Alabama station refuses to air 'Arthur' same-sex wedding

Arthur is an animated series based on the children's book series of the same name that ran on PBS from 1996 to 2022.



  • In the Season 8 episode "Bleep", lines of dialog with profanity are replaced and censored with a bleep. This censorship is done intentionally.
  • The episode "The Great MacGrady" was remade in 2021, with the fictional wrestler Uncle Slam Wilson replacing Lance Armstrong.

American censorship[]

  • The episode "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone" was withheld from broadcasts in Alabama and Arkansas due to this episode involving gay marriage. Following the controversy, the episode was also made unavailable for streaming on PBS and YouTube.[1]
  • The episode "The Great MacGrady" was pulled due to the episode's guest star, cyclist Lance Armstrong, being involved in a doping scandal in 2012 which stripped all of his victories. The episode was later remade without Armstrong.
  • The episode "Arthur Takes a Stand" had dialogue altered for the American broadcast.
    • The line "Someone said you were protesting unfair working conditions, can I join in?" "Someone said you were protesting for Mrs. Mcgrandy, can I join in?"
    • The line "Fight the power!" was changed to "Go Mrs. Mcgrandy!"[2]

Where to find it uncensored[]

There is no uncensored version of the episode "Bleep" available to the public. The episode "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone" can be found on the Arthur Celebrates Community DVD and Believe in Yourself! DVD home video.[3]


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