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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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
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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