The Wonder Years

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 22

    Independence Day (2)

    Aired 5/12/93

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    Summer (1)

    Aired 5/12/93

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    Reunion

    Aired 4/28/93

  • S 6 : Ep 19

    The Little Women

    Aired 3/31/93

  • S 6 : Ep 18

    Poker

    Aired 3/24/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • Fred Savage

    Kevin Arnold

  • Jason Hervey

    Wayne Arnold

  • Alley Mills

    Norma Arnold

  • Dan Lauria

    Jack Arnold

  • Josh Saviano

    Paul Pfeiffer

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  • "The Wonder Years" was a hit comedy series starring Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold the main character, a boy facing rites of passage on his way to adulthood. Kevin lives with his brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), his sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo), his father Jack (Dan Lauria), and his mother Norma (Alley Mills). Kevin grows up with his on-and-off girlfriend, Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar), and his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano).The show had a successful 6 year run.Theme Song: "With a Little Help From My Friends" by John Lennon & Paul McCartney -- performed by Joe CockerABC Broadcasty History: January 1988 - April 1988 --- Tuesdays 8:30 October 1988 - February 1989 --- Wednesdays 9:00 February 1989 - August 1990 --- Tuesdays 8:30 August 1990 - August 1991 --- Wednesdays 8:00 August 1991 - February 1992 --- Wednesdays 8:30 March 1992 - September 1993 --- Wednesdays 8:00moreless

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    • Narrator: There where moments that made us cry with laughter, and there were moments, like that one, of sorrow and wonder.

    • Narrator: Because we know that inside each one of those identical boxes, with its Dodge parked out front and its white bread on the table and its TV set glowing blue in the falling dusk, there were people with stories, there were families bound together in the pain and the struggle of love.

    • Narrator: It was the first kiss for both of us. We never really talked about it afterward. But I think about the events of that day again and again. And somehow I know that Winnie does too, whenever some blowhard starts talking about the anonymity of the suburbs or the mindlessness of the TV generation.

    • Narrator: A suburban junior high school cafeteria is like a microcosm of the world. The goal is to protect yourself, and safety comes in groups. You have your cool kids, you have your smart kids, you have your greasers, and in those days, of course, you had your hippies. In a fact in junior high school, who you are is defined less by who you are than by who's the person sitting next to you

    • Paul: Well, I guess I'll see you at the bus stop. Kevin: Yeah. Paul: Last night I had a dream that when I got to school, I realized that I had no clothes on. Kevin: If you're naked when you get to the bus stop, I'll tell you.

    • Narrator: 1968, I was twelve years old. A lot happened that year. Dennis McLain won 31 games, The Mod Squad hit the air, and I graduated from Hillcrest Elementary and entered junior high school...but we'll get to that. There's no pretty way to put this: I grew up in the suburbs. I guess most people think of the suburb as a place with all the disadvantages of the city, and none of the advantages of the country, and vice versa. But, in a way, those really were the wonder years for us there in the suburbs. It was kind of a golden age for kids.

    • Mrs. Ritvo: Kevin Arnold...You're Wayne's brother, aren't you? Kevin: Well, according to my mother, yes, but my own theory is-- Mrs. Ritvo: You got a tough road of you, young man. A tough road of you.

    • Narrator: The days were still long and back then kids could still go for walks at dusk without fear of ending up on a milk carton.

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    Notes (213)

    • The city and state in the series was never mentioned.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Writing.

    • Featured Music: "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds "Both Sides, Now" by Judy Collins "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James and the Shondells "Come Softly To Me" by The Fleetwoods "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge

    • Ayre Gross narrated the first episode the first time it was aired. When ABC reaired this episode, they recorded Daniel Stern's voice over Gross's voice so it would match the rest of the episodes.

    • The Wonder Years was inspired by the movie A Christmas Story.

    • This series premiered in the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot on January 31, 1988. When it re-aired on March 15, 1988, as a lead-in to the regular series, the narrator was Daniel Stern insead of the original narrator, Arye Gross. ¬†While the original airing of the pilot began with the same "With A Little Help from My Friends" opening theme, the titles were scrolled over a solid black screen without the traditional 8mm film-style scenes that were seen elsewhere in the pilot.

    • Winnie's parents appears just once at Brian's funeral and they don't seem to be H.Richard Greene nor Lynn Milgrim who play them later. Their names do not appear in the credits.

    • Featured Music: "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville "In My Life" by Judy Collins

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    Trivia (86)

    • In the first dinner sequence, the kitchen appliances are set up opposite from how they are throughout the rest of the series. The sink, oven, and counter are set up opposite from the the side with the kitchen door.

    • In gym class, the uniforms contain a different logo than they do in the rest of the series. In the pilot, the school logo is a wildcat standing for the "Kennedy Wildcats". After this episode, the school logo is an Indian.

    • Neal Marlens went to Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington. The maroon and white "Wildcats" mascot and logo that is used in "The Wonder Years" is the same as that of WWHS.

    • In this episode, Kevin says he has known Paul since Paul was 36 hours old. However, we later find out that Paul's birthday is March 14th and Kevin's is March 18th which makes that impossible.

    • Kevin watches a color television in this episode, though second season episode Christmas the kids bug their father to buy a color TV. Co-Producer and Story Editor Mark Perry posted this to alt.tv.wonder-years: "We've always attributed this to the fact that the adult Kevin's memory wasn't always 100% accurate. Too many drugs in the 70s???"

    • Kevin mentions that "Tuesday the 8th" was the day he bumped into Lisa Berlini in the hallway. In 1968, Tuesday the 8th was in October. The 8th of December would have fallen on a Sunday.

    • In this episode, Kevin is told that his parents had met when Jack called Norma when she worked at Macy's about returning a tie he had bought there. In episode 75, "Triangle", Norma says that they met a dance when Jack fought his best friend to win her over.

    • In this episode we learn that Kevin had a cocker spaniel which his mother had to put to sleep in 1964 when he was eight years old.

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    Allusions (51)

    • This episode takes place in September 1968. Kevin and Paul steal a copy of the book Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex: But Were Afraid To Ask by David Reuben, M.D. from the bookstore. However, the book wasn't published until June 1969.

    • The Beatles poster on Kevin's wall is from The White Album that was released in November 1968. This episode took place in September 1968.

    • Kevin fakes sick on the same day the Apollo 8 entered its orbit around the moon. Apollo 8 actually did that on Christmas Eve and schools are closed for the holiday.

    • The Phone Call is a 1977 comedy movie starring Marc McClure.

    • The episode title, Dance With Me, could come from either the 1959 song of the same name by The Drifters, or the 1975 song by Orleans, also of the same name as the title of this episode.

    • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' song, The Tears of A Clown, was played at the RFK Junior High dance. The song was recorded in 1966 and released in 1967. However, oddly enough, it did not become a worldwide hit until three years later. It is probably unlikely that kids would have discovered the song back in 1967 to play at a dance, unless the deejay was a huge Smokey Robinson fan.

    • Raiders In The Storm by The Doors did not come out until 1971 on the L.A. Woman album, not 1968 when the show was supposed to take place.

    • The title of this episode alludes to the Joseph Conrad novella of the same name.

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  • Fan Reviews (76)
  • 10/10

    By ThomasAvramov18, May 23, 2014

  • Still on Netflix, People!

    By NikiMattson, Mar 26, 2014

  • Accurate portrayal of the period

    By geoellis2, Mar 03, 2014

  • Finally in DVD!

    By nyon, Feb 26, 2014

  • absolutely amazing show!

    By wonderkyle, Jan 28, 2013

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