The everyday life of Arnold, a fourth-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 friends and neighbors.
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Series cast summary:
Francesca Marie Smith ...  Helga Pataki / ... 86 episodes, 1996-2004
Jamil Walker Smith ...  Gerald Johanssen / ... 82 episodes, 1996-2003
Dan Castellaneta ...  Arnold's Grandpa / ... 75 episodes, 1996-2004
Justin Shenkarow ...  Harold Berman / ... 71 episodes, 1996-2004
Christopher Walberg Christopher Walberg ...  Stinky Petersen / ... 70 episodes, 1996-2004
Sam Gifaldi ...  Sid / ... 58 episodes, 1996-2004
Anndi McAfee ...  Phoebe Heyerdahl / ... 57 episodes, 1996-2004
Craig Bartlett ...  Brainy / ... 51 episodes, 1996-2004
Olivia Hack ...  Rhonda Wellington Lloyd / ... 44 episodes, 1996-2004
Tress MacNeille ...  Arnold's Grandma / ... 42 episodes, 1996-2004
Kath Soucie ...  Miriam Pataki / ... 42 episodes, 1996-2003
Lane Toran Lane Toran ...  Arnold / ... 40 episodes, 1996-2001
Spencer Klein Spencer Klein ...  Arnold 37 episodes, 1999-2004
Steve Viksten Steve Viksten ...  Oskar Kokoshka / ... 36 episodes, 1996-2002
Phillip Van Dyke ...  Arnold / ... 36 episodes, 1997-2000
Maurice LaMarche ...  Big Bob Pataki / ... 35 episodes, 1996-2003


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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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. See more »


In "New Teacher", all the students' positions switch around between shots as Principal Wartz announces about the old teacher retiring in the beginning of the episode. See more »


[repeated line]
'Big' Bob Pataki: [scolding] Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
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Crazy Credits

The Snee-Oosh logo is formed into a bird. See more »


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I remember when Arnold was a boy of clay
14 November 2005 | by Ddey65See all my reviews

My first exposure to Arnold was long before the show's key audience was born, let alone heard of him. It was in a small clay-mation film "Arnold Escapes from Church," which was one of many at the 21st Tournee of Animation in at the Huntington Arts Cinema on Long Island. The football-headed kid that we all know and love sits in church with his family while the pastor reads "The Lord's Prayer," and imagines all kinds of weird things happening in the process. At a time when anti-media zealots were frantically trying to censor anything they assume will warp children's collective imaginations, so much so that they virtually eliminate their imaginations, this was one of a few 'toons(other than perhaps MUPPET BABIES) that made it seem acceptable. By the early-to-mid 1990's though, such a mentality seemed all too common-place, and the Arnold Universe was less focused on the world in his head than the world around him.

Arnold is street-wise, rational, and good-natured to a fault. He lives in a boarding house owned by his grandparents, which CLAIMS that kids aren't allowed, but makes an exception for him and one other. He's got perhaps the coolest bedroom any kid could possibly have. Not even three-dimensional FedEx from the remake of "Cheaper by the Dozen" has a room as cool as Arnold's, even though that was a cool bedroom as well. Arnold's rural neighborhood is surrounded by eccentric kids and adults. And who are the people in his neighborhood, to paraphrase the late Fred Rogers? Well, the kids consist of Gerald, Helga, Stinky, Eugene, Lila, Rhonda, Harold, Sid, Phoebe, and others. The adults consist of his grandparents(Phil and Pookie), Mr, Hyunh, Oskar, his wife Susie, Ernie Potts, and a host of other eccentrics. One can not say anything about "Hey Arnold!" without focusing on Helga Pataki, who has the kind of relationship with him you might expect from nine-year-old girls and boys. Helga, of course publicly insults and torments him, but privately agonizes over her desire for him, and frequently beats herself up over how she treats him. And who can blame her for her guilt? He's the kind of kid who knows you don't have to be a superhero to do good. In "Stoop Kid," he teaches a bullying brat not to be afraid to leave the stoop of his apartment. In "Pigeon Man," he befriends a neighborhood recluse who's treated like a freaky urban legend, because he'd rather spend time with homing pigeons. In "Runaway Float" he stops the title from crashing into City Hall, and taking his friends with it. In "Grandpa's Sister," he mends a long standing grudge that began over the death of a beloved family pet. In "Crabby Author," he visits a favorite children's author who's now a reclusive, bitter old woman, and inspires her to return to the career that made her famous. He even makes an impact on Helga Pataki, sometimes intentionally.

One thing's for sure, Craig Bartlett really knows how to celebrate the holidays, whatever those holiday may be. In the unforgettable "Arnold's Christmas," Arnold struggles to reunite Mr. Hyunh with his South Vietnamese daughter who he hasn't seen since the Fall of Saigon. In "Arnold's Halloween," we see Arnold and Gerald repeat their own adaptation of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds," only in their case they WANT to cause a panic! In "Veteran's Day," we find how Arnold's Grandfather contributed to the allied victory in the Battle of the Bulge by giving the Nazis bad experimental lunch-meat, and Gerald's Dad was a reluctant Vietnam Vet who was assigned to desk duty and saved the life of a wounded G.I. with his paperwork(literally!) after a major NVA attack.

In truth, Bartlett does not write children's television. He writes adult television with kids as his central characters, that are not excessively violent or sexually suggestive. An outstanding 'toon if there ever was one on Nickelodeon, which will be difficult to replace.

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