Even in the wilds of The Jungle Movie, Hey Arnold! rarely loses sight of its heart

It’s been 13 years since the last new episode of Hey Arnold!, “Phoebe’s Little Problem/Grandpa’s Packard,” aired on Nickelodeon. But the show’s true finale was “The Journal,” a two-part, story-within-a-story that told the tale of how Arnold’s absent parents met, married, and gave birth to a son in the fictional,…

What’s your favorite parent-child relationship in pop culture?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d

Here’s what’s happening with those ‘90s Nickelodeon reboots, from the guy in charge

Earlier this fall, Nickelodeon announced plans to bring back some of its most beloved properties, a move that’s coming to fruition sometime in the semi-near future with a Craig Bartlett-penned Hey Arnold! movie. But what does that actually mean? Are we getting an updated Clarissa Explains It All starring a 40-year-old…

Sinister hands and full nests: 14 types of family dysfunction

When it came time to map out The A.V. Club’s Unconventional Family Week, a roadblock was reached: What makes a family unconventional, anyway? Do makeshift clans, like the gang at Cheers or the Toy Story toys, fit the bill? In an effort to dispel confusion on all sides, we decided to define our terms, beginning with…