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Guest Column: How 25 Years of ‘Arthur’ Reflects the Legacy and Future of PBS Kids

The story of Arthur as a TV show on PBS Kids began in a library. GBH producer Carol Greenwald heard author Marc Brown give a reading to a group of children, but couldn’t speak to him because he was so mobbed by adoring Arthur book fans. The resulting collaboration, a television show with a goal […]

How ‘Barney & Friends’ and a Trip to Jamaica Led to the ‘Arthur’ Theme Song

There’s nothing more instantly recognizable about Arthur than its titular yellow-sweatered, eye-glassed aardvark, but the lyrics and music of the PBS KIDS’ series theme song might come in a close second. A “simple message” millennials and Gen Z can practically sing in their sleep, the song famously encourages listeners to turn both inward (“listen to […]

‘Arthur’ Creator Marc Brown, EP Carol Greenwald Talk Final Season, Hopes for Feature Film With John Legend

This week, Arthur took his final walk down the street — at least on linear TV. After 25 years on PBS, the iconic animated kids show that gifted generations of children lessons about friendship, kindness and what it means to grow up aired its final season, including a time jump finale titled “All Grown Up,” […]

‘Arthur’ Casting Director Reveals Why D.W. Read Has Only Ever Been Voiced by Young Boys

Dora Winifred “D.W.” Read, the bratty, tomboy younger sister of the title character from PBS’ long-running animated series Arthur, has only ever been voiced by boys because young girls “were just too sweet” for the role, according to the show’s voice director. Debra Toffan, who has worked as a voice director on the animated series […]