Migrate to movies se if need be please.

It says in this reddit post here

TIL Francesca Marie Smith, the voice of Helga from Hey Arnold, actually started writing episodes of Hey Arnold when she was only 11 years old. She wrote a total of 10 episodes.

There's a link to the wikipedia page, but I couldn't see any indication that she was a writer for HA!. However, she is credited as doing such on IMDB. Any source for the IMDB thing?

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    IMDB has credits listings per episode. I found her listed as a writer for S03E01, and with more clicking you could probably find the other 9. If you don't believe IMDB, you could stream the episode itself (apparently on Amazon Prime and Hulu) and watch the end credits. Dec 10, 2020 at 6:06
  • @NateEldredge is that for helga blabs it all and harold the butcher? i checked just now and was not able to find any mention of francesca marie smith except as voice of helga. where in credits is it please? thanks.
    – BCLC
    Dec 10, 2020 at 11:35
  • @NateEldredge if you mean The Aptitude Test and Oskar Gets a Job, then my version unfortunately doesn't have credits. however, i don't see any francesca marie smith listed as writer or anything on the fandom for any of the credits or trivia of the episode pages or her own fandom page.
    – BCLC
    Dec 10, 2020 at 11:37
  • Where is the notable claim? The Reddit post was upvoted by less than 350 people (which is a really low number for a subreddit as big as /r/todayilearned), it is now more than 18 months old (which is ancient given the throw-away nature of Reddit posts), and the information was removed from the referenced Wikipedia page six months ago. It seems that nobody really ever cared about this piecelet of trivia.
    – Schmuddi
    Dec 10, 2020 at 13:12
  • @Schmuddi I did say 'Migrate to movies se if need be please.'
    – BCLC
    Dec 10, 2020 at 18:11

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The ten episodes listed in the Internet Movie Database under "Writer" are

  • Dinner for Four/Phoebe Skips (1999) ... (story - segment "Phoebe Skips")
  • Phoebe Takes the Fall/The Pig War (1998) ... (story - segment "Phoebe Takes the Fall")
  • Helga Blabs It All/Harold the Butcher (1998) ... (story - segment "Helga Blabs It All")
  • Arnold's Valentine (1997) ... (story - segment "Arnold's Valentine")
  • Helga's Boyfriend/Crush on Teacher (1997) ... (story)
  • Magic Show/24 Hours to Live (1996) ... (story - segment "Magic Show")
  • Operation Ruthless/The Vacant Lot (1996) ... (story - segment "Operation Ruthless")
  • 6th Grade Girls/The Baseball (1996) ... (story - segment "6th Grade Girls")
  • Helga's Makeover/The Old Building (1996) ... (story - segment "Helga's Makeover")
  • Arnold's Hat/Stoop Kid (1996) ... (story - segment "Arnold's Hat")

As Nate said, if you want more, you can consult the credits in the videos of these episodes.

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    show me a screenshot please of a single episode in this regard. i was not able to find for the 4 episodes i mentioned to nate
    – BCLC
    Dec 10, 2020 at 18:27
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    @BCLC The credits roll at the end of a film is not always complete, especially for 20 minute episodes where the time reserved for the roll is very short. To be "credited" sometimes means literally in the end credits roll. However, a writer not being credited would be unusual. If contributors are not credited, it's usually extras, camera men, and other technical positions. But, it wouldn't be the first time that a minor who contributed artistically in a significant way is not given their due.
    – user11643
    Jan 14, 2021 at 20:02

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