Arthur ending after 25 years

‘Arthur’ Fans Grieve Over News Of Long-Running Show’s End

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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.”

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, 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.

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……!’ ”

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.”

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.

Teddy Lincoln

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