While The Wild Thornberrys definitely didn’t turn me into a nature girl, this show is formative in a way that other old cartoon favorites aren’t. It unintentionally led me to retain a ton of information about animals that I normally wouldn’t bother researching. Seriously, it’s almost funny how many things about animals and ecosystems and the environment that I remember to this day thanks to that show! And on the less educational front, I wanted to be Debbie Thornberry so badly
He might not look like much in his old baseball hat, but T.J. has the potential to be a total babe when he gets older. He was my hero as a kid, always going against the rules of school and adults. I mean, nobody doesn’t like T.J. – he makes sure of that.
Always romantic, lovably insecure, and a total misfit, Helga was the bully we adored. The transition wasn’t easy, but when Helga realized the only way she could cope with her insecurities was by reaching out to others like her, everything changed. She stopped bullying and preached to others to turn the other cheek. She wrote songs about unrequited love (“Bad Romance” is totally about Arnold, duh!) and reached mega stardom by finally embracing her knack for melodrama and utter weirdness.