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There will soon be a day without reminder that every day when you walk down the street, everyone you meet has an original point of view.
But hey (hey!), Arthur had a good, long run.
The much-loved animated children’s show is coming to an end in early 2022 after the 25th and final season.
“Arthur is the longest-running animated series for children in history and is known for teaching kindness, empathy and inclusion through many groundbreaking moments to generations of viewers,” the show’s executive producer, Carol Greenwald, said in a statement. She added that the show will continue to be available on PBS KIDS for years to come.
Arthur followed its titular character, an eight-year-old earthworm as he navigated life among family, friends and school. The show had an ability to present characters from different cultures, classes and family backgrounds. At times, it was borderline pushing – an episode of the show’s spin-off, Postcards from Buster, received criticism from then-Education Secretary Margaret Spelling for a 2005 episode that featured lesbian parents, and Alabama Public Television refused to broadcast a 2019 episode showing a same-sex wedding.
The news of the show’s ending was first tipped earlier this month in an interview shown in the podcast on July 13 Find DW, where Arthur author Kathy Waugh revealed that the show was no longer in production and the last episode ended many years ago. “I think Arthur should come back, “she said.” I know I’m not alone in believing they made a mistake. “
Still, this may not be the end of Arthur: The Greenwald statement adds that “producer GBH and PBS KIDS continue to work together on additional Arthur content and share Arthur and his friends’ lessons in new ways.”
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