After more than 25 years on PBS, the beloved animated children’s series, Arthur is about to be no more. It was announced on Wednesday that the program is ending in 2022 and fans of the show were quick to take to social media to express their grief over losing a long-time favorite. They also voiced their appreciation for a show that saw so many through their childhood.
Screenwriter Kathy Waugh shared the news during a recent interview on the Finding DW podcast – a podcast dedicated to the program – saying the animated, educational show will end with season 25, airing in the winter of 2022. The program comes to a close after being renewed for four seasons in 2018.
“Arthur is no longer in production. We had our wrap party two years ago,” Waugh told podcast host Jason Szwimer. “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. I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired. To me, it felt evergreen, like it was never going to end but it did end, we finished the last episode, season 25, two years ago.”
So I just found out Arthur is ending… pic.twitter.com/aOLzvKc87z
— CartoonFan18 #Tak4NickelodeonAllStarBrawl (@CartoonFan18) July 27, 2021
Unhappy Ending For “Arthur”
Based on the books by Marc Brown, the show first aired in October of 1996. It’s the longest-running children’s program in the US. It’s also currently the second longest-running animated series in the US. The Simpsons has the top spot in that category.
Arthur is actually ending….. oh man.
Arthur had its good run. I can see Arthur having reruns on PBS Kids though. I’ll never forget about the memes as well. 💀 pic.twitter.com/fPoOOmjSIJ
— Theolivepit (5 yrs on YT) (@Theolivepit04) July 27, 2021
Arthur, which won four Daytime Emmys for outstanding children’s animated program made headlines for how it looked to educate children. It also grabbed attention thanks to its meme-worthy content.
Soo… Arthur is ending. This show was my childhood. I’ve also had a hatred for Francine and DW, cuz of how much of a brat they are! Also, they’ve also got one of my favorite scenes pic.twitter.com/2LkmVe7Q3R
— ColbyCity2021: SAVE THE OWL HOUSE! (@colby_art) July 27, 2021
Not An Unexpected End
While some expressed surprise over the announcement, others felt the end was coming.
Rumors began spreading last year when voice actor Bruce Dinsmore seemed to say goodbye in a series of tweets. Dinsmore voiced Binky and Dad.
“24 years is a good run for a gig, & this is the face I made at the very last session. Binky though seems nonplussed, he’s always been tougher than me,” Dinsmore said. “And I was just starting to get the hang of the whole Dad thing… ‘Thanks Arthur it’s been a great ride. And I say Hey……!’ ”
The fact that Arthur is ending honestly gets me in the feels
— Ben! ∞ (@Benimated) July 27, 2021
Fast forward to Tuesday, and Arthur executive producer Carol Greenwald confirmed to IGN that the news is final, saying, “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.”
What I really hope when it comes to Arthur ending is it didn't have anything to do with pushing for their own Gay Wedding episode.
As we know when it came to Steven Universe (Which had a higher show rating), their own push for a Gay Wedding resulted in the shows premature end. pic.twitter.com/ZJ5SsgFtvg
— TRAFON(s Backup Account) (@RiseFallNickBck) July 28, 2021
While people are sad about Arthur ending, it doesn’t appear many are all that shocked. It appears to some degree the hints laid the groundwork. There’s also the fact that a show rarely runs for a quarter of a century.
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