Reminiscing about old TV shows can really bring a generation together and I honestly don’t think that there is another cartoon out there that has the power to do that quite like Hey Arnold.
I’m going to make a pretty bold statement here so brace yourself: I honestly think that Hey Arnold was the best children’s cartoon of the ’90s. I’m only realizing this now that I’m older and a little wiser, but Hey Arnold was a legitimately clever show. It was also funny but had its moments of seriousness that taught us all a little lesson without whacking us upside the head with it.
The characters were so diverse and full of life and its use of jazz was also really unique. I still watch episodes now. Not only was this show super formative for me, it has also aged really well compared to other shows of its time. Here are 11 moments from Hey Arnold that definitely changed my life (for the better).
Helga's MakeoverAfter not getting invited to Rhonda's makeover sleepover party, Helga's feminity was under attack. So she went on a mission to become more "girly", leading to to a night of experimenting with lipstick, eyeshadow, and tissue paper boobs. She eventually realized that 4th graders shouldn't need to worry about how neatly groomed their eyebrows are or impressing boys, because why would we want to impress a bunch of smelly boys anyway. What an unforgettable episode, but I can never look at it the same way again after someone mentioned that she looks like Grimes.Source: Hey Arnold Wiki
The Bubblegum Shrine...so weird that it's not even endearing, but I was always impressed by her ability to create such a dedicated statue of the love of her life.Source: Hey Arnold Wiki
Gerald's StorytelingWhenever this dude told some urban legends, he held everyone's attention. Were they even true? Who knows and who cares because his story telling abilities were off the hookSource: Hey Arnold Wiki
Stoop KidStoop kid was a kid who hung out on a stoop and was too afraid to leave it because...I don't know, agoraphobia or just general discomfort. With Arnold's help he eventually overcame his fear of leaving his stoop and his accomplishment was met with much fanfare. That's nice and all but where was this kid's parents?Source: Hey Arnold Wiki
Pigeon ManThis dude who nursed Arnold's carrier pigeon to health was basically harassed by some of the kids and had the best #micdrop moment ever: He literally used his pigeons as his wings and flew into the sunset. What a way to say TTYL.Source:Hey Arnold Wiki
Phoebe's PlagiarismWe learned an important lesson when Phoebe plagarised a poem that she entered into a poetry competition: Don't plagarise or your Emily Dickinson trophy will come to life and terrorize you.Source: Hey Arnold Wiki
Everything About BrainyBrainy really needed some asthma medication or something because his creepy breathing was so freaky, right?Source: Hey Arnold Wiki
Harold's Bar MitzvahOkay, let me just say that Harold's Bar Mitzvah left me with more questions than answers. First of all, isn't the Hey Arnold crew in 4th grade? If so, wow Harold is super held back to be a 13 year old 4th grader. Also, this episode gave me such unrealistic expectations of the length of bar mitzvahs. I went to a ton in middle school and there was a lot more involved in the ceremony than speaking Hebrew for about 10 seconds like Harold did.Source: YouTube
'I Saw Your Face And Wow!'I'm not sure what else needs to be said, honestly.Source: Hey Arnold Wiki
Mr. Hyunh Reunites With His Daughter For ChristmasThis episode made me cry like crazy when I first saw it. Arnold managed to reunite Mr. Hyun with his daughter after he had to give her up for adoption when she was a baby because they lived in a war torn country (OK, basically Vietnam during the war but the episode never explicitly said so). Best Christmas present ever. Nothing like some holiday feel good stories, right? It taught us that the most important thing we can ask for are the people we care about the most. Cheesy but true.Source: Hey Arnold Wiki
Arnold's Outfit ExplainedThis blew my mind...seriously. I'm pretty sure that I thought that he was wearing a skirt for a while.Source: Hey Arnold Wiki
What Hey Arnold episode is most memorable for you? Who was your favorite character? Tell us in the comments!