The long-running show ‘Arthur’ is ending it’s run on PBS after 25 seasons and will air its final episodes this year, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Production on the show has also wrapped two years ago. Arthur writer Kathy Waugh revealed the sad news on the podcast Finding D.W., a show dedicated to tracking down the seven actors who voiced the role of Arthur’s little sister D.W.
“Arthur is no longer in a production,” she said. “We had our wrap party two years ago. I think they’ve made a mistake, PBS, and I think Arthur should come back. And I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake.”
“I don’t pay attention that much to things like ratings, so I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it just felt like it needed to be retired,” she continued. “To me, it felt like evergreen, like it was never going to end, but it did end.”
Waugh noted that they finished the last episode of their 25th season two years ago, but since then, she’s written and helped with some PSAs about handwashing, etc. that aired. “They used the Arthur characters so they’re still around,” she noted. “As far as I understand, not all of the shows have aired. There’s still a few yet to be aired, but they’ve all been produced.”
In a statement to EW, Carol Greenwald, executive producer of Arthur, confirmed the news and celebrated the show’s legacy.
“Arthur is the longest-running kids animated series in history and is known for teaching kindness, empathy, and inclusion through many groundbreaking moments to generations of viewers,” the statement reads.