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Hey Arnold! is an American created by Craig Bartlett that aired on Nickelodeon from October 7, 1996, to June 8, 2004. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in an inner-city boarding house. Episodes center on his experiences navigating big city life while dealing with the problems he and his friends encounter.


The everyday life of Arnold, a 4th-grader in a nameless city that resembles Brooklyn, New York, who lives in a multi-racial boarding house with his grandparents and a motley assortment of neighbors and friends.

 ​Why It Rocks

  1. Smooth backgrounds.
  2. The main voice actors are kids like the main characters.
  3. Good plots.
  4. There is a TV movie called Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie which revealed Arnold's long lost parents.
  5. There is also a prequel to The Jungle Movie as a final episode which revolves around Arnold finding a journal which is a story about his parents.
  6. Animation improved over the years.
  7. Good music, especially the credits music of the episode "Parents Day".
  8. Most of the characters are excellent and have depth to them, especially Helga G. Pataki, who seems like a bully, but only acts like it because of her crush on Arnold.
  9. Likable main protagonist.
  10. Some mature episodes, such as Helga on the Couch.
  11. Like Rugrats, it is never afraid to display other religions.
  12. Gerald and Helga are very good characters.
  13. Spawned 2 movies, even though the first one was poorly received.

Bad Qualities

  1. Hard-on-the-eyes character design (The only good design is Helga's).
  2. The infamous "Arnold Betrays Iggy" episode.
  3. Had a share of some bad episodes not just "Arnold Betrays Iggy", but also "Bag of Money", "Curly's Girl", "Full Moon", and "New Bully on the Block".
  4. Its 2002 movie was poorly received.
  5. The scene where Helga kisses Arnold seemed kind of rapey.
  6. Some mean-spirited moments in some episodes.