90s Are All That: Our Favorite 'Hey Arnold' Moments!

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 by Rachel1016

What is it about a show that keeps tugging at our heartstrings almost twenty years after it premiered? A show that can make us laugh, cry, and want to better ourselves as humans all at the same time? Hey Arnold ! was just that and so much more. It was a touching show meant for kids, but one with messages that totally transcend age. And two decades later, we've still never met a Football Head we didn't like. Walk with us as we take a look back at our favorite moments from this classic '90s Nick cartoon!


We've all been there, forced to do something we don't want to do and just fantasize about NOT doing it… Well, when Gerald and Arnold are forced to dressed as fruits for Helga's play, they decide to skip to the city in protest. Only thing is, they get stuck downtown… dressed as fruits. But by some stroke of luck, a random car drives by and and drops a ton of cash at their feet! But when Arnold and Gerald decide what to do with the unexpected cash, they totally surprise us by being, well, really practical! That's right, teachin' kids the value of money.



Stoop Kid is your typical bully, except for one thing: he's terrified to leave the comfort of his stoop! Arnold, thinking Stoop Kid will stop being such a bully if he just conquered his fear, vows help him brave the unknown. Through motivational sayings and a book of the greatest stoops of the world (including the Spanish Steps and Pyramid of the Sun), Stoop kid gets enough courage to get up and go! Sadly, Arnold's plan backfires, and the only lesson Stoop Kid learns is that now he can terrorize people on and off the stoop. Oh, brother.


Helga is having one hell of a day. She's not accepted by the girls, and can't seem to fit in with the boys. But when she tries to make herself over, she realizes it's just not worth it. Helga keeps a tight grip on her childhood and stands up for herself: "You're right, I'm not like the rest of you. I'm not wearing a mask." You go, girl.


Meet Pigeon Man: he speaks in pigeon, prescribes medication for sick birds, lives in a creepy abandoned building, and is feared by all kids. For Arnold, however, it takes more than some silly prejudices to scare him away. After Pigeon Man saves Arnold's sick bird, Arnold takes him to get pizza. After spending a little time with Pigeon Man (whose real name, hear learns, is Vincent), Arnold realizes he's not so scary, after all.


When Arnold learns that Mr. Hyunh's only Christmas wish is to be reunited with his long-lost daughter (whom he GAVE to an American soldier during the Vietnam War to help give her a better life… *SOBS*), Arnold makes it his mission to deliver on an almost impossible quest. Spoiler Alert: He succeeds, and you will cry.


For most kids like Arnold and Gerald, Veteran's Day is just a day off from school, a free day to sit at home or head to the movies. But Grandpa Phil and Gerald's dad, Martin, (both veterans) decide to take the kids on a field trip to D.C. and teach them the importance of honoring those that have served. Perhaps most notably, we find out that Grandpa Phil single-handedly won World War II.



Helga is not just Arnold's biggest bully, she's also his unrequited lover. In this episode we learn a lot about Helga, including her parents' neglectful behavior, her troubled childhood, and her biggest secret: her true feelings for Arnold. There aint nothin' wrong with a little obsessive crush. but we all thought that used bubble gum statue of Arnold was creepy amazing.


For most 9-year-old kids, life is pretty easy. But if you read between the lines, this clip isn't about carefree adolescence. It teaches us a valuable lesson about addiction and how to recognize if you've hit rock bottom. Watching 10+ years later, we can still learn a thing or two about the dangers of excess and how to overcome those demons inside (even if those demons are just chocolate).


It's Halloween and Arnold and Gerald want to prank Arnold's grandparents and the boarders by making them think aliens have invaded the city. Of course, the aliens are only Arnold's friends in costume, but the entire town reacts to the "invasion" and it is HIGH-larious. The city falls into complete chaos, as no one realizes that the spaceship is a water tower and that the aliens are mischievous children. Talk about trick or treat! *ba dum tsh*


Arnold has been putting off a sleepover with Gerald at his place for a long time now, but Gerald isn't waiting any more. Arnold is nervous for Gerald to meet the eclectic group tenants in his boarding house, but, like a good friend, Gerald is just happy to hang with his friend. He, Arnold, Granma Gertie, Grandpa Phil, and the rest of the boarders all sit down to eat dinner together. In the end, Arnold realizes his is as much of a home as anyone else's.

What are some of your favorite Hey Arnold! memories? Share them with us in the comments!

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