nearly all of its competitors on a regular basis. However, not all parents love the show. In fact, some blame the show for causing serious distress to their young children.

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Is ‘Bluey’ Still for Children?

While Bluey‘s emotional moments may resonate deeply with some viewers, particularly adults who appreciate its nuanced portrayal of family life, it can also be overwhelming for some children. The show’s ability to touch on real-life emotions and experiences in a way that is both authentic and heartfelt is a testament to its quality and depth. However, for younger viewers, especially those who may not have the emotional maturity to process such complex feelings, these poignant moments can sometimes elicit strong reactions.

It’s essential for parents and caregivers to be mindful of their children’s individual sensitivities and to either watch the show together or be ready to address any emotional responses that may arise. This careful balance ensures that Bluey‘s messages and lessons can be fully understood and appreciated by its audience, fostering meaningful conversations and connections within families.

In the recent extended episode called “The Sign,” Bluey and her family deal with some more intense feelings of sadness and heartbreak. With a climactic and tear-jerking end, many families noticed that their young Bluey fans were feeling extra emotional while watching the episodes. Some parents even took to social media to share photos and videos of their children’s reactions.


“The Sign” is a Bluey masterpiece that had all ages feeling all of the emotions. 💙 #TheSign @Bluey

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A Sensitive Reminder

It does seem quite startling to see such an outpouring of upset children react to this episode of Bluey, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing for all children. Many parents actually appreciate that the show teaches their children to be vulnerable and open with their emotions. Bluey teaches us all about empathy and vulnerability, concepts that most children’s shows typically stray away from.

What episode makes your kids cry?
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With this information, it is still important that each parent listens and monitors how their children are feeling when watching Bluey. Oftentimes, the themes of this show tend to teter to the more adult side of things, and it is a good idea to make sure that your child is feeling okay. There are plenty of Bluey episodes that are simply lighthearted and fun, so there is truly something for the emotional needs of every child.

What do you think, is Bluey too sad for children?

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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