Countering the unwarranted "hate"
I grew up watching Arthur, and every now and then I still do. It's the longest running children's animated series in the United States for a reason.
Yes, the children on Arthur are at times snooty, bossy and rude. The show touches on subjects like kissing and has made spin-the-bottle references, among other things, but certainly not enough to deem it as "inappropriate." The show does not condemn children for their behavior by portraying saintly characters in ideal worlds; instead, it allows its young audience to relate to their attitudes and flaws in many way while keeping a realistic perspective. I love how Arthur encourages good morals without becoming overly pedantic--Arthur and his friends are often learning the lesson through a series of realistic events independently. This allows the viewers to keep in tune and not roll their eyes in annoyance. The show also follows a storyline and focuses on character development, fulfilling its purpose as an actual television show and not just a generic educational program.
Personally, I think the earliest seasons fit the criteria spoken about above the most and are the most entertaining. But the recent episodes are great for kids themselves and keep true to the main objectives of the series (even though the character development and storyline have gotten weaker, but as far as I'm concerned, I don't think the parents here have those aspects as their number one concern). Arthur is relatable, fun and entertaining for all ages. Parents, please don't dismiss this program for the trivial reasons people have listed. It offers a learning experience that stands out so much from other shows of its genre.
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Positive role models