List of Arthur episodes (season 1)

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Arthur (season 1)
Country of origin United States
Canada
No. of episodes 30
Broadcast
Original channel PBS
Original run September 2, 1996 (1996-09-02) – June 2, 1997 (1997-06-02)
Home video release
DVD release date April 7, 2008 (R2)[1]
Season chronology
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The first season of the television series Arthur was originally broadcast on PBS in the United States from September 2, 1996 to June 2, 1997. The season was released on DVD on April 7, 2008 in Europe only.

Topics and issues discussed in this season include: bullying, teamwork, telling the truth, friendships, family problems, and jealousy.

Episodes[edit]

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Title Original airdate
1 1-1 "Arthur's Eyes / Francine's Bad Hair Day" September 2, 1996 (1996-09-02)
Arthur's Eyes: Arthur tells D.W. the story of how he got his glasses, and the teasing he received spearheaded by Francine.
Francine's Bad Hair Day: Muffy is confident that Francine can have the prettiest picture of all, following bad pictures from previous years.
2 1-2 "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn / Arthur's Spelling Trouble" September 9, 1996 (1996-09-09)
Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn: Arthur and his friends are horrified when they learn that their third grade teacher will be the infamous Mr. Ratburn.
Arthur's Spelling Trouble: Arthur practices for the spelling bee and competes against Prunella (who was the last year's winner) and Alan (the Brain, the smartest kid in his class), respectively.
3 1-3 "D.W. All Wet / Buster's Dino Dilemma" September 16, 1996 (1996-09-16)
D.W. All Wet: The Reads go to the seashore to escape from the summer heat and everyone is having a wonderful time, except for D.W. who will not swim because she thinks there are octopuses in the water.
Buster's Dino Dilemma: Buster and Arthur discover a fossilized dinosaur footprint and take it home, despite it being against site rules.
4 1-4 "D.W.'s Imaginary Friend / Arthur's Lost Library Book" September 23, 1996 (1996-09-23)
D.W.'s Imaginary Friend: When Arthur and Buster find out about a new amusement ride, they do not want D.W. to come along and embarrass them because she would bring Nadine along too. Arthur and Buster are excited to go on the new ride, "The Hurl A World" that is known to cause severe motion sickness and specifically provides motion sickness bags for the riders. Arthur and Buster ride on full speed and are provided "barf bags" and when they get off, they are both nauseaus and subsequently vomit (off screen) due to them being very sick after the ride. They rode it a second time which resulted in the same results. However, they enjoyed it very much.
Arthur's Lost Library Book: Everyone loves the Scare-Your-Pants-Off series and the new book is coming out. Arthur is the first to borrow it along with many other books at the same time, but when he collects the library books scattered around the house, he can't find the Scare-Your-Pants-Off book.
5 1-5 "Arthur's Pet Business / D.W. the Copycat" October 7, 1996 (1996-10-07)
Arthur's Pet Business: Arthur starts his own pet business to prove he is responsible, which includes watching over the unfriendly dog Perky.
D.W. the Copycat: D.W. starts acting and dressing like Arthur and following him around. Arthur's friends start excluding him because they do not want D.W. around.
6 1-6 "Locked in the Library! / Arthur Accused!" October 14, 1996 (1996-10-14)
Locked in the Library!: Francine is mad at Arthur for telling everyone she looks like a marshmallow. Mr. Ratburn assigns them to work together on a project about heroes and heroines. With Francine still mad at Arthur, they go to the library together the next day at 3:00 to research their project, but because they fall asleep quickly and accidentally stay overnight, they get locked in. As they try to find a way out, Francine and Arthur must put aside their grudges and learn to work together.
Arthur Accused!: Arthur is in charge of the fundraiser for the Elwood City Fire Department. He leaves a bag of quarters from the fundraiser for Mrs. McGrady, who is distracted by a phone conversation. When she does not receive the quarters, Arthur is accused of stealing all the raised money, resulting in him having a week of after school detention and missing the school picnic, and giving Buster his first case as a Private Eye.
7 1-7 "Arthur Goes to Camp / Buster Makes the Grade" October 21, 1996 (1996-10-21)
Arthur Goes to Camp: Arthur and his friends go to Camp Meadowcroak where everything is a competition between girls and boys.
Buster Makes the Grade: Buster is falling behind with his schoolwork and if he doesn't improve, he may have to repeat third grade. Arthur, Muffy, and Francine tutor him and help him study and he does well on the test.
8 1-8 "Arthur's New Puppy / Arthur Bounces Back" October 28, 1996 (1996-10-28)
Arthur's New Puppy: Arthur's new puppy, Pal is exactly what he wanted, but Arthur must train Pal to be a good dog or Pal will have to move out of the house.
Arthur Bounces Back: Arthur wants Moon Boots and tries different ways to get money to buy them. His mom gets him to clean the garage in exchange for $2. As he is cleaning it, Mrs. Tibble comes by, thinking there is a yard sale and buys a necklace, giving Arthur enough money to buy the Moon Boots. It turns out that the necklace is to be a gift from his Dad to Mom and he has to earn the necklace back by doing chores.
9 1-9 "Arthur Babysits / Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe" November 4, 1996 (1996-11-04)
Arthur Babysits: Arthur thinks that babysitting is the easiest job in the world until D.W. volunteers him to Tommy and Timmy Tibble.
Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe: Arthur's family is hosting a family reunion. Arthur spends his time avoiding his cousin Mo, and missing out on all the activities, because of experiences from past family reunions.
10 1-10 "Arthur's Birthday / Francine Frensky, Superstar" November 11, 1996 (1996-11-11)
Arthur's Birthday: Arthur and Muffy have their birthday parties on the same day and neither can change the date. Arthur comes up with a way to bring all his friends together for the birthday party.
Francine Frensky, Superstar: Francine has often had bad roles in school plays where she gets injured, and was unhappy with those roles. She finally gets a safer role as the lead, when Mr. Ratburn decides they will dramatize the story of Thomas Edison.
11 1-11 "Arthur's Baby / D.W.'s Baby" November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
Arthur's Baby: Arthur and D.W.'s mom is pregnant with their baby sister Kate. Arthur is nervous, wondering what it would be like to have a new baby in the house. When the baby does come, he is worried that the baby hates him, as she always seems to cry when he is around.
D.W.'s Baby: Arthur tells D.W how she acted when Kate was born, starting after Kate was brought home for the first time in "Arthur's Baby". D.W. is excited but frustrated when she does not get to help with Kate. Kate's crib is moved into D.W.'s room but D.W. soon finds drawbacks to sharing a room with a baby. D.W. soon becomes jealous over the attention Kate is getting. She tries to get rid of Kate. When that does not work, she runs away thinking the family doesn't need her.
12 1-12 "Arthur Writes a Story / Arthur's Lost Dog" November 25, 1996 (1996-11-25)
Arthur Writes a Story: Arthur needs to write a story for homework, so he decides to write about how he got Pal (from "Arthur's Pet Business"). He is afraid that no one will like his story after D.W. informs him that it is boring. He begins fictionalizing the events and revising his story using advice from different people, as he tries to write a good story.
Arthur's Lost Dog: It is Downtown Day in Elwood City and the Reads are downtown attending the event. They pass a clown carrying balloons and Kate begins crying because she wants a balloon from the clown. Nobody in the family but Pal knows that. Pal runs off after a clown to get a balloon, but Arthur thinks he is running away from him.
13 1-13 "So Long, Spanky / Buster's New Friend" December 2, 1996 (1996-12-02)
So Long, Spanky: D.W.'s pet bird dies. She leaves a can of flowers on Spanky's grave after his funeral but finds a toad in there. Arthur takes her to the pet store to buy a new pet to replace Spanky, but they do not find one. The toad reappears several more times, following D.W., but she hates the toad since it will not leave her alone. When it does not reappear, she realizes that she misses it.
Buster's New Friend: Arthur and Buster are doing a project together, but Buster does not seem to have the time for the project or for Arthur or anyone else. All he does is talk about his new friend Mike. Arthur decides to return everything related to Buster. At Buster's house they become friends again and he finds out Mike is a teenager, who drives a car and was hired by Buster's Mom so that Buster can have a "male role model".
14 1-14 "Arthur the Wrecker / Arthur and the True Francine" December 9, 1996 (1996-12-09)
Arthur the Wrecker: Arthur is addicted to a new computer game, Deep Dark Sea, playing even when he should not. When he gets to a new area he is excited about, he calls up Buster. When it appears that they have broken the computer, they look for Brain to help them fix it, but he cannot find the problem. Eventually, Mom fixes the computer and gets hooked on Deep Dark SeaNote: An alternate title for this episode is Arthur's Computer Adventure.
Arthur and the True Francine: Muffy and Francine were best friends since second grade, when Muffy was a new student. This episode is a flashback from that time. This particular memory is when Muffy and Francine decide to study together for an upcoming math test, but Muffy continually procrastinates, claiming that she knows her addition and subtraction. When the test day comes, Muffy cheats off of Francine's test and claims that she would never cheat, getting Francine into trouble which almost costs her her friendship with Francine. Francine is punished and has to stay after school, but she is needed to defeat Mighty Mountain in a softball game. Muffy tells the truth and it gets Francine out of trouble and the girls become friends.
15 1-15 "Arthur's Family Vacation / Grandpa Dave's Old Country Farm" December 16, 1996 (1996-12-16)
Arthur's Family Vacation: Arthur wants to go back to Camp Meadowcroak with Buster for the summer and tries to get out of the family vacation to the beach. He changes his mind with the mention of lobster and after several impediments, they finally make it to the beach. But owing to an accident with D.W.'s inflatable shark, they lose their hotel reservation and end up staying in a small, dark, damp, deplorable, filthy room, with a swimming pool no bigger than an average bathtub. Arthur is irritated when his mom tells him that D.W. will have to share beds. That night, they all eat at a local restaurant and Arthur and D.W. are repulsed that they have to eat lobster and D.W. makes a big scene in the restaurant for which the mother gets irritated because of her complaining, making a big scene, her being tired after a long day and the fact that they lost their hotel reservation to a nice room to a small, dirty room didn't help her mood and as a result, scolds her by saying "D.W Sit!" Although, things are not going so well, Things eventually start to get better as their vacation progresses.
Grandpa Dave's Old Country Farm: Arthur and D.W. go to visit their Grandpa Dave who lives on an old rundown farm. The farm has been in the family for 150 years and Grandpa Dave does not want help running it. Arthur and D.W. are concerned by the state of things and try to help him fix up the farm with the help of one Grandpa Dave's friends.
16 1-16 "Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest / D.W. Flips" January 6, 1997 (1997-01-06)
Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest: Arthur finds an entry form for the Crunch cereal commercial contest, and he is determined to win the year's supply of Crunch cereal. He starts a band with some of his friends, Mrs. McGrady and Grandma Thora, but he has nothing for them to play. Without a tune, he hears D.W. singing a song about Nadine and copies it. He feels guilty later, so he mails it with D.W.'s name instead of his.
D.W. Flips: D.W. wants to take gymnastics class after seeing a gymnast on television, but her mom gives several examples of D.W. never finishing what she wants to do. She gets her way and goes to her first class. Emily is there and D.W. does not like her because she seems to do everything perfectly. D.W. is determined to be better than her. At the end of the episode, Emily and D.W become best friends.
17 1-17 "Meek for a Week / Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper" January 13, 1997 (1997-01-13)
Meek for a Week: Muffy dares Francine to be nice to everyone for a whole week and she can not tell anyone why she is being nice. Arthur and his friends are worried when Francine starts acting nice for no apparent reason and are worried she may "pop" if she continues bottling up her anger. They try fruitlessly to diffuse her.
Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper: Arthur and Buster sit at the only available table with the Tough Customers. Buster claims that Arthur is the world's greatest "gleeper" to stop the teasing, only to find out later that "gleep" means "steal". Arthur lets the lie grow into a school-wide rumor.
18 1-18 "Arthur's Chicken Pox / Sick as a Dog" January 20, 1997 (1997-01-20)
Arthur's Chicken Pox: Arthur gets chicken pox. D.W. is jealous of the attention and extra freedom he gets while Grandma Thora is taking care of him.
Sick as a Dog: Arthur becomes extremely upset when Pal has to stay at the vet overnight after feeding him leftover Halloween candy and hot dogs, making him sick. He blames D.W. for this, thinking she hates Pal.
19 1-19 "D.W. Rides Again / Arthur Makes the Team" January 27, 1997 (1997-01-27)
D.W. Rides Again: D.W. gets a new bike and needs to learn how to use it. Arthur teaches her the basics and she learns to ride by herself without training wheels in time for the bike-a-thon.
Arthur Makes the Team: Arthur and his friends are trying out for the baseball team and everyone wants to be the pitcher. Arthur makes the team but he is the worst player. Arthur and Francine, who can not pitch, work together to improve their baseball skills.
20 1-20 "Arthur's Almost Boring Day / The Half-Baked Sale" February 3, 1997 (1997-02-03)
Arthur's Almost Boring Day: Arthur and his friends are assigned to write about what they do over the weekend, but it rains and ruins plans. Arthur and D.W. are sent over to Grandma Thora's. Without anything better to do, they help her clean out her attic and find some interesting things, including old home movies and comic books.
The Half-Baked Sale: Grandma Thora is a poor cook. When she decides to bake cookies for a bake sale, Arthur and D.W. try to think up ways to stop her bad cooking from ruining it. Arthur decides to buy all of her cookies before anyone else can and hide them. But when Mr. Morris is injured by the cookies hidden in the janitor's closet, Arthur and D.W. have to tell the truth. As it turns out, Grandma Thora is not upset because she knows she is still a great family member.
21 1-21 "Sue Ellen Moves In / The Perfect Brother" February 10, 1997 (1997-02-10)
Sue Ellen Moves In: Rumors are circulating about the new family that has moved in and Buster thinks that they may be art thieves, spies or aliens, even after he meets Sue Ellen. When Buster's mom invites Sue Ellen over for dinner, he finds out that Sue Ellen is not an alien, but just a kid who has lived in various places around the world.
The Perfect Brother: The Brain is spending the weekend with the Reads because his parents are going to an ice cream convention. Arthur thinks this will be like having a brother around, but the Brain is neat, finishes his homework early, and reads to D.W., making Arthur look bad. However, Arthur discovers that the Brain is not so neat when the Brain invites Arthur over.
22 1-22 "D.W.'s Snow Mystery / Team Trouble" February 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
D.W.'s Snow Mystery: D.W. kept a snowball in the freezer from the best day of her life, but it is missing. Buster, as a detective, investigates, listening to biased accounts of those present the day the snowball disappeared. They argue and accuse each other but everyone, and eventually D.W., lets the incident go as the first snowfall of the year appears.
Team Trouble: Arthur, Buster and Francine are assigned to do a group project on Ancient Rome. They discuss how they are going to do the project, each coming up with their own idea and eventually decide to draw a comic book. Each has their own idea of what to draw and after a failure to communicate have a mis-matched comic book. They argue over this and finally realize that they need to work together to finish the project.
23 1-23 "Bully for Binky / Misfortune Teller" February 24, 1997 (1997-02-24)
Bully for Binky: Binky has a reputation for being a bully. He bullies Sue Ellen, who is still a new student ("Sue Ellen Moves In"), and she demands that he apologize. When he does not, she challenges him to a fight to settle it. He gets nervous when he finds out she knows Tae Kwon Do. He decides to beat her at music but loses, so he apologizes to her so they would not have to fight.
Misfortune Teller: For her half-birthday, Prunella's older sister, Rubella, gives her a cootie catcher. Rubella claims that it can tell the future and the answers it gives do come true. Arthur and his friends begin following the advice of the cootie catcher. When the cootie catcher goes missing and turns up ruined by the washing machine, Arthur and his friends realize that they do not need the cootie catcher to run their lives.
24 1-24 "Arthur's Tooth / D.W. Gets Lost" March 3, 1997 (1997-03-03)
Arthur's Tooth: Arthur has a loose tooth, but he is the only one in his class that has not lost any of his baby teeth yet. He unsuccessfully tries various ways to get it out so that Francine would stop calling him a baby. He calls her back, "Big Baby." Just like from the movie "Are We There Yet?". He is happy, however, when his tooth eventually falls out.
D.W. Gets Lost: D.W. wants earrings because her friend, Emily, has earrings. She asks her mom and dad, but they claim her ears will turn green. After D.W.'s persistence, Mrs. Read takes D.W. shopping for earrings only if she approves of them. While at the superstore, D.W. wanders off when her mom is distracted.
25 1-25 "D.W. Thinks Big / Arthur Cleans Up" March 10, 1997 (1997-03-10)
D.W. Thinks Big: At Aunt Lucy's wedding, Arthur is the ringbearer and their dramatic diva cousin Cora is the flower girl, but D.W. is too little to do anything. However, when the wedding ring gets lost in the pipe organ at the wedding, D.W.'s size helps her.
Arthur Cleans Up: Arthur and Buster are playing frisbee in the park when their frisbee lands in a polluted fountain. Arthur's dad overhears Arthur and Buster talking about the park and Arthur involuntarily becomes the leader of a cleanup crew of kids. Arthur's friends are not pleased with the idea after their parents had been informed and do not help him. This gets worst as Pal almost chokes on a piece of litter. With the help of Francine's dad, Mr. Frensky, and a few volunteers, they manage to clean up the park.
26 1-26 "My Dad, the Garbage Man / Poor Muffy!" April 21, 1997 (1997-04-21)
My Dad, the Garbage Man: Mr. Ratburn's class is going on field trips to several of the students' parents at work to learn about careers. Francine is embarrassed by her dad's job as a garbage man.
Poor Muffy!: Muffy is allergic to the new carpets in her house, so she decides to stay with Francine while the carpeting is being removed. She brings with her some of the things from her room including televisions, wardrobes, and sculptures. During Muffy's stay, Francine cannot deal with Muffy's spoiled attitude and Muffy cannot handle the less-than-wealthy condition in which Francine's family lives.
27 1-27 "D.W.'s Blankie / Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble" April 28, 1997 (1997-04-28)
D.W.'s Blankie: D.W. can not find her blankie and enlists the help of Arthur to search for it, retracing her steps over Elwood City.
Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble: Mr. Ratburn loses his voice and his sister, Miss Rodentia Ratburn, substitutes for him. She has them doing things such as reciting the one times table, reading words like "dog" and "cat" and assigning no homework. The class are excited at first, as they were sick and tired of Mr. Ratburn's unbelievably difficult classes, but they soon become bored. The class are glad when Mr. Ratburn returns the next day.
28 1-28 "I'm a Poet / The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club!" May 19, 1997 (1997-05-19)
I'm a Poet: Fern is the only person who volunteers to enter the Poetry Competition, which is to be judged by the famous poet Jack Prelutsky. The others think poetry is uncool, and start making fun of her. Fern reveals a new side to her quiet character, and challenges them all to write poems for the competition. If they do not succeed, they will be roped into a year's membership of the school Poetry Club. Jack Prelutsky guest stars as himself.
The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club!: When their favorite series of books is banned from the library by a parental organization who believe scary books are bad for children, Arthur and his friends get together a petition to get them back — all except Muffy that is, as it turns out her father is a leading figure in the parental group.
29 1-29 "My Club Rules / Stolen Bike" May 26, 1997 (1997-05-26)
My Club Rules: Arthur and his friends create a club to stop D.W. from bothering them. When they can not agree on the rules of their club the club splits. This leads to more disagreements and more clubs created. They eventually come back together, under D.W.
Stolen Bike: Francine's bike is too small for her so her dad finds his old bike for her, except she is embarrassed by the rusty old bike. She hides it and pretends it is stolen. The bike then gets thrown out and Francine is mortified.
30 1-30 "Arthur's First Sleepover / Arthur's New Year's Eve" June 2, 1997 (1997-06-02)
Arthur's First Sleepover: Arthur has a sleepover with Buster and Brain, even with all the talk of UFOs. D.W. wants to join them so that she can take a picture of a UFO. The boys do not agree. D.W. plays a prank on the boys with fake UFOs in retaliation and vice versa.
Arthur's New Year's Eve: Arthur has never stayed up until midnight on New Year's Eve. His friends all have their theories on what occurs when the new year comes. Among the ideas are a green flash, a wrestling match and the calendar police. Arthur tries to stay up until New Year's Eve to find out what really happens at midnight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arthur - Complete Series One". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
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