The Best Episodes of Arthur

Arthur Read, the spectacular bespectacled aardvark, stars in this children's series about growing up. Typical childhood problems such as bratty siblings, schoolyard bullies and classroom cliques are addressed by this popular program which has been running for 20 years on PBS. Developed from Marc Brown's beloved books, Arthur reminds us all of how it feels to be 8 years old. Just like your average kid, Arthur overcomes the dreaded obstacles of third-grade life, such as his tough teacher Mr. Ratburn, bullies, and mountains of homework. At home, Arthur must also face the pint-sized terror known as his sister Dora Winifred, or D.W. for short. Everything between these two is a struggle; such as who gets control of the television remote, or who can play their Crazy Bus CD. Arthur often relies on his best friend Buster Baxter, a rabbit.

Brain Gets Hooked

#1 - Brain Gets Hooked

Season 13 - Episode 6

Brain gets hooked on the latest tween reality show, Junior Island. He knows he has a problem when he starts to ignore his friends and his schoolwork. But what can he do to break the addiction?

star 10.00
2 votes
Happy Anniversary

#2 - Happy Anniversary

Season 10 - Episode 1

Mr. Ratburn shows a film about perspective and then assigns the class an essay about it. Arthur and Buster are disappointed to have homework on the weekend of the big Bionic Bunny / Dark Bunny special (in which everything will be revealed), but vow to complete it before the start of the special. Arthur, however, struggles with the assignment. Mr. and Mrs. Read are celebrating their tenth anniversary at a fancy restaurant. They're dropping Arthur off for Buster's sleepover and D.W. at Grandma Thora's. But car troubles leave everyone stranded. Things seemingly go from bad to worse when Arthur and D.W. get locked in a storage room in an old diner. They're disappointed, and a bit scared, but find inspiration in an old radio drama called "Kid Carter and his Sidekick Mistral."

star 9.17
6 votes
The Curse of the Grebes

#3 - The Curse of the Grebes

Season 10 - Episode 10

Three new power hitters join the Elwood City baseball team, The Grebes. Buster and Harry are huge fans and attend almost every game. But when the team begins to lose the championship, Buster learns the story about a decades-old curse that was set on the team, and wonders if he is the carrier of that curse, because the Grebes seem to lose every game he is at.

star 9.00
4 votes
D.W. Goes to Washington

#4 - D.W. Goes to Washington

Season 2 - Episode 19

It's the 1st family trip and Arthur gets to choose. He chooses going to Washington, D.C. and D.W. thinks that she's going to be bored until she accidentally runs into the president of U.S.A.

star 9.00
4 votes
D.W.'s Snow Mystery

#5 - D.W.'s Snow Mystery

Season 1 - Episode 43

D.W. loses her snowball out the freezer. Her 3 main suspects are Francine, Buster, & Arthur but in the end everyone is innocent. D.W. doesn't find out what happened to her snowball but she still has a feeling it was Arthur.

star 9.00
2 votes
The Lousy Week

#6 - The Lousy Week

Season 5 - Episode 9

An army of lice has been unleashed on the heads of Lakewood Elementary. Now, the whole school must get rid of them before they all go insane.

star 8.60
5 votes
D.W., All Fired Up

#7 - D.W., All Fired Up

Season 3 - Episode 3

D.W. loves school (being in Pre-School and all) and wants to go everyday, but when Ms.Morgan starts doing fire drills she fears for her safety and doesn't want to go anymore. Will she get over her fear of fire drills?

star 8.57
7 votes
Castle in the Sky

#8 - Castle in the Sky

Season 9 - Episode 1

The gang is devastated after their tree house collapses. It was the best place to hang out in the whole world! Can architect Frank Gehry get them to agree on a new design and help them to rebuild?

star 8.50
4 votes
The Wheel Deal

#9 - The Wheel Deal

Season 14 - Episode 1

Brain learns how to play basketball while in a wheelchair from a girl named Lydia.

star 8.50
2 votes
Prunella Deegan and the Disappointing Ending

#10 - Prunella Deegan and the Disappointing Ending

Season 13 - Episode 2

The final volume of the Henry Screever series, The Knights of the Bouillabaisse, is released at last. Prunella and Marina compete to see who will be first to finish the book, but the two friends soon learn that speed reading does not always pay off.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Agent of Change

#11 - The Agent of Change

Season 14 - Episode 3

Annoyed by gender stereotypes in the media, Francine, Muffy and Molly make their own little animated movie with girls as the main characters.

star 8.50
2 votes
Fernkenstein's Monster

#12 - Fernkenstein's Monster

Season 8 - Episode 7

When Fern composes a truly terrifying tale, the rest of her classmates begin to fear her. Determined to win them back, she tries her hand at a being a fun author rather than a scary one. Will she succeed?

star 8.50
4 votes
The Boy with His Head in the Clouds

#13 - The Boy with His Head in the Clouds

Season 6 - Episode 13

All the kids know that George is smart -- so why does he sometimes have trouble reading and writing? With a little help from others with dyslexia like Principal Haney ... and Leonardo DaVinci! ... George and the gang discover that learning happens in all different ways.

star 8.50
2 votes
D.W. Beats All

#14 - D.W. Beats All

Season 9 - Episode 17

The Tibbles receive a new set of drums and want to perform in the Summer Serenade Festival, leaving D.W. to moan over not having her own instrument.

star 8.50
2 votes
My Music Rules

#15 - My Music Rules

Season 4 - Episode 19

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Saxophonist Joshua Redman were invited by Grandma Thora and D.W, Arthur and his friends. They battle over what kind of music is better than the rest-Classical or Jazz.

star 8.50
2 votes
Arthur's TV-Free Week

#16 - Arthur's TV-Free Week

Season 2 - Episode 13

It's trouble, right here in Elwood City. The kids--and their parents--have all pledged not to watch TV for one whole week. That's days, hours, and a whole bunch of minutes (10,680 to be exact, as Buster is horrified to discover). Can they last? Who will be the first to break?

star 8.40
5 votes
Francine's Split Decision

#17 - Francine's Split Decision

Season 7 - Episode 3

Lakewood Elementary is sure to win the big bowling tournament on Saturday, with Francine leading the team. So what if Francine's cousin is having his Bar Mitzvah at exactly that same time? The amazing Francine can be in both places - or at least seem to be- and no one will be the wiser. Or so she thinks...

star 8.33
3 votes
George Blows His Top

#18 - George Blows His Top

Season 9 - Episode 4

George is very generous with his things and is willing to give people things. Buster begins to take advantage of George asking him for so many things. But George is shy and is afraid to tell Buster no. Will he have the courage to stand up to his friend

star 8.33
3 votes
D.W.'s Stray Netkitin

#19 - D.W.'s Stray Netkitin

Season 12 - Episode 5

D.W. enjoys taking care of her Netkitten, Tickly, but finds herself cut off when the Read family computer suffers from not one, but two computer viruses. Arthur and Buster reluctantly agree to help, but D.W. worries that they're trying to make the pet their own. She turns to Emily for help, but finds herself in much the same situation.

star 8.33
3 votes
April 9th

#20 - April 9th

Season 7 - Episode 18

After a huge fire in the teacher's lounge during the middle of the day Elwood Elementary School gets closed down. Frustrated with the devastation Arthur and his friends all react differently during the aftermath of the situation.

star 8.33
3 votes
I'd Rather Read It Myself

#21 - I'd Rather Read It Myself

Season 3 - Episode 4

The Tibble Twins can do anything better than D.W. They even learned how to ride a 2-wheeler before her, so D.W. tries the impossible and tells them that she is able to read before them. They challenge her and she picks up a book and makes up a story, but when the Tibble's bring the book home for their Grandma to read to them her trick is revealed!

star 8.25
4 votes
So Long, Spanky

#22 - So Long, Spanky

Season 1 - Episode 25

D.W. is devastated when her pet parakeet, Spanky, dies. She has a funeral for him and doesn't want to replace him with any other pet. Naturally, she's terribly annoyed when a slimy, warty toad starts following her around and getting into Spanky's stuff. She tries to get it to leave for good, but it seems to have other ideas.

star 8.25
4 votes
Arthur Plays the Blues

#23 - Arthur Plays the Blues

Season 6 - Episode 3

Although Arthur's beloved piano teacher is retiring, she assures him that the new teacher is outstanding and famous, too! Then Arthur meets Dr. Fugue-who's as strict as he is odd-and begins to doubt his own abilities. Will Arthur be fired from playing the piano?

star 8.25
4 votes
Background Blues

#24 - Background Blues

Season 3 - Episode 7

Mr. Ratburn assigns a project that involves family ancestors. Muffy and Francine turn this project into a competition to see who has the best ancestors.

star 8.20
5 votes
Germophobia

#25 - Germophobia

Season 11 - Episode 2

Buster friends are getting tired of his unclean habits --- he plays hide-and-seek in trash cans, eats food that's been on the ground and doesn't always wash his hands. They've decided he needs to clean up, or they're not coming to his pool party. When they teach him about germs, however, he begins to fear them everywhere. Now, he's afraid to touch anything and is seeing swarms of imaginary germs wherever he goes.

star 8.17
6 votes