‘As someone who grew up with this show…. Thank you!’ Fans outpouring as US’s longest running children’s cartoon Arthur is axed after 25 seasons
- Internet mourns the end of America’s longest-running animated children’s show
- Carol Greenwald, the show’s executive producer, confirmed the show’s end
- ‘In the winter of 2022, the 25th and final season of Arthur will debut’
- Original show developer Kathy Waugh upset with the decision
Fans of the PBS show Arthur – the longest-running animated children’s series in American history – collectively mourned the shows cancellation online when the news hit Twitter earlier today.
‘In the winter of 2022, the 25th and final season of Arthur will debut,’ Carol Greenwald, the show’s executive producer, confirmed in a statement.
Fans displayed an outpour of tearful support for the show and shock that it would end next year.
Arthur’s final season will end next year, marking the end of longest-running animated children’s series in American history
Kathy Waugh, who originally developed the show from the Marc Brown books, said she did not agree with the decision to cancel the show.
‘I think [PBS] made a mistake, and I think Arthur should come back and I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake,’ Waugh said during an interview on the Finding D.W. podcast dedicated to the show.
Arthur first aired on October in 1996, and focuses on the titular character, an aardvark, and his family and friends, including Muffy, Binky and Brain.
The show is known for teaching kindness, empathy and inclusion through its 25-year run.
The show made headlines in 2019 when it revealed that a long-time character, Mr. Ratburn, was gay and marrying a male mouse.
The episode caused several conservative groups to protest the show, demanding that Ratburn’s wedding not be aired on TV, the Advocate reported.
Several shots from the show also enjoyed popularity as memes on the internet.
Arthur, the show’s titular character, is beloved for teaching children kindness, empathy and inclusion
The ‘Arthur’s fist’ meme first popped up in July 2016 and went viral shortly afterwards
Arthur has been on the air since October 1996
The show was adapted from Marc Brown’s children’s book series of the same name
The show also featured famous guest-stars, including Matt Damon, Lance Armstrong, Michael Fincke and Joan Rivers.
Greenwald said that while no more new episodes will air after the 25th season, reruns will continue airing as PBS works on other Arthur-related projects.
“Producer GBH and PBS KIDS are continuing to work together on additional Arthur content, sharing the lessons of Arthur and his friends in new ways,” Greenwald said.
Earlier this year, PBS also cancelled another long-running show, Caillou, which had been on TV for than 20 years.
Caillou, a cartoon featuring the titular four-year-old’s adventures, was not well received among parents, who long complained of its lack of educational values and the character’s attitude towards his mother and father, TV Line reported.
Memorable moments from Arthur
- Arthur’s very first episode dealt with the titular character’s insecurity over his glasses, which resonated with many kids
- In its second season, Arthur says good-bye to his best-friend Buster for a while, which depicted the struggles of dealing with a big move
- In it’s fourth season debut, Arthur punched his little sister D.W., with the episode focusing on the consequences of his action
- ‘April 9th’ is a full feature episodes that features a large fire at the school and the aftermath. The episode was meant to teach children how to deal with trauma and PTSD
- The show was known to foster for libraries through Arthur’s passion for reading and love of his library card
- Throughout the shows run, it explored stories of having a single-parent through Buster, who is raised by his mother
- In it’s 22nd season, it was revealed that Arthur’s long-time teacher, Mr. Ratburn was engaged to a male mouse