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Hey Arnold! 

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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.
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Series cast summary:
Francesca Marie Smith ...  Helga Pataki / ... 86 episodes, 1994-2004
Jamil Walker Smith ...  Gerald Johanssen / ... 81 episodes, 1994-2003
Dan Castellaneta ...  Arnold's Grandpa / ... 75 episodes, 1994-2004
Justin Shenkarow ...  Harold Berman / ... 71 episodes, 1994-2004
Christopher Walberg Christopher Walberg ...  Stinky Petersen / ... 70 episodes, 1996-2004
Sam Gifaldi Sam Gifaldi ...  Sid / ... 58 episodes, 1996-2004
Anndi McAfee ...  Phoebe Heyerdahl / ... 56 episodes, 1996-2004
Craig Bartlett ...  Brainy / ... 50 episodes, 1996-2004
Olivia Hack ...  Rhonda Wellington Lloyd / ... 43 episodes, 1996-2004
Tress MacNeille ...  Arnold's Grandma / ... 42 episodes, 1994-2004
Kath Soucie ...  Miriam Pataki / ... 41 episodes, 1996-2003
Lane Toran ...  Arnold / ... 40 episodes, 1996-2001
Spencer Klein Spencer Klein ...  Arnold 36 episodes, 1999-2004
Steve Viksten Steve Viksten ...  Oskar Kokoshka / ... 36 episodes, 1996-2002
Phillip Van Dyke ...  Arnold / ... 36 episodes, 1997-2000


The adventures of a daydreaming, jazz-loving, football-headed 9-year-old, who lives in a boarding house with his grandparents and some eccentric boarders; encounters life in the city with his best friend Gerald, a loofah-haired kid who is the keeper of the urban tales and coolest kid in class; and is tormented by Helga, who loves him secretly. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hey, Arnold! See more »

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(100 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oskar Kokoschka's name is taken directly from a turn of the 20th century Viennese painter, though their personalities are completely opposite. See more »


In "Harold's Kitty", when the neighborhood tries to persuade Harold to give up the cat, his parents jump from the sidewalk to in front of the door and back again between shots. See more »


Helga: [From the intro] Move it, football head!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the "Games Animation Inc" title appears as chalk graffiti Arnold made on a brick wall. See more »


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19 September 2004 | by Surak1987See all my reviews

Arguably one of the best animated TV shows ever made. I do not profess to be a television critic of any kind, but for a lot of kids who grew up in the suburbs (like I did) it was interesting to see a cartoon that dealt with city life, and city problems, broke from more traditional familial relationships and showed that people, despite their differences and backgrounds, could get along even when in a somewhat less than stellar situation. Of course, it had plenty of comic relief and inside jokes that were obviously meant for a slightly more mature audience, and towards the end, the plot lines did become a little less realistic (Monkey Man, etc). The morals held through though, and I for one was very sad when this wonderful cartoon was canceled. To say nothing of the great jazz that always accompanied each episode, it always had a tremendous backdrop to draw on, and so many vital lessons transcribed into Arnold's experiences (Arnold's blackbelt, Harold's Bar Mitzvah, Phoebe's cheating to get the poetry award, Curly's insistence on being ball monitor, the class's ostracizing of Mr. Simmons upon his arrival, need I go on?) All in all, this was a tremendous and bold show that will surely be missed by its loyal fanbase and the doubtless viewers that learned something, or were at least entertained, by watching. And, if you found this show boring, uninteresting, and cheaply made, as the previous poster and his kin did, perhaps you just missed the entire point of the show. Or, perhaps you Texans don't cotton much to "big city folk", eh?

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