20 Times Hey Arnold! Was Surprisingly Gritty For A Kids’ Show

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Anyone who grew up with Hey Arnold! may remember just how realistic it was for a kids’ TV show. Based on creator Craig Bartlett’s childhood experiences in Portland and Seattle, the series followed nine-year-old Arnold as he encountered relatable issues in the city he imagined called Hillwood. But while some kids’ TV often downplayed such concerns, this cartoon addressed them in a surprisingly matter-of-fact way. And with the benefit of hindsight, these 20 moments show just how unafraid Hey Arnold! was in tackling real-world problems.

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20. That time Arnold got mugged

Living in the city comes with its own risks and, unfortunately, getting robbed is one them. Nonetheless, it’s still shocking to see the issue shown in a children’s show – especially when it’s as frighteningly portrayed as it was in Hey Arnold!’s episode “Mugged.” While walking home after dark, Arnold was thrown into an alleyway where a crazed thief robbed him of his change and bus pass. Scary and unsettling, the scene was enough to convince anyone to stay off the streets at night.

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