I have only seen a few "Franklin" episodes, but they seem to have really good, positive storylines. The one I saw was an episode to teach that if you put away your toys right away it can save you a lot of hassles....he didn't want to take down his tent to ride a bike, flat tire (forgot to bring the patch stuff home from friends house when he was supposed to), couldn't find bike pump because he didn't put it away, was in yard under trees, couldn't find rake, rake was holding up his tent he didn't take down when he was supposed to, took rake out of tent, contents went flying...and so on... The interactions between the parents and between the parents and children seem really gentle and loving.
Blue's Clues is sort of a modern take on Mr. Rogers in that it is very interactive. The main guy (I've only seen Steve, evidently there is a guy called Joe now too) is a really innocent looking and engaging...waits for your kid to answer what they think with this totally interested look on his face. My 14mo is a bit young for this show, but my friend's kids love it...really interact with the show.
Over here our favorites are Baby Dolittle and Sesame Street's "Let's Make Music" featuring Stomp. I like that one because it encourages him to make music with everyday stuff and I like Stomp's mixed gender and ethnicities. The only whiner in the bunch is Telly, who thinks he needs his Tuba to make music...the storyline is explaining that you don't need an instrument to make music.
Mom to 10yo Autistic Wonder Boy and 6yo Inquisitive Fireball Girl . December birthdays.