The Best Episodes of Arthur
Last Updated: Jan 21, 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.
#1 - 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?
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - 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.
#5 - 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?
#6 - All Thumbs
Season 17 - Episode 9
Arthur catches Buster sucking his thumb, which causes Buster to worry that Arthur will tell everyone at school.
#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).
#9 - 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."
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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
#13 - 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?
#14 - 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?
#15 - 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
#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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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?
#20 - 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?
#21 - 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!
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - 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?