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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: The Hawaiian island of Kauai has both a number of caves and a wild chicken population, making Binky's drawing of "cave chickens" in "The Cave" entirely feasible in Real Life.
  • Ascended Fanon: For years, the fanbase observed things like Mr. Ratburn's hobbies and some behaviors on his part which were categorized as effeminate and decided that he was most likely gay; production ran with it and gave him a husband.
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  • Ascended Meme: The season 24 episode "Arthur's Big Meltdown" has Arthur clenching his fist in a similar way to the infamous "Arthur's Big Hit" episode.
  • Banned Episode:
    • Due to the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, a total of five episodes have been pulled from the rerun rotation on PBS, all of which have either feature Armstrong himself or a parody of him named "Vance Legstrong", or are paired with such an episode: "Binky vs. Binky", "Operation: D.W.!", "Room to Ride", "The Frensky Family Fiasco", and the original version of "The Great MacGrady". The first four of these episodes are still available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and YouTube Premium. "The Great MacGrady" was removed from iTunes and Amazon in early 2022 (almost a decade after it stopped airing on television), but is still available on other services.
      • The print version of "The Great MacGrady", used as a parents and teachers guide on the PBS website, has Armstrong and references to his cycling wins completely removed from the story, being replaced with Bitzi's ex-beau, Harry Mills, as the one who previously had cancer and Francine reaches out to instead of Armstrong. The episode was also remade for television during Season 24, with Armstrong's role in the episode being replaced by the series' fictional wrestler, Uncle Slam Wilson. Both versions of the episode are available on Amazon.
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    • The S17 episode, "Ladonna Compson: Party Animal", has been banned in certain international cities, such as Moscow, Rome, and others, because the scene in which Bud ruins Ladonna's apple pie is somehow considered offensive in these parts of the world. Although it could also be that many moral guardians took offense to the word "Party Animal", which does have a negative connotation (see: whore, gold digger) in certain countries.
    • Due to its depiction of a same-sex marriage, the S22 episode "Mr. Ratburn And The Special Someone" was banned from airing on Alabama Public Television. The same goes for its sister episode, "The Feud". Alabama PBS stations replaced it with a rerun of a previous episode.
  • Blooper: In some shots, Sue Ellen's Egypt poster is misspelled the country as "Eygpt".
    • In "Return of the Snowball" the animators accidentally used the wrong aliens in showing they had indeed stolen D.W.'s snowball, as "D.W.'s Snow Mystery" established the early seasons' alien design (green-skinned humanoids but with multiple extended eyes and tubular mouths) as having stolen it. "Return of the Snowball" used the exposed-brain lizard-looking alien design instead, which in the previous episode was established solely in Buster's Imagine Spot theory of aliens stealing it, rather than what actually happened.
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  • Children Voicing Children: Numerous boys on Arthur have been voiced by actual boys, including the title character. Oddly enough, D.W. has always been voiced by prepubescent young boys as well. Arthur, D.W., The Brain, George, the Tibble Twins and several other younger boy characters have been recast several times throughout the show's 21-year run. Some female kids were voiced by actual girls, and several of them stayed on voicing their characters as they grew up older.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Because Steven Crowder is the one most often associated with Alan "The Brain" Powers, most people assume he was right there from the beginning as the voice of the character. In actuality, it was originally Luke Reid who voiced him for seasons 1-4; Crowder only voiced him for seasons 5-6.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • WGBH (the Boston PBS station that produces the show) was never entirely pleased when the show became a major source of memes, with many being NSFW. Their basic response was that they appreciated the love for the show from millennials who grew up with the show, but expressed disdain for numerous memes that were considered to be of poor taste.
    • Marc Brown hates "Arthur's Big Hit" because of its Broken Aesop about violence (Arthur gets in trouble for hitting DW but gets No Sympathy from his parents when Binky hits him) and the episode did not punish D.W. for breaking Arthur's model plane (unless you count Arthur hitting her).
  • Creator's Favorite: At a ComicCon panel, some of the writers admitted that George was their favorite character, on grounds that he's so interesting to write for, given how creative, imaginative, and inventive he is, despite being withdrawn, shy, and timid.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • All of D.W.'s voice artists have been young boys (in order: Michael Caloz, Oliver Grainger, Jason Szimmer, Robert Naylor, Jake Beale, Andrew Dayton, Christian Distefano, and Ethan Pugiotto). In an interview with voice director Debra Toffan, she said that the reason they did so is because the girls who auditioned all had sweet-sounding voices and were unable to provide D.W. with the husky voice that fit a bratty tomboy like her.
    • At least two of George's voice artists have been female (Samantha Reynolds and Eleanor Noble).
    • Bud is also voiced by a woman (Julie Lemieux).
    • The games produced by ImageBuilder would give one to Arthur himself (Pamela Adlon). Brain also gets one in these games (Mary Kay Bergman)
  • Cross-Regional Voice Acting: Invoked when Daniel Brochu moved to Australia for a short while, with Buster's dialogue for Season 2 being recorded down there (see Real Life Writes the Plot below).
  • Defictionalization: The "Deep Dark Sea" computer game from Arthur The Wrecker (or Arthur's Computer Disaster in the books) would become a playable game in the Arthur's Computer Adventure game from the Living Books series.
  • Early-Bird Release: The episode "Whip. Mix. Blend./Staycation" was released on a DVD in January 2015 before it aired on television in any country. The episode's first proper American broadcast was in September of that same year.
  • Edited for Syndication: At least some PBS stations aired a shortened version of "Double Tibble Trouble/Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival" during PBS telethons, with the "A Word From Us Kids" segment and Mr. Ratburn's "Just a Little Homework" song edited out.
    • The "A Word From Us Kids" segment never airs in certain international markets; it's usually cut to allow time for commercials.
    • Also as of later some networks, notably The ABC and CBBC, seem to be splitting episodes in half, doubling episode count but halving the episode runtime. Needless to say, when this is done the "A Word From Us Kids" segment is removed.
    • "When Carl Met George" has an alternate title, "George and the Missing Puzzle Piece", likely because the former was misconstrued as homoerotic, or some station executives felt that it would be.
  • Executive Meddling: The Imagine Spots (see main page) are being used less and less now, as research has turned up they've confused kids.
  • Fandom Nod: On-screen text is read aloud and simplified captions are available during television broadcasts, as a large portion of the target audience either can't read yet or is learning to read.
  • Flip-Flop of God: In one interview, Marc Brown said that the character of Marina was a "variation of a dog", despite looking like a rabbit. In a discussion with fans, producer/director Greg Bailey said that Marina is a rabbit, the designers had given her a dog nose by mistake, and it went unnoticed until after the fact.
  • From Entertainment to Education: The song "In My Africa" from the episode of the same name has been used to teach the names of all 54 countries in Africa.
  • Image Source: For Rotating Protagonist.
  • In Memoriam:
    • "The Last Day" is dedicated to Nemo's voice actor, Greg Kramer.
    • "Brain Sees Stars" is dedicated to Walter Massey, who voiced Mr. Haney and Mr. Marco.
    • "Crushed" is dedicated to Pat Harris, "a friend and colleague".
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The show has been screwed in certain countries, notably Malaysia. Thus, subsequent seasons became No Export for You. Only Season 7 (under the name "Sleepovers, Sports and More"), Season 10, Season 11 and Season 22 (under the name "Arthur Celebrates Community") received boxset releases in the United States, and S1-3 are only available on DVD in the UK (confusingly enough, the second season is split across two boxsets without any proper indication, which can lead one to believe they span the first four seasons, despite the fact that the Series 2 and 3 sets are both Season 2). Only selected episodes from earlier seasons are available on DVD.
    • An Italian dub of the show aired on Italia 1 for 8 seasons, and was cancelled when the dubbing company went bankrupt. Despite airing for a pretty long time, no footage has surfaced, nobody seems to remember and, strangely, the theme song was never rereleased, unlike others by Cristina D'Avena.
    • Early seasons don't get nearly as much airtime on main PBS stations anymore, though the PBS Kids subchannel that a lot of markets have are thankfully beginning to remedy this (they tend to show two episodes each weekday — the first being the same one you typically see on the main feed, and then a "classic" one). Amazon Prime has all the seasons if you subscribe to PBS Kids.
    • Seasons 12-15 have widescreen versions that are very hard to find in the US; the PBS Kids website and other streaming services have them cropped to 4:3. The 16:9 HD versions are available on the Australian iTunes store.
    • The original dubbed version of Season 6 with Arthur's Justin Bradley voice is hard to find on the Internet, but never actually lost. It's actually kept by other English-speaking television networks, including the BBC in the UK. It's also heard on some DVD releases. To this day, PBS airings of Season 6 in the US retain Bradley's voice on the Descriptive Video Service (DVS) audio track for the visually-impaired, although it is sometimes overlayed by the DVS narrator.
    • The second hour-long special, "Arthur, It's Only Rock n' Roll" only aired a small handful of times when it was originally released, got one single VHS and DVD release, and has never been seen since. Compounding it is the fact that the DVD version is very rare, thanks to it still being released in the format's formative years. An enforced example, due to The Backstreet Boys' co-starring role that would be completely lost on children today.
    • In-universe example: S10's "Unfinished" has the book 93,000,000 Miles in a Balloon, but since it had been so long out of print, Arthur tries desperately to find another printing of it that has the last few pages, since his doesn't.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: There is a spoof of the Lord of The Rings Special Edition Director Cut DVD boxset, that Buster watched in S12's "The Chronicles of Buster". The DVD had 1001 hours worth of special features, commentary, and uncut footage. He watched it for about a month.
  • Marathon Running: In February 2022, the show will have a huge marathon of almost every single episode on the 24/7 PBS Kids channel.
  • Milestone Celebration: "Elwood City Turns 100!" (100 episodes), "Happy Anniversary!" (10 years), "Fifteen" (15 years).
    • The Episode Title Cards for Season 10 had a 10 roll on the lower right hand side. As well, there were subtle references to the anniversary with the number 10 appearing in certain locations in various episodes.
    • Season 20 is a Continuity Cavalcade to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary.
  • Missing Episode: As of 2022, five regular episodes (a total of nine stories) are no longer in the national rerun rotation in the United States, and are being skipped during the February 2022 mega marathon:
    • "It's A No-Brainer/The Shore Thing", last reran in March 2021. Possibly pulled due to Brain jokingly drawing a noose on a piece of paper and dubbing it "noose-paper". This episode pair was also removed from Amazon around the same time.
    • "Arthur Weighs In/The Law Of The Jungle Gym", last reran in June 2020. Possibly pulled due to the former story's frequent negative use of words like "fat", "fatty", and "husky", as well as comments such as, "There has been... more of you lately", and/or the latter story's Running Gag of Molly making extremely violent threats to Muffy that have to be censored with loud background noises. This episode pair can still be streamed on Amazon, and clips from both stories are still on the PBS Kids YouTube channel. Ironically, despite the likely reason for the episode's pulling, the clip from "Arthur Weighs In" is titled "Arthur is Husky".
    • "Binky vs. Binky/Operation: D.W.!", "Room to Ride/The Frensky Family Fiasco", and the original version of "The Great MacGrady" because of Lance Armstrong's doping scandal (see Banned Episode above). "Ride/Fiasco" last reran in March 2012, and "Great MacGrady" in August 2012 (coincidentally, four days before Armstrong was charged). "Binky/Operation" survived a bit longer, last rerunning in January 2013. Years later, "Great MacGrady" was removed from iTunes and Amazon by early 2022, though other stores such as Google Play still have it. The other Lance Armstrong episodes are still available on all services.
    • The Lance Armstrong episodes all survived a bit longer on a small number of PBS stations that had still been locally programming Arthur reruns on their own rotation instead of the national one (such as NJTV in New Jersey, which did so through at least the mid-2010's), though no stations are known to still be doing this as of the 2020's.
    • The specials "Arthur's Perfect Christmas", "Arthur and the Haunted Treehouse", and "An Arthur Thanksgiving" are also not being included in the marathon, due to their respective holiday themes. They do still traditionally air around those holidays.
    • Despite being referenced several times in subsequent episodes, the special "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" had only aired on PBS once or twice in 2002. It is finally airing again as part of the 2022 marathon.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Buster Baxter should not be confused with that other rabbit named "Buster". It gets even more confused when a Public Service Announcement has Buster refer to himself as "Buster Bunny" instead of "Buster Baxter".
    • Likewise, D.W.'s friend (and on-off rival) Emily should not be confused with a character of the same name and species that appears in a book series written by Claire Masurel and Susan Calitri. The fact that one's white and the other's brown should've made it very clear.
    • Binky and The Brain get paired up surprisingly often in episodes, but that still doesn't mean you can confuse them for Pinky and the Brain.
    • Binky, the local tough guy, should not be confused for another Binky who is completely the opposite or a famous clown.
      • An in-universe example was the basis for "Binky Rules/Meet Binky".
    • D.W. is short for Dora Winifred here, but for several years before her series premiered, it was short for Darkwing Duck. It's also fine that she goes by D.W. as if she went by Dora (and, according to "D.W. and the Beastly Birthday", she will in the future), there would be competition from another Dora.
    • Timmy and Tommy Tibble share their first names with another set of anthropomorphic animal twins. On that note, there's also a Francine and Muffy in Animal Crossing. Except that the former is a rabbit and the latter is a sheep. There's also a Dora... who is a mousenote .
    • Author Lillian Hoban also wrote children's books about a character named Arthur though this Arthur is a chimpanzee dressed in clothing. Usually this series is referred to as "Arthur the Chimpanzee" to avoid getting it confused with Marc Brown's creation. Of course, Arthur the Chimpanzee isn't as well known now as it only got 11 books and no Animated Adaptation.
    • Babar's bratty cousin is also named Arthur.
  • No Export for You:
    • S5 onwards is this to many Malaysians that are unable to get Singaporean TV, after the show got screwed by NTV7 back in 2003. Though, if you had Disney Channel Asia at the time, Disney Channel Asia did air the first half of Season 5 before pulled off the air without reason.
      • In fact, many Asian countries didn't even air this show on terrestrial at all, and the only way most people in Asia could've watched the show is if they had access to Disney Channel Asia between 2000 and 2003. At current, the show is still only airing in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.
    • In Latin America, the series stopped being dubbed and broadcast after season 5 for unknown reasons, but years later, the movie Arthur's Missing Pal was dubbed for the region using a completely different voice cast. This, alongside its lack of publicity since only the now-defunct cable channel ZAZ, the Latin American versions of Cartoon Network and Boomerang (for a short time) and the Mexican over-the-air educational channel Once TV have aired the series, makes it pretty much unknown in the region despite its popularity and longevity in the United States. PBS also has a SAP track on many of their stations in select markets that may carry the show's Spanish dub……or your station may carry DVS instead.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Arthur's singing voice was provided by Philip Penalosa in Arthur's New Friend and Arthur's Perfect Christmas (his speaking voice at the time being Michael Yarmush).
  • Old Shame:
    • "Arthur's Big Hit" is Marc Brown's least favorite episode, due to its Broken Aesop about violence and D.W. did not get punished for destroying Arthur's model airplane (unless you count Arthur punching her).
    • In a Facebook Live interview, executive producer Carol Greenwald revealed that this season 8 episode "Bleep" has been the most controversial with the most mailed-in feedback from viewers. She stating that they wished they handled the subject matter better seeing that the episode comes off as too raunchy.
    • PBS and the crew behind the show now seem to feel this way about the Season 12 episode "Room to Ride" and the Season 13 episode "The Great MacGrady", as both prominently feature former cycling champion Lance Armstrong as a guest celebrity (which has long been a norm for the series); in the wake of the doping scandal that saw Armstrong stripped of all of his Tour de France titles, both episodes have rarely been rerun on television as a result (some sources say they were outright banned). Made worse by the fact that the latter episode focuses on a supporting character in the series dealing with their struggles against cancer, which Lance Armstrong himself suffered and eventually overcame. However, the lesson about cancer is very important, so the episode was remade for Season 24, with Armstrong removed and replaced with the series' own character, Uncle Slam.
  • Only So Many Canadian Actors: This show is the animated central nexus of this trope. Because of its status as a Long Runner, many Canadian voice artists and actors have lent their voice to this series, while for others, it was their first role in a television production.
  • The Other Darrin: Arthur, D.W., the Brain, and the Tibble Twins all change their voice actors every few seasons due the previous ones going through puberty.
    • Arthur has had TEN voice actors throughout the show's run: Michael Yarmush (Seasons 1-5), Justin Bradley (Season 6), Mark Rendall (Season 6 redubbed, Seasons 7-8), Cameron Ansell (Seasons 9-12), Carr Thompson (Arthur's Missing Pal), Dallas Jokic (Seasons 13-15), Drew Adkins (Seasons 16-17), William Healy (Seasons 18-19), Jacob Ursomarzo (Seasons 20-21), and Roman Lutterotti (Season 22-present). The general consensus is that Arthur's voice gets higher every time his voice actor changes, although people don't really start complaining until Season 9.
    • Arthur's Missing Pal does this to everyone except Buster and Binky (whose actors go under pseudonyms instead due to the production being non-union) by recasting them with Los Angeles voice actors or actual children.
    • The ImageBuilder games, due to being recorded in the US, also did this.
  • The Other Marty: Justin Bradley voiced Arthur in Season 6. However, the producers complained he lost Michael Yarmush's vocal range and would make Arthur sound whiny when he was angry. When they hired Mark Rendall, they had him go back and dub over all of Bradley's dialogue. To be fair, most people think Mark Rendall sounded most like Michael Yarmush out of all the voice actors who came after him.
  • Out of Order: This happened occasionally in the early seasons, though it was generally nothing more major than an out-of-order Continuity Nod. For instance, in the first season, Arthur laments Francine for making fun of him having not yet lost a tooth in Season 1's "Locked in the Library!", even though "Arthur's Tooth" was never aired until nearly 18 episodes after. In another example, Season 2's "Arthur's Knee" has D.W. telling Arthur about the time she climbed the tree, referring to the events of "D.W. Blows the Whistle" — this didn't air until two episodes later.
    • "The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur" aired almost a year before "An Arthur Thanksgiving", despite the latter introducing Aunt Minnie and having a subplot about D.W. not being familiar with her or getting along with her at first. In "Rhythm and Roots", they recognize and are friendly with each other.
  • Playing Against Type: All of the boys who have played D.W. have mostly done works where they play innocent, young child characters in contrast to D.W.'s Bratty Half-Pint nature.
  • Post-Script Season: Season 20 seems to be this. Even though D.W. and Arthur were each promoted to the next grade at the end of season 19, they're back in pre-k and the third grade, respectively.
  • Quote Source: The ending of "Bleep" provides the page quote for Innocent Swearing.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: As revealed in Jason Swzwimer's podcast "Finding D.W.", Danny Brochu, the voice actor for Buster, moved to Australia for a year with him being likely to return. Since the creators didn't want to recast the voice with how popular Buster was, it was decided to have Buster go travelling with his dad for the rest of Season 2. Danny even continued to voice Buster in minor roles for that season before returning for Season 3 along with the character.
  • Recursive Adaptation:
    • A few of the episodes were adapted into books, and during the show's early run, there were even a few books that were written in conjunction with the episodes. Arthur's Computer Disaster is an adaptation of S1's "Arthur the Wrecker", while Arthur Writes a Story was published around the same time the episode was aired, and even credited as "Adapted from a teleplay by Joe Fallon".
    • A line of chapter books went into print based on episodes of the show as well; unlike the standard Arthur picture books, these almost always followed the TV episode it was based on to a tee with few, if any changes.
  • Recycled Script:
    • The season 5 episode "The World Record" has almost the same plot as the Hey Arnold! episode "World Records" (made three years earlier). In both episodes, the main characters try to break a world record until they settle down on making the world's largest pizza-related dish, with the only difference being that Arthur's attempt at a giant regular pizza is successful while Arnold's pizza puff fails. Both episodes also have a character unsuccessfully trying to break the record for walking backwards (in this case, Buster).
    • "Buster Makes the Grade" has the same basic premise as the classic Simpsons episode "Bart Gets an F". Both episodes involve a character's (Bart/Buster) lack of studying final catch up to them and must make a good grade on an upcoming test or be held back.
    • "Buster the Lounge Lizard" has a very similar premise to the Recess episode "Teacher's Lounge" as both episodes involve the main characters trying to get into the Teacher's Lounge and them having Imagine Spot's of what the lounge is like, both episodes even have a fantasy of the teachers making more difficult homework.
    • An example within the same series; Season 12's "The Blackout" is essentially a summertime version of Season 4's "The Blizzard", with a scorching heatwave taking place of the titular snowstorm. The blizzard is even brought up a couple of times, particularly with radio meteorologist Dr. Jake's inaccurate predictions.
    • "The Great MacGrady" was remade for Season 24, animated in Toon Boom Harmony puppet animation instead of digital ink-and-paint, and with Lance Armstrong removed, not to mention all the voice actors re-recording the dialogue.
  • Science Marches On: S1's "Arthur's Chicken Pox" was made in 1996 when most children watching would probably catch it themselves. Nowadays, virtually all babies are given the vaccine (introduced in the US in 1995), so modern children will never go through the disease.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • The main reason why certain seasons of Arthur are never shown or licensed simultaneously with others outside the United States is because of the series' divided international distribution rights. The non-US rights to the first 19 seasons originally were owned by each respective main co-producer: DHX Media, whom absorbed Cinar/Cookie Jar in 2012 (the first 15 seasons) and 9 Story (seasons 16-19). Seasons produced by Oasis Animation (Season 20 and up) are distributed by PBS' International arm (apparently due to the former's limited distribution capabilities). Currently, PBS also distributes internationally the first 15 seasons since May 2019 (when DHX's rights to those episodes have expired), while 9 Story continues to distribute their episodes outside the US for the time being.
    • Arthur, It's Only Rock and Roll has rarely been seen since it premiered because of the use of songs by the Backstreet Boys, who guest star in the special.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • One of the shows screwed over by NTV7 in Malaysia- those in South Malaysia are lucky that they'll be able to pick up Singaporean TV which still does carry Arthur. Those in Central Malaysia and further north, or the Borneo states, are just plain screwed.
    • Also mysteriously screwed over by Disney Channel Asia, who yanked the show midway through Season 5 in 2003. The reason for the removal is unknown, as Disney Asia still carried many other PBS Kids programming until The New '10s.
    • Owing to the show being a Long Runner, it has become very, very rare to see episodes from the first eight seasons in reruns on PBS affiliates. Beginning in Summer 2014, many PBS stations began airing a double run of Arthur, the second run mostly composing of earlier episodes, Seasons 2-4 in-particular.
    • Similar to their treatment of Barney & Friends a decade prior, New York City-based PBS affiliate WNET shoved the show into the 6:00AM hour, even as new episodes were being broadcast.
  • Series Hiatus: The show had a nine-month-long delay between season 3 (1998) and season 4 (1999). The reason for the delay is often thought to be that Season 3 pushed the episode count to 65, and that Cinar was gauging the popularity of the series to see if it's worth following up with another season or if the show should be relegated to 65-Episode Cartoon status.
  • Short Run in Peru: A number of episodes are now being released in Canada, Australia or other non-US markets well before being seen on PBS Kids in the United States. It seems that the studio will produce two seasons in a year (six months per season), and PBS will withhold one season until fall (back to school season) in which it will air both seasons back to back, while in other countries the seasons are aired as soon as production for the season is completed.
  • Talking to Himself: David (the title character's father), Binky and Bailey are all voiced by Bruce Dinsmore.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • Unavoidable, seeing that the show is a long runner. Seasons aired during the '90s showed Muffy being the only kid who had a cell phone due to her wealth, but as cell phones became more common place, the cast all eventually got them. Muffy now has Wi-Fi, while Mr. Ratburn continues to struggle with basic computing... at least until he gets himself a "BoysenBerry" and finally figures it all out.
    • "Locked in the Library!" from the first season would have been over much quicker if Arthur and Francine called or texted their family members from their cell phones. Even if the library didn't have service, it would have Wi-Fi these days, or they could log into the computers.
    • The episode "Lost!", the conflict starts because Arthur misses his bus stop and doesn't have money to take the bus again; when he goes into a diner to use the phone, the line is broken. He ends up having to explain to the bus driver, who is a Nice Guy and says he'll call Arthur's parents so they don't worry. If he had a cellphone then he could text his parents or vice-versa, or the waittress that gives him a free meal could have dialed his parents using a cell, assuming that the "edge of town" had service or WiFi calling.
    • In "Clarissa is Cracked", the Reads try to find a doll hospital to help repair Clarissa. The one in town is closed, and one that Jane finds on the Internet has a six-month wait. Thanks to Yelp and online doll hospitals, it would have been relatively easier to find someone to fix the doll.
    • Unusually, even in the most recent episodes made during The New '10s, the Reads are still shown to use a big boxy desktop computer with CRT monitor, something rarely seen in real life during this decade.
    • In "Poor Muffy", Muffy is surprised and disappointed that Francine doesn't have a VCR.
    • Perhaps the silliest case would be "The Longest Eleven Minutes". The main cast is spending the day glued to the Internet when it suddenly goes out, and they all panic not knowing what to do for the rest of the day, never mind that they've been Free-Range Children for the show's entire life span. Beyond that, in their pursuit of looking for things to do, they stumble upon a instant camera and an old encyclopedia, and act as if they have never seen either before; both of these things have made appearances and mentions on the show before (for instance, D.W. has a instant camera through the entirety of "Arthur's First Sleepover" and Buster mentions encyclopedias in "Buster's Growing Grudge"). This is partly justified with a subversion on the Fleeting Demographic Rule as this sort of premise is a lot more likely to be relatable to a child of The New '10s.
  • Undermined by Reality: The Be Yourself aesop of the first book, Arthur's Nose, has Arthur decide to keep his awkward long nose, proclaiming, "I'm just not me without my nose!" However, Arthur's nose would get shorter and shorter with every succeeding book, and by the time of the cartoon, he barely had a nose at all — presumably because it looked so awkward. Nowadays, the most popular incarnation of Arthur is the one with a short nose.
  • Unfinished Dub:
    • The Italian dub covers the first eight seasons.
    • The Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dubs went up to Season 5. The European Spanish dub is longer, going up to Season 14.
  • What Could Have Been: In a behind-the-scenes interview for the show's 20th anniversary, Arthur Holden, the voice of Mr. Ratburn among other characters, revealed that he initially auditioned for the role of Arthur. However, in between takes, a producer noticed the way he was talking and said, "That's Mr. Ratburn!"
  • The Wiki Rule: The Arthur Wiki on FANDOM, and its fork.
  • Write What You Know: Marc Brown is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, and Elwood City bears some fairly strong resemblances to Erie. Interestingly, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (the only settlement with that name anywhere) is only about 90 miles away from Erie, an hour-and-a-half drive down I-79.
  • You Look Familiar: Arthur's first ever voice actor, Michael Yarmush, was dropped after the fifth season due to his voice maturing, but later on he returned to voice minor recurring Tough Customer member Slink.

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