The WORST Episodes of Arthur

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2021

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.

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In My Africa

#1 - In My Africa

Season 14 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 27, 2011

When Brain's cousin Cheikh moves to Elwood City from Senegal, D.W. is embarrassed that she knows nothing about the continent. With the help of Brain, she makes a song to re-memorize all the names of African countries.

star 2.83
6 votes
Spoiled Rotten!

#2 - Spoiled Rotten!

Season 11 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 6, 2007

When Francine accuses Muffy of being a spoiled brat, Muffy is determined to prove otherwise. The school's clothing drive seems like the perfect opportunity, but Muffy's ideas of charity don't exactly impress Francine. Muffy wrestles with the idea of being spoiled and tries to learn what it means to be charitable.

star 4.00
2 votes
Opposites Distract

#3 - Opposites Distract

Season 17 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2013

Arthur and Buster study together, an experience that teaches them they're better friends than roommates.

star 4.00
1 votes
Sue Ellen Vegges Out

#4 - Sue Ellen Vegges Out

Season 16 - Episode 17 - Aired May 9, 2013

Sue Ellen makes a change in her diet, prompting Muffy and Francine to try and imitate her vegetarianism.

star 4.33
3 votes
Pets and Pests

#5 - Pets and Pests

Season 17 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 22, 2014

There's a mouse loose in the Read home! And D.W. wants it gone…NOW! When traps fail, Arthur enlists the help of an expert mouse catcher…a fearless hunter who laughs in the face of danger: Nemo??

star 4.33
3 votes

#6 - Framed!

Season 17 - Episode 18 - Aired May 13, 2014

From PBS KIDS: Framed - Buster has just won the best young artist award at the Elwood City Arts Festival. Sensing his work might be worth something someday, Muffy hires Buster to paint her portrait. But can Buster satisfy his critical client?

star 4.33
3 votes
Binky Goes Nuts

#7 - Binky Goes Nuts

Season 9 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 8, 2005

When Binky discovers that he's allergic to peanuts, he has so many questions: Will he be forced to live without Chinese food? Will he ever again be able to eat with his friends? And most importantly, will his Mom ever calm down? Binky learns that the best way not to go nuts is to be well informed and to understand his allergy. (official website synopsis)

star 4.38
32 votes
The Cherry Tree

#8 - The Cherry Tree

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 20, 2009

When her favorite cherry tree is cut down, Muffy rethinks the consequences of having a Dream Bouncy Castle at her party

star 4.41
34 votes
The Last Day

#9 - The Last Day

Season 19 - Episode 19 - Aired May 23, 2016

Arthur and his friends are moving into the fourth grade, which Muffy and Francine are concerned about. Meanwhile, Arthur and Buster have their sights set on being in the fourth-grade class taught by the 'cool' new teacher.

star 4.50
6 votes
The Last Day (Part 2)

#10 - The Last Day (Part 2)

Season 19 - Episode 20 - Aired May 23, 2016

star 4.50
6 votes
The Best Day Ever

#11 - The Best Day Ever

Season 16 - Episode 19 - Aired May 10, 2013

Everyone remembers their best days.

star 4.50
2 votes
Two Minutes

#12 - Two Minutes

Season 18 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 7, 2015

Power shifts in the Tibble household when the twins find out Tommy is two minutes older than Timmy. Frustrated in his new role, Timmy enlists the help of an expert older brother tamer: D.W.!

star 4.50
2 votes
Francine and the Soccer Spy

#13 - Francine and the Soccer Spy

Season 21 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 26, 2017

When Ladonna befriends a new member of the Mighty Mountain soccer team, Francine becomes convinced she is leaking top secret team info.

star 4.50
4 votes
Nicked by a Name

#14 - Nicked by a Name

Season 14 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 13, 2010

Brain gives everyone nicknames, but Arthur doesn't like his nickname

star 4.50
4 votes
Read and Flumbergast

#15 - Read and Flumbergast

Season 16 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 19, 2012

Bud believes that Tommy Tibble ate his cupcake. In order to prove his case he hires D.W. and Nadine as his lawyers.

star 4.67
3 votes
Brain's Biggest Blunder

#16 - Brain's Biggest Blunder

Season 16 - Episode 13 - Aired May 7, 2013

Brain teaches Buster arithmetic.

star 4.67
3 votes
On the Buster Scale

#17 - On the Buster Scale

Season 16 - Episode 15 - Aired May 8, 2013

Buster and Brain disagree over movie reviews.

star 4.67
3 votes
Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story

#18 - Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story

Season 16 - Episode 16 - Aired May 9, 2013

Suffering from a case of writers' block, Fern begins to copy some of Ladonna's stories.

star 4.67
3 votes
Go Fly a Kite

#19 - Go Fly a Kite

Season 17 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 22, 2014

From PBS KIDS: While playing in the park, Binky, Muffy, and Ladonna stumble upon an abandoned kite. After failing to find the owner, the trio decides to take joint custody of the toy. But sharing it is easier said than done…

star 4.67
3 votes
Caught in the Crosswires

#20 - Caught in the Crosswires

Season 17 - Episode 17 - Aired May 13, 2014

From PBS KIDS: Caught in the Crosswires - Muffy is thrilled when mega producer J3 chooses her family for his latest reality TV project. After all, she was born to be star! But when Muffy's asked to amp up the drama between her and Bailey, she worries that she's being portrayed as a spoiled brat. Is it possible reality TV isn't as realistic as she thought?

star 4.67
3 votes
Brain Freeze

#21 - Brain Freeze

Season 17 - Episode 20 - Aired May 14, 2014

From PBS KIDS: Brain Freeze - A new ice cream shop has just opened up across the block. With whimsical flavor names, futuristic furniture, and a cute mascot named Puk Puk, Yumbobo is threatening to put Brain's shop out of business. It's gonna be a rocky road…

star 4.67
3 votes
Sue-Ellen & the Last Page

#22 - Sue-Ellen & the Last Page

Season 21 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 2017

star 4.67
3 votes
So Funny I Forgot to Laugh

#23 - So Funny I Forgot to Laugh

Season 16 - Episode 18 - Aired May 10, 2013

Arthur's teasing of Sue Ellen's new sweater makes her feel bad.

star 4.75
4 votes
Adventures in Budylon

#24 - Adventures in Budylon

Season 17 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 12, 2013

D.W. and Bud have an adventure in the backyard.

star 4.75
4 votes
Pick a Car, Any Car

#25 - Pick a Car, Any Car

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 25, 2002

When the Read family car breaks down, Arthur is heartbroken...and a little bit suspicious. Will he be able to use his brain to save the vehicle before his parents replace it?

star 5.00
7 votes