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Arthur is a Canadian/American cartoon for children ages 4 to 8, created by Cookie Jar Group (formerly known as Cinar) and WGBH for PBS. It started in 1996 and is still going.


Plot

The show is set in the fictional American city of Elwood City, and revolves around the lives of 8-year-old Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark, his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other.

Why It Rocks

  1. One of the longest-running kids shows in history, running from 1996 and still going in 2018 (despite a hiatus between 1998 and 2000).
  2. Nicely-done animation for the first 15 seasons.
  3. Awesome intro.
  4. Stays 100% faithful to the book series.
  5. It is one of those kids shows that are not "dumbed down" for children, but respects the intelligence of the viewers.
  6. Smart, witty and mature humor.
  7. Every character has realistic flaws, a distinct personality and comes from diverse backgrounds.
  8. Some episodes don't focus on Arthur alone, they also focus on some of the supporting characters.
  9. Arthur goes through numerous relatable childhood situations, such as getting too much homework, learning about himself, growing up, being the last kid to lose a baby tooth, accepting people as they are and dealing with a tragedy.
  10. Teaches great messages to children and adults, such as to have fun while you still have to chance, handle your responsibilities carefully and to not forget about your friends no matter how old you become.
  11. Made hilarious pop culture references and parodies, including Titanic, Star Wars, Beavis and Butthead and even South Park.
  12. Even though the show switched to Flash animation, the episodes are still decent.

Bad Qualities

  1. D.W. and Arthur complaining about each other can get annoying, and D.W. herself is annoying and despicably unlikable.
  2. Being an unbelievably long-running show isn't always a good thing, because it's easy to run out of ideas for episodes.
  3. Switched to Flash animation in season 16, despite improving in season 20 with Toon Boom Harmony.
  4. Some bad episodes like Arthur's Big Hit.

Reception

  • The series has been acknowledged with the George Foster Peabody Award and four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Animated Program.
  • It was rated 7.4 out of 10 on IMDb and 8.5 out of 10 on TV.com.