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** D.W. She gets a lot of hate for her [[BrattyHalfPint brattiness]] and [[KarmaHoudini lack of punishment]], but her childishness and unfailing [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] have both garnered her some fans.
*** Likewise, the ''D.W. The Picky Eater'' [[VideoGame/LivingBooks Living Book]] is tagged as FanonDiscontinuity by fans of the Living Books franchise, as it was made by a different company and does not use the Mohawk engine. Fans of D.W. do not care about what the fans of the Living Books franchise think and consider it as good as, if not better than, ''Arthur's Reading Race''.

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** D.W. She gets a lot of hate for her [[BrattyHalfPint brattiness]] and [[KarmaHoudini lack of punishment]], but her childishness and unfailing [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] have both garnered her some fans.
*** Likewise, the
The ''D.W. The Picky Eater'' [[VideoGame/LivingBooks Living Book]] is tagged as FanonDiscontinuity by fans of the Living Books franchise, as it was made by a different company and does not use the Mohawk engine. Fans of D.W. do not care about what the fans of the Living Books franchise think and consider it as good as, if not better than, ''Arthur's Reading Race''.



** While D.W. is a spoiled-brat in the show, she's not a monster and does have moments where she can be kind and helpful. Despite this, there are more than a few ''Arthur'' fanfics that exaggerate D.W. into a full-on EnfanteTerrible.

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** While D.W. is a spoiled-brat and a prime example of KidsAreCruel in the show, she's not a monster and she does have moments where she can be kind and helpful. Despite this, there are more than a few ''Arthur'' fanfics that exaggerate D.W. into a full-on EnfanteTerrible.


** Arthur in "Arthur's Big Hit", when he hits D.W. after she breaks his model airplane. We're supposed to see it as a KickTheDog moment, but the thing is, he's not an aggressive person at the best of times, and he only hit D.W. because he had told her ''numerous'' times not to touch his model and she deliberately disobeyed him, many times, including getting paint on her hands and blaming Arthur for it. Add in the fact that she not only fails to apologize for her actions, she tries to blame ''Arthur'' for it (saying that if he'd built a ''model airplane'' correctly, [[InsaneTrollLogic it wouldn't have crashed when she launched it out the window]]), and the hit becomes justified. There's also Arthur getting hit by Binky. It's supposed to be seen as a deserving karma payback for his own hitting of D.W. However, Arthur doesn't actually do anything to Binky to warrant the hit in the first place.

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** Arthur in "Arthur's Big Hit", when he hits D.W. after she breaks his model airplane. We're supposed to see it as a KickTheDog moment, but the thing is, he's not an aggressive person at the best of times, and he only hit D.W. because he had told her ''numerous'' times not to touch his model and she deliberately disobeyed him, many times, including getting paint on her hands and blaming Arthur for it. Add in the fact that she not only fails to apologize for her actions, she tries to blame ''Arthur'' for it (saying that if he'd built a ''model airplane'' correctly, [[InsaneTrollLogic it wouldn't have crashed when she launched it out the window]]), and the hit becomes justified. There's also Arthur getting hit by Binky. It's supposed to be seen as a deserving karma payback for his own hitting of D.W. However, Arthur doesn't actually do anything to Binky to warrant the hit in the first place.place (and Binky didn't even want to hit Arthur and was forced to do it by his friends in order to prove he was still tough).



* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: D.W., in "Arthur's Big Hit" and in a few others. Even in the episodes where she has some justifiable reason for being bratty, she tends to take it so far that it's impossible to sympathize with her (i.e. "DW's Very Bad Mood, where she wasn't invited to a friend's birthday party and was rude, sarcastic and throwing tantrums all week). This is not made better by all the times she ''doesn't'' have an excuse and just felt like being irritating. It makes her seem less like she's acting up because of the issue at hand and more like her already-horrible behavior is just being exacerbated by said issue. A number of viewers also cheered when Arthur punched D.W. for harassing him and then trashing his model plane in the aforementioned "Arthur's Big Hit", because in addition to being her usual annoying self she was stupid enough to think the model was a toy that could fly.

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: D.W., in "Arthur's Big Hit" and in quite a few others. Even in the episodes where she has some justifiable reason for being bratty, she tends to take it so far that it's impossible to sympathize with her (i.e. "DW's Very Bad Mood, where she wasn't invited to a friend's birthday party and was rude, sarcastic and throwing tantrums all week). This is not made better by all the times she ''doesn't'' have an excuse and just felt like being irritating. It makes her seem less like she's acting up because of the issue at hand and more like her already-horrible behavior is just being exacerbated by said issue. A number of viewers also cheered when Arthur punched D.W. for harassing him and then trashing his model plane in the aforementioned "Arthur's Big Hit", because in addition to being her usual annoying self she was stupid enough to think the model was a toy that could fly.fly (also, D.W.'s excuse that she's just a kid and doesn't know any better doesn't hold up when there are episodes[[note]]Such as "Prove It!"[[/note]] dedicated to showing how much smarter and more clever D.W. is than Arthur).


* InternetBackdraft: Let's just say that the internet and the LBGTQ community aren't happy with the 22nd season premiere episode being banned from a statewide PBS network in Alabama due to featuring gay couples as well as a gay wedding.

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* ValuesResonance: In the episode "My Dad the Garbage Man," while playing football with her dad, Francine asks him "Do the let girls play professional football?" to which he replies "If they don't we'll just make them!" The fact that Francine's father is very supportive of his daughter's passion of playing sports, even if it means changing the gender barriers of sports is just one of the many moments on this show that makes it beyond its time in terms of gender equality.


** Many fans tend to make Jane and David Read out to be such bad parents that they make [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Lois Wilkerson]] look like Mother of the Year. However, a lot of the faults that they complain about, such as rarely (being seen) punishing [[BrattyHalfPint D.W.]] and often enabling her worst traits, are actually legitimate complaints.

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** Many fans tend to make Jane and David Read out to be such bad parents that they make [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Lois Wilkerson]] look like Mother of the Year. However, a lot of the faults that they complain about, such as rarely (being seen) punishing [[BrattyHalfPint D.W.]] and often enabling her worst traits, traits are actually legitimate complaints.


** Many fans tend to make Jane and David Reed out to be such bad parents that they make [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Lois Wilkerson]] look like mother of the year. However, a lot of the faults that they complain about such as rarely (being seen) punishing [[BrattyHalfPint D.W.]] are actually legitimate complaints.

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** Many fans tend to make Jane and David Reed Read out to be such bad parents that they make [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Lois Wilkerson]] look like mother Mother of the year. Year. However, a lot of the faults that they complain about about, such as rarely (being seen) punishing [[BrattyHalfPint D.W.]] and often enabling her worst traits, are actually legitimate complaints.


** Many fans tend to make Jane and David Reed out to be such bad parents that they make [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Lois Wilkerson]] look like mother of the year, though a lot of the faults that they complain about such as rarely (being seen) punishing [[BrattyHalfPint D.W.]] are actually legitimate complaints.

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** Many fans tend to make Jane and David Reed out to be such bad parents that they make [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Lois Wilkerson]] look like mother of the year, though year. However, a lot of the faults that they complain about such as rarely (being seen) punishing [[BrattyHalfPint D.W.]] are actually legitimate complaints.


* BannedEpisode: Alabama Public Television banned the Season 22 episode "Mr. Ratburn & the Special Someone" because it featured a gay wedding.

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* BannedEpisode: Alabama Public Television banned the Season 22 episode "Mr. Ratburn & the Special Someone" because it featured a gay wedding.


** "Arthur and D.W. Clean Up" has Arthur and D.W. scream, argue, and whine throughout the entire episode. When D.W. says that she doesn't want Arthur to help her, Arthur sprints off and goes to the park.

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** "Arthur and D.W. Clean Up" has Arthur and D.W. scream, argue, and whine throughout the entire episode. When D.W. says that she doesn't want Arthur forced by their parents to help her, Arthur sprints off and goes clean up each other's rooms, with their dad claiming that "Many hands makes light work", The message seems to the park.go against this, saying that sometimes teamwork is detrimental, and, essentially, "if you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself".

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** In "Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble," Arthur's friends were worried that Mr. Ratburn and his little sister Ms. Ratburn were competitive siblings over intellectual matters. They find out that Rodentia Ratburn is a marshmallow MisplacedKindergartenTeacher that bores them to death and worships her big brother Nigel. Come "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone," it turns out that they have an older sister named Patty who ''is'' a competitive ControlFreak. Nigel doesn't compete with Patty, however, and defers to her on all decisions. So it turns out all the Ratburns get along.

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* ViewerSpeciesConfusion:
** Arthur and his family are aardvarks, but they don't look like them at all, leading to many being confused as to what exactly they are.
** Francine and Muffy aren't too recognizable as apes, so a few have assumed that they're humans.
** And is Prunella a poodle or a rat?

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* InternetBackdraft: Let's just say that the internet and the LBGTQ community aren't happy with the 22nd season premiere episode being banned from a statewide PBS network in Alabama due to featuring gay couples as well as a gay wedding.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsp2c4cWC3w This]] WebAnimation/YouTubePoop and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G0pwQwBWos this theory video]] state that Mr. Ratburn is gay. Fast forward to 2019 and it's revealed that he is indeed gay and gets married to another man.


* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show is much beloved in Israel and has won five awards. It's still airing to this day.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show is much beloved in Israel and has won five awards. It's still airing to this day.

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