TV review by Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

A thoughtful cartoon for kids to grow up on.

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 60 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 147 reviews

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age 3+

Greatest Children's Show on Television

I am extremely selective with the shows that my my children are allowed to watch. Arthur is one show that I don't mind them binging. Every episode is wholesome and entertaining. The creators of Arthur continue to create episodes that reflect real situations that real children are facing- a loved one being diagnosed with cancer, losing one's home to a natural disaster, having a classmate with autism or a nut allergy... I could go on and on. Arthur also does a great job of modeling positive social-emotional skills. After 25 years, this show is still wonderfully relevant. I am so thankful that it is still on the air.

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age 3+

Arthur is amazing!

Arthur is a very good show and my kid loved it when she was young and even now when she is older.It is so informative about real word problems ,and things that are happening all around us.They also tackle diversity with bi-racial couples,gay weddings,divorced parents ,and death.The show is very good and I would recommend it to anyone.

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