- The last four new “Arthur” episodes air this week on PBS. We’ll be over here getting all emotional.
- The longest-running animated children’s show revolved around a kid insecure about his aardvark nose.
- “Arthur” dove into serious topics such as divorced parents, same-sex marriage and memory loss.
- “In many ways, he helped us all grow up,” says “Arthur” creator Marc Brown.
Long before Arthur became a children’s television treasure, he was an aardvark with nose insecurities in a popular book series.
But in 1996, author and illustrator Marc Brown turned “Arthur” into what eventually became the longest-running animated children’s TV series. With more than 200 episodes spanning 25 years on PBS, “Arthur” touched the lives of several generations, from Gen X parents who watched with their millennial children to Gen Z youngsters who can recognize traces of the show with internet memes.