The Clue TV Series No One Knew Existed Is Free To Stream Right Now

By Jason Collins | Published

Every once in a while, there comes a television series that flies under the radar and generally goes unnoticed among the broader audiences. In a previous era, those shows were destined to oblivion—take the 1991 Cupido animated series as an example—but in a modern internet era, nothing is really deleted. This is particularly true when it comes to streaming providers, and most recently, a largely unknown series called Clue just made its appearance, or rather, re-appearance, on Tubi.

Clue First Aired On The Hub In 2011

Clue is an American five-part mystery television mini-series based on the Parker Brothers’ same-name board game. It aired on The Hub, now a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery Networks, from November 2011 to January 2012, featuring a rather youthful ensemble cast working together to uncover clues that would unravel a murder mystery. Namely, the six very different young sleuths witness a terrible crime, which subsequently leads them to a mysterious adventure. Of course, things happen along the way, and the youth also find they have more in common than previously thought.

Board Game Adaptation Trends

Clue was a rather ambitious project; the series was conceptualized in the early 2000s as part of a trend where popular games were adapted into various media formats, like the dreaded Transformers game by Activision, which should be purged from both memory and pages of gaming history. While the series was developed with the intent to capture the essence of a murder mystery board game, it also tried blending that same whodunit mystery with comedy and drama, which isn’t really unheard of in a mini-series.

Short Episodes Left Much To Be Desired

But where most mini-series follow an hour-long or a 90-minute format, Clue was sticking to a 23-minute format that brought a series of production challenges, mostly related to packing all that mystery, comedy, and drama, into an engaging and suspenseful 23-minute episode. We’re not saying that it’s bad, far from it. But we’re saying that the show could’ve benefited from having hour-long episodes. That aside, the filming took a cinematic approach to heighten the drama and the tension within the show, which made Clue the King of the Underdogs when it comes to unnoticed releases.

Struggling To Find An Audience

Clue debuted with little fanfare, and despite the novel concept and reasonable production quality, the series struggled to find its audience when it was released in 2011—not surprising, considering that most teens obsessed over The Twilight Saga back then and the fact that the market was already saturated with similar, more prominent shows. Also, there was a question of rather poor marketing, which, unfortunately, resulted in the series flying under the radar of mainstream viewership and the dedicated fans of board games—of which there are many.

Clue Is Free To Stream On Tubi

The mixed reviews among the critics did little to help the show with rankings and viewership, but the series did garner a small cult following that appreciated the unique storytelling and a nostalgic connection to beloved board games. Fortunately, streaming has a way of reviving interest in overlooked television series, and Clue might finally receive the recognition it deserves. For anyone who is interested, the mini-series is currently available on Tubi.