Awesome: Arthur

PBS Kids Television Series

  • The redemption of the Tough Customers is the culmination of several years of character development, especially on Binky and Molly's part. Molly tells James that bullying is wrong, and when James asks if she will apologize to those she hurt, Molly writes apology letters to Binky (she snapped at him) and George (after years of victimization).
  • "Arthur's Big Hit". Albeit, it was intended to be a Kick the Dog moment. But, admit it. You thought that D.W. deserved to get hit.
    • Binky reacts by telling Arthur off, which is... amusing if you've watched the show from the beginning.
    • This also counts as Memetic Mutation thanks to good ol' Youtube.
    • It's not so much the "hitting" as the fact that it's one of the few occasions where D.W. gets any sort of comeuppance for her behavior, since she's hardly ever punished or called out for it. When Arthur gets upset for having his model broken and even reminds her of his constant warnings that she was "not to touch it", D.W. is in no way sympathetic or apologetic towards him, even if she didn't know better in thinking the model plane could fly. As such, seeing him generally stand up for himself was somewhat satisfying, even if what he actually did was wrong.
  • The show has many Very Special Episodes about things such as Cancer, 9/11, and Asperger Syndrome that are quite good both in logic and in execution.
    • The Asperger Syndrome episode gives an analogy to what having Aspergers is like and is generally well done, even implying how it levels out when you get older and you become less....Rain Man.
    • "Operation D.W." Not the episode itself, but the execution of it. The operation in question involves D.W. having tubes inserted into her ears, a very common solution for childhood ear infections. The beauty behind having D.W. undergo such a simple procedure is that the episode focus stays on the basics of dealing with surgery, rather than any causes of fear, stress, or pain that might come after the operation (and don't necessarily apply to everybody). The writers avoided scaring a lot of children unnecessarily.
    • In the same vein, "S.W.E.A.T" helps viewers by focusing on dealing with test anxiety, without showing outcomes that might justify that fear.
  • As of 2013, There is now Audio Description of the show.
  • "Arthur Cleans Up". Pal nearly chokes to death on the Tough Customers' garbage. Arthur gets fed up, and puts them in their place. He demands that the Tough Customers help him to clean up the park, complete with Death Glare, and they comply.
  • "I'd Rather Read it Myself." D.W. spends an entire episode pretending to read to the Tibble twins. She weaves a shedload of Continuity Porn into a compelling tale, leaving the boys in suspense the entire time. After borrowing the book, the boys are told that it's really about Leonardo da Vinci. D.W.'s gimmick stays intact, because they think that the book is different every time that it's read. It makes sense that they would think this way; they're four years old. It's one of those rare moments where D.W. is liked rather than hated.
  • Muffy's Dream Sequence in Lights, Camera, Opera! in which Muffy, Binky, Francine, Prunella, George, Buster and Rodney Gilfry perform an Arthur-ized interpretation of Bizet's Carmen. The characters sing ingeniously-plot-relevant lyrics to the famous melodies from Carmen; Muffy's rendition of Habanera is particularly awesome.
  • "Fifteen." Arthur's report is recovered just in time to give his class a No Homework Day (which, given Nigel Ratburn, is awesome in itself), George wins a quiz show, as well as money for the school and Pal foils Nemo.
  • "D.W. Rides Again." Love or hate D.W., when she taught herself to ride a two-wheeled bicycle at the end, nearly turning herself into one giant scab in the end, catching up with Arthur and his friends, and showing up the Tibble twins all in one was pretty impressive.
    • "D.W. Thinks Big" has her crawling inside an organ to retrieve the wedding ring, showing up her spoiled and show-offy Cousin Cora, Arthur gets in on the action by stealthly reminding Cora not to ruin the wedding by throwing a tantrum with just saying her name.
  • Fern gets sick of being teased for her passion, and dares her classmates to try it.
    • Another potential one for her is her performance in the special "It's Only Rock and Roll". Who knew she could be so good at singing?
  • Josh Herdman and Yo Yo Ma's cover of The Crazy Bus actually makes the Most Annoying Sound become a lot more bearable.
  • "Flaw and Order." How did Alan get his hands on sound enhancement software? Let's not question it, because it saved Arthur and Buster.
  • In "The Silent Treatment", George accidentally drops Wally into the river. Without missing a beat, Sue Ellen scoots down the riverbank, stick in hand, and fishes him out. Now that's badass.
  • In "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon," Arthur proves that juice caps are more fun than Woogles and starts a fad himself in the process.
  • "To Eat or Not to Eat" is an episode about a very addictive and very dangerous candy bar being marketed to children. Buster puts a stop to it by learning what's in it, touring the factory, and offering the creator a candy bar, which sends him running off. Buster's mom then writes about it for the paper, putting an end to the candy company and sending the creator to jail.
  • Season 18 has provided a couple of rare ones for D.W. In "The Tattletale Frog," Bud inadvertently gets blamed for a big mess in the Read house that he and D.W. made together and that was essentially D.W.'s idea. Later, Jane threatens to call Bud's mother about this, and D.W. breaks down sobbing, after which she confesses. It's one of the rare times D.W. has been disciplined onscreen or more importantly, shown remorse for anything she's done.
    • In "D.W. and Bud's Higher Purpose," D.W. and Bud are determined to ride The Buzzard, a roller coaster clearly meant for older kids. D.W. spends the whole episode trying to help Bud find a way onto the ride so she can keep her end of the pact they made. She even lets Bud spit on her hand to seal the pact. When D.W. sees just how intense the ride actually is, she agrees not to go on it, whereas in earlier episodes she might've insisted on going. YMMV, but it shows she's maturing, perhaps because of Bud's influence.
  • In Elwood City Turns 100, there's a lot of bickering going on. Arthur getting annoyed with Francine's constructive criticism about his singing while Buster and Brain argue about whether to make the play accurate or put some fantasy in it. Muffy blows a flute and gets everyone to work together.
    Muffy: We were chosen out of 15 schools to put on this show, but maybe they were wrong to pick us. Maybe they should've picked Mighty Mountain or Glenbrook. After all, would they be arguing? No, they'd be working together. Something we just can't seem to do.