PBS’s beloved children’s animated series “Arthur” aired its season 22 premiere, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone," on May 13. Alabama Public Television made the decision to not broadcast it, reports NBC.
Director of programming at APT Mike McKenzie told NBC that PBS alerted stations in April about ‘possible viewer concerns about the content of the program.” After reviewing the episode in question, APT chose to broadcast a rerun in its place.
McKenzie states that APT has no plans to air the episode.
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly — although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards — parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for 'Arthur' also watch the program.”
"The vast majority of parents will not have heard about the content, whether they agree with it or not. Because of this, we felt it would be a violation of trust to broadcast the episode."
Previously, in 2005, APT also pulled an episode of “Arthur” that featured the character Buster visiting a friend who had two mothers.