The Best Episodes of Arthur
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018
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 - 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."
#2 - 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?
#3 - Arthur's Toy Trouble
Season 19 - Episode 5
Arthur gets a Mutant Muck Monster as a gift, which he later learns is worth two million dollars unboxed, but it has fallen into the hands of D.W.
#4 - Kidonia
Season 17 - Episode 10
Arthur and friends create their own country where there are no rules or chores.
#5 - 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.
#6 - Lost!
Season 2 - Episode 17
Arthur gets on the wrong bus to his swimming lessons and gets lost. He acts maturely and asks people to help him get back to Elwood City.
#8 - Arthur's Mystery Envelope
Season 2 - Episode 20
Arthur gets an envelope from Mr.Haney to give to his mom but he's afraid that there's something bad in it!
#9 - Arthur's Birthday
Season 1 - Episode 19
Arthur is excited about his birthday. After shopping for party supplies, he makes invitations and passes them out at school. He then finds out that Muffy is having her party on the same day, at the same time. This starts a huge battle between the boys and the girls in the Ratburn class. Fortunately, Francine and Arthur devise a great solution to the problem.
#10 - Arthur's Underwear
Season 2 - Episode 9
Arthur has an embarrassing dream about being seen in his underwear and it gets even worse when it happens for real!
#12 - Arthur Babysits
Season 1 - Episode 17
Arthur has plenty of gripes about his past babysitters, but soon finds himself trying his hand at some babysitting of his own. He ends up having the Tibble Twins' Grandma ask him to babysit the infamous Tibble Twins and he agrees to the job. Despite the warnings from both his friends and D.W., he takes on the task and quickly finds himself overwhelmed. After some quick thinking, and a willingness to keep at things, he comes up with a plan. More Info - ECDC
#13 - Buster and the Daredevils
Season 2 - Episode 6
Buster meets these cool guys who knows skating tricks. He wants to be their friend but they dare him to do bad things. Will Buster see these guys for who they truly are?
#14 - It's a No-Brainer
Season 5 - Episode 5
After a loss in the rehearsal math-a-thon against Buster, Brain decides to work on his new life....as a Comedian. Now Brain wants to hand everything down to Buster so Buster could be the new brain.
#15 - The Squirrels
Season 10 - Episode 2
Buster and Arthur poke fun at a classic horror film called The Squirrels, shown to them by Mrs. Baxter. Both of them, however, are secretly scared by it and afraid to go outside. In fact, everyone in Arthur's class except Binky has seen the film and are suddenly spending a lot more time indoors doing homework. Arthur resorts to drastic measures to solve the problem until he realizes that the only way to face the fear is to confront it head-on.
#16 - Muffy's New Best Friend
Season 4 - Episode 4
Francine, tired of playing with Muffy because she never played soccer hangs out with Jenna, so Muffy searches for a new friend.
#17 - Arthur and the Whole Truth
Season 20 - Episode 2
#18 - Buster's Breathless
Season 4 - Episode 5
D.W. obtained poison ivy while playing a game, so Buster recaps his problem with asthma and how everyone was afraid of him being injured or getting themselves injured.
#19 - Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn
Season 1 - Episode 3
Arthur and Buster fear that their new teacher, Mr. Ratburn, is some kind of evil maniac who collects children's heads - until they discover the truth about him, of course.
#20 - The Friend Who Wasn't There
Season 18 - Episode 1
Muffy embarks on a quest to find her long-lost imaginary friend. But she gets more than she bargained for when she ventures into the Crosswires' basement.
#21 - Arthur's Eyes
Season 1 - Episode 1
Arthur is embarrassed because he now has to wear glasses.
#22 - Buster's Back
Season 3 - Episode 1
Buster returns after a extremely long trip to bond with his father and a nervous Arthur wonders if Buster's trip made him change?
#23 - Kids are From Earth, Parents are From Pluto
Season 5 - Episode 3
Francine's dad falling asleep in class? Arthur's dad telling food jokes in the cafeteria? Is it a bad dream?? No, it's Lakewood Elementary Parents Open House! How will the kids survive a whole evening of their parents' embarrassing antics?
#24 - D.W., the Picky Eater
Season 2 - Episode 5
D.W. is a picky eater an doesn't eat everything on her plate. Grandma Thora's birthday dinner is coming up soon and because of her actions in the past she's not invited. Can she overcome this and come to the dinner?
#25 - Francine's Bad Hair Day
Season 1 - Episode 2
Francine tries to get through picture day, without messing up her meticulously-crafted hairdo.