Baby Blues

For other uses, see Baby Blues (disambiguation).
Baby Blues

The MacPherson family (from left to right; Wanda, Wren, Zoe, Hammie and Darryl)
Author(s) Jerry Scott, Rick Kirkman
Current status / schedule Running
Launch date January 7, 1990
Syndicate(s) Creators Syndicate (1990–1995)
King Features Syndicate (1995–present)
Publisher(s) Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre(s) Humor

Baby Blues is an American comic strip created and produced by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott since January 7, 1990. Distributed by King Features Syndicate since 1995, the strip focuses on the MacPherson family and specifically on the raising of the three MacPherson children.

When the strip debuted, the MacPherson family consisted of Darryl and Wanda and newborn Zoe. The first strip took place in the hospital room shortly after Zoe was born. Later, two more children—Hammie, the middle child and the only son, and Wren, the youngest child—were added to the family. Both Kirkman and Scott have drawn from their own parenting experiences as a source for the strip's content.

Characters and story

The strip features three families, according to the strip's "Family Tree" page.[1]

Main family (MacPhersons)

At one point early on, she was a huge fan of Barbie, though her ideas about how she is a fan of Barbie vary between wanting to become a real life Barbie when she grows up (with Barbie related items) or basically using her to beat up her toys while pretending that she's some sort of monstrous freak (the latter of which was because of Wanda referring to Barbie as a "freak of nature").

Additional characters

Vehicles and objects


The children in Baby Blues have aged as the strip has progressed, although at a slower rate than real-time. Kirkman and Scott have stated that the strip's timeline is "about a 3 to 1 ratio."[14] As of 2016, Zoe, Hammie and Wren are 9, 6, and 2 respectively.


Title Date ISBN
Baby Blues: This is going to be tougher than we thought. April 1991 0-8092-3996-5
She Started It! September 1992 0-8092-3266-9
Guess Who Didn't Take a Nap? March 1993 0-8362-1715-2
I Thought Labor Ended When the Baby Was Born March 1994 0-8362-1744-6
We Are Experiencing Parental Difficulties… Please Stand By March 1995 0-8362-1781-0
Night of the Living Dad March 1996 0-8362-1310-6
I Saw Elvis in My Ultrasound September 1996 0-8362-2130-3
One More and We're Outnumbered! March 1997 0-8362-2692-5
Check, Please… March 1998 0-8362-5423-6
Threats, Bribes & Videotape August 1998 0-8362-6750-8
If I'm a Stay-at-Home Mom, Why Am I Always in the Car? March 1999 0-8362-7845-3
Lift and Separate March 2000 0-7407-0455-9
I Shouldn't Have to Scream More Than Once! August 2000 0-7407-0557-1
Motherhood Is Not for Wimps March 2001 0-7407-1393-0
Baby Blues: Unplugged March 2002 0-7407-2323-5
Dad to the Bone August 2002 0-7407-2670-6
Never a Dry Moment March 2003 0-7407-3304-4
Two Plus One Is Enough March 2004 0-7407-4140-3
Playdate: Category 5 September 2004 0-7407-4665-0
Our Server Is Down! October 2005 0-7407-5445-9
Something Chocolate This Way Comes April 2006 0-7407-5686-9
Briefcase Full of Baby Blues April 2007 0-7407-6355-5
Night Shift October 2007 0-7407-6842-5
My Space March 2009 0-7407-8089-1
We Are Not Alone May 1996 0-8362-1325-4
The Super-Absorbent, Biodegradable, Family-Size Baby Blues September 1997 0-8362-3657-2
Ten Years And Still in Diapers August 1999 0-7407-0008-1
Butt-Naked Baby Blues August 2001 0-7407-1852-5
Wall-to-Wall Baby Blues August 2003 0-7407-3811-9
Driving Under the Influence of Children May 2005 0-7407-5005-4
Framed! September 2006 0-7407-6194-3
The Day Phonics Kicked In: Baby Blues Goes Back to School September 2008 0-7407-7738-6
X-Treme Parenting April 2008 0-7407-7097-7
The Natural Disorder of Things October 2009 0-7407-8540-0
It's A Boy February 2010 978-0-7407-9166-6
It's A Girl February 2010 978-0-7407-9167-3
We Were Here First April 2010 978-0-7407-9111-6
Ambushed! In the Family Room October 2010 978-0-7407-9740-8
Cut! April 2011 978-1-4494-0182-5
Eat, Cry, Poop November 2011 978-1-4494-1458-0
Scribbles at an Exhibition May 2012 978-1-4494-0972-2
BBXX: Baby Blues: The First Two Decades October 2012 978-0-7407-9828-3
Bedlam November 2013 978-1-4494-3724-4
Wetter, Louder, Stickier: A Baby Blues Collection November 2014 978-1-4494-5825-6
No Yelling! October 2015 978-1-4494-6303-8

Television adaptation

The characters as seen in the animated adaptation of Baby Blues

In 2000, Baby Blues was adapted into an animated cartoon series which aired on the WB Television Network for a few weeks in the summer, from July 28, 2000 to August 25, 2000. The animated version's timeline was from when Darryl and Wanda first gave birth to Zoe. Mike O'Malley supplied the voice of Darryl while Julia Sweeney played Wanda.

The Baby Blues television series differed from the comic strip by focusing on Darryl and Wanda's relationship with the Bittermans, a neighbor family with three children (Rodney, Megan, and Shelby); Kenny, Darryl's co-worker; and Bizzy, the babysitter for Zoe. Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott had little creative control over the animated version.[15]

The WB typically aired two episodes each week, thus enabling eight different episodes to be shown in the five-week run, but abandoned plans to air additional episodes which had been completed. Previously aired episodes were later shown by the Cartoon Network in its Adult Swim block. Like fellow WB primetime animated series The Oblongs and Mission Hill, this show was cancelled after 13 episodes. Thirteen nearly-completed episodes of Baby Blues have never been shown.

The theme song was "It's All Been Done" by the Barenaked Ladies.


  1. "Baby Blues Family Tree". King Features Syndicate. Archived from the original on June 2, 2004. Retrieved January 14, 2009.
  3. See Strip 1
  5. See Strip 2
  6. See Strip 3.
  7. Baby Blues comic strip, October 29, 2002
  8. See Strip 4
  10. See Strip 5
  12. See Strip 6
  14. Tobin, Suzanne (2003-04-18). "Comics: Meet the Artist". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  15. Kieswetter, John (July 27, 2000). "Network puts too much blue in 'Baby Blues'". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved January 26, 2012.

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