Arthur the A-A-R-D-V-A-R-K has been C-A-N-C-E-L-L-E-D, according to one of the original developers of the PBS Kids TV show.
The final season of the long-running children’s series will air in 2022, show creator Kathy Waugh said on the Finding DW podcast.
Waugh told the Arthur-focused podcast that the show held a wrap party two years ago and is no longer in production.
“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 educational TV show follows Arthur the aardvark, his little sister DW and their friends, in a series based on the popular books created by Marc Brown in 1976.
The show was the longest-running animated series for children in history. It peaked in the 1990s and remains particularly popular among nostalgic millennials, who have repurposed it into various memes in recent years.
“The generation that’s currently posting these things definitely grew up with the show and a lot of the themes that the show tackled kind of grander life lessons, bigger topics that people still deal with throughout their lives,” Adam Downer, an associate editor at Know Your Meme, told TIME last year.
“Arthur is one of those formative learning shows that everyone watched as a kid and still remembers.”
Fans shared the so-called “Arthur fist” meme to express their anger at the show’s cancellation this week.
‘Arthur’ Cancelled at PBS After 25 Seasons pic.twitter.com/5R7gtdCsBv
— Gordon Brook (@GdoubleWB) July 28, 2021
me finding out that arthur is getting cancelled after 25 years pic.twitter.com/F6AMq0CpBD
— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) July 28, 2021
Others posted memes of Arthur’s little sister, DW, standing behind a fence in fancy sunglasses.
Arthur is being cancelled after 25 seasons. Please respect my privacy at this time. pic.twitter.com/aPxzN6xMvK
— Danielle Pinnock (@bodycourage) July 28, 2021
Arthur is actually ending….. oh man.
Arthur had its good run. I can see Arthur having reruns on PBS Kids though. I’ll never forget about the memes as well. 💀 pic.twitter.com/fPoOOmjSIJ
— 💀 spoopy scary olivepit 🎃 (@Theolivepit04) July 27, 2021
Executive producer Carol Greenwald said PBS Kids will continue to air reruns of the show.
The official Arthur Twitter account, which is run by PBS, also reminded fans that the show will live on through reruns.
— Arthur Read (@arthurpbs) July 28, 2021
— with files from The Associated Press
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