D.W. Read is Turning FIVE in New ARTHUR Special

People. This is a BIG DEAL! D.W. Read is turning FIVE years old on Monday! ARTHUR has been on the air since I was a senior in high school, so we know how old she SHOULD be. LOL! Ahem. I do love that Marc Brown has insisted on keeping the characters of his hit television show ARTHUR the same age, so that children for years to come can enjoy the antics of the Read family along with all of their friends in Elwood City. Given the fact that DW has been in preschool since I’ve known her, I’m REALLY excited to see what this change of age does to her character, and how she handles a tough situation when celebrating her birthday. 

D.W. Read Turns 5 in ARTHUR Special

Everyone’s favorite witty, smart, and pesky little sister is turning five on May 29th! PBS KIDS’ ARTHUR is premiering an all-new one hour special, “D.W. & the Beastly Birthday.” ARTHUR has been on the air for 20+ years, but this will be the first time D.W. advances in age!

D.W. Read Turns 5 in ARTHUR Special

In the new special, young viewers will learn a valuable lesson about handling disappointment as D.W.’s birthday celebration goes awry and she runs away to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur skipped D.W.’s birthday party for a school trip to the planetarium and is transported four years in the future.

D.W. Read Turns 5 in ARTHUR Special

The special will premiere on PBS KIDS, the 24/7 channel and streaming platforms on May 29th, with an encore showing on June 2nd. Additional new episodes of ARTHUR will air throughout the week of May 29th and will be available on streaming platforms in June.

Here are the new episodes and their premiere dates! 

D.W. and the Beastly Birthday

Premiering 5/29, Encore 6/2

Time to put on your party hats and dancing shoes—D.W. is turning five! When her birthday doesn’t go as planned, D.W. runs away to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, ARTHUR has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium – but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him 4 years into the future! This is one party you don’t want to miss. 

Lend Me Your Ear                                                      

Premiering 5/30

ARTHUR, Buster, and Brain are worried when Mr. Ratburn isn’t acting like himself. He’s always pleased to see them…so what has made him change his tune?

The Butler Did It                                

Premiering 5/30

When Mr. Crosswire gets a robot butler for Father’s Day, Muffy fears Bailey may be replaced.

Prunella’s Tent of Portent                                                     

Premiering 5/31

At the Elwood City Picnic, Prunella pretends she can see the future at her fortune telling booth. But her best friend, Marina, doubts her mystical powers.

Mutiny on the Pitch                                                               

Premiering 5/31

The Lakewood Elementary soccer team has had enough of Francine’s bossy behavior. To show the team how much they need her, Francine gives up her post to the most unlikely teammate…Buster! 

The Hallway Minotaur                                                           

Premiering 6/1

Attention Lakewood Elementary! There’s a new sheriff—er, hallway monitor—in town, and his name is George Lundgren. 

Ladonna’s Like List                                                                

Premiering 6/1

Ladonna Compson is friendly, funny, and full of personality. Everyone likes her! At least, that’s what she thought…

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  • Reply
    May 27, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    OMGOODNESS! I used to love Arthur cartoons and books! Such wonderful childhood memories!

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    Jennifer Soltys
    May 29, 2017 at 7:10 am

    What a brilliant idea keeping her the same age! The show never needs to phase out then! Super cute characters.

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    May 29, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Oh goodness, my daughter just loved Arthur!! This brings me back, we would watch this all the time!~

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    Liz Mays
    May 29, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I love that they’re doing a turning five special. So many kids will relate to that (and parents too).

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    Brett Beyer
    May 29, 2017 at 10:22 am

    My kids were HUGE into the Arthur cartoon series! I still remember when it was an old computer video game that captivated my nieces and nephews!

    A big happy 5th birthday to DW!

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    May 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Aww! I’ll have to show this episode to my kids. They LOVE Arthur, including my older teens. It’s about time D.W. turns 5, though. She’s been so young for so many years! Happy birthday, D.W.!

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    May 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Oh gosh, I used to watch this ALL Of the time with my kids. Love that it’s still there and they are airing this special. Thanks for sharing, going to pass along to my friends who have little ones at home!

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    May 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    My little sister used to watch Arthur, then my kids after that. I thought it was funny that they always stayed the same age so this is cool.

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    Jay Colby
    May 30, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I remember this watching this show as a kid. This was such a classic show,

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    Mimi Green
    May 30, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I never realized that there was no age advancement. I’ve watched this show with my niece and in the later years with my own kids. I will set the DVR for LittleCuteLips.

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    May 30, 2017 at 8:06 am

    My daughter was so afraid of Author so I never really got into it.. every time she saw him she would scream like someone shot her..

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    May 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I watched Arthur when I was in high school too, so I under stand that DW turning 5 is a big deal. 🙂

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    May 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Omg this is bringing back all the childhood memories!!! I want to watch it myself, lol!

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    EG III
    May 31, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I used to love Arthur. Shame some of the air dates have already passed but I’m definitely going to try and make sure my daughter catches some of the upcoming episodes

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    June 12, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    We totally missed seeing this, so I’ll have to look for it on streaming options. All of my boys LOVE Arthur as do I.

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