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Pilot episode
Pilot episode
Season 0, Episode 0
Air date: July 10, 1996
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The pilot episode called "24 Hours to Live" of Hey Arnold! was made in Fall 1993, produced on the Nickelodeon channel in Spring 1994 and released on July 10, 1996 and VHS in 1997 and originally shown in theaters with Nickelodeon's first movie, Harriet the Spy.


  • The pilot episode is based on earlier comic strip "Arnold Narrowly Avoids a Thrashing" and was later remade into the more choreographed episode "24 Hours To Live".
  • While the cartoon's debut was very well received, Harriet the Spy got panned in the reviews.
  • Arnold and Gerald walk by a liquor store, despite the pilot being rated TV-G.
  • The animation in the pilot resembles The Simpsons, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, and AAAHH!!! Real Monsters.
  • The pilot had more slapstick than the TV series.
  • Helga's shouting to Arnold such as "Hey, Arnold!", "Arnold?!" and "HEY, ARNOLD!, MOVE IT, FOOTBALL HEAD!, YOU'RE UP!" were later re-used for the TV series' theme song.
  • Phoebe, Eugene and Park are not seen in the pilot.
  • Rhonda and Curly were cameo seen in this pilot.
  • This pilot lasts 8 minutes.




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