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Arthur is the name of an animated series that airs on PBS in the United States. A young third grader named Arthur Read deals with the real (and imaginary) troubles of childhood. The episodes could focus on anything from jobs to getting a pet, from love to getting a library card. And in the middle of each ten minute segment, there is "A Word From Us Kids..." which is a live action piece where real children explain their thoughts about a certain subject, which usually pertains to the subject of the previous segment.

Season 1[edit]

Arthur's Family Vacation[edit]

D.W.: [sing-song voice] Guess what, Arthur! You can't go to ca-amp! You can't go to ca-amp! We're going on vacation! We're going on vacation! We're going on vacation!

Arthur's Pet Business[edit]

[Arthur is cutting a paper of dogs in half with scissors; D.W. opens the door and skips into Arthur's bedroom]
D.W. Read: [Sing-song voice] Arthur wants a do-og! Arthur wants a do-og!
Arthur Read: Don't say anything, D.W.! I'm waiting for just the right moment to ask Mom and Dad!
D.W. Read: You can trust me, Arthur!

Arthur's Chicken Pox[edit]

[During Arthur's dream]
D.W. Read: Hurry up!
Arthur Read: [Turns around] Huh?!
D.W. Read: I'm next!
Arthur Read: I don't feel so well!
D.W. Read: Go on, faker!

[D.W. looks at her reflection on the toaster and realizes she also has chicken pox]
D.W. Read: Spots!
Jane Read: Now, D.W., I want you to be a big girl and--
D.W. Read: [Skipping around happily] I have chicken pox! I have my very own chicken pox! [Sing-song voice] Spots, spots, spots! Spots, spots, spots!

D.W. Read: [Banging lids like their cymbals; sing-song voice] The circus is coming! The circus is coming! The circus is coming!

D.W. Read: I'm ho-ome!
[She walks right in front of the TV]
D.W. Read: What's wrong with you?
Arthur Read: I'm sick.
D.W. Read: You don't look sick to me.
Arthur Read: Well, I feel sick.

D.W. Read: Why do I have to eat at the table?
Jane Read: Because you're not sick.
[David puts some spinach on D.W.'s plate with tongs]
D.W. Read: Blecch! Spinach?!
[She looks over at Arthur, who is eating on the couch]
D.W. Read: How come Arthur doesn't have to eat spinach?
David and Jane Read: Because he's sick.
D.W. Read: He's not! He's faking!
[D.W. sticks her tongue out at Arthur, and in return, Arthur blows a raspberry at her; D.W. chuckles awkwardly]

Buster Makes the Grade [1.01][edit]

[Buster walks into Mr. Haney's office]
Mr. Haney: Come in.
Buster: Mom, Grandma, what are you guys doing, here?
[Buster's mother Bitzi and his grandmother are in Mr. Haney's office about Buster's poor grades]
Bitzi: It's nothing to worry about, dear. [sobs]
[Buster's grandmother comforts her]
Mr. Haney: [takes out a lollipop and tissue] Really, Mrs. Baxter. It's not as bad as always is serious, very serious, but nothing a little elbow grease-- A lot of elbow grease-- Can't fix. Hopefully. Sit down, Buster.
[Mr. Ratburn sets a chair in the middle of the office for Buster]

Locked in the Library [1.06][edit]

Francine: ARTHUR READ! Did you tell everyone I looked like a marshmallow?!
Arthur: Uh....uh....
Buster: [to Arthur] Yeah, don't you remember? When she was wearing that goofy sweater. [to Francine] So, what do you want to do about it?
Francine: You better apologize or...
Buster: [to Francine] Or what?
Francine: [points at Arthur] Or you're gonna get it!

[after Arthur and Francine get locked in the library, they bump into each others' backs.]
Arthur and Francine: [both scream] [to each other] YOU!!
Francine: Arthur, why didn't you tell me what time it was? You got us locked in.
Arthur: [pointing to himself] Me? [pointing to Francine] Why didn't you say what time it was?
Francine: [pointing to Arthur] I'm NOT your mother, Arthur Read! I mean, how dumb does a person have to be to get locked in a library? [holds up her arms in a "V" shaped position with her hands open and pauses a few seconds] Anyway, [puts her arms down] I have no time for childish bickering. I have to get out of here. [walks off]
Arthur: Fine. [walks after Francine]
Francine: Fine. And by the way, I'm still not talking to you, and I'm not listening, either. [covers her ears with her hands and bends her elbows and walks forward until she bumps her elbow onto a bookshelf] Ow!
[Arthur and Francine gets stacks of books off of the bookshelves and create passageways to escape from the library. Arthur builds a tower full of books while Francine builds a staircase of books.]
Francine: Oh! [walks to the tower of books and grabs a book from the tower right before Arthur is about to unlock the window]
Arthur: HEY! [the tower collapses and becomes a mess full of books, causing Arthur to fall] [sarcastically] Thanks, I was almost there.
Francine: [completes the staircase of books with the book she last grabbed, walks up the staircase, and unlocks the window, but a fly comes by, and takes three attempts to shoo the fly away, but screams and starts falling off the stairs of books] Ow!
[Arthur starts running up the staircase of books, and Francine goes after him also. Arthur starts pulling on the window handles, but nothing works out. Francine then helps him out, puts her foot against the window, then the handles break off, and she and Arthur fall and the staircase of books collapses]
Arthur: I just remembered something...
Francine: What?
Arthur: Today is Saturday, which means the library is closed until...
[Francine gasps in horror]
Arthur and Francine: MONDAY!! [their voices start echoing around the library]

[after Muffy has hung up on Francine]
Arthur: What did you do?! How could you let her hang up?!
Francine: Keep your shirt on! I'm calling my mom.
[Francine dials the number of her apartment]
Telephone's recording message: To dial out, you must enter the correct user code. Please hang up and try again. To dial out...
[Francine gives an annoyed look to the camera]
Arthur: Okay. We're doomed!
Francine: You're such a wimp.
Arthur: Then you're a bossy know-it-all, [low tone] marshmallow.
Francine: That does it, Arthur Read! If I have to spend the weekend here, I'm not spending it with you!
Arthur: Fine with me! See if I care!

Sick as a Dog[edit]

[Pal has got D.W.'s hot dog and as he runs around the kitchen, he pulls D.W. with him]
D.W. Read: Give it back! I don't eat your dog food, do I?!

[In Pal's dream, Pal is locked up in a cage and three dogs are growling at him; one of the dogs tries to open the lock on the cage]
D.W. Read: No, wait! I can do it!
[She unlocks it with a key, opens the cage, and laughs evilly as she's about to take Pal out so the dogs can eat him; Pal whimpers; suddenly, the nightmare ends and the phone rings]

D.W.: [After Pal managed to get D.W.'s wiener and ate it] Someday, I'm gonna teach that dog a lesson he won't forget!

Francine Frensky, Superstar [1.10][edit]

[At the Frensky's apartment, Francine starts flickering with the lights, but Catherine gets irritated by this]
Catherine: Francine! I'm trying to read Shakespeare.
Francine: I'm sorry, Catherine. But if I am to play Edison convincingly, I need experience with electric lights.
[Francine continues flickering with the light switch, but Catherine still ignores the habit]
Catherine: Why don't you study a phonograph or a movie camera? He invented those.
Francine: Good idea, I will. As soon as I'm done here.
[Francine flickers with the light switches once again]
Catherine: [yelling loudly] MOTHER!!

Arthur the Wrecker [1.14][edit]

D.W.: MOOOOOOM! [sing-song voice] ARTHUR BROKE A WINDOW!

[Arthur and Buster are in the computer den]
Buster: Couldn't you just show it to me for one second?
Arthur: I guess. Mom would never even know. [they start playing Deep Dark Sea]
D. W: Arthur, what are you doing? Mom told you not to play on her computer.
Arthur: We're NOT playing. I'm just showing it to Buster. Go away!
D. W: If I go away, I'll probably tell Daddy. Besides, I want to watch.
Arthur: Okay, you can watch, but be quiet.
Buster: Wow! Even the Brain didn't get this far.
D. W: What's that?
Arthur: I don't know.
Buster: Go to it. Maybe it's the thing.
D. W: A treasure chest!
Buster: I think that's it. That's...
Arthur and Buster: ...The thing!
Arthur: I think I won. We've got to open it!
[Arthur and Buster both grab at the mouse, then Buster accidentally knocks the keyboard off the desk along with the mouse which both crash to the floor, Arthur, Buster and D.W gasp in horror and the computer starts buzzing as the CRT monitor starts to flicker in waves, the screen goes nearly black with a dot in the middle, the screen appears again, and then wipes away completely]
Buster: You wrecked it!
Arthur: No I didn't. You knocked the keyboard off the desk.
Buster: Because you pushed my arm. Try turning it off and on again.
[Arthur presses the top button below the slot, but nothing seems to budge]
D. W: You killed it! Now Mommy will lose her job. Then we'll lose the house, and live in the street, and Kate will get pneumonia, and we'll all starve!
Arthur: D. W., be quiet! I'm thinking.
D. W: And it's all your fault! So you better fix it, because I like living here.
[Buster grabs onto the computer tensely]
Arthur: DON'T do that! You'll make it worse.
Buster: Maybe you better call your mom.
Arthur: I can't. She said not to play with it. But now I wrecked it! I've got it. Maybe we could fix it before she gets home.
D. W: Maybe a rich family would have adopt me. I'm cute.
Buster: Who'd know how to fix a computer?
Arthur and Buster: [enthusiastically] The Brain!

Stolen Bike [1.29][edit]

Laverne: [to Francine] I'm sorry, honey. But we can't afford to get you a new bike. Maybe next year.
Francine: IT'S NOT FAIR!! I'LL DIE WITHOUT A BIKE!! [puts her head down on the table]
Oliver: No! Not that! Anything but that! You mustn't give up honey! [Catherine stands up from the table] Be brave! Live! I say...LIVE!
Catherine: [walking out of the room] Oh, Dad! Grow up.
Oliver: Catherine's right. And besides, I have an idea. [takes Francine's hand and walks her out]

Season 2[edit]

Play It Again, D.W.[edit]

Arthur: D.W. I'm trying to do my homework! And there's no such word as busalooey! If you don't stop, I'm gonna wreck that C.D.!!
D.W.:: MOM!
[cut to the living room; Mr. and Mrs. Read search for a C.D.]
Mr. Read: I wouldn't have promised to bring the music to the party if I known I lost it.
Mrs. Read: [finds the C.D.] Found it!
Mr. Read: Great!
D.W.:: [enters] Mom, Arthur's gonna wreck my Crazy Bus!
Mrs. Read: Turn it off! I can't hear you!
[D.W. shuts off the radio]
Mr. Read: Arthur?
D.W.: Mom and Dad say if you touch it, then they'll adopt you to another country without TV.
Mrs. Read: D.W., wash up for dinner.
D.W.: What were they thinking when they invented brothers? What a dopey idea!

Season 3[edit]

Arthur and D.W. Clean Up[edit]

[The door creaks open; Arthur's room is a mess]
Arthur Read: Let's do this quick. I'm going to be late.
D.W. Read: [Makes a sick face] Ewww!

[D.W. finds a piece of paper in one of Arthur's books]
D.W. Read: Ooh! Look what I found!
Arthur Read: Stop looking like that! You can't read!
D.W. Read: I don't have to read to know what this is.
Arthur Read: It's a note from Francine.
D.W. Read: I knew it! [Sing-song voice] Arthur has a girlfriend! Arthur has a girlfriend!

Season 4[edit]

Arthur's Big Hit [4.01][edit]

D.W.: If it could break the sound barrier, falling out of a window shouldn't be able to break it.
Arthur: I told you not to touch it.
D.W.: You built it all wrong! Did you even read the directions?
[Arthur furiously gets on his feet and grits his teeth; D.W. is too busy talking to be frightened]
D.W.: It didn't fly through one second! It's not my fault if you made a plane that can't fly.
Arthur: [lividly] I told you... NOT TO TOUCH IT!!!!!
[he punches D.W., who hits the ground; D.W. wails in agony as she heads back inside]
Mrs. Read: Arthur Timothy Read? Come here!
Arthur: [shocked] Uh-oh. Middle name!

Mr. Read:: (after Arthur refuses to apologize for the hit) Arthur, this means no TV for a week.
Arthur: What?! That is so unfair! You don't even care what she did to me!
Mrs. Read: We'll deal with what she did. But what you did was wrong, too.

The Blizzard [4.05][edit]

D.W.: Mommy! Daddy! The town is exploding and it's very pretty!

Mr. Ratburn:: (enters the classroom) Sorry, I'm late. Let's jump right into work.
(Just then, the lights in the classroom go out)
Mr. Haney: Bad news! The storm is getting worse, the buildings lost electricity, so the school is closed.
(Mr. Ratburn gasps while the class cheer)

Oliver Frensky: I tried all night, but the plower's stuck. None of the roads can get plowed now.
Francine: Daddy, look! It's too cold to write. I have to stop doing my report.

That's A Baby Show [4.10][edit]

Arthur: Mom says I'm watching the Dark Bunny after your baby show ends!
D.W.: Mary Moo Cow is not a baby show!

Season 5[edit]

The World Record [5.04][edit]

D.W.: Mom! Arthur's trying to trick me into eating bugs!

The Last of Mary Moo Cow [5.08][edit]

Mary Moo Cow: [singing] Oh, D. W. Oh, D. W. I love you.
D. W: Really, Moo?
Mary Moo Cow: There is no one smarter.
D. W: Yet tell that to Arthur.
Mary Moo Cow: Arthur? Bleh!

Season 6[edit]

Season 7[edit]

Season 8[edit]

Kiss and Tell [8.09][edit]

D.W.: Arthur, I need your help! What can you tell me about kissing?
Arthur: What? Nothing!
D.W.: C'mon, you must know something about the birds in the trees. Like, how can I get a boy to kiss me?
Arthur: I don't know! Ask mom. I'm doing homework.
D.W.: Ohh! You're no help. (finds a book on the ground of two people kissing) Aha! You do, too, know something about kissing. You have a book all about it.
Arthur: This is the story of Romeo and Juliet, D. W. I'ts based on a play by William Shakespeare. We're reading it in school.
D.W.: And? what's it about?
Arthur: (sighs) If I tell you, do you promise to leave me alone? (D. W. nodds) Okay. (starts talking fast) There's this boy named Romeo and this girl named Juliet 'n their parents don't like eachother, but they fall in love anyway and plan to run away together but there's a misunderstanding and it all ends badly. The end.
D.W.: Where's the kissing part?

(explaining Romeo and Juliet to D. W.)
Arthur: There's this boy named Romeo and this girl named Juliet 'n their parents don't like each other, but they fall in love anyway and plan to run away together but there is a misunderstanding and it all ends badly. The end.

Bleep! [8.10][edit]

[At the glass shop, D.W. sees a woman and her teenage son debating]
Mother: Stop that! You'll break something.
Boy: [huffs] Whatever.
Mother: That's enough back talk, young man. You can forget about going to that concert tonight.
Boy: What?! You can't do that!
Mother: I can, and I have!
[the boy starts swearing back at his mother by saying a curse word; a bleep is heard when he does it; his mother gasps heavily and drops the glass; it breaks]

Mrs. Read: [after D.W. accidentally says the swear word to her] Dora Winifred Read, what did you just say to me?
D.W.: [nervously] Uh... Can I have a soda?
[Mrs. Read says nothing]
D.W.: [angrily] Tibbles!

Season 9[edit]

Season 10[edit]

Season 11[edit]

Francine's Pilfered Paper [11.08][edit]

Catherine: [offscreen, calls Francine] Hey squirt, come here!
[Francine stands up off of the sofa and walks to her and Catherine's room]
Catherine: I was online and found some stuff you might want to use for your paper.
Francine: Oh thanks, but I finished it already. [looks at the printed article in surprise] Hey, this is my paper!
Catherine: You mean, you already used some of this information?
Francine: I used the whole thing. It was perfect for the topic. So I cut and pasted it into a new document and added a title.
Catherine: [disappointed] Francine, you CAN'T do that!
Francine: Why not?
Catherine: Because that's PLAGIARISM, that's why.
Francine: No, it isn't. It's called finishing your work early, so you can enjoy Thanksgiving. [worried] What's "plagiarism"?
Catherine: [picks up the printed article] It's when you take someone else's work and claim it's your own. It's basically STEALING.
Francine: But I already handed it in. So, you think I can get an "F"?
Catherine: Worse! You could be SUSPENDED.
Francine: Huh?
Oliver: [offscreen, from the kitchen] Kids! Dinner's ready!
Catherine: [whispers] You have to tell Ratburn!

Unidentified Episodes[edit]

Arthur: (sarcastically) Oh great! Now I get to write a really fun report about visiting my Grandma! "I went to my Grandma's. She's Nice. The End." I'm doomed!

Arthur: (climbing abroad the goose) Hope this is one of those dreams where I can fly. (jumps down) Aaaaaaaaaaaah! (Just Desserts)

Binky: They're not my parents...I just look like them. I don't know who they are.

Buster: I never thought about it before, but being an only child is nice. (Arthur's Big Hit)

D.W.: I will not be silent. I'll be is loud as I want and . . . . . and you can't stop me. No one can stop me. Who made you the boss of the world?

D.W.: Arthur, you know I'd do anything for you. For money.

(He was in Arthur's dream that he was very, angry at Arthur.)
Mr. Ratburn: I give this cake and its owner a D. D for disgusting! (Dad's Dessert Dilemma)

Muffy: My daddy can pay for all of us.

Brain: [He is acting during the gang's "James Hound" movie.] According to my calculations, the last digit of the code should be a one or a two. But which is it? A one or a two?
(Brain presses 1; The library lights go off.)
 :Arthur: I guess it was a two. (Arthur Makes a Movie)

[in Francine and Catherine's room, Catherine is reading a book called Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, then lowers the book as Francine walks in with the ottoman]
Catherine: Hi Fran-- [screams] [Francine sets down the ottoman and plugs it in] WHAT IS THAT??!!
Francine: An ottoman with built-in foot warmer and TV dinner tray! Arthur's parents were having a yard sale and letting me have it for free.
Catherine: [shakes her head in disbelief, lays her book, and stands up off of the bed] No, no, no, no, no, no, no. This is the LAST STRAW! You are NOT bringing anymore REVOLTING JUNK into this room. [flashback of Francine bringing in an ice cream lamp, volcano alarm clock, and reptile] First, it was that lamp you bought when Tasty Cone went out of business. Then it was that UGLY lava alarm clock. And that reptile! [the flashback wipes out to the current] THIS MADNESS MUST STOP!
Francine: Oh, what about YOUR things?! Lacy curtains, lacy ugly cats, lacy pillows, LACY LACE?!
Catherine': So what if my half is laced-ribbon? It has a UNIFYING theme!
Francine: Yeah, NAUSEATING. That's the theme.
Catherine: You are so ignorant.
Francine: JUST wait until your feet get cold. Then you'll be sorry.

Featured Cast[edit]

  • Dallas Jokic - Arthur (2008-current)
  • Robert Naylor - D.W. Read (2007-current)
  • Daniel Brochu - Buster Baxter
  • Lyle O'Donohoe - Alan "The Brain" Powers (2008-current)
  • Melissa Altro - Muffy Crosswire
  • Jodie Resther - Francine Alice Frensky

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