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September 19, 2016

“WHAT A WONDERFUL KIND OF DAY!” FAMILY FAVORITE “ARTHUR” CELEBRATES 20th ANNIVERSARY ON WGBH

 

Season 20 of the classic children’s show kicks off with all-new episodes starting October 10th

 

September 19, 2016 (Boston, MA) – For 20 years, the EmmyÒ and Peabody award-winning PBS Kids series Arthur has entertained and delighted children and adults alike. Today, WGBH Boston, the series’ producer, announced Arthur’s 20th season and the premiere of all-new episodes starting October 10th. Easily recognized by its timeless and joyful theme song, the iconic animated PBS Kids series has touched audiences around the world with its heartfelt and humorous stories about family, friends, and the challenges of growing up.

The new season of Arthur gives fans a glimpse into the pasts, presents, and futures of their favorite characters. In the first episode, Buster uses a comic book to travel back in time, but ends up changing his fate and friendship with Arthur. Buster also stars in a fun and topical episode entitled “Cereal”—a nod to the popular “Serial” podcast series—in which he seeks to uncover the truth behind a mysterious theft.

“I could never have dreamed, 20 years ago, the wonderful adventure I was about to have with Arthur,” said Marc Brown, creator of Arthur, “It’s been so much fun working with the many talented, smart people who make Arthur happen. I think what’s most rewarding for all of us is using the medium of television to try and make children successful.”

“We are thrilled to be celebrating Arthur’s 20th anniversary,” added WGBH’s Carol Greenwald, Senior Executive Producer. “We hope that fans, new and old alike, will enjoy these new episodes, along with a host of fun, exclusive online and social media content we’ll be sharing leading up to and during the premiere.”

In addition to the broadcast, Arthur continues to help children, parents, and educators through its many digital and print resources, such as the Arthur Family Health Website—a guide for caregivers to help children build and maintain healthy living habits. Fans can also find a wealth of games, lesson plans, videos and activities on PBSKids.org.

Arthur has reached generations of fans through engaging characters and compelling storytelling,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “Arthur embodies PBS Kids’ commitment to help children learn important social-emotional skills, such as managing their emotions, building friendships and developing self-esteem.”

Take a peek at what makes Arthur unique here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3rkA4cQUCc

Episode information and air dates for Arthur are listed below. The episodes will also be available to stream and will be rolled out on October 10th, 14th, 21st, and 28th 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.

 

Program Descriptions and Air Dates (at 1:30 p.m. on WGBH 2)

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. 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. 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 – the truth?

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.

 

About Arthur

ARTHUR, based on the best-selling books by Marc Brown, is television's longest-running children’s animated series. Over the past 19 seasons, Arthur has remained one of the highest-rated weekday children’s series on PBS among children 4-8. ARTHUR has won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA, and seven Daytime Emmys®-four for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation, Inc. Executive producers are Carol Greenwald (WGBH) and Marc Brown (Marc Brown Studios). Directed by Greg Bailey. Funding for Arthur is provided by public television viewers. Corporate funding is provided by ABC Mouse®. For more information, visit pbskids.org/arthur and follow ARTHUR on Facebook and Twitter.
 

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including MasterpieceAntiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, ArthurCurious George, and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.
 

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video app 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. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

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