Hardly.With the plethora of plot rehashing since around Season 13, could that explain why most of the older episodes are hardly shown on PBS nowadays?
I bet, if it weren't for the references to newer technology, "Arthur" probably would have ended its run more than a decade ago. I wouldn't be surprised if the rehashing of material from earlier episodes was due to the show "modernizing" with references to today's technology. I bet "The Great McGrady" was remade because there was updated material, and maybe the original version had references to outdated stuff, including technology, which today's target audience would not be familiar with.Hardly.
I think one of the reasons why older episodes are rarely seen anymore is because they're sadly incredibly dated, and not in a good way. Technology for one thing: earlier episodes talk about things like CD players, show old CRT TV sets, old desktop computers, VHS tapes, and they act like cell(ular) phones are new fangled-gadgets . . . all of which would make absolutely no sense to kids watching today.