The BEST Episodes of Arthur

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2019

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.

Muffy's Classy Classics Club

#1 - Muffy's Classy Classics Club

Season 15 - Episode 12

Muffy starts a book club. Things don't go over so well when she starts picking out all the books for the club members to read.

star 10.00
1 votes
Jenna's Bedtime Blues

#2 - Jenna's Bedtime Blues

Season 7 - Episode 11

An invitation to Muffy's exclusive slumber party terrifies Jenna, an occaisional bed-wetter. How will she make it through the night without the other guests finding out her big secret?

star 10.00
1 votes
All Thumbs

#3 - All Thumbs

Season 17 - Episode 9

Arthur catches Buster sucking his thumb, which causes Buster to worry that Arthur will tell everyone at school.

star 10.00
2 votes
Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone

#4 - Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone

Season 22 - Episode 1

The gang can't believe that Mr. Ratburn is getting married.

star 10.00
2 votes
MacFrensky

#5 - MacFrensky

Season 13 - Episode 7

When Francine and the Brain are locked in a stiff competition to win student of the month, Muffy talks Francine into 'borrowing' Buster's toy and letting Brain take the blame for it. As the lies grow and the prize gets closer, however, Francine's guilt increases. Can she come clean and wash her hands of this dastardly deed?

star 9.50
2 votes
The Great MacGrady

#6 - The Great MacGrady

Season 13 - Episode 9

When Lakewood Elementary`s beloved lunch lady Mrs. MacGrady is diagnosed with cancer, Arthur and his friends all react differently to the news—Arthur and D.W. rush to her side with heaps of chicken soup and stuffed animals, Muffy tries to pretend that nothing in her life has changed, and Francine is so upset she can`t even bring herself to visit Mrs. MacGrady. In this moving episode, both parents and kids learn how they can come together to support Mrs. MacGrady and each other—and Lance Armstrong makes a special appearance to show Francine and the Elwood City residents how they can take a stand, or ride a bike, for cancer survivors.

star 9.50
2 votes
Wish You Were Here

#7 - Wish You Were Here

Season 19 - Episode 4

Sue Ellen meets her pen pal but he is more interested in fashion than world culture.

star 9.50
4 votes
Carried Away

#8 - Carried Away

Season 19 - Episode 7

Pal's cousin Dr. Yowl (a parody of Doctor Who) whisks Pal, Kate and Mei Lin away on an adventure through the solar system in his kennel (a parody of the TARDIS).

star 9.50
4 votes
Francine Frensky, Superstar

#9 - Francine Frensky, Superstar

Season 1 - Episode 20

Francine has always gotten the worst roles in school plays, so everyone in the Ratburn class asks Mr. Ratburn to give her a good part in the next one. The play is about Thomas Edison, and Francine is given the role of Edison himself. She takes her role very seriously, to the point where she starts to trying to run everything her way and insults her friends. After the hurt and the anger, they set out to show her that she can't just forget their needs

star 9.25
4 votes
Happy Anniversary

#10 - 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 9.14
7 votes
D.W. Goes to Washington

#11 - 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
5 votes
The Curse of the Grebes

#12 - 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
5 votes
The Great Sock Mystery

#13 - The Great Sock Mystery

Season 7 - Episode 2

Ever wonder where all those missing socks go? One minute they're in the laundry basket, and the next - poof! - they've vanished! Find out once and for all when Baby Kate and Pal - and some of their furry friends - team up to solve the great sock mystery.

star 9.00
3 votes
Tipping the Scales

#14 - Tipping the Scales

Season 9 - Episode 2

Everyone in Arthur's chorus group is excited about their upcoming performance in Crown City. Everyone knows nothing beats that post-concert cheesecake at Finklemeyers! But when strict Dr. Fugue replaces fun Mrs. Krasny as their teacher, the gang worries -- will music class ever be fun again?

star 9.00
3 votes
Flaw and Order

#15 - Flaw and Order

Season 10 - Episode 9

Dad's new crystal wedding cake platter is cracked, and Arthur is accused of breaking it after being caught on D.W.'s videotape, along with the off-screen noise of shattering glass. With the help of friends, Arthur and Buster launch a full Law and Order style investigation to find out what really happened. They become stumped trying to find out the source of an unknown sound that was also caught on tape.

star 9.00
1 votes
The Good, the Bad, and the Binky

#16 - The Good, the Bad, and the Binky

Season 13 - Episode 8

As Emily's new babysitter, Binky introduces his charge to the world of pro-wrestling, and teaches her some fierce moves. But when Emily starts ruffling the feathers of other pre-schoolers on the playground, Binky worries that he has not been the best role model. Can he restore Emily to her former, tea-party loving, self?

star 9.00
3 votes
Buster's New Friend

#17 - Buster's New Friend

Season 1 - Episode 26

Arthur is very surprised when Buster doesn't show up to watch Bionic Bunny with him and even more surprised when it turns out that Buster's hanging out with some new friend named Mike. Buster makes Mike sound plenty cool, but Arthur really needs Buster's help with their science project. What's worse is that Arthur keeps asking just who Mike is, but it seems like Buster can only gush about who Mike is, rather than give a straight answer. Arthur begins wonder if Buster isn't his friend anymore.

star 8.75
4 votes
Brain Gets Hooked

#18 - 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 8.75
4 votes
Buster's Sweet Success

#19 - Buster's Sweet Success

Season 6 - Episode 4

When Buster signs up to sell candy for the band, he figures it's easy money-who doesn't love chocolate? Buster soon wishes that somebody loved it more than he does, because he eats it all himself. Will the band be doomed to wear tattered uniforms and play old instruments forever?

star 8.67
3 votes
Don't Ask Muffy

#20 - Don't Ask Muffy

Season 7 - Episode 6

Muffy starts an advice column in the school newspaper to launch her career as a rich and famous talk-show host. There's only one problem - the kids are ignoring her, and flocking to a mystery advice-giver instead! If Muffy wants to be as popular as Hoprah Linseed, she'll have to learn a few lessons about competition and what really makes a good listener...

star 8.67
3 votes
The Lousy Week

#21 - 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 8.67
6 votes
D.W., All Fired Up

#22 - 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 8.63
8 votes
Fernkenstein's Monster

#23 - 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 8.60
5 votes
Castle in the Sky

#24 - 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 8.60
5 votes
Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe

#25 - Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe

Season 1 - Episode 18

The Read Family is having a big reunion, with aardvark relatives from all over coming. Arthur normally enjoys the festivities, such as sack-racing and swapping stories, but finds himself hiding because he's worried that his cousin Mo has a big practical joke planned for him. He remembers her being awful to him in the past and is sure that she has something big planned. However, his worries might just be unfounded. More Info - ECDC

star 8.60
5 votes