Title: Hey, Arnold!: Season 1

Format: DVD

Studio: Shout! Factory

Rating: ★★★★★

Review by: Sarah Jones

In viewing favorite shows and movies from childhood that are remembered so fondly, there is always a fear that they won’t live up to the hype of an adolescent memory. Maybe the jokes won’t be as funny, the situations not as believable or the animation not as stimulating as they all once were. However, Hey, Arnold! still delivers on all accounts.

Arnold is a 4th grader with a football-shaped head, living with his grandparents in a boarding house with a crazy assortment of tenants in a big city closely resembling Brooklyn. He is constantly having adventures with his best friend, Gerald, and the rest of his classmates at PS 118, including his bully/secret stalker, Helga, who is in love with him.

Season 1 of Hey, Arnold! is packed with favorite episodes, such as “Stoop Kid” and “24 Hours to Live.” Once the opening sequence started, it was like time travelling back to childhood: Eating Little Debbie snacks while sitting on the carpet in front of the TV to tune in to Nickelodeon. Some episodes were still so ingrained that it wasn’t difficult to remember what was going to happen next.

It was disappointing to find that after so many years and such a high demand to bring these cartoons to DVD, they couldn’t find the time to put any special features in the set. It would have been interesting to hear the actors relive their time with the show or find out where they are now. Although it is great to have this piece of childhood back, it would have been nice to have something new added to the package.

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Pads & Panels received a copy of the DVD courtesy of the studio for review purposes.