One of my favorite cartoons is celebrating his 20th Anniversary this month. Arthur Read, beloved cartoon aardvark, makes millions of kids smile and laugh. The show is packed with all sorts of themes addressing things that many kids experience, and presents it to them on their level. Holding the title of TV’s longest-running children’s animated series, Arthur kicks off season 20 on October 10th, with new episodes that give fans a glimpse into the “Past, Present, and Future” of their favorite characters. Especially noteworthy is the new episode titled “Cereal,” in which Buster launches a podcast to uncover the truth about a missing cereal box – a nod to the popular “Serial” podcast series.
Over the years, Arthur characters have taken on emotional topics, such as bullying, cancer, and autism, and have helped kids learn the important socio-emotional skills they need to navigate through life. This fall, Arthur will continue to provide adults with kid-friendly resources like the Arthur Family Health Website—a guide for caregivers to help children build and maintain healthy living habits. A wealth of games, lesson plans, videos and activities are also available on PBSKids.org.
We recently got a super fun activity pack. My kids couldn’t wait to break into it and go through it all. Here are a couple pictures of our activity pack:
You can check out a sneak peek of the new season here:
Program Descriptions and Air Dates (check local listings)
These episodes will also be available to stream and will be rolled out on October 10, 14, 21, and 28 on PBSKids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.
Buster’s Second Chance – premieres Monday, October 10
With the help of a little time travel, Buster turns back the clock to see what his life would be like if he were a genius. But will a life-winning science competitions mean a life without Arthur?
Arthur and the Whole Truth – premieres Monday, October 10
Arthur isn’t happy when he discovers that Buster has been telling him some white lies, even if it was just to spare his feelings. But can Arthur handle the harsh truth if Buster finally gives it to him?
Fern’s Flights of Fancy – premieres Tuesday, October 11
Will Fern give up her dreams of being a writer just because of one silly rejection? This is one case George might have to solve alone.
Cereal – premieres Tuesday, October 11
Buster tells the story of a missing cereal box on his all-new podcast. Will he be able to find the thief – and in the process – thetruth?
He Said, He Said – premieres Wednesday, October 12
A special episode of Bionic Bunny is interrupted, and Arthur, Buster, and George try to remember what comes next. But Carl is the only one who can straighten out the story.
Bunny Trouble – premieres Wednesday, October 12
D.W. is excited to be taking care of the class bunny, Larry. But when Larry is feeling adventurous and wanders off, it’s up to Ladonna the “Bunny Whisperer” to help get him back.
That’s MY Grandma! – premieres Thursday, October 13
D.W. gets jealous when Grandma Thora becomes the most popular babysitter in town.
Bud’s Knotty Problem – premieres Thursday, October 13
When Bud falls in love with a snazzy new pair of boots, he might face his toughest adventure yet – learning to tie his shoes.