Arthur’s adventures are coming to an end after 25 years

B.R. Shenoy

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“Arthur is the longest-running kids animated series in history and is known for teaching kindness, empathy and inclusion through many groundbreaking moments to generations of viewers,” Arthur’s executive producer Carol Greenwald.

After 25 years, PBS has announced the cancellation of the iconic children’s television series Arthur —  the longest-running animated series in history. The show will be revived in repeats, digital shorts, and a podcast produced by WGBH, but no new episodes are planned.

I was overcome with nostalgia when I learned of this news. My son grew up watching Arthur, and I have pleasant memories of reading the Arthur books to my two children.

Arthur Adventure Book Series

Marc Brown wrote and illustrated the character and stories in response to his son asking him for a bedtime story about a strange animal.

Since its initial publication in 1976, the Arthur Adventure book series has sold approximately 70 million copies.

Brown has recently penned a new book, Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur.

Arthur TV Show

Arthur, which debuted in October 1996, was based on the Arthur Adventure book series. It featured Arthur, an eight-year-old aardvark, his adventures with family and friends, and the lessons he learns along the way in the fictional Elwood City.

The program included characters from many ethnicities, social classes, and origins.

The life lessons from Arthur encouraged readers of all ages to follow their hearts, collaborate, have a unique point of view, and most importantly, believe in themselves.

Arthur taught audiences, especially young children, the concept of compassion in episodes that addressed asthma, dyslexia, cancer, diabetes, racism, bullying, autism, and even a controversial gay marriage episode.

Arthur received seven Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award after broadcasting in 80 countries.

Final Thoughts

A new generation now knows Arthur thanks to viral memes, which feature Arthur’s fist and his sister, D.W., staring from outside a park gate.

Furthermore, Believe In Yourself, performed by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, is widely regarded as one of the greatest opening songs for any children’s show.

The finale shows the protagonists as adults and the future ahead of them.

The show’s 25th anniversary will be commemorated with a marathon of all 250+ episodes and movie specials that have broadcast throughout the years, culminating in four new episodes on February 21, which will bring the series to a close.

This iconic show will be missed.

Do you have any recollections of growing up with Arthur, either as a kid or parent? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

This article originally appeared on Medium.

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