Appropriateness Rating: Don’t Miss It (most episodes are Without Reservation)
Entertainment Rating: Great
Arthur is an animated (cartoon) TV show about an Aardvark in third grade. Along with his best friend Buster, his sister DW, his teacher Mr. Ratburn, and many other friends from his school Arthur learns new lessons in each episode. This series is very enjoyable and even as an adult I have found myself getting into the episodes and enjoying them. The only reason the episode didn’t get a Without Reservation rating is because a few episodes (1 or 2 out of 200!) revolve around the characters having feelings for members of the opposite sex and Muslim parents might just want to skip those altogether. Other than those few episodes this show is excellent and it can be safely watched with very young kids.
Warnings: girlfriend/boyfriend stories in a few episodes
The overwhelming majority of Arthur episodes are excellent, even for very young children. They teach good messages and they are clean. However, a few episodes show the characters being attracted to members of the opposite sex, having girlfriends and boyfriends, etc. It is very easy to just skip these episodes as they usually have words such as kiss or break-up or something like that in the title.
Messages: friendship, learning, kindness, anti-bullying, diversity, etc.
This TV series is all about good moral messages. Every episode has a different message that can teach kids something good and because Arthur has a younger sister the stories work for a variety of ages too. Arthur and his friends learn how to do well in school and not give up, they learn how to work together, they learn how to help each other when one of them is struggling with a subject, they learn how to settle their differences, they learn not cheat, and the list goes on. It’s a great show that has many good messages and the stories are sometimes funny so it’s delivered in a good way.