Because sometimes the entire country's not allowed to have nice things, Alabama decided against airing the Season 22 Arthur premiere, "Mr. Ratburn & The Special Someone" and instead showed a re-run. Why, you ask? Well, "Mr. Ratburn & The Special Someone" features Arthur's long-time male rat teacher getting married to a male aardvark and that's not something Alabama is going to put on television.
According to AL.com, Alabama Public Television was notified of the episode and its topic in mid-April, and chose to air a different episode instead.
In a statement, Mike Mckenzie, director of programming at APT, told AL.com: "Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children's programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly - although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards - parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the 'target' audience for Arthur also watch the program."
This isn't the first time APT has pulled an Arthur episode from the schedule. Back in 2005, the station didn't air an episode where Buster visits a friend who has two mothers.
There are currently no plans to air the episode at a later date in the state, but if you're in Alabama and want to watch a male rat marry a male aadvark while Arthur and his friends cheer on, you can do so at PBS.org.