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  • Room to Ride / The Frensky Family Fiasco

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    S 12 : Ep 2 - 10/13/08

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    "Room to Ride"

    Binky really enjoys riding his bike, both for fun and as a means of getting to school and back. Elwood City's potholed roads are not conducive to biking, however, and Binky is devastated when his mother forbids him from riding on the streets after he comes home injured. After hearing that the upcoming election will include an issue on bike lanes, Binky whips himself and his friends into action, but has trouble getting anyone to care. Muffy tries to convince him that he needs "star power," but a visit from an actual star helps him to see what's really important.

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    "The Frensky Family Fiasco"

    After watching a nature film about animal families, Francine is convinced that her own family needs to come closer together. She proposes that they have a family night and though the idea is met with resistance at first, everyone soon warms to it. The Frenskys agree that each week a different one of the will set the agenda, but they find themselves arguing instead of becoming closer.moreless
  • The Making of Arthur / Dancing Fools

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    S 11 : Ep 6 - 9/3/07

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    "The Making of Arthur"
    When Matt Damon announces a new series called Postcards from You, Arthur and his friends are excited by the opportunity to create videos about their daily lives. Everyone has a great idea for a video except Arthur, who isn't sure what to do. He keeps bouncing between ideas, but can't settle on anything, and finds himself hindered by D.W.'s insistence on participating. He also has to contend with having been chosen as Buster's project.
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    "Dancing Fools"
    When Muffy finds herself attending a dance class alone, she signs up Francine without her consent. At first, Francine is irritated, but soon warms to the activity when she discovers that she and George are great together at ballroom dancing. The two are so good that they're soon invited to attend a big competition, much to the disdain of both Muffy and Binky.moreless
  • Arthur Sells Out / Mind Your Manners

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    S 11 : Ep 2 - 6/26/07

    #110201 "Arthur Sells Out"

    Arthur is excited about the release of the new video game Dark Bunny: Return of the Moomies, but doesn't have the money to buy it. When his attempt at online sales through the school newspaper falls flat, Buster recommends getting advice from Muffy. Muffy's sales tactics soon result in great sales, but border on dishonesty and leave Arthur facing an important moral decision.

    #110202 "Mind Your Manners"

    After missing Grandparents' Day, Tommy and Timmy Tibble want to do something to nice for their grandma, but their manners aren't up to par. When D.W. refuses to help them, they try practicing on their own with less than stellar results. Then Molly offers some advice that may just be what they need.moreless
  • Swept Away / Germophobia

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    S 11 : Ep 1 - 6/25/07

    #110101 "Swept Away"

    Arthur, Buster and D.W. enjoy summer vacation at the beach. When it becomes unsafe to swim, Grandma Thora suggests building a sandcastle and they quickly become immersed in this pastime. When the tide threatens to sweep away their castle, Arthur isn't ready to let it go.

    #110102 "Germophobia"

    Buster friends are getting tired of his unclean habits --- he plays hide-and-seek in trash cans, eats food that's been on the ground and doesn't always wash his hands. They've decided he needs to clean up, or they're not coming to his pool party. When they teach him about germs, however, he begins to fear them everywhere. Now, he's afraid to touch anything and is seeing swarms of imaginary germs wherever he goes.moreless
  • We Are Family (Salt Lake City, Utah)

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    S 1 : Ep 21 - 11/19/04

    While in Salt Lake City, Buster is invited to spend the day with of the Hirschis, a Mormon family and old friends of Bo. Buster learns firsthand what it takes to run a family of seven children, and he gains some perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of being an only child.moreless
  • Star Search (Charleston, South Carolina)

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    S 1 : Ep 20 - 11/18/04

    When Buster meets Justin, a talented 10-year-old actor, musician, and athlete, he decides to produce a documentary for Before They Were Stars. With his camera in tow, Buster meets Justin's extended family and explores Charleston and St. Helena Island, where Justin's family traces back its Gullah ancestry.moreless
  • Best Friends (Winchester, Kentucky)

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    S 1 : Ep 18 - 11/16/04

    Buster is absolutely positive that the latest Bionic Bunny comic book is his. But when Arthur insists it's his, the two best friends end up in a terrible argument. Luckily, during a stopover in Winchester, Buster meets two best friends, both named Katie, who remind Buster that friendship isn't just about the things you own, but how you care for each other and what you do together.moreless
  • Bayou, By Me (Slidell and Larose, Louisiana)

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    S 1 : Ep 17 - 11/15/04

    Inspired by the bayou, Buster sets off to capture the "Swamp Monster" on film. With help from 12-year-old bayou expert Dylan and other friends, Buster chases after the mysterious creature while enjoying the perks of bayou life, like crab dinners and catfishing with hotdogs!moreless
  • Buster's Road Rules (Tucson, Arizona)

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 11/12/04

    Buster joins Carlos and Mora on a road trip through the Sonora Desert. En route, they load up on snacks at a Latin American grocery store, meet Ariana who plays in a local Mariachi band, and cope with flat tires and car break downs with help from expert desert dwellers.moreless
  • Good Ol' Tyme (Whitesburg, Kentucky)

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 11/11/04

    Just because Buster's traveling doesn't mean that he gets out of Mr. Ratburn's assignments. He and Binky must complete a history report, but Buster is in rural Kentucky where Los Viajeros are performing, and there isn't a museum or historical statue in sight. Luckily, Carlos and Mora introduce him to fiddlers Randy and Rossi, and clogger Catherine, and the report on fiddling, square dancing and traditional Old Timey music gets an "A."moreless
  • Swimming in the Desert (Phoenix, Arizona)

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 11/10/04

    In Phoenix, Buster checks out the Brophy Sports Campus, an elite training facility for swimmers that Francine has dreams of attending. There he meets Deni, an accomplished swimmer. Deni shows Buster the ins and outs of serious training and also shares his dream of becoming an astronaut.moreless
  • Hoops and Drums (Lander, Wyoming)

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 11/9/04

    On the Wind River Reservation, Buster meets kids from the Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes who teach him Native American traditions including drumming and pow wow dancing. He also learns about another important tradition in this community- basketball-when he gets to participate in a clinic with his new friend, Stephan.moreless
  • Rock and Roll (Boulder, Colorado)

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 11/8/04

    Amidst the splendor of El Dorado Canyon in Boulder, Buster climbs mountains-literally-and faces his insecurities. A group of enthusiastic young rock climbers show Buster how to overcome a challenge, one step at a time.moreless
  • Moose on the Loose (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 10/22/04

    Amidst the beauty of Jackson Hole, Buster is determined to track down a moose to show his friends back home. With help from some knowledgeable nature lovers, Buster discovers all that Wyoming offers: fly fishing, bird watching, and maybe even the elusive moose.moreless
  • Buster's Buffalo Round-Up (Rapid City, South Dakota)

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 10/21/04

    Buster experiences the traditions, history, and adventure of South Dakota. Chris, a direct descendant of a Lakota soldier, takes Buster behind the scenes at the Crazy Horse Memorial. Buster also gets a close-up look at a South Dakota tradition with the Lantis family on a buffalo roundup full of cowboy adventures.moreless
  • Rodeo Cowgirl (Houston, Texas)

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 10/20/04

    When Buster arrives in Houston, he is disappointed to learn that Texas isn't all cowboys and open country. Then he meets 12-year-old Tayler, a self-described "rodeo rat" and grand-daughter of retired African American rodeo star Cornelius Cleveland. Buster goes on an adventure into the heart-and history-of cowboy country.moreless
  • Up the River (Mandan and Bismarck, North Dakota)

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 10/19/04

    Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, Buster takes a canoe trip with the Stenslie family. Along the way they introduce him to Norwegian music, language, and dance that make up their family traditions. The adventures continue with the Miller family who share their favorite pastime: motocross racing.moreless
  • Sleepy in Seattle (Seattle, Washington)

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 10/18/04

    All this traveling has Buster frazzled, and in Seattle, he's developed a bad case of insomnia. Luckily, Buster meets Russ and Rebecca, who teach him Tai Chi to soothe his mind and body. Buster's newfound state of mind comes in handy as he catches flying fish with fishmongers at Pike Place fish market.moreless
  • Among the Hmong (Madison, Wisconsin)

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 10/15/04

    At a Southeast Asian festival, Buster meets Diana, Caitlin, and Rosie, who share the same last name and Hmong heritage-AND they all live on the same street! Buster cheers on the girls in a traditional dance competition and joins in on a family barbecue that includes Hmong foods and one of Buster's favorites, hot dogs.moreless
  • The Giant Pumpkins (Mt. Hood and Canby, Oregon)

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 10/14/04

    Near Mt. Hood, Buster meets some regular-sized kids who grow giant pumpkins for competition. He also goes mountain biking, extreme, Oregon-style with siblings Jordan and Ashley.
  • Buster and Beatrice (San Antonio, Texas)

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 10/13/04

    Buster meets 12-year-old Robert who has been playing Conjunto music on his accordion since he was five with grown ups who share this traditional Mexican-American musical form. In between jam sessions, Buster gets a lesson in real Mexican cooking and learns what makes a perfect taco.moreless
  • A Sense of Direction (Chicago, IL)

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 10/12/04

    At the Sears Tower, Buster meets Farah, a 10-year-old Muslim girl who tells Buster about wearing hijabs, praying towards Mecca, and shopping at her favorite neighborhood Pakistani shops. Buster is intrigued with how Farah's Muslim parochial school is both different and the same as his own.moreless
  • Meet Me at the Fair (Knox, Indiana)

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 10/11/04

    Feed the cows, take out the garbage, clean the house, all before breakfast?! That's part of life on the farm for sister and brother Lauren and Nathan. But as they show Buster, there's more to living on a farm than chores-like riding horses, driving tractors, and showing off their pigs at the County Fair!moreless