The “Arthur” premiere gave us all the feelings — not just because the PBS animated series is back for its 22nd season, but because Mr. Ratburn finally got the happy ending he deserves.
In the episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” the title character’s third grade teacher marries another male character — leaving us all in happy tears.
“It’s a brand new world!” one of the students says during the wedding.
— Q. Allan Brocka (@allanbrocka) May 13, 2019
Fans of the show on Twitter were quick to express their surprise…
And now a word from us kids:
GAY RIGHTS! https://t.co/38sjcyQ1oE
— 𝚂𝚊𝚕 𝙼𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚘𝚜 or furby in disguise? (@salmattos) May 13, 2019
I think the biggest surprise about Mr. Ratburn from Arthur being gay is that I'm just now finding out that Arthur is still coming out with new episodes.
— Erica Mendez @ 🖤🦅 (@tsunderica) May 14, 2019
.. both that the teacher is gay and that the show — a cultural touchstone for many millennials — is still running.
GLAAD even congratulated the teacher.
Congratulations Mr. Ratburn! 🌈🐀https://t.co/8ejkwU1sfU
— GLAAD (@glaad) May 14, 2019