'Arthur' is Getting a Sikh Character

Samir will debut in the upcoming special "Arthur's First Day."

Arthur, the beloved long-running animated kids' show, is getting a Sikh character.

When Arthur and his friends start the new school year, they'll meet some new classmates -- including a Sikh boy named Samir. The character will make his debut in an upcoming hour-long special.

In "Arthur's First Day," best friends Arthur and Buster get assigned to different classes on their first day of fourth grade and find themselves having to make new friends. Arthur gets to know Alex, a boy he went to third grade with. Buster, meanwhile, becomes buds with Samir as the two work together to solve a mystery.

The special is scheduled to premiere on PBS on September 6.

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