The BEST Episodes of Arthur

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2019

Network: PBS

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.

The Great MacGrady

#1 - 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 9.67
3 votes
Tipping the Scales

#2 - 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 9.25
4 votes
D.W. Goes to Washington

#3 - 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 9.17
6 votes
Francine Frensky, Superstar

#4 - 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 9.17
6 votes
Happy Anniversary

#5 - 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 9.00
8 votes
Fernkenstein's Monster

#6 - 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 8.83
6 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 8.78
9 votes
April 9th

#8 - 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 8.75
4 votes
Fern's Slumber Party

#9 - Fern's Slumber Party

Season 2 - Episode 30

Fern is not the most popular girl at school and she likes it that way but her mother doesn't so she throws a slumber party and tells all the kids to come. Eventually everything turns out great and she ends up getting the reputation as a detective.

star 8.75
4 votes
Arthur Plays the Blues

#10 - 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 8.67
6 votes
D.W., Dancing Queen

#11 - D.W., Dancing Queen

Season 8 - Episode 8

When Binky and D.W. are paired up for a school project, they discover a mutual love for dancing, and decide to perform for the class. Everything seems great until Binky realizes that D.W. is not as talented when it comes to rhythm and beats and coordination. He decides to teach her the principles of ballet himself, but soon becomes frustrated by her practically non-existent progress. Will the duo get their act together in time?

star 8.67
6 votes
Buster's Sweet Success

#12 - 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 8.50
4 votes
Don't Ask Muffy

#13 - 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 8.50
4 votes
The Curse of the Grebes

#14 - 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 8.50
6 votes
Bully for Binky

#15 - Bully for Binky

Season 1 - Episode 45

Binky is the toughest kid in school and everyone is afraid of him. He messes with the wrong person: Sue Ellen, and thinks that she is a pushover until he finds out that she is a blackbelt in Tai-Kwan-Do!

star 8.50
2 votes
Love Notes for Muffy

#16 - Love Notes for Muffy

Season 2 - Episode 31

When Muffy annoys Francine and Brain they decide to get even with her by sending her fake love notes for an anonymous person to make her look goofy.

star 8.50
2 votes
My Music Rules

#17 - 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
The Boy with His Head in the Clouds

#18 - 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
Lights, Camera, Opera!

#19 - Lights, Camera, Opera!

Season 9 - Episode 9

Mr Crosswire brings Muffy to an opera; she thinks she won't like it.

star 8.50
4 votes
D.W. Beats All

#20 - 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
When Carl met George

#21 - When Carl met George

Season 13 - Episode 10

George is excited about spending time with his new friend, Carl, who seems to know all kind of cool facts about trains and about... well lots of things! Then George learns that Carl has Asperger's Syndrome - a form of autism that makes Carl see the world differently than most people. Can George and Carl remain good friends - and perhaps even learn from each other?

star 8.50
4 votes
The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Tibble

#22 - The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Tibble

Season 13 - Episode 12

The Tibbles sell their art works to raise money for a toy by using pity.

star 8.50
2 votes
Arthur Accused!

#23 - Arthur Accused!

Season 1 - Episode 12

Arthur had a job to collect coins for Mrs. McGrady to raise money for a new dog for the Elwood City firemen, and when he left the bag of quarters where Mrs. McGrady was working, she said she never received them. While this was happening, Buster opened his detective agency, he has no idea his first job will involve Arthur. Now, it is up to Buster to solve this mystery, was Arthur the real thief?....

star 8.50
4 votes
The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club!

#24 - The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club!

Season 1 - Episode 56

Muffy's dad decides to ban all the Scare-Your-Pants-Off books because Muffy got a nightmare from it so Arthur and the kids band together to put a stop to it.

star 8.50
2 votes
Sue Ellen and the Brainasaurus

#25 - Sue Ellen and the Brainasaurus

Season 3 - Episode 6

Once again Mr.Ratburn assigns another partner project. This time Sue Ellen gets partnered up with Brain? Soon he starts to be a report hog and gets on Sue Ellen's nerves. Can she snap him to his senses to get this prehistoric project done with as a team?

star 8.50
4 votes