The Wonder Years

Pilot

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 1/31/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Kevin and Paul are saying goodbye to their last summer as boys and preparing to attend Robert F Kennedy Junior High for the first time. Kevin and Winnie share their first kiss as Winnie mourns the loss of her brother who is killed in Vietnam.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Fred Savage

    Kevin Arnold

  • Danica McKellar

    Winnie Cooper

  • Dan Lauria

    Jack Arnold

  • Daniel Stern

    Narrator/Adult Kevin Arnold

  • Olivia d'Abo

    Karen Arnold

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • excellent pilot

    By ThomasAvramov18, May 23, 2014

  • Perfect Pilot Episode

    By futuramarama, Dec 25, 2011

  • A very EMO pilot.

    By twilightboy, Jan 01, 2008

  • One of the most clearly defined pilots ever

    By doogieuk, Nov 14, 2007

  • What a great start to an 'wonder'ful series!

    By DarkBride, Apr 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • 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.

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    Notes (6)

    • 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.

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    Trivia (2)

    • 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.

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