Parents' Guide to

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Inclusive look at holidays has some problematic behavior.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

Very entertaining for kids.

age 6+

Everyone celebrates differently and that's ok

Love that it introduces several ways to celebrate various December holidays. I also enjoy that as a special, the Arthur characters stay true to their normal characteristics. I do wish that Muffy's "My way or the highway" was addressed a bit more, but overall, this has plenty of positive messages.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

It's a rare thing to find an intentionally inclusive holiday special that kids will actually want to watch; thankfully, this show is packed with different holiday traditions, and it's also engaging. There's a lot for kids to relate to in Arthur's Perfect Christmas, no matter what their own traditions may be. Things go slightly off the rails when the storyline focuses on a newly divorced mother's anxiety about giving her son the perfect Christmas. It's over the top and will likely confuse younger viewers, though the eventual message that holidays can be whatever you want them to be is a good one. The character of Muffy, the spoiled rich girl who only thinks of herself, is similarly unsatisfying. While she does learn to be a better listener, her elitist attitude and greed are never properly addressed. On the other hand, young viewers will relate to some of the more realistic depictions of the holidays. Arthur's efforts to find his mom the perfect present, and his heartbreak when things go wrong, is something they'll feel right along with him. Also relatable is D.W.'s anguish over writing the perfect letter to Santa Claus. For reasons both good and bad, this holiday special will give families lots to talk about after the credits roll.

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