Monday, the iconic PBS Kids series arthur ended after 25 years. The beloved series, which originally debuted on October 7, 1996 and followed the main character, Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark and his friends and classmates at Lakewood Elementary School in the fictional town of ‘Elwood, ended his run with a segment titled ‘All Grown Up’ which gave fans young and old a glimpse of what the future holds for Arthur, Buster, Muffy, Francine and the gang – and here’s how everything went.
In the segment, Arthur, Muffy, Francine, and Buster go to the library to swap a book with Arthur who was mistakenly given a book about drawing animals that was mistakenly given to him. While searching for the librarian, the foursome eventually find an old game that tells them of their “future”, stating that Muffy will be a civil servant, Francine will go into business, and Buster will become a teacher, though imagined versions of these futures each is considering are not good. The game seems to run out of battery before giving Arthur his future and the band leaves, with Arthur ending up keeping the sketchbook. However, the episode then fast forwards over two decades, and we discover that the mysterious old game was indeed right about those futures – and a few other fates are revealed.
Read on to see what the future holds for beloved characters from arthur as revealed in the show’s finale, “All Grown Up”.
While Buster was subject to wild stories and sketchy science all over Arthur, in the future Buster became a teacher and when he meets Arthur at the Sugar Bowl he eagerly tells his friend the stories of his students. Although it is not explicitly stated that Buster teaches at the university, this is implied as he mentions Kate Read, Buster’s younger sister, as one of his students, believed to be in her early twenties at the time.
Binky is not physically present with the others in the Sugar Bowl, although his future is also revealed. Binky is shown to have become a local reporter as a television in the cafe broadcasts the news and features Binky providing an update on the weather.
George is revealed to be the new owner of the Sugar Bowl Cafe. He is happy to support Muffy’s campaign for mayor and looks forward to seeing her defeat Mayor Hirsch.
With a bold new hairstyle and a chic, casual style, Francine turns out to have indeed gone into business. She is the owner and CEO of a company that makes sneakers and jokes that she gets a lot of exercise running a company that makes sneakers.
Muffy is shown to have indeed become a civil servant, or at least trying to be. Muffy is running for mayor of Elwood City, hoping to defeat Mayor Hirsch who is still in office after all these years.
Arthur’s little sister, DW, grows up to be a police officer. The episode shows DW tagging a motorcyclist. This motorcyclist turns out to be Bud Compson, DW’s childhood friend who had previously moved to Oregon. DW is happy to see Bud and offers to buy him coffee…but that doesn’t get him off the ticket.
While Arthur didn’t get a glimpse of his future via the old game found in the library, the trip to the library ended up being a pivotal moment for the young aardvark. It is revealed that Arthur has become a comic book creator who has completed his first graphic novel. Fittingly, this novel is about his childhood, with the very first story lined up with the very first episode of arthur.