Children’s animated TV series Arthur will end after 25 years

Arthur, the longest running children’s animated series in the US, will soon reach a conclusion.

PBS Kids intends to end the beloved TV show after 25 seasons, said an original developer of the show during a podcast released on Wednesday. The final season will air in 2022.

Kathy Waugh, who was a visitor on the Finding DW podcast, said the animated series is no longer in production. She said the show’s wrap party was two years prior.

“I think (PBS) made a mistake, and I think Arthur should come back and I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake,” Waugh said.

“I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired.”

The series, which initially broadcasted in 1996, depends on the popular book series by Marc Brown, who made the Arthur character in 1976. It stars the aardvark character alongside his loved ones. It has been displayed in different nations, including the UK.

The cartoon, which has won numerous Emmy awards and different honors, is known for teaching children lessons about diversity and inclusion.

The show attracted controversy in 2019 for an episode that included an equivalent gender wedding. The program, which saw Arthur’s teacher Mr Ratburn marry his partner Patrick, was considered inappropriate for youthful watchers by Alabama Public Television. The telecaster would not air the episode.

Executive producer Carol Greenwald said PBS Kids will keep on air reruns of the show.