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Hey Arnold!: Season 1
HeyArnold! Season 1
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Executive Producer

Craig Bartlett


Jim Lang

Hey Arnold! Season 1 is the first season of the Hey Arnold! series. It features 48 quarter-hour episodes and 2 half-hour specials.

Production order-wise, this season is the largest season of the series. Episodes from this season are distinguishable from later episodes due to the Games Animation Inc card at the end.



  • In the US, Nickelodeon aired only 20 out of the 26 episodes produced for this season as part of it. Episodes 21, 22, 23, 24 and 26 were held over until near the end of Season 2 in late 1997, and episode 19 was held over until 1998, and was aired as part of Season 3. Other countries saw all 26 episodes aired.
  • This season looks noticeably different from later seasons in the animation department. The animation itself is of somewhat lower quality, and many characters look much different and less detailed. (For example, Helga's pigtails are thinner compared to later episodes.)
  • This season was animated by three different animation studios. The first 16 episodes were animated by Hong Ying Animation and Hung Long Animation, while the remaining 10 episodes were animated by Wang Film Productions. These last ten episodes look noticeably different from the previous sixteen.
  • Several things seen in this season aren't present in later seasons, such as Arnold's daydreaming tendencies.

Note about Episodes 19 and 26

  • There exists two versions of episodes 19 and 26. The versions that were aired and released in the U.S. have "Part Time Friends" paired with "Biosquare", and "Runaway Float" paired with "Partners". However, many other countries (including Mexico and Germany) had a different pair of episodes air. In those countries, "Part Time Friends" is paired with "Runaway Float", and "Biosquare" is paired with "Partners".
    • In fact, most U.S. TV listings say Part Time Friends / Runaway Float and Biosquare / Partners, respectively. This, along with a few other things (the animation in "Runaway Float", and differences in the end credits between versions), raises the possibility that these versions are actually the original masters, and the versions used for the U.S. broadcast are "alternate" edited versions.

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