May 14, 2019 at 2:52 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
‘Arthur’ character Mr. Ratburn comes out as gay and gets married

Mr. Ratburn marries local chocolate shop owner Patrick the aardvark on ‘Arthur.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Arthur” revealed that one of its lead characters is gay in the season 22 premiere episode.

Arthur’s teacher Mr. Ratburn is getting married in the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” Arthur and his friends Buster, Muffy and Francine assume that Mr. Ratburn is getting married to a woman named Patty (Jane Lynch) after they run into the pair talking to each other.

The gang is upset because they don’t like Patty and decide to crash the wedding. They learn that Mr. Ratburn isn’t marrying Patty but is marrying an aardvark named Patrick who owns the local chocolate shop. The big plot twist is that Patty is Patrick’s sister.

People commented on the cartoon’s inclusivity on social media with reactions ranging from praise to surprise that “Arthur” is, in fact, still airing after 22 seasons.

The “Arthur” universe has included LGBTQ representation in the past. In the 2005 spin-off series, “Postcards from Buster,” a lesbian couple is seen in the episode “Sugartime!”

Watch “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” here.

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