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(1994–2004)

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What actually happened to Arnold's parents was never revealed
Arnold's teacher Mr. Simmons is a homosexual according to the show's creators.
The city that Arnold lives in is a combination of Seattle, Brooklyn, and Portland. There are possible hints that the city is called Hillwood. For example, the Hillwood Medical Center or Hillwood Zoo.
Arnold's last name is Shortman.
The girls of the show are based on girls that creator Craig Bartlett liked as a kid.
The show began as a series of claymation shorts by Craig Bartlett, many of which aired on Sesame Street (1969).
Arnold was voiced by four different actors during its run which were Lane Toran (Season 1), Phillip Van Dyke (Seasons 2 and 3), Spencer Klein (Season 4) and Alex D. Linz.
This was the first animated series on Nickelodeon to use children as voice actors.
The sign outside the Sunset Arms Boarding House reads "No Children, Pets OK". This sign can be seen in various places in other episodes, most noticeably at the pool Arnold and Gerald unsuccessfully get into in the heat wave episode.
This series was originally supposed to end with three half-hour episodes. These episodes became Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002).
There is a DJ known as Nocturnal Ned who works at Arnold's hometown radio station MJZZ. Nocturnal Ned is actually a caricature of "Hey, Arnold!" creator Craig Bartlett, who also provides his voice in various episodes.
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Before the series premiered on Nickelodeon an episode was shown in front of Nickelodeon's first movie Harriet the Spy (1996)
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Helga's middle name, Geraldine, is a tribute to former Nickelodeon executive Geraldine Laybourne. This was confirmed by the show's creator Craig Bartlett in a chat in which he revealed that Geraldine was what the G. in Helga G. Pataki stood for.
Sid has been voiced by two brothers: Sam Gifaldi for most of the series, and one time by Taylor Gifaldi.
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In the Halloween episode where Arnold and his friends fake an alien invasion, the name of the place where the "U.F.O." (actually the water tower with Christmas lights) landed is Well's Ridge. This is a reference to Orson Welles, who did a fake radio broadcast in which aliens landed on Earth.
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Ruth P. McDougal was originally Arnold's love interest, and as Arnold talks about her, Gerald constantly tells him that it's hopeless because she's a sixth-grader. However, as Lila was introduced, Ruth was phased out.
The character of Mr. Green the butcher is based on Ernest Borgnine's character in the 1955 film Marty (1955).
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The name of the boarding house is Sunset Arms Boarding Home.
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Arnold's grandfather drives a Packard.
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When Stinky starts recording TV commercials, the studio has a gate that reads "Snee-Oosh Studios." This is the actual name of the studio that worked on the show.
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Craig Bartlett, the show's creator is a brother-in-law of Matt Groening, maker of The Simpsons (1989).
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The character Eugene Horowitz gets his name from Michael Landon's birth name, Eugene Orowitz.
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A long proposed second Hey Arnold Movie with the subtitle "The Jungle Movie" was planned but got stuck in development hell.
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Oskar Kokoschka's name is taken directly from a turn of the 20th century Viennese painter, though their personalities are completely opposite.
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Many stores in the city are named after the writer's and director's in the city - such as Viksten's Pharmacy and many others.
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All the children were voiced by child actors from ages 9-15
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In episode "World Records", one of the records in Arnold's book is set by a fictional person named Frannie Caudell. The voice of Helga is Francesca Marie Smith, and the voice of Arnold at the time was Lane Toran.
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In the episode "Curly Snaps", Curly locks himself in Principal Wart's office with a bag of kickballs and says " I'm mad as heck, and I'm not going to take it anymore!". This is a rendition of the famous line "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" from the 1976 film "Network".
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2 of the children's hair resemble food items 1. Gerald's hair style is an upside down ice cream cone 2. Eugene hair is a can of soup open at the top
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San Lorenzo is also the name of the Caribbean insular republic in Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle"
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