Beloved TV show ‘Arthur’ ends after 25 years


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David Alvarado

The longest-running children’s animated series in America, “Arthur,” aired its final episode on Feb. 21 on The Public Broadcasting Service. Sadly, the next generation of children won’t grow up watching the brown aardvark with glasses and his iconic yellow sweater on live television.

Based on the book series written and illustrated by Marc Brown, the show has kept many children entertained after a long day at school. After 25 years, the show is saying goodbye.

The child-friendly series was developed by Kathy Waugh for PBS and produced by WGBH, according to Deadline. The series aired a total of 195 memorable episodes highlighting the lives of Arthur, his family and friends in the fictional city of Elwood.

Fans of the show aren’t taking the show’s cancellation lightly as they’re forced to let go of a childhood friend.

Kathy Waugh, a longtime writer of the show, confirmed the show is no longer in production. This will be the end of an era and I’m not ready to say goodbye to a PBS childhood legend,one Twitter user wrote.

“Arthur” explored many real-world situations, teaching various lessons to the children who tuned in. The show taught kids how to get along with others, be thoughtful and master the art of remaining calm in aggravating family situations.

The series is exceptionally remarkable, winning multiple awards throughout its 25-year-run. It received four Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding children’s animated program, along with a Peabody Award and TCA Award for outstanding achievement in youth programming, CBS News reported.

“Arthur” is also praised for touching on social issues, like inclusion and diversity. In an episode in season 22, Arthur’s third-grade teacher gets married to a same-sex partner, which sparked controversy. Alabama Public Television snubbed the episode in 2019

Carol Greenwald, the show’s executive producer, never specified why the series is ending. However, PBS hopes to create “additional Arthur content” in the future, The New York Times reported.

“I think [PBS] made a mistake, and I think that Arthur should come back, and I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake,” Waugh said in a podcast announcing the show’s cancellation.

The series is a PBS classic unrivaled by modernized animated TV shows kids watch today. Many people who grew up watching “Arthur” enjoyed the silly rib-tickling adventures he shared with his friends.

The life-lessons one learns from “Arthur” is one of the show’s effortless perks, which defied the old-school stereotype that watching TV isn’t educational. These lessons still stick with “Arthur” fans as they have grown up.

While reruns of the show will always pop up on the television screens of many young kids today, they will never understand what it felt like to watch “Arthur” during the early 2000s.

“Arthur” isn’t just a show. It’s an assortment of childhood memories that reminds one of a much simpler time.

Perhaps, it’s time for many to move on with their adult lives, knowing the aardvark with glasses will forever hold a special place in their hearts.