'Arthur' Season 22 Premiere Celebrates Mr. Ratburn's Same-Sex Marriage

Fedor Rostov

"Mr. Ratburn is married", says Arthur.

While current Arthur viewers are probably a little too young for Twitter, when O.G. fans who grew up with Arthur in the '90s & '00s found out about Mr. Ratburn's new husband, they (righfully) freaked out!

The outlet also reported that Mr. Ratburn isn't the first openly gay character in the "Arthur" universe. Arthur and his friends Buster, Francine, and Muffy think Mr. Ratburn will be marrying a stern woman named Patty (special guest star Jane Lynch, "Glee"), and try to stop the wedding, anxious that their teacher will become even stricter. They believe the woman is his bride and devise a plan to stop the wedding. However, the show received praise for teaching children that men can marry men and women can marry women.

The word "lesbian" was not used in the episode, nor was the word "gay" used in the episode about Mr. Ratburn.

The beginning of the episode was ambiguous to whom Mr. Ratburn might be marrying, as most of the characters thought he was tying the knot with a character named Patty.

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.

Some folks were just as shocked to find out "Arthur" still airs new episodes.

Some social media users erupted with excitement when they discovered the wedding and applauded the children's show for representing a same-sex couple.

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