Kids animated TV show 'Arthur' is ending after 25 seasons

goss 28/07/2021

It's the end of an era for one iconic kids TV show. After 25 years and 240 episodes, cartoon series Arthur will be no more.

“In the winter of 2022, the 25th and final season of Arthur will debut,” EP Carol Greenwald tells IGN via email. 

Rumours of the show's ending were circulating recently, when Kathy Waugh, the original developer of the show revealed that they hadn't produced a new episode in two years.

“Arthur is no longer in production. We had our wrap party two years ago,” Waugh told the 'Finding DW' podcast with Jason Szwimer. “I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired. 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.”

First airing back in 1996, Arthur focuses on the sweater-wearing aardvark Arthur Read and his family and friends in the fictional town of Elwood City. The series tackled a number of important issues over the years and has won four Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program. 

Arthur is the longest-running children’s animated series in the history of American television.