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Arthur => Episodes => Topic started by: Snowth Woogle on September 23, 2012, 05:23:51 pm


Title: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 23, 2012, 05:23:51 pm
With PBS being really selective with the episodes they play, there are a lot of older/classic episodes that probably haven't been seen on television in years... what are some episodes that you haven't seen in the longest time that you can still remember in the back of your mind?

I just got to thinking about "Sue Ellen's Lost Diary", for some reason, I was remembering Arthur's intro of trying to read people's minds... then of course, there's the fun intro for "Arthur's Knee" (which unfortunately gets a lot of dirty comments on YouTube).
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on September 23, 2012, 05:25:34 pm
Very nice job starting conversation here.

But for me personally, a group of two that they rarely ever seem to show anymore is "Night Fright" and "Arthur's TV Free Week." They show those so infrequently that I'm beginning to forget them...
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Sergeant Slink on September 23, 2012, 05:27:42 pm
Which one was the one where they were scared to go into the woods because they thought there was a monster in it? Haven't seen that one in a while...Can't even remember what episode it is.

Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 23, 2012, 05:29:02 pm
I believe that would be "What Scared Sue Ellen?"... I'm glad I taped that one, I've actually been watching it frequently as of late.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on September 23, 2012, 05:32:45 pm
Yeah...that would be "What Scared Sue Ellen?" And I do agree, that episode has not been on for the longest time.

"Arthur, World's Greatest Gleaper" is another one that I haven't seen for quite some time.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 23, 2012, 05:36:18 pm
Yeah, I think it's been... maybe a year since I last saw that one... maybe? Lol, I like how "dated" that episode is: Muffy talking about Arthur gleeping her cellULAR phone, and when it rings, it's really large and looks almost like a walky talky. XD

Has anyone noticed that anymore, certain older episodes are played only for special occasions? Like "D.W. Goes to Washington" only being played on special American holidays like Memorial Day, or "April 9th" being played on 9-11?
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on September 23, 2012, 05:38:23 pm
D.W. Goes to Washington...now there's one that I haven't seen in like forever.

But yeah, I have noticed that. I think that they are beginning to get more picky about the shows they put on and excluding some for more special occasions.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Sergeant Slink on September 23, 2012, 05:46:20 pm
It seems like they don't really show earlier episodes in general any more. Dated animation maybe?  :-\
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 23, 2012, 05:48:44 pm
We seem to have this pattern that goes like we have six to eight weeks or so of episodes from Seasons 5 and 6, and 9 to present, then maybe only a week of episodes from Seasons 1 through 4 and 7 and 8. Two weeks if we're lucky, but not very often.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on September 23, 2012, 05:51:17 pm
It seems like they don't really show earlier episodes in general any more. Dated animation maybe?  :-\

That may be the case. The animation on those episodes is pretty dated. Once again, I think that they're becoming much more paranoid, so to speak, about what episodes they show.

I wonder if the different character voices could also have some effect on what they show? Sometimes companies get so wrapped up in trying not to confuse kids...
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Sergeant Slink on September 23, 2012, 05:58:18 pm
Sometimes I think production companies underestimate the intelligence of kids. I mean, seriously. Kids getting confused because of different voices? *facepalm*
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on September 23, 2012, 06:00:13 pm
Yeah, I know...I think that in the end they actually end up confusing kids more by trying not to confuse them.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 23, 2012, 06:00:14 pm
I think the problem with the voices is that they keep getting voice actors too young anymore... HOW many years now has Arthur sounded more like D.W. and D.W. sounded more like a prepubesent chipmunk? They somehow manage to get a decent voice actor for Brain every other cast change.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on September 23, 2012, 06:04:09 pm
Yeah, I agree that there has been some crazy cast changes. For some reason, however, I never really mind the Arthur changes. I hear the differences, but they just all sound the same to me.

The latest Brain though, (I think that's the one), isn't the best I don't think. I can't remember who that is, Luke Reid, maybe?
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Sergeant Slink on September 23, 2012, 06:14:24 pm
It's just a bit jarring when it seems like every season Arthur's voice seems to be getting higher...at least, I find it extremely strange :P

Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on September 23, 2012, 06:18:41 pm
I do get what you're saying with that. It is something I have noticed, yet like I said, for some reason I don't really mind it. Dunno why.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 23, 2012, 06:19:19 pm
Exactly. I wonder if they're trying too hard to prevent another drop like what happened originally with Michael Yarmush, when in Season Five, Arthur suddenly sounded like a teenager.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Sergeant Slink on September 23, 2012, 06:24:12 pm
Huh...now that is something I don't remember noticing. Now I need to go back and watch a season 5 episode :P
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on October 11, 2012, 10:48:17 pm
I'm trying to remember... wasn't there an episode where George was tired of people not noticing him, so he decides to "go bad" to get people to notice him? I seem to recall he even tried to join the Tough Customers, and seek Binky out as a mentor/role model. Or am I just crazy?
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on October 12, 2012, 02:56:31 pm
http://arthur.wikia.com/wiki/The_Boy_with_His_Head_in_the_Clouds (http://arthur.wikia.com/wiki/The_Boy_with_His_Head_in_the_Clouds)
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on October 25, 2012, 04:05:51 pm
Glad to see a season 1 episode today.  :D
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: MCCJ on October 25, 2012, 04:22:51 pm
Glad to see a season 1 episode today.  :D

Same here. I am a Poet and The Scare Your Pants Off Club. Wonderful combo. ;)
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on October 25, 2012, 04:39:41 pm
Though I might note that that episode is one of the most often shown season 1 episodes.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on October 25, 2012, 05:42:15 pm
It's always a big boost for my morale to see ANY episode from Seasons One through Four or Seven and Eight for a change, it's becoming a rarer and rarer treat anymore these days.  :-\

People think that I can't write a poem,
But they are so wrong, I can write a poem,
I wrote this one, I wrote them poem,
And I gave it the title "Binky's Poem",
So shut up!
The end.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Crossover Dreamer on October 30, 2012, 09:42:34 pm
I look at the schedule a week in advance. I've noticed that they rarely play episodes from the first nine seasons, but recently they played episodes from season 8, one of my least favorite seasons. 
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on October 30, 2012, 11:55:49 pm
PBS seems to have this pattern that they follow 90% of the time: six to eight weeks of episodes from Seasons Nine to present, and maybe a week of episodes from the first eight (two weeks, if we're lucky)... then, the other 10% of the time, they'll alternate every other day for a couple of weeks.

While I do find it very annoying, irritating, and bothersome, I have to disagree with you on Season Eight CD, that's one of my favorite (I know, everybody is always shocked when I say that).
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on November 06, 2012, 04:06:22 pm
Well, election day is one way to get a nice season 1 episode.

EDIT: Oops...season 2, actually.  :P
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on November 06, 2012, 06:16:27 pm
Well, it IS a political "holiday", and that particular episode seems to be aired exclusively on political holidays, such as Memorial Day, or occasionally Labor Day.

Both of the entries in this episode are very enjoyable, I like the imagine spots sprinkled throughout both, such as Arthur's fantasies about meeting the president, the president asking for his help in redesigning Washington, he and the president becoming pals (all of which I'm sure some  kids have had), and even D.W. writing new laws since she got loose in the White House. There are also a number of subtle humorous moments throughout "D.W. Goes to Washington" as well: "How can you share a sundae with Santa when you don't bring a sundae TO Santa", or the Secret Service trying to locate D.W. ("Who lost a duck?").

Likewise, the imagine spots in "Arthur's Mystery Envelope" are funny too, I wonder what when through that China girl's mind when she found a note from Principal Haney, "EWW!!!" Or him trying to hide the envelope, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger until it breaks through the entire house. You have to admit, this would be a relatable scenario for kids... I don't remember if I ever went through a similar situation, but I can imagine a kid would be freaked out if the principal gives a big envelope to give to their parents, and not knowing what the contents are.

It was very refreshing to see this episode today.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Muppetfan on November 06, 2012, 06:21:30 pm
I have to wonder, why wasn't "The Election" shown today? Doesn't that seem like the obvious choice?
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on November 19, 2012, 11:45:21 am
I was watching an old tape last night with "Arthur's First Sleepover / Arthur's New Year's Eve", and I've come to realize that's another episode that seems to always be reserved for a specific time of the year (namely, New Year's Eve).

In fact, going over it, there's a surprisingly decent amount of episodes that are never shown in reruns at random anymore, but rather, always reserved for a specific time of year, such as:

- "I'm a Poet / The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club" (around Halloween)
- "Arthur's First Sleepover / Arthur's New Year's Eve" (New Year's Eve)
- "D.W. Goes to Washington / Arthur's Mystery Envelope" (political holidays)
- "What Scared Sue Ellen / Clarissa is ****" (around Halloween)
- "Buster's Breathless / The Fright Stuff" (usually the day of Halloween)
- "April 9th" (Guess)
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Crossover Dreamer on November 19, 2012, 08:03:45 pm
I think they play "April 9th" both on April 9th and September 11th.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on November 20, 2012, 04:39:35 pm
"Hide and Snake / Muffy's New Best Friend" was on today, yay!

I really enjoy "Hide and Snake", not exactly sure why, but it's fun to watch. "Muffy's New Best Friend" is amusing in parts, but it does have a good overall message to it that you can be best friends, and not necessarily share the same interests, or like to do the same things.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Crossover Dreamer on November 21, 2012, 07:45:36 pm
"Hide and Snake"/"Muffy's New Best Friend" is one of my favorites.

In "Hide and Snake," I like it when they're in the bathroom, and the lights turn off. Arthur says that the power went out, but Brain says he's sorry, that he leaned on the switch, and then he does it again. I also like it when Buster and Binky are eating, and Buster says, "Well, he's not in the fridge. What happened?"

Yes, I also like the moral of "Muffy's New Best Friend." I wonder why we don't see Muffy test Arthur? And in "Sue Ellen Moves In," didn't Arthur say that Muffy and Prunella were best friends? Not that you can't have more than one best friend.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Snowth Woogle on November 22, 2012, 10:40:46 pm
It was so refreshing to see "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight / D.W.'s Perfect Wish" today, this is one of my favorite episodes as a whole, both entries are among the more realistic situations that little kids would face; I like how in the former, neither Arthur or D.W. can understand what their parents are arguing about (just hearing blah-blahs), but each of their imaginations over-reacting as to what could possibly happen now that their parents seemingly hate each other. As for the latter, I think just about all little kids, at one age or another, go through what D.W. went through, as to worry about what the next big step in growing up will be like, even though I think Emily overly dramatized it a little too much for D.W. anyway.

It's just too bad that D.W. couldn't remain five though, there's a LOT of potential for her to move on to the next level; going to kindergarten would probably mean she'll be attending Lakewood Elementary, and when that happens, you KNOW she'll continuously go out of her way to embarrass Arthur any chance she gets, meanwhile, if she ends up in some kind of trouble, Arthur's big brother instincts would kick in and he would certainly come to her defense.
Title: Re: Episodes You Haven't Seen in Ages
Post by: Crossover Dreamer on November 23, 2012, 07:49:44 pm
What's weird for me was that when season 3 was fairly new, I rarely watched it because a lot of the stories I thought were mediocre. But today I decided to watch "Mom Had a Great Big Fight"/"D.W.'s Perfect Wish." I wanted to hear the reasons that Arthur and D.W. said their parents would have to fight. Arthur said because D.W. was a pain and she put her peas under the plate. D.W. said because Arthur didn't practice the piano enough and he wore glasses. And I liked the part where D.W. was telling Arthur that she was playing Confuse the Goose with Nadine, and Arthur interrupts her and asks her if she could play with Nadine how come D.W. wanted Arthur to play with her, and D.W. said it was because she and Nadine tie at everything.

D.W. dreading turning five because she'll never be a little kid again in "D.W.'s Perfect Wish" is suspiciously similar to the Full House episode "Happy Birthday, Babies, Part 1" where Michelle wants her fifth birthady to be canceled because she wants to be a baby forever. Both episodes involve flashbacks.

http://www.tv.com/shows/full-house/happy-birthday-babies-1-47433/ (http://www.tv.com/shows/full-house/happy-birthday-babies-1-47433/)