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PBS children's cartoon based on Marc Brown's picture books featuring the beloved anteater

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I still watch this children's PBS show...

  • Dec 17, 2008
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OK, I have to admit: I'm in my twenties, and I still enjoy watching Arthur, the PBS cartoon based on Marc Brown's classic picture books for first and second graders, which I also used to read when I was, well, in first and second grade. I feel a bit guilty about watching this show because um, maybe it's a little regressive of me?

But in defense, Arthur is one of the few cartoons for kids these days that isn't anime and doesn't involve fighting. Instead, Arthur is just a show about a kid being a kid (though I guess the main character and his family are technically anteaters). Watching this, I find myself totally engrossed in Muffy's birthday party or Francine's school project. 

But! That's not to say that the show isn't high-minded. Arthur is almost point-for-point  a young Woody Allen — already showing signs of neurotic hand-wringing, a highly analytical nature, and a penchant for the self-reflective monologues. Don't forget about the glasses!

I like Arthur b/c all the characters on the show are well-defined. It's a very simple viewing pleasure. Give in!


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April 14, 2009
I still watch Arthur, myself, sometimes! It's A OK to be a kid. I also watch Sesame Street. I get a lot of my ideas that way.
April 14, 2009
Ah, there's nothing wrong with enjoying a kids show. It just means your young at heart is all. While I don't watch this I still have a thing for Sesame Street, The Muppets, and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.
February 27, 2009
Arthur is so cute. People always say I resemble him because of my glasses. It's such a great show. I hope young kids can still get into it!
December 24, 2008
Yes! <3 This used to be one of my favorite cartoons back in the day haha
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In the early 90's when I was still in elementary school, I was introduced to the books of Arthur.  They were written by a man named Marc Brown.  As a student in elementary school, I was pretty impressed by them.  Then again, I was a kid--everything would've impressed me back then.  But I enjoyed the Arthur books for the same reason many kids enjoy those kinds of books.  They were simple reads where I knew all the words and, of course, they had pictures.  God how I loved …
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I just realized that every character in this series had such Southern names, but I still have mad love for it!
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Arthur is an American-Canadian educational television series for children, that airs on PBS in the United States; Radio-Canada, Knowledge and TVOKids in Canada; ABC2 in Australia and BBC One/ CBBC in the UK. It is aired internationally in 82 countries.

Arthur revolves around the lives of Arthur Timothy Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark, his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other. The series often deals with social and health-related issues that affect young children. There is a strong emphasis on the educational value of books and libraries as well as relationships with friends and family members. The television series is based on the Arthur book series, that are illustrated and written by Marc Brown. In 1994, WGBH Boston along with the Toronto-based Cinar, now Cookie Jar Group, began production of the animated series. Arthur has consistently remained one of the highest-rated shows on PBS Kids ever since it started airing in September 1996.
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Premiere Date: 2 September, 1996
Description: Children's television series
Genre: Educational, Children

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