Arthur Is Coming To An End Following Final Season With Characters As Adults
For 25 years children have been entertained by stories of Arthur and his friends, but the long-running animated series is soon set to come to an end.
Naturally, I grew out of the show as I got older, but the series is set to pay homage to even long-lost viewers with its final series as it flashes forward to reveal what the characters are like as adults.
The final four episodes of Arthur are set to air in the US next month as part of a marathon for its 25th anniversary, with a press release explaining the final scenes will ‘culminate in a much-anticipated ending that gives a glimpse into what’s in store for the future of these beloved characters.’
It won’t all be about getting jobs and paying bills, though, as in true Arthur fashion the episodes will see the aardvark and his pals ‘solve a mystery, see a silent movie, find out what it’s like to be a reporter, learn how to help a grieving friend, go on a family vacation and get a hint of their futures from a mysterious fortune-telling game’, People reports.
Sara DeWitt, Senior Vice President and General Manager of PBS Kids, commented on the conclusion of the show in a statement, saying:
For more than 25 years, Arthur and his friends have kept viewers learning and growing through their true-to-life experiences. We can’t wait to debut these episodes and introduce new Arthur content that will give fans more ways to engage with their favorite aardvark.
Having premiered in October 1996, Arthur is the longest-running animated children’s programme in the US and the second-longest-running animated series behind The Simpsons.
Screenwriter and series co-creator Kathy Waugh has previously admitted she wasn’t sure why the show was coming to an end, telling the Finding DW podcast she didn’t know ‘if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired.’
She added that the series had actually been wrapped up behind the scenes a long time ago, saying: ‘To me, it felt evergreen, like it was never going to end but it did end, we finished the last episode, season 25, two years ago.’
Arthur’s final episodes will air on PBS on February 21, though executive producer Carol Greenwald has told IGN producer GBH and PBS KIDS will continue to share the lessons of Arthur ‘in new ways’ with additional content.
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