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Arthur

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Daily 4:00 PM on PBS Premiered Sep 02, 1996 In Season

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Arthur

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Arthur Read, the spectacular bespectacled aardvark stars in this children's series about growing up. Typical childhood problems such as bratty siblings, schoolyard bullies and classroom cliques are addressed by this popular program. Arthur's eighteenth season has come to a close. However, watch for repeats again soon on your local PBS station. And keep watching for more details on upcoming episodes of the program.

Currently, Arthur is the second longest-running North American animated series (behind The Simpsons), now with seventeen seasons and counting.

Developed from Marc Brown's beloved books, Arthur reminds us all of how it feels to be 8 years old. Just like your average kid, Arthur overcomes the dreaded obstacles of third-grade life, such as his tough teacher Mr. Ratburn, bullies, and mountains of homework. At home, Arthur must face the pint- terror also known as his sister Dora Winifred, or D.W. for short. Everything between these two is a struggle; who gets control of the television remote, who can play their Crazy Bus CD, whose hobbies are dumber, that's a baby show...Will Arthur ever win one of these pointless arguments? Probably never, because not only is D.W. fiercely independent, she's also very smart. But despite it all, Arthur and D.W. are still brother and sister, and when they're not arguing, they can accomplish great things together.

Keeping Arthur sane are his helpful friends --- an assortment of colorful animal cohorts who always provide sound advice and a few laughs too. They are: Francine Frensky (a tomboy who would rather play sports than go to the mall), Buster Baxter (an enthusiastic gourmand), Alan "The Brain" Powers (a bona-fide 3rd grade genius, who even writes computer programs in his spare time), Muffy Crosswire (the rich girl with a real heart of gold), and Sue Ellen Armstrong (a traveler of the world and geography expert). Arthur can also sometimes be seen with Fern Walters (a soft-spoken musician with semi-hidden goth interests), Binky Barnes (acts like a bully, but enjoys pastimes such as ballet and clarinet), George Nordgren/Lundgren (a somewhat shy moose who be truly entertaining when he tries), Prunella (who supposedly has psychic powers and is actually in the fourth grade) and Jenna Morgan (a rarely seen cat-girl.) And of course, who could forget Pal, Arthur's lovable, loyal pet pooch?

Arthur airs on PBS every weekday and on some stations on weekends --- check local listings for time. Or, go to the PBS Kids' Arthur schedule to find out which episode is airing in a city near you.

A large number of Arthur stories have been released on DVD and video. Many episodes are also available in book form. There are also a wealth of Arthur-related promotions and products, so keep an eye on the news and check online merchants such as eBay and Amazon, and your local stores. You can also check your local library for Arthur books.

Theme Song

Every day when you're walkin' down the street,
Everybody that you meet, Has an original point of view...
- Chorus: And I say "Hey!" (Hey!) What a wonderful kind of day! (Day!)
If we can learn to work and play,(Play!) And get along with each other... -
You've got to listen to your heart, Listen to the beat, Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm on the street,
Open up your eyes, Open up your ears, Get together and make things better, By working together
It's a simple message, and it comes from the heart, Believe in (believe in yourself...) 'Cuz that's the Place to START!
- And I say "Hey!" (Hey!) What a wonderful kind of day! (Day!)
If we can learn to work and play (PLAY!), And get along with each other (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day Hey! What a wonderful kind of day...
Hey!

The series won 7 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing - Special Class, Outstanding Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation, Outstanding Children's Animated Program and Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program.

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Season 19 : Episode 12

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    Fan Reviews (197)

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    • Good show

      10
      Arthur is a good show, I watched it a lot back then. It is also one of the good Canadian cartoons. i like Arthur.
    • Just my thoughts

      6.0
      It jas always been an ok show with few superb episodes. Episodes with baby Kate being the star are always well done. My favorite episode is binky's allergy. As that's how a 9 yr old feels about such and I think it was cite toich adding in 8 yr old Jenna into story way they did. Some good episdes to watch are Prunella and Marina episodes. The one where Arthur scrapes his knee and one where Brain sprains his knee. But biggest problem Arthur has is not allowing the kids to age. And having have both a 4th and 5th birthday means Arthur and his friends need to age.moreless
    • The sick man of PBS Kids is on life support and needs a DNR.

      7.0
      As good of a run this show has/had, and as good of a show this is to pass on to kids (as others have stated, and as I would also love to do from my collection as well!), I also (AND EVEN I!) agree that they need to kibosh production of this show (keep it on, but no more new seasons, please), as subsequent episodes really are not getting any better as they just continue to repackage the same old plotlines - the new plotlines are lamer then ever as well, and the animation still stinks (and they still use the same crappy character models). Tell me something: if they want to continue to do this, WHY SHOULD PEOPLE CONTINUE WATCHING THE NEW SEASONS when they can watch those plotlines in the older episodes but in a better package, where EVERYTHING is better, not just the stoyline, the animation, voices, etc - EVERYTHING? The show is not improving overall, and they just care about getting something out, folks, whether it's good or not, and they see the show as a paycheck and a cash cow they can milk for every dime, and it's plainly obvious they aren't listening to anyone except sponsors, production snobs, and money-hungry bigwigs, despite the public's feedback and donations!



      You guys probably thought I was just going to just give this show a one based on the title, didn't ya? I didn't want to go all out and just give this show a one because it's still good in itself and is still a hallmark of my cartoon collection for that reason, but minus the new junk. This would indeed be a ten if it wasn't for season 16-present, hence lucky number seven.moreless
    • They really need to wrap this show up and end it.

      6.0
      They have taken this show as far as it can possibly go and the show is not improving no matter how much resources they sink into it. Odds and ends like giving Maria a voice or bringing back Lydia Fox are great short term plots, but the core storyline in the long term is not improving, nor can it. I'm noticing a pattern where they either do an odd and end if it's something new, or they just continue to repackage the same plots over and over but in the different wrapper and circle their wagons, which gets old quick.



      All of the issues we are having with this show such as with plots, animation, and character development indicate a show that has run its course. Arthur is a show that wants to die in peace and It needs a conclusion to end it!! They can keep it on the air as others have stated (AND THEY WILL BE ALWAYS WELCOME TO DO SO!), as the show is still good, but once again, they need to give it a proper conclusion and end it on a good note. It doesn't need any more episodes.moreless
    • My Theory

      9.0
      I Have a theory about Arthur the Aardvark... He isn't actually alive.. or really Conscious. He's trapped in a coma ever since Season 2 Episode 14 called Arthurs knee where he fell and hurt his knee he ended up falling into a coma and everything since is a dream. All the characters are in his mind representing the different parts of him. DW being the stupid cock hammer she acts like represents his dark and evil side and is a nemesis for Arthur to destroy, his parents represent any sense of protection he has over anything. Francine represents his determination and ambition in life, Binky represents his desire for control and desire to rule and Buster represents his more relaxed side. Arthurs last name is Read. READ between the lines is what they want us to do. Arthur is truly a very dark show with many complex sides and meanings and vivid imagery. And I have come to realize this through my very own eyes. Thank you arthur. You have saved my lifemoreless
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    Animation, Kids

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    Saturday Morning Cartoons, Grade Schoolers, PBS, Animals, Mischief