WGBH Openvault

Arthur; Prove It!; To Beat or Not to Beat


Tr. 1-2 Full Mix Stereo, Tr. 3 SFX Mono, Tr. 4 Dialogue Mono

License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Prove It!; To Beat or Not to Beat
Program Number

71A - 71B

Series Description

Each of the Arthur episodes consists of two independent stories that focus on themes and events central to children's lives. Whether it's facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher, or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their third-grade dilemmas with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor. "What children love about Arthur is that he feels real to them," says Carol Greenwald, WGBH executive producer. "The emotions he experiences are universal. When Arthur triumphs over something, kids think they can, too. "The series will build on that sense of empowerment by showing how Arthur and his friends use effective, age-appropriate, problem-solving skills. Bringing a book-based series like Arthur to public television will also promote reading and writing skills. Series release date: 10/1996

Program Description

404: Prove It: Look out world, D.W. has discovered science! But D.W.'s new-found passion proves that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Can Arthur get D.W. to the Exploratorium before she convinces all the kids that the sky is blue because brown and green were already taken?

407: To Beat or Not To Beat: There's a horrible racket in Elwood City. Is it a sewer sucking machine? A turbo bug extermination device? No, it's Francine practicing her singing and drumming for the Talent Show! Should Arthur and the gang tell Francine that her act's a sure loser? How can they save their friend from certain humiliation... but save their friendship, too?

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Social Issues
Greenwald, Carol (Series Producer)
CINAR (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Arthur; Prove It!; To Beat or Not to Beat,” 08/30/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2C5C8716F8CD496A9EC1CAE7785D0D34.
MLA: “Arthur; Prove It!; To Beat or Not to Beat.” 08/30/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2C5C8716F8CD496A9EC1CAE7785D0D34>.
APA: Arthur; Prove It!; To Beat or Not to Beat. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2C5C8716F8CD496A9EC1CAE7785D0D34
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.