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Arthur is an animated American television show designed for children about the adventures of an eight year old aardvark called Arthur Read. The show revolves around Arthur's friends and family taking on issues that could be faced by most children in their everyday lives; the majority of issues tackled are based on health problems, such as cancer and social issues including the birth of a sibling.

The second longest running animated show in the U.S. behind The Simpson's, Arthur is a co-production between Canadian production company Cookie Jar and U.S. station WGBH. In the U.S. the show is aired on the Public Broadcasting System network; around the world Arthur is shown on networks including Australia's Nickleodeon and the BBC in the U.K. Over 180 episodes have been animated since the show was first broadcast in 1996.

Children's author and illustrator Marc Brown created the fictional town of Elwood City and the Read family for a series of children's books that form the basis of the Arthur show. A number of spin offs from the Arthur books and television shows have been produced using the characters in the Arthur books, including Arthur's classmates Buster and Muffy. Elwood City is frequently visited by celebrity guests, such as Lance Armstrong and Neil Gaiman. Arthur and his friends do not age in the television show, remaining eight years old throughout in the elementary school class taught by Mr. Ratburn. The world around Arthur and his community changes to include modern technology and current events, including the changing figure of the U.S. President.

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Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays on PBS
17 Seasons, 185 Episodes - Returning Series
Animation & Cartoons
9.2/10
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  • From PBS KIDS: Binky's Music Madness - Everyone loves the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a funky experimental music group that's touring around Elwood City. Everyone that is, except Binky. A musical purist, Binky thinks their nontraditional sound is just a bunch of noise and sets out to prove it. Will Binky succeed...or is he headed for treble? Brain Freeze - A new ice cream shop has just opened up across the block. With whimsical flavor names, futuristic furniture, and a cute mascot named Puk Puk, Yumbobo is threatening to put Brain's shop out of business. It's gonna be a rocky road...

  • From PBS KIDS: Caught in the Crosswires - Muffy is thrilled when mega producer J3 chooses her family for his latest reality TV project. After all, she was born to be star! But when Muffy's asked to amp up the drama between her and Bailey, she worries that she's being portrayed as a spoiled brat. Is it possible reality TV isn't as realistic as she thought? Framed - Buster has just won the best young artist award at the Elwood City Arts Festival. Sensing his work might be worth something someday, Muffy hires Buster to paint her portrait. But can Buster satisfy his critical client?

  • From PBS KIDS: The Director's Cut - After meeting his hero, Hollywood director Tufton Sinclair, George is inspired to make a movie of his own. He enlists his friends as crew and Muffy as his producer. Problem is, everyone wants to be the director! Will George stand his ground or is his budding film career a flop? Crime and Consequences - When George accidentally breaks the class's prize woodworking project, Binky gets unfairly blamed. Will George come clean to Principal Haney? Or will he let Binky take the fall?

  • From PBS KIDS: Pets and Pests - There's a mouse loose in the Read home! And D.W. wants it gone...NOW! When traps fail, Arthur enlists the help of an expert mouse catcher...a fearless hunter who laughs in the face of danger: Nemo??Go Fly a Kite - While playing in the park, Binky, Muffy, and Ladonna stumble upon an abandoned kite. After failing to find the owner, the trio decides to take joint custody of the toy. But sharing it is easier said than done...

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