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Pilot episode
Pilot episode
Season 0, Episode 0
Air date: July 10, 1996
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The pilot episode of Hey Arnold!, simply called Arnold, was made in Fall 1993, produced in Spring 1994, and originally released on July 10, 1996, where it was shown in theaters before the movie, Harriet the Spy. It was released on VHS in 1997.

Hey Arnold! Pilot Episode09:58

Hey Arnold! Pilot Episode


  • The pilot episode is based on earlier comic strip "Arnold Narrowly Avoids a Thrashing" and was later remade into the Season 1 episode 24 Hours To Live.
  • While the pilot itself 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, while Rhonda and Curly have cameos.
  • The pilot lasts 10 minutes.



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