Season 1 Episode 1

Arthur's Eyes

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Sep 02, 1996 on PBS
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Arthur's Eyes

Arthur's Eyes: We flash back to when Arthur was having vision problems and thus needed glasses, resulting in him being made fun of initially. Arthur tries to hide from others, do away with his glasses, etc., but this leads to even more problems...

Francine's Bad Hair Day: Muffy wants the typically not-so-well-groomed Francine to look her best for school picture day. The problem? There's a kickball game before the photos are taken, and Francine is not permitted to play since it will mess up her new hairdo and dress for the picture!


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Jodie Resther

Jodie Resther

Francine Alice Frensky

Arthur Holden

Arthur Holden

Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn

Michael Yarmush

Michael Yarmush

Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)

Sonja Ball

Sonja Ball

Janet Read

Bruce Dinsmore

Bruce Dinsmore

David Read / Binky Barnes

Danny Brochu

Danny Brochu

Buster Baxter

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Arthur asks Francine why she can't play, the green bow is missing but in the next shot, the bow is back.

    • "Francine's Bad Hair Day"- When Prunella screams about Francine getting the ball, you can see Francine looking at Prunella.

    • "Francine's Bad Hair Day"- In Francine's dream when Arthur is holding the ball, he has no pupils.

    • When the teacher hands him his test paper, the paper just says Arthur's name and the rest of the paper is blank!

    • When Arthur comes out of the girl's bathroom when everyone is staring at him, you can see D.W. and Mrs. Woods(not introduced yet). Why are they there? They don't go to that school.

    • "Arthur's Eyes"- Muffy is in this episode and he gets his glasses, but in "Arthur and the True Francine" he already has his glasses and she moves in.

    • In "Arthur's Eyes", Arthur is seen without his glasses for most of the show. They appear to be fairly standard, white circles with black pupils. This also applies to the majority of the first season and earlier in the second season. But in later episodes when his glasses come off, they appear as tiny black dots (ala Prunella's eyes.)

    • In theme song, Arthur is seen walking around a globe of the Earth. Unfortunately, he walks over the Pacific Ocean. A special land mass had to be invented between the Americas and Asia to even out the look of the landmasses.

      Editor's reply: It's a theme song animation! Anything can happen in it! Like how could Arthur jump through a brick wall? Theme song, people, theme song!

    • Alright, in the beginning of "Arthur's Eyes", pay attention to when they're playing basketball. Watch throughout the whole game. Every now and then, you see Sue Ellen, who didn't come to their school 'til way after Arthur got his glasses. Oops

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Arthur, without his glasses, enters the girls' room unintentionally.)

      Francine: I said if I'm not batting cleanup, I'm not playing.
      Arthur: Francine?!
      (Francine and Muffy yell upon seeing Arthur.)
      Arthur and Francine: What are you doing in here?!?!
      Francine: This is the girls' room. Get outta here!

    • Buster: (as he has his school picture taken) Remember me? I'm the one who burped. (Camera takes his picture with Buster's eyes closed.)

    • Francine: (after Arthur fails his eye exam) Arthur's in trouble!
      Muffy: How do you get in trouble with the nurse?

    • (Muffy and Francine ask Arthur and Buster what they think of their new looks.)
      : It's...
      : (ala Dr. Frankenstein) ...ALIVE! (they laugh)

    • Francine: Hey, Buster, look! There's Arthur the 'Four-Eyes'.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The "And Now a Word From Us Kids" segment after "Arthur's Eyes" was filmed on January 18, 1996, as the date can be seen on the chalkboard at the end.

    • Some PBS affiliates did not premiere the show on September 2nd, 1996. Some affiliates, such as WGBH-2 in Boston, had its premiere on October 7th, 1996, and rather than air a new episode every Monday, a new episode would air every weekday, meaning the season finale (Arthur's First Sleepover/Arthur's New Years Eve) was first shown on November 15th, 1996!

    • The story "Arthur's Eyes" is based off the 1979 book of the same name by Marc Brown. Even though it wasn't the first book in the Arthur Adventure series, it was the first to feature Arthur's trademark glasses. Many of the elements in the book are the same as this episode, except Arthur tries to destroy his glasses by putting them in the laundry (instead of having D.W. try to smash them), and Arthur notices that his teacher's reading glasses look exactly like Arthur's own glasses (like Wilbur Rabbit's glasses in the TV show.) The book version also ends with the class having their school picture taken (and Francine wears her movie star glasses for them.) The book was also adapted into an episode of Reading Rainbow in 1983, read by Bill Cosby.

    • If you look closely, you can see Sue Ellen in Arthur's second grade class in Arthur's Eyes and other flashback episodes to the second grade.