Anyone remember the old carton "Hey Arnold"?
Watching the show, there were several things I didn't pick up on until now. This information comes from the Hey Arnold wiki (and were also confirmed by the show's creator Craig Bartlett, and I wanted to share as it's always funny when you learn of adult things that were snuck into cartoons.
Helga's mother and her "smoothies":
Those who watched the show know about Helga Pataki: the girl who was secretly in love with the show's titular character but hid it by acting like she hated him. One of the aspects of her home life revolved around her parents, particularly her mother. Helga's mother Miriam was often depicted as not quite there in the head. Well it turns out she was actually an alcoholic. It makes sense considering her behavior. Look back on any episode featuring her and it will make sense.
Mr. Simmons is gay:
For those who don't remember Mr. Simmons. He was the Arnold's second fourth grade teacher. He was a kind individual who encouraged his students. Well the series creator confirmed he is in fact gay.
A lot of people might not remember this character, but she was a resident of the boarding house Arnold lived at. She was a brown haired European woman who was occasionally seen but barely had any lines. It turns out the creators were going to give her more of a role. What role you may ask? Well, it turns out she was originally going to have a crush on Arnold and have him do little favors for her. Unsurprisingly, Nickelodeon said no to this and she was dropped after the first season.