'Arthur' character Mr. Ratburn comes out as gay

Carla Harmon
May 14, 2019

In 2005, the show's spinoff, Postcards From Buster, the titular rabbit takes a trip to Vermont to find out how maple syrup is made and once he's there, he encounters children with many mothers who are lesbians.

It's unclear whether Patrick will make another appearance on Arthur, however, it seems likely as Mr. Ratburn's life outside of Lakewood Elementary School has been a recurring character arc throughout the show's 22 seasons.

Children's show Arthur has been all over the internet lately after revealing that one of the main character's in the show is gay. Of course, the kids don't like her and crack open a plan to stop the wedding at any cost. Arthur and his friends then set off to sabotage Ratburn's wedding, but after they fail they attend the ceremony only to discover that Patty is Ratburn's sister and he is actually gay and marrying Patrick, who owns the local chocolate shop.


The word "gay" isn't actually used in the episode but the gang visit the wedding where they are pleased to see that their teacher is happy.

On Monday, the series premiere titled Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone featured Mr. Ratburn getting married to another man - and Twitter was loving the plot decision. Watch "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone" on PBS Kids' website here! See some of the positive responses (and congratulatory messages for Mr. Ratburn) below.

Arthur debuted in 1996 and featured Mr. Ratburn in its debut episode, Arthur's Eyes.


"Omg I'm crying Mr. Ratburn got married!"

Response to the episode has been mostly positive with people praising the episode - with just a few questions remaining the show has yet to address.


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