- The longest-running childhood animated show, Arthur, aired its final episodes on Monday.
- The show was revered for its track record of solving tough storylines, including bullying.
- it also became part of meme culture when an image of Arthur making a fist in frustration went viral.
As iconic PBS show Arthur draws to a close after 25 years, fans are taking to social media to reflect on the impact it has had on their lives.
Arthur followed an aardvark of the same name and his friends Buster, Francine and Muffy as they grew up in Elwood City.
The show has been revered for its track record of tackling tough conversations, including bullying and illness. He made history and garnered praise in 2019 when Arthur’s teacher, Mr Ratburn, came out gay and got married.
“Nerds, bullies, punk kids, computer geeks, tomboys and princesses have all had screen time,” Aaron Edwards wrote in a retrospective post for Atlantic. “And not only that: they have arcs, interiority and storylines that present elements of their identity at odds with the world around them.”
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Marc Brown, who wrote the books Arthur was based on, said The New York Times“So many episodes stem from the experiences of our writing team – and they always turn out to be useful and relevant for kids! There are episodes, like the one about head lice, that every time we We’re posting them because it’s still an ongoing issue for a lot of kids, it’s getting a lot of positive feedback.”
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Although the show is aimed at younger audiences, Arthur has stepped up to be part of the show as well. culture meme in 2016 when an image of Arthur making a fist went viral as a popular way to show frustration among young adults.
The longest-running animated children’s show in history aired its final episodes on Monday. Screenwriter Kathy Waugh first announced that the series would end in July.
Arthur aired its first episode in 1996 and won four Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Animated Children’s Program. Reruns of the show are available on PBS Kids.