Hey Arnold!,the animated television series created by Craig Bartlett for Nickelodeon that aired from October 7, 1996 until June 8, 2004, stars Toran Caudell (Recess), Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Francesca Smith (Recess) and Jamil Walker Smith (SGU Stargate Universe). The series featured a fourth grader named Arnold and his friends, and the predicaments they encounter. It’s life in the big city for Arnold, his paternal grandparents, Phil and Gertrude who are proprietors of the Sunset Arms boarding house, Abner the pig and a host of other friends and neighbors — the likes of which you couldn’t find anywhere else but here.
In each episode of Season One, released on August 9th, 2011, Arnold often helps a schoolmate solve a personal problem, or encounters a predicament of his own. The show also focuses on Arnold's classmate, Helga, who often treats Arnold cruelly and bullies him constantly. However, a recurring theme of the show is the fact that Helga pretends to dislike Arnold to hide the fact that she is secretly in love with him.
Many episodes involve urban legends, often told by Arnold's best friend, Gerald. These episodes often feature over-the-top events such as those that involve superheroes or headless horsemen, among others.
Now you can sit back and tune in to the full Season One collection of this cult hit and see the early episodes that made football-headed boys all the rage! Favorites include “Stoop Kid,” “Mugged,” “24 Hours To Live” and lots more!
Downtown as Fruits
"Helga Pataki's Four Food Groups - The Musical" is missing its banana and strawberry when Arnold and Gerald decide to take the bus a few too many stops past the school and end up downtown without money - until someone drives by and throws them a bag of cash.
When Eugene's new bike is ruined thanks to something Arnold did, Arnold realizes that he's been involved in quite a few of Eugene's accidents, so Arnold takes Eugene out for a day of fun - well, fun for Arnold, but mishaps for Eugene.
The Little Pink Book
Helga's little pink book, full of love poems about Arnold, falls into Arnold's hands, and Helga has to get it back before Arnold gets to the last page (the only place where she put her own name), even if it means hiding in Arnold's closet all night.
Arnold's class goes to the aquarium, where they discover that "Lock Jaw", the monstrous creature they remember from their last trip years ago, is really an old, tired, graffiti-covered turtle, so Arnold and Grandma return that night to set it free.
Helga steals Arnold's hat to complete her secret shrine - a statue in the shape of Arnold's head made from Arnold-chewed bubble gum - but Arnold feels he's lost a part of himself...but in order for Helga to fix the problem, first she has to get the hat, which her mother tossed into the trash that is now on its way to the dump.
A kid who spends all day and all night on his stoop terrorizes everybody who comes near it, but when Arnold discovers his secret - he's afraid to leave the stoop - everybody makes fun of the kid until Arnold decides to help him.
Helga isn't invited to Rhonda's slumber party because everybody figures she's not into "girls stuff", so she takes on a new hairstyle, dress, and image (right out of a magazine) to show the other girls how much of a girl she can be.
The Old Building
It's a tradition for a wrecking ball operator to invite his son to his 500th demolition, so childless Ernie invites Arnold, but the target is an abandoned theater Grandma doesn't want torn down and replaced with a new multi-screen theater.
6th Grade Girls
A couple of sixth graders who notice Arnold and Gerald at the community pool decide to take them to a dance, but Arnold and Gerald don't realize it's just to make the girls' boyfriends jealous.
Arnold watches his favorite baseball player play his last game (or at least he tries to, from his upper-deck restricted-view seat) - and ends up catching the home run ball he hit in his last time at bat.
A hot day goes from bad to worse for Arnold; a brownout causes the house's air conditioner to stop working, a fire keeps the fire hydrants dry, the city pool is full, and the ice cream truck man wants $18 for a Sno-Cone, which Arnold (with a little help from Helga climbing the truck) turns into a riot - looks like somebody didn't "Do the Right Thing."
It's the first snow of the season and P.S. 118 is closed, so Arnold is headed out to play in the snow - just as soon as he helps Grandpa clear the sidewalk of snow, fix the furnace, put snow tires on the car, store the wood,...
Actually, Helga wants to keep Arnold "Ruth-Less" - that is, keeping Arnold from Ruth McDougal, the sixth-grade girl he likes but can't find a way to introduce himself at the annual Cheese Fair.
The Vacant Lot
The kids clear out a vacant lot near the boarding house as a baseball field, only to find that the nearby adults have taken it for themselves - and argue over how to use it.
Arnold attemps to do "it all" - everything on "the list for a kid's perfect Saturday" - but has only slightly more success than Grandma's attempts to get a large piano into the boarding house.
Arnold, Gerald, and Helga hear Grandpa's "legend of the Haunted Train" and head for the abandoned train station where it's supposed to appear - and that train that pulls up to the station at midnight fits the description.
Arnold has his bus pass taken from him by a mugger, so Grandma trains him in the martial arts, but "black belt Arnold" forgets the first rule of self-defense: you learn it so you don't have to use it.
Grandpa takes Arnold and Gerald camping, and the survival skills he teaches the kids gets put to the test when Helga's father takes Arnold, Gerald, Phoebe, and Helga hiking (egged on by Helga, who wants to get Arnold alone so she can confess her love for him), only to get them lost when his electronic hiking equipment goes haywire.
The boarders are jealous of Mr. Smith, his private bathroom, and the fact that they think he feels he's too good to eat with the rest of them, so when Arnold accepts a package for Mr. Smith, he searches the city for him before the other boarders try to open it.
Arnold as Cupid
Suzie's listened to one too many of Oskar's excuses and throws him out, so he moves in with Arnold, where he remains true to his "the only person Oskar is concerned about is Oskar" form (he even loses Arnold's CD player in a poker game), so Arnold arranges a moonlight dinner for Oskar and Suzie in an attempt to get them back together.
While Helga agonizes over getting the perfect present for Arnold (and wondering whether or not her parents got her a pair of designer snow boots that make Tickle Me Elmo dolls look plentiful in comparison), Arnold tries to get Mr. Hyunh a present - the daughter Mr. Huynh sent to this country at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
Arnold's basketball coach has one strategy - pass the ball to his son - and when Arnold passes to someone else, he "rides the pine", until he finds a way to help the coach's son with a free throw shooting weakness.
A cool older boy makes friends with Arnold (he likes the shape of Arnold's head), but Arnold has second thoughts when he discovers how his friend can afford expensive stereo equipment while never working.
When the last crosstown bus leaves without the kids, they take the subway home, despite Gerald's warning of "sun goes down, stay above ground" - advice they may have been better off listening to when the train stops in an underwater tunnel.
Arnold leads an expedition to Elk Island to find the legendary treasure of "Wheezin' Ed", but stumble upon a counterfeit penny operation.
Arnold tries to tutor 13-year-old fourth-grader Torvald in math, but the only thing Torvald seems to excel in is bullying.
Gerald Comes Over
Gerald gets an introduction to the residents of the boarding house when he and Arnold collect the rent - or at least collect the IOUs and catch the stuff Suzie throws at Oskar.
Arnold and Helga represent P.S. 118 in the city spelling bee finals, where Arnold eyes the $500 prize so he can buy a new electronic keyboard, but Helga's father is so sure Helga will win that not only did he clear space on the wall normally full of Helga's sister Olga's awards, he promised to give away beepers if she doesn't win.
One of Arnold's carrier pigeons is sick, so he takes it to the mysterious "Pigeon Man" who lives atop an abandoned building, and has a lot more in common with Arnold than he first thought.
Olga Comes Home
Helga's smart, talented, popular sister Olga is home for Spring Break from college, where Helga has to live in the shadow of her overachievements - until a B+ on Olga's report card (which was an A until Helga changed it), her first non-A since second grade, sends her into a deep depression.
Arnold and Gerald plan to see Sally's Comet, which only appears once every 70 years, but how can they do it if the city lights are too bright to be able to see even the stars?
Abner Come Home
Arnold searches the city for Abner, his pet pig, who ran off into the streets chasing a cat.
The Sewer King
Arnold drops Grandpa's antique watch down a hole into the sewers, so Arnold and Gerald descend into the city sewers, where they must get it back from Sam "the Sewer King", who won't give it back...and could use two new "royal rat groomers."
Somebody pulled the fire alarm, and all of the evidence points to Eugene, but Arnold is the sole person on a "kid jury" that thinks there's another explanation.
The kids will try anything - anything - to get into the book of world records.
Arnold finishes his magic act by making Helga, who's been heckling Arnold and yelling at Phoebe since she arrived, disappear, but she sneaks away before he can bring her back, only to run into a pole and dream that she's really gone, everybody's happy about it (including her parents), and Phoebe has a new best friend who's nice to everybody.
24 Hours to Live
Arnold hits Harold with a baseball, who promises to beat Arnold up the next day - with Helga constantly reminding Arnold of how long he has "until you die."
On Valentine's Day, Arnold manages to arrange two dates; one with Ruth, the sixth-grader he likes, and one with his French penpal Cecile (actually, it's Helga in disguise) - only for the real Cecile to suddenly appear and Arnold to discover what Ruth is really like.