The possibilities for 6th season storylines are huge, giving our writers a large degree of creative freedom. However, as a Hey Arnold! “sixth season” episode, there are some storyline requirements that must be met.
To HA6S writers: before you submit your episode storyline in the “Proposed Episodes” category of the HA6S forums, make sure your story meets the following criteria.
Rule 1: The story should be about and in the world of “Hey Arnold!”.
This should be pretty obvious. In order for a storyline to be considered a HA! episode, the episode itself should be about HA! Fantasy storylines are allowed, but should have some basis in HA!
Rule 2: The story is taking place in between the episodes “April Fool’s Day” (i.e. “Hey Arnold! The Movie”) and “The Journal” (i.e. “The Jungle Movie”).
Your storyline takes place in between the episodes “April Fool’s Day” (April 1st) and “The Jungle Movie” (October 7th). This means that Arnold is still 9 years old, and Helga already turned 10. Your story should not contradict with anything that has already happened in previous HA! episodes and in “HA! The Movie”. In addition to that, storylines should not include anything that has already happened in “The Journal” or spoil anything we know is going to happen in “The Jungle Movie” (such as Arnold and Helga getting together and Arnold finding his parents). You can check out all the known information about the Jungle Movie in the Critical Analysis article “Confirmed Notes About ‘The Jungle Movie'”. However, depending on the storyline, you can bend the rules. For example, Helga can dream about being an “item” with Arnold, and Arnold can dream about finding his parents, without having these events actually occur in their real lives.
Rule 3: The story should be as canonical as possible.
By the end of the story, eveything should be returned to the status quo (i.e. how the world of “Hey Arnold!” was left off by the end of the episode “April Fool’s Day”). This allows other writers the chance to tell their own stories without conflicting issues with another sixth season episode storyline.
Rule 4: The maximum rating of the storyline should be PG.
“Hey Arnold!” was, at most, a PG rated cartoon in the first place, and we intend to keep it that way. Kids, teenagers, and adults alike should be able to read and enjoy your story. Any adult jokes included should be subtle and discreet enough so that kids won’t notice it, but adults (and maybe teenagers) can.
Rule 5: Story should have a title.
Give your story a title to identify it by.
If you have any further questions, you can contact us in the “Questions” category of the HA6S forums.