Debuting in 1996, Blue's Clues was a national phenomenon. Pre-school children everywhere were Skidooing into make-believe worlds with Steve and his dog Blue. The show's characters were household names, much like the residents of Sesame Street before them.
Even decades later, fans are still thinking about Blue's Clues mysteries. Thank to nostalgic '90s kids, the internet is rife with Blue's Clues fan theories. While a lot of the speculation is goofy, the better ideas could potentially crack open some of televison's greatest enigmas.
It's time for the world to know whether Mrs. Pepper cheated on Mr. Salt or if Steve's house is possessed by a malignant spirit.
If you're wondering why Steve is constantly addressing the camera or seemingly talking to himself, Redditor /u/Chengweiyingji has a theory that makes sense.
Steve is babysitting! When he talks to the camera, he's addressing the kids he's watching. That explains all the make-believe, playing dumb, and educational activities. You even hear the kids responding to Steve (although you never see any kids except in the mail videos).
This theory also explains how Steve can afford to go to college; when you never leave the house, it's easy to save up thousands of dollars.
Redditor /u/ThatPlaystationUser noticed a striking similarity between the beloved Blue and the spokes-dog for a popular brand of treats.
Like many washed-up celebrities, Blue was forced to sell out for profit once the show ended. She began endorsing products and modeling for advertisements to maintain the lifestyle she was accustomed to. This wasn't such a bad deal for ol' Blue though, as the new job included a lifetime supply of treats.
Redditor /u/SilverarcTheJoker thinks Steve never actually went to college. Instead, Steve's sordid past as an "ex-CIA specialist in subliminal messages and manipulation" caught up with him. The user continues:
He assumed the identity of Steve and hid in plain site in front of millions of young children who would lead the next generation. He decided to use his skills to try and persuade children, and the parents watching his show, to sit down in the thinking chair and think... think... thiiiiiiiiink about government... manipulation of the American people.
He also warned of anthrax in the mail because he would always wail when it arrived.
The whole show was based around searching for clues to piece together the truth from an entity that couldn't speak, representing the government's suppression of our rights and free thought.
After being discovered in his new life, "he left America's youth with one final message: search for knowledge and think for yourself. He actually fled to South America where he still lives to this day, after assuming another identity."
All of Blue's Clues takes place inside Steve's house. While some might blame budget constraints, it's equally likely the host is afraid to leave his home.
Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that causes people to have panic attacks when out in public. Weighed down by anxiety, Steve slowly recedes from the public eye until he's no longer able to keep up with the speed of modern life.
Eventually, boredom and loneliness started to rear their ugly heads. At this point, Steve began filming educational videos for children as a way of connecting with the world in a low pressure environment.
When the show started to become popular, Steve couldn't handle the pressure, so he left for a stint at an in-patient treatment center. Fans were led to believe Steve "left for college" to avoid putting further pressure on the battered star.