Choosing favourite Bluey episodes is about as easy as picking favourite Stuck On You products. Check out our selections and see if you agree!
In case you couldn’t tell, we’re huge fans of Bluey! And in case you didn’t know, it’s also really hard to narrow down your favourite Bluey episodes. Who are we kidding? It’s impossible!
But we’ve quite happily watched the show on repeat to try and find a few of our top picks. Read on to see what they are and why we love them. And keep an eye out for more instalments of our favourite Bluey episodes—because how could we ever stop at just these three!
Bandit and Chilli return home from an outing with several flat-pack boxes that unashamedly resemble those of the Swedish furniture giant IKEA. Of course, frustration ensues as they try to assemble their purchases—while imaginations run wild for Bluey and Bingo with the discarded cardboard and packaging.
The two sisters use bubble wrap to represent water as they take on the identities of animals evolving; they draw paintings on their cardboard ‘caves’; they invent ‘tools’ in the form of Allen Keys; and finally, they progress to space exploration in makeshift spaceships. They essentially recreate the journey of humankind in the span of the seven-minute story.
Flat Pack is a perfect example of an episode that has so much going on it deserves multiple re-watches to take it all in. It’s like a younger version of The Simpsons, and praise can’t come much greater than that.
It’s also relatable for viewers even if they don’t have children. After all, everyone has an IKEA horror story. It’s testament to the amazing reach you wouldn’t think a kids’ show could possess.
It’s also one of our favourite Bluey episodes because the self-referential humour is practically oozing off the screen. The best instance of this is when Chilli remarks to Bandit that he should follow the furniture assembly steps of the cartoon dog in the instructions. Naturally, Bandit replies with: “I’m not taking advice from a cartoon dog.” Now, it doesn’t get much more meta than that!
Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Uncle Stripe are on their way to the court for a game of squash. They’re involved in typical imaginative play as Bluey and Bingo sit on the shoulders of their elders and navigate them with their ears.
When the squash game begins, Bluey continues ‘controlling’ Bandit with the racquet’s case like a joystick, and Bingo does the same with Stripe. Bandit quickly starts winning because, as he explains, “big brothers always beat little brothers.”
Squash is awesome for a couple of key reasons. Firstly, it strongly reinforces the love that Bluey and Bingo have for each other. Bluey realises that her little sister is not having much fun and ensures she gets to feel the thrill and excitement of winning too—even teaching Bandit a lesson about not being so competitive in the process.
Secondly, it does a remarkable job of utilising the current younger generation’s love of video games as a way to emphasise that real, physical activity (and its health benefits) can be just as fun.
But, critically, it doesn’t do so in a way that discards gaming culture. Instead, it combines it with the sisters’ amazing imaginations to portray fantastically well-rounded and eclectic children who can find fun in a myriad of different ways.
Then there’s the soundtrack, which could have been lifted straight from a ’90s video game. Plus, the moment where Bandit cops a ball in the side and Stripe declares: “Right in the love handle!” Like all the best episodes of Bluey, there’s a poignant message merged with lots of laughs and silliness.
Bandit and Chilli’s house is falling apart. When she voices her despondence, Bandit says it just means the house has character. Bandit passes on more wisdom to Bluey and Bingo when they argue over who has the redder piece of watermelon. “The grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence,” he tells them.
But he ignores his own advice after becoming jealous of Lucky’s dad’s new pizza oven. Disregarding everything he’s just said, Bandit takes the family to Hammerbarn to buy one too.
In the store, Bluey and Bingo divide the shopping trolley into two ‘houses’ to hold Chilli’s purchases. But when their earlier watermelon jealousy flares up again, they start disagreeing over whose house has the better stuff.
Bingo’s garden gnome ‘husband’ breaks during their squabble, and their houses are dismantled at the checkout. Chilli must explain they can’t always get everything they want.
Hammerbarn has lots going on. First up, the unsubtle canine version of Bunnings Warehouse—and the pointed joke that Bandit’s desired item is in “aisle three hundred”. Then there are the cameos by Zoë Foster Blake and Hamish Blake!
In terms of storytelling, it again shows how layered Bluey is in an impressively short seven minutes. Plenty of tedious dramas should take note.
The plot also has plenty to teach. It conveys that adults are not without flaws, and its two biggest lessons—to be happy with what one has and that we can’t always get what we want—are invaluable for kids to understand.
Plus, look no further than Chilli’s line about Bingo’s ‘husband’ to demonstrate how much fun the show’s writers are having: “This is what happens when you’re unhappy with what you’ve got. Someone’s husband eventually gets it!” Brilliant!
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