Based on the books by Marc Brown, these are the adventures of Arthur, an 8-year-old aardvark, and his family and friends as they grow up and learn how to be good neighbors to one another.
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Series cast summary:
J.T. Turner J.T. Turner ...  Descriptive Narrator / ... 213 episodes, 1996-2015
Melissa Altro ...  Mary Alice Crosswire / ... 152 episodes, 1996-2015
Daniel Brochu Daniel Brochu ...  Buster Baxter / ... 141 episodes, 1996-2015
Bruce Dinsmore ...  Binky Barnes / ... 140 episodes, 1996-2016
Jodie Resther ...  Francine Alice Frensky / ... 140 episodes, 1996-2016
Arthur Holden Arthur Holden ...  Emil Nigel Ratburn III / ... 140 episodes, 1996-2016
Sonja Ball Sonja Ball ...  Jane Read / ... 104 episodes, 1996-2015
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Bespectacled aardvark Arthur Read demonstrates to kids how to deal with such childhood traumas and challenges as homework, teachers and bullies. He also has to contend with his sisters, but loves playing with his friends: tomboy Francine, foodie and best pal Buster, super smart Brain, rich girl Muffy and geography expert Sue Ellen. Written by Jwelch5742

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English

Release Date:

2 September 1996 (Canada) See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur (1996) is the second longest-running show on PBS, behind only Sesame Street (1969). See more »

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In "D.W.'s Baby", when D.W. is playing with her toy truck on the floor, it's brown, but when she offers it to Baby Kate, it's blue. See more »


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Arthur Theme Song
Composed by Judith Henderson and Jerry Devilliers
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One of the best shows of the 1990s? You bet!
10 February 2000 | by david-345See all my reviews

A recent article in (I believe) USA Today named a critic's picks for top shows of the 1990s. As someone who despises mainstream movies and television, I laughed at every show picked. With the notable exception of one. "Arthur." Now there was a show the critic and I could agree on. Arthur features more intelligence, wit, humour and maturity than just about anything else out there and that includes prime time shows. Arthur is a rare children's series that can be enjoyed by both children and adults and truer words were never spoken. Arthur is not "dumbed down" in any way. It refuses to treat it's young audience with anything but respect for their intelligence and feelings. Problems are dealt with in a realistic manner and each of the characters has a distinct personality and come from diverse backgrounds. This is shown in several stories that do not focus on Arthur and his sister, DW (she steals the show by the way) but the supporting cast like Buster, Muffy and my favorite character, the tomboy Francine. Muffy is a rich priss, Francine and her family come from a working class background, the gluttonous Buster's parents are divorced, Sue Ellen and her family have travelled the world and the perceived bully, Binky Barnes, is anything but. The producers need to be commended in their effort to make every character a seperate individual and to give them stories in which they can shine.

I'm 28 and cannot miss an episode of this series. Arthur proves that children's shows can (and should) "grow up." TV wouldn't be such a vast wasteland if more shows (for children and grown ups) would take a lesson from Arthur. It really is "that good."


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