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The Best Episodes of Hey Arnold!

Every episode of Hey Arnold! ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Hey Arnold!!

The daily life of Arnold--a fourth-grader with a wild imagination, street smarts and a head shaped like a football.


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The best episode of "Hey Arnold!" is "Heat", rated 9.3/10 from 528 user votes. It was directed by Tuck Tucker, Juli Murphy and written by Jonathan Greenberg. "Heat" aired on 11/11/1996 and is rated 0.5 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The List".

  • Heat
    9.3/10 528 votes

    #1 - Heat

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1996-11-11

    Arnold has a really bad day - the city is suffering from a heatwave, and whatever he does, Arnold just can't seem to get cool.

    Director: Tuck Tucker, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Jonathan Greenberg

  • The List
    8.8/10 316 votes

    #2 - The List

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1996-11-25

    Arnold attempts to do something that no other kid has done before - completing the entire list of a kid's perfect Saturday! But, unfortunately, things don't go quite to plan.

    Director: Larry Leichliter, Mark O'Hare

    Writer: Joe Ansolabehere

  • Egg Story
    8.8/10 253 votes

    #3 - Egg Story

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 1999-09-11

    Arnold and Helga must care for an egg for a school project about parenting. Meanwhile, Rhonda and Harold are project partners and must also take care of an egg.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Steve Viksten, Michelle Lamoreaux, Celia Bonaduce

  • Big Sis
    8.7/10 177 votes

    #4 - Big Sis

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2001-03-18

    Olga gets into a "Big Sis" program, but her "Lil' Sis" is Lila.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Beaned
    8.7/10 213 votes

    #5 - Beaned

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2002-01-12

    Helga gets amnesia, and Arnold starts acting nice to her.

    Director: Craig Bartlett

    Writer: N/A

  • Pigeon Man
    8.5/10 2 votes

    #6 - Pigeon Man

    Season 1 Episode 29 - Aired 1997-01-06

    When Arnold's pigeon gets sick, he takes it to "Pigeon Man", a person surrounded by pigeons who lives in a rooftop.

    Director: Larry Leichliter, Jamie Mitchell

    Writer: Joe Purdy

  • Arnold's Christmas
    8.3/10 3 votes

    #7 - Arnold's Christmas

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 1996-12-14

    While Helga tries to find the perfect gift for Arnold, Arnold tries to find Mr Hyunh's long-lost daughter.

    Director: Jamie Mitchell

    Writer: Steve Viksten

  • Longest Monday
    8.3/10 210 votes

    #8 - Longest Monday

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 1997-10-01

    Schoolyard tradition has it that on the first Monday of June each year, the fifth graders throw the fourth graders into trash cans. So, Arnold and Gerald try to make a run for it. As more people are thrown into trash cans and the fifth graders know all the routes, Arnold and Gerald find out eluding the fifth graders is harder that they thought.

    Director: Larry Leichliter, Derek Drymon

    Writer: Jonathan Greenberg

  • Arnold Betrays Iggy
    8.3/10 164 votes

    #9 - Arnold Betrays Iggy

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 1998-10-19

    Arnold finds out Iggy wears bunny pajamas with feet in them, and Arnold accidentially spills the beans to Sid and Stinky, ruining Iggy's cool image.

    Director: Dan Povenmire

    Writer: Steve Viksten

  • Stoop Kid
    8.2/10 262 votes

    #10 - Stoop Kid

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1996-10-14

    Arnold's hat lands on the stoop of "Stoop Kid," - a bully who has lived his whole life on his stoop, and is highly protective of it. But, when it's Arnold's fault that Stoop Kid becomes the joke of the city, he must help Stoop Kid face his biggest fear - leaving his stoop for the first time.

    Director: Kelly James, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Steve Viksten

  • The Old Building
    8.2/10 245 votes

    #11 - The Old Building

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1996-10-16

    Arnold is asked by his Grandma to help save an old building, and then asked by Ernie to help knock the building down! Who will Arnold decide to go along with? How can he get out of this tricky situation?

    Director: Kelly James, Jamie Mitchell

    Writer: Steve Viksten, Rachel Lipman

  • The Little Pink Book
    8.1/10 280 votes

    #12 - The Little Pink Book

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1996-10-09

    When Helga loses her pink book, full of love poems about Arnold on the bus, it ends up in Arnold's hands. Now Helga must get it back before Arnold figures out who wrote the poems.

    Director: Bert Ring, Don Judge

    Writer: Craig Bartlett

  • Helga Blabs It All
    8.1/10 161 votes

    #13 - Helga Blabs It All

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 1998-08-31

    While feeling the effects of laughing gas, Helga leaves a confessional message of love on Arnold's phone machine. She then has to get into the boarding house in order to erase the message.

    Director: Tuck Tucker

    Writer: Craig Bartlett

  • Helga's Makeover
    8.0/10 222 votes

    #14 - Helga's Makeover

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1996-10-16

    Helga is annoyed when Rhonda doesn't invite her to her slumber party - everybody assumes that "girly" parties aren't Helga's style. So, Helga is determined to prove her wrong, and gets a makeover.

    Director: Kelly James, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Rachel Lipman

  • Arnold as Cupid
    8.0/10 225 votes

    #15 - Arnold as Cupid

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 1996-12-09

    Oskar gets kicked out of Suzie's room when they get into an argument, so Arnold tries to get them back together when Oskar moves into Arnold's room.

    Director: Dan Povenmire, Dale Case

    Writer: Steve Viksten

  • Benchwarmer
    8.0/10 1 votes

    #16 - Benchwarmer

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 1996-12-16

    Arnold has trouble with the basketball coach and his favored son.

    Director: Stark Howell, Steve Socki

    Writer: Jonathan Greenberg

  • Wheezin' Ed
    8.0/10 1 votes

    #17 - Wheezin' Ed

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 1996-12-23

    Arnold and the gang set out on a quest to find the hidden treasure of the mysterious "Wheezin' Ed" on Elk Island.

    Director: Dan Povenmire, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Craig Bartlett, Steve Viksten, Rachel Lipman

  • Arnold the Tutor
    8.0/10 1 votes

    #18 - Arnold the Tutor

    Season 1 Episode 26 - Aired 1996-12-30

    Arnold is given the assignment to tutor Torvald, the meanest, toughest kid in Arnold's math class, for the big math test on Friday.

    Director: Larry Leichliter, Sherm Cohen

    Writer: Joe Ansolabehere

  • Arnold's Valentine
    8.0/10 1 votes

    #19 - Arnold's Valentine

    Season 1 Episode 38 - Aired 1997-02-14

    On Valentine's Day, Arnold manages to arrange two dates; one with Ruth, the sixth grader he likes, and one with his French penpal Cecile (actually, it's Helga in disguise) – only for the real Cecile to suddenly appear and Arnold to discover what Ruth is really like.

    Director: Jamie Mitchell

    Writer: Steve Viksten, Rachel Lipman

  • Best Friends
    8.0/10 1 votes

    #20 - Best Friends

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 1997-10-22

    Rhonda and Nadine fall out over working on a project at school, leaving Arnold to work with both of them separately.

    Director: Steve Socki

    Writer: Jonathan Greenberg

  • Road Trip
    8.0/10 190 votes

    #21 - Road Trip

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 1998-09-30

    When Bob has to go to a business meeting, Miriam and Helga are forced to go on the family road trip by themselves.

    Director: Tuck Tucker

    Writer: Jonathan Greenberg

  • Hey Harold!
    8.0/10 2 votes

    #22 - Hey Harold!

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 1998-10-21

    Harold is invited to Rhonda's party and befriends the female bully, Big Patty.

    Director: Kelly James, Steve Socki

    Writer: Steve Viksten

  • Biosquare
    8.0/10 1 votes

    #23 - Biosquare

    Season 3 Episode 33 - Aired 1998-12-07

    As a science assignment, Arnold and Helga have to work together, and get along with each other, for 24 hours in the Sunset Arms greenhouse.

    Director: Kelly James, Steve Socki

    Writer: Jordana Arkin

  • School Play
    8.0/10 2 votes

    #24 - School Play

    Season 3 Episode 38 - Aired 1999-03-08

    The school is doing the play "Romeo and Juliet". Arnold lands the role as Romeo so Helga will do anything to beat out other girls to get the part of Juliet, so that she can kiss Arnold in the final scene.

    Director: Steve Socki

    Writer: Steve Viksten

  • Weird Cousin
    8.0/10 1 votes

    #25 - Weird Cousin

    Season 4 Episode 21 - Aired 1999-10-09

    Arnold's bland country cousin, Arnie, comes to visit. Arnold begins to notice that Arnie and Lila show interest in each other, making him jealous.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A