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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.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays on PBS
19 Seasons, 249 Episodes - Returning Series
September 2, 1996
Animation & Cartoons
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  • It's a time of change at Lakewood Elementary. Arthur and Buster are going into 4th grade (and will do anything to get the cool new teacher, MC€voiced by special guest B.J. Novak). Meanwhile, D.W. and Bud prepare to enter kindergarten and Muffy and Francine contemplate how spending the summer away from each other will affect their friendship.

  • When Francine needs money for new soccer cleats, Muffy hires her as a personal assistant. But is drinking pumpkin smoothies and playing games with your best friend the best way to make an honest buck? Educational Objective: Francine learns the value and satisfaction of hard work. / Lydia and Muffy join forces to defeat a mean beauty queen in the "Little Miss Crocus" pageant.

  • Carl has agreed to play the accordion for George's puppet show. But his routines are getting in the way of rehearsals. Now George must decide: keep Carl and risk the show, or replace Carl and risk his friendship? Educational Objective: George learns that, even though Carl has autism, he can still be relied upon to make a creative contribution. / Buster enlists Binky's help to keep him from gorging on delicious Tuvaluna cookies. Will Buster's self-control hold...or crumble?

  • Maria has always been a silent fixture in Mr. Ratburn's third-grade class. But her time to speak has finally come. There's just one problem: how do you solve a stutter like Maria's? Educational Objective: Maria learns to have confidence in herself, and her speech. / When Binky's grandparents miss his big soccer game, he decides to film a video reenactment with his friends. Only, things didn't quite happen the way Binky portrays them.

  • Aliens, conspiracy theories, the megatoad...Buster believes in everything! That is until his favorite show gets cancelled for false reporting. Now the new Buster isn't buying anything! Can Arthur and friends convince him to have a little faith? Educational Objective: Mr. Morris reminds Buster that the world's more interesting when there's a little mystery in it. / Dogs love Arthur! Well, all except Carrot Cake...Can Arthur win over this picky pup, or will he walk away with his tail between his legs?

  • Math, schmath. That's what Sue Ellen thinks...until she runs into a problem her artistic vision can't solve. Educational Objective: Sue Ellen realizes that math is a valuable tool for everyday life. / Sue Ellen can't wait to meet her pen pal in person. But Tenzin seems to be more interested in cars and fashion than world culture. Has her friend changed, or was Sue Ellen just reading him wrong?

  • When a powerful hurricane hits Elwood City, everyone's affected. Ladonna's dad is called up by the Army Corps of Engineers. Muffy relocates to a shelter, while Arthur struggles to reunite lost pets and owners. And Brain seeks the help of a therapist--voiced by special guest Idina Menzel--to help him manage his anxiety.

  • Power shifts in the Tibble household when the twins find out Tommy is two minutes older than Timmy. Frustrated in his new role, Timmy enlists the help of an expert older brother tamer: D.W.!/ Ladonna's thrilled when Muffy loans her a beautiful recital dress. But a run-in with a painted bench leaves Ladonna wondering how to break the news to her fashionista friend.

  • When Rattles's mom starts dating Archie Vanderloo, Rattles finds himself spending lots of time with Archie's kids. The problem is, Rattles doesn't have anything in common with these twins! Can this blended family learn to get along?/ Arthur offers to babysit so that his parents can enjoy some peace and quiet in the backyard. What could go wrong? With D.W. on the loose...just about everything!

  • Muffy's devastated when she learns her great, great grandmother Mary Alice wasn't royalty, but a common maid. The indignity! However, Mary Alice's old diary reveals a more interesting story./ Pressure from his classmates has Arthur doubting his decision to call Buster out during a baseball game. Will he succumb to peer pressure, or stick with what he believes is right?

  • After George has a lucky streak, his friends pressure him to wish for a snow day. Can George deliver? Or is he out of luck? / Prunella's excited about making the gymnastics team...until she realizes practice starts at 6am! Will she honor her commitment...or hit the snooze button?

  • Fern's been feeling low and no one can figure out why. Luckily, Buster Baxter is on the case! He'll leave no stone unturned, no lead unexplored, no ice cream uneaten.../ With Arthur out of town, Buster is on the hunt for a new best friend. Problem is, Buster only wants to play games HIS way. Will Buster learn to compromise? Or is he destined to play alone?

  • Muffy embarks on an epic quest to find her long lost imaginary friend. But she has to be careful-the Crosswire basement is full of bewitched boxes and gadgets and dolls...oh my! / It's Catherine's 16th birthday, and Francine has been cordially UN-invited to the party. With the help of her friends, Francine whips up the perfect present for her big sister...a sneaky surprise with a side of payback!

  • When Bud is blamed for an accident D.W. causes, she has to decide whether to let her friend take the fall./ D.W. and Bud can't wait to ride "The Buzzard," Wonder World's newest rollercoaster. Will they make it past the persnickety ticket taker...or will they come up short?

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