Arthur

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Arthur
Arthur title card.jpg
Premiere October 7, 1996
Airs check local listings
Creator Marc Brown
Network PBS Kids
Style 30-minute children's animated educational
Company Cinar
(seasons 1–8),
Cookie Jar Entertainment
(seasons 9–15),
9 Story Media Group
(seasons 16–19),
Oasis Animation
(seasons 20—)
WGBH
Seasons 21
Episodes 239 + 4 specials (through season 20)
Status Currently in limbo, has not yet been renewed or cancelled.
Origin USA / Canada

Arthur is an animated educational series based on the Arthur book series, written and illustrated by author Marc Brown. Alongside Sesame Street, it is PBS Kids' second longest-running show, the longest-running children's animated series, and the second longest-running animated series on television (behind The Simpsons).

The show is set in the fictional American city of Elwood City, and revolves around the lives of 8-year-old Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark, his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other.

Contents

Cast

For the full list of characters, see character listing.

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Michael Yarmush Arthur Read 1 2 3 4 5
Justin Bradley 6
Mark Rendall 7 8
Cameron Ansell 9 10 11
Dallas Jokic 12 13 14 15
Drew Adkins 16 17
William Healy 18 19 20
Michael Caloz Dora Winifred "D.W." Read 1 2 3
Oliver Grainger 4 5 6
Jason Szwimmer 7 8 9 10
Robert Naylor 11 12 13 14 15
Jake Beale 16 17
Andrew Dayton 18 19
Christian DiStefano 20
Daniel Brochu Buster Baxter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Jodie Resther Francine Fine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Melissa Altro Muffy Crosswire 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Luke Reid Alan "The Brain" Powers 1 2 3 4
Steven Crowder 5 6
Alex Hood 7 8 9
Paul-Stuart Brown 9 10 11
Lyle O'Donohoe 12 13 14 15
Siam Yu 16 17 18 19 20
Bruce Dinsmore Binky Barnes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
David Read 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Bailey 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Sonja Ball Jane Read 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Arthur Holden Nigel Ratburn 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Joanna Noyes Grandma Thora Read 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
A.J. Henderson Dave Read 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Ed Crosswire 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
PBS Kids
Season One October 7, 1996 November 15, 1996 30
Season Two October 20, 1997 April 17, 1998 20
Season Three November 16, 1998 January 1, 1999 15
Season Four October 5, 1999 October 18, 1999 10
Season Five September 4, 2000 November 6, 2000 10
Season Six September 24, 2001 November 26, 2001 10
Season Seven October 8, 2002 October 21, 2002 10
Season Eight September 15, 2003 December 26, 2003 10
Season Nine December 20, 2004 April 8, 2005 10
Season Ten May 15, 2006 May 26, 2006 10
Season Eleven June 25, 2007 September 7, 2007 10
Season Twelve October 6, 2008 April 24, 2009 10
Season Thirteen October 12, 2009 April 9, 2010 10
Season Fourteen October 11, 2010 April 28, 2011 10
Season Fifteen October 10, 2011 June 15, 2012 10
Season Sixteen October 15, 2012 May 10, 2013 10
Season Seventeen November 11, 2013 May 14, 2014 10
Season Eighteen September 29, 2014 September 10, 2015 10
Season Nineteen January 18, 2016 May 26, 2016 10
Season Twenty October 10, 2016 June 1, 2017 7
Season Twenty-One October 24, 2017 February 15, 2018 7
Feature Film
Season Arthur's Missing Pal July 1, 2006

Specials

Title Network Airdate
Arthur's Perfect Christmas PBS Kids November 23, 2000
Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll PBS Kids September 2, 2002
D.W. and the Beastly Birthday PBS Kids May 29, 2017
Arthur and the Haunted House PBS Kids October 23, 2017

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: A listing of characters in the series
  • Crew: A listing of the crew that works on the series

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season 10 March 25, 2008 5

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Season 11 September 2, 2008 5

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Episode Collections
Arthur Goes to the Doctor June 11, 2002 1

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Arthur the Good Sport June 11, 2002 1

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Arthur's Best School Days June 11, 2002 1

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Arthur's Great Summer June 11, 2002 1

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Arthur's Scary Stories July 16, 2002 1

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It's Only Rock & Roll October 1, 2002 1

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The Music Video October 1, 2002 1

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Arthur's Celebration October 8, 2002 1

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Arthur's Perfect Christmas October 8, 2002 1

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Arthur Goes to Hollywood January 14, 2003 1

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Hooray for Health September 8, 2011 1

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The Good Sport September 8, 2011 1

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Arthur's Travel Adventures March 20, 2012 1

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Soundtrack Releases

Title Release Date Tracks
Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (or Tape) October 20, 1998 19


Arthur's Perfect Christmas September 19, 2000 25


Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix September 11, 2001 16


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