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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
22 Seasons, 267 Episodes
October 7, 1996
Animation & Cartoons
Cast: J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu, Jodie Resther
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Arthur Full Episode Guide

  • Francine rallies the troops around a petition to help Lakewood Elementary protect the environment. Binky is convinced Mr. Ratburn's math test was too hard, so Brain suggests he conduct a poll to find out what the rest of the class thinks.

  • Muffy is terrified when peregrine falcons build a nest right outside her bedroom window. Can her friends help her cure her ornithophobia? Binky gets cast in a TV commercial and he's certain his career as a superstar has begun.

  • When Mighty Mountain's school gets flooded, the Lakewood Elementary students have to share everything with them! The Internet is out! How will Muffy post to her blog?! How will Buster research aliens?! Looks like the most boring day ever.

  • Mr. Ratburn is getting married! Arthur can't believe it. Teachers don't have lives outside of they? And Arthur and Buster get into an argument over a video game and pretty soon the entire third grade class chooses sides.

  • The Lost Dinosaur / The Princess Problem- It's pretty hard to lose a dinosaur, but Rapty is missing! Can Bud be brave without his imaginary friend? D.W. loves the Princess Platoon series until she realizes that it doesn't represent everyone.

  • Take a Hike, Molly/ Slink's Special Talent- When the Tough Customers go on hike in the woods, Molly makes a few mistakes and has to apologize...but she refuses to! When Rattles takes over Slink's paper route, Slink is determined to prove himself and earn his job back.

  • Muffy Misses Out / Arthur Takes a Stand- Muffy worries that her friends don't need her anymore when they plan a successful bake sale without her. Arthur thinks Mrs. MacGrady is being treated unfairly, so he decides the best way to take a stand is to take a seat.

  • Francine and the Soccer Spy / Sue Ellen and the Last Page- When Ladonna befriends a new member of the soccer team, Francine becomes convinced she is leaking secret team info. The City Council has voted to close the Elwood City Library! Can Sue Ellen save the library before it's too late?

  • The Master Builders, Parts 1 and 2- Buster struggles to build a birdhouse that will save the community garden from pests, while Muffy and Francine design a cat toy that they think will really change the pet toy game.

  • Binky's 'A' Game / Brain and the Time Capsule- When Binky gets an A on a test, Muffy and Francine are convinced he cheated. Then Brain makes a time capsule and gets overwhelmed by people asking to have their special belongings included. Will he make room for his friends?

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