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The Longest Running Animated Children TV Show in History Comes to a Close After 25 Years

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The PBS Kids series, Arthur created from the picture books of the same name by Marc Brown, has officially wrapped up, but that won't be the end of it. On Monday, February 21, the last four episodes of the show's 25th season aired.

All Grown Up

The series finale, “All Grown Up”, explores Arthur and his pal's future 20 years ahead. Arthur ages gracefully with a new haircut and beard but still retains his old round glasses. He is on his way to becoming a published author of a graphic book that narrates his childhood and life story sparked by lifetime friendships. It begins with his first pair of glasses, referenced as the show's pilot episode 'Arthur's Eyes' that aired in 1996.

His friends also have bright futures, with Muffy campaigning to become Elwood City’s next mayor, Binky becoming a weatherperson and Buster pursuing teaching. George becomes the owner of Sugar Bowl, the town’s fave café, D.W. is traffic police while Francine manages a chic sneaker corporation.

Brown's Say

Brown decided that it would be good to end the show after 25 seasons. And after all these years, the team has accumulated 600 stories on timeless topics that’ll help kids and families. 

Brown aims to try new things, given that technology has evolved in the last 25 years. Games and podcasts are but a few they can invent as well as continuing with public service spots on PBS.

Meanwhile

Throughout its run, Arthur has scooped a BAFTA Children's Award along with four Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding children's animated programs.

The show has gained traction not just with the youngsters but with adults as well, rating at 73% on IMDb and an overall audience likeability of 87%, branded as one of the best children’s shows EVER!

You can stream the last episodes of Arthur on PBS Kids' YouTube channel or Prime Video.

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