March 31, 2010 > Arthur's new PBS episodes
Arthur's new PBS episodes
Submitted By Tara Pettinato
Over the years, Arthur has celebrated kids with all kinds of abilities and featured many types of friendships. As part of season 13, Arthur welcomes back familiar faces and introduces new friends with unique stories to tell. Five new episodes premiere Monday, April 5 on PBS Kids. (Check local listings).
Kicking off our focus on friendships is "When Carl Met George." George is excited about spending time with his new friend, Carl, who loves to draw trains and knows all kinds of cool facts about them. George discovers that Carl has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, and that Carl sees the world a bit differently than George and many kids. Despite their differences, George and Carl become great pals - and learn a lot from each other.
The story is followed by a live-action segment featuring kids with Asperger's and autism. We meet Bess and Linnea at Lovelane, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to kids with special needs, and then we follow Linnea to her neighborhood school and meet her teacher and classmates.
"Over the years, in an effort to encourage our viewers to embrace the differences they see in their peers we've introduce a cast of characters with diverse personalities, interests, talents, and abilities," said Executive Producer Jacqui Deegan. "We hope that 'When Carl Met George' will help children gain some understanding of Asperger's Syndrome and other forms of autism and realize that the unique traits of individuals are what make them so special."
Many of the other new episodes, which bring back your favorite ARTHUR characters, focus on the creative arts, such as poetry, music, drawing and painting.
Tune-in for these and more Arthur adventures when all-new episodes premiere Monday, April 5 on PBS KIDS GO! Visit Arthur online at pbskidsgo.org/arthur. The award-winning Arthur Web site is also home to many games and activities.
Arthur, based on Marc Brown's best-selling books, ranks alongside Curious George as the highest rated weekday children's series on PBS among children 6-11 (Source: For PBS, NTI Pocketpiece, October 2009-February 2010). Arthur has won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA and six Daytime Emmys(r) - four for Outstanding Children's Animated Program. Arthur is produced by WGBH Boston and Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. Funding for Arthur is provided by public television viewers.