‘Arthur’ Opens Season With a Same-Sex Wedding and a Cake

‘Arthur’ Opens Season With a Same-Sex Wedding and a Cake

By Sandra E. Garcia | May 14, 2019

During the season premiere of the animated series “Arthur” on Monday, Arthur, Francine, Buster and Muffy spend most of their time trying to play matchmaker for their third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn.

In the end, Mr. Ratburn has his own plans. He ties the knot with Patrick, a local chocolatier, at a wedding attended by the students.

“Mr. Ratburn is married, I still can’t believe it,” Arthur says.

“Yup, it’s a brand-new world,” Francine responds.

The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” was the latest moment in daytime television to include a more diverse set of characters as it kicked off the show’s 22nd season. The series, which airs on PBS Kids and debuted in 1996, follows the adventures of Arthur, his classmates and his family.

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