The Wonder Years

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  • 10/10

    10
    Great show, acting was fantastic. They found the good combo between comedy and stone cold drama that left me with my hand on my heart! This is the type of show that will make you laugh and cry in the same episode!!! It is so simple, that it is perfect! It deals with the simple concept of growing up, and faces challenges that all teenagers face. Every episode was so emotional. Episodes like good-bye and my fathers office were as good as tv can get. Uses a simple concept and turns it into pure tv gold. And let me just say that pilot episode was amazing, it dealt with the issue of the Vietnam war and nailed it to the point where viewers were brought to tears. And Winnie and Kevin WOW, what else can i say... perfect couple and as cheesy as it would of been, i wished that they ended up together. To sum up just a brilliant show. 10/10 My favourite show of all time. And im going to conclude with this, if you have watched the wonder years and never cried, you are a liar!!
  • perfect show for the whole family!

    10
    Wonder Years is the real QUALITY TV SERIES of all time! Am I right? I totally love watching this show! Every episode teaches us good moral values. The Wonder Years has all the best characteristics great actors, best scripts. I miss watching this show and as an avid fan, I've always wanted to have a complete DVD collection of this show. I placed an order at http://www.dubaidingoes.com/Wonder_Years_dvd_on_dvd.html . DVDs were shipped exactly as promised! With great quality and full episodes! I couldn't ask for more. I feel lucky to have this set because it is a chance or should I rather say it is a gift to watch this show again! It was definitely the best TV series ever!
  • A masterpiece

    10
    This Tv show is simply so real. I have not come across any other show so amazing. I mean anyone watching this show will practically see his\her own child/teen hood being replayed on the screen. Each episode is unique in itself. I have become a fan of each & every soul who has appeared in the show & boy-oh-boy they have acted brilliantly. "The Wonder Years" deserves a thousand oscars to say the least.
  • Wonder Years: at 14, I'm watching it and living it

    10
    This show was in the 80's, but thankfully, I was caught up on The Hub like 2 months ago, and they show reruns of this. At first I had only heard about this show vaguely and hand't thought much about it or even know anything about it beyond its name. Then, one night I was bored and watched this on the hub. It was like crack to me! The thing that makes the Wonder Years fantastic to me is that it's so real. It's exactly what I've been through to detail it's like they stalked me and made a show about my life, and used a white kid instead. Literally everything Kevin did so far I can vividly recall myself doing. I remember going to the revolutionary dance, I remember my first kiss, I remember my best friend, I remember insecurities...I just remember everything that Kevin did in this show. As cliche as this sounds, I'm serious! Literally everything that Kevin went through happened exactly like it did for me to every little detail to the point of the rare instances where characters repeat things word for word I heard in my life. They don't make shows like this anymore. The show takes place in the 60's, but it's timeless. And I wish some loser would give this show a bad rating! Any dude who gives this show a bad rating must've had NO childhood, NO friends, and NO life growing up. The only other explanation I can possibly fathom is that they're stupid. Or female, which I could understand more. But, what chicks have to understand is that the show isn't made for them. It's really made for dudes, and it's from a dude's perspective. If you're a chick you shouldn't be reviewing this show. Another thing that makes this show so real is that Kevin doesn't always win. It's not that magical fantasy world in every other show where everything turns out wonderfully and you're successful in everything you do, it's real life. Kevin looses and the ends to his misadventures suck sometimes. It's really like how it would go if this were real. You win some you lose some I haven't seen the later episodes yet, and I don't plan to until I'm older. I want to keep the show matched up with my age, so I can enjoy it more. I wish more kids my age would be more mature and incentive like me. While I'm enjoying a timeless classic, they're watching iCarly, which should be called iSuck. Even though I'm probably the only kid I know that watches this, I still love it. Kevin Arnold is a real character, something we don't see often. He's me, he's you, he's every 12 year old dude that had a life growing up.

    I would give my normal rating thing here, but I can't really considering the show isn't exactly original, it's more like they just snuck around, hid in bushes and filmed real kids without them knowing, then added some adult to make a commentary. Saying a show isn't original instantly makes you think it's not good, which is so far from the truth with this show. It pains me to see that as amazing this show is, it's not original, which isn't a bad thing here. So, on behalf of every dude in the world who had a real American childhood, The Wonder Years get's a perfect 10/10
  • The best quirky dramedy of the late 80's and early 90's to watch. This sitcom is about Kevin Arnold and his best friend entering junior high school in the late 60's and the early and mid 70's.

    10
    I liked that show for a long time. I was seven years old and a first grader in grade school, when the show started. I was twelve years old and a sixth grader in junior high school, when the show ended. I remember watching the re-runs on syndication in the 90's. Kevin Arnold is the best character ever. His older brother, Wayne is a brat. His older sister, Karen is a flower child. He has his first kiss with Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, the girl-next door, whose older brother, Brian was killed in the Vietnam War. His best friend, Paul Pfeiffer is the school brain. This drama paved the way for other critically acclaimed dramas like "I'll Fly Away", "Brooklyn Bridge", "Homefront", "Any Day Now", "Freaks & Geeks", and "American Dreams".
  • Timeless

    10
    I only have a few things to say about The Wonder Years because at the end of the day the show speaks for itself. So....

    1. The Soundtrack - easily the largest and most established library of sixties classics ever used on one show. They should release it as a box set and you need never go wanting for a trip back to the days of flower power. And of course...Whaaaatt would you dooo, if I sang ouuut of tuuune......

    2. Storylines at the heart of every family - I don't think there's a single point in an episode of Wonder Years where I don't think that this is exactly how my family acts or that this has actually happened to me.

    3. Marv from Home Alone - Now come on, no one can argue that Daniel Stern as the voice of Kevin is nothing short of genius. He is probably my biggest memory from the show, if not only because he actually says more than Fred Savage. Plus it was nice to see he even got a hand in directing too.

    This show needs to be released in a comprehensive box so we can all sit down, watch over and over and learn how do be nice to each other again.
  • The Story Of My Life

    10
    Although the charceters were a few years over, this is exactly what I went through growing up.
    Thats what made it great, I could relate perfectly, to almost every situation the show presented. The best thing was Kevins realationship with Winnie, I and most other guys went through the same thing. The longing for the object of your desire, the pure joy when you win her heart, and the unbearable agony when you lose her.

    The resolution of their story at the end of the series, was perfect. Thats what should have happened. After all, very few of us marry our childhood sweetheart!

    Very little else I want to say, the charcters were all on target. The best episode of course, was the one where the teacher died. A very well deserved Emmy indeed. A lot of folks were upset that the Father died at the end of the series. But that was good, because life does throw you a curve. Thats reality.

    I can only pray for a reunion someday. Syndication has bee a terriable disappointment.
  • the reason i got hooked on tv...

    10
    before joey potter, isabel evans, brooke davis, veronica mars, summer roberts and dr. izzie stevens, there was winnie cooper. yeah. i was 13 (OMG! twas a decade ago) when this show was aired back home. i was so infatuated with her that my week wouldn't be complete if i didn't see her on tv.

    aside from her, the story is wonderful as well. my life was like kevin's. the things that are happening to him was happening to me at that point of my life. i surely can relate to what he was going through, being a teenager back then.

    this series is really cool. i bet the teenage drama series that we enjoy now is somehow, one way or the other, influenced by this show...
  • My Favorite show ever

    10
    This show is one of the greatest sitcoms to ever air. I mean if you never seen it this is the type of show that can last for decades and still be a great show. It just takes you back to when you were a kid, your are constantly reminded of the things you experienced as a kid. This show could touch you like no other show could the music was always placed beautifully with the story, the narration by Daniel Stern was great. Though the show lost it's swagger toward the end it still kept you there if you loved the Arnold's like I did. The only 2 bad things I can say is this show did not have a proper send off with ABC not knowing whether to bring it back or not. The second is the fact that the DVD collection may never be released do to regulations with all the great music they used in the series. If it's ever released it is said that they may have to change certain music and that would really hurt the show.
  • The Wonder Years are the best years

    10
    Few series have been able to capture the pain and triumphs of adolescence as The Wonder Years. The fact that the show was set in the late 1960's and early 70's--a time of major social change in the US--helped give this comedy-drama a unique voice. So did the actors that made up the tight-knit cast. To play young Kevin Arnold, the producers picked Fred Savage--who had appeared in several movies. Virtual unknowns Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar were tapped as (respectively) Kevin's best friend Paul Pfiffer and the love of Kevin's young life, the angelic Winnie Cooper. Rounding out the cast was Kevin's family; businessman and father Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria); homemaker mom Norma (Alley Mills); tormenting big brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) and hippie older sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo). To add some counterpoint to each episode, actor Daniel Stern was chosen to be the unseen narrator of the show, as the adult Kevin Arnold. Marlens and Black submitted the pilot script to all three major networks; ABC executives loved the concept and ordered six episodes as a mid-season replacement in early 1988. To play young Kevin Arnold, the producers picked Fred Savage--who had appeared in several movies. Virtual unknowns Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar were tapped as (respectively) Kevin's best friend Paul Pfiffer and the love of Kevin's young life, the angelic Winnie Cooper. Rounding out the cast was Kevin's family; businessman and father Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria); homemaker mom Norma (Alley Mills); tormenting big brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) and hippie older sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo). To add some counterpoint to each episode, actor Daniel Stern was chosen to be the unseen narrator of the show, as the adult Kevin Arnold. Marlens and Black submitted the pilot script to all three major networks; ABC executives loved the concept and ordered six episodes as a mid-season replacement in early 1988. The final narration by the adult Kevin beautifully summed up the experience that was The Wonder Years: "Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you're in diapers, the next day you're gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place...a town...a house like a lot of houses...a yard like a lot of other yards...on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is...after all these years...I still look back...with wonder."
  • The best show that I ever lived!

    10
    This is the best show that I ever lived! I have watched every single episode about 3 times now. The final episode broke my heart when I found out that Kevin did not end up with Winnie. There were many other episodes that broke my heart, and made me laugh. It means so much to me that it has a dedicated spot on my iPod for every single episode. I only wish that there were more episodes. I wish that there was some type of reunion to update the story. By far, this is my all time favorite show!!!
  • The story of Kevin Arnold and his friends

    10
    This show is one of the many family classics. The story follows young Kevin Arnold, growing up in the 1960's/70's. Kevin's just your average kid. His dad goes to work, his mom's a house wife, his brother's a jerk, and his sister's a hippie. Kevin has a best friend named Paul, and a girlfriend named Winnie. Winnie drives me crazy! I can't stand her. Today while I was watching the show with my mom and dad, mom asked, "WHat'll happen to Winnie, you think?" My response: "She'll get hit by a bus." I haven't seen nearly every episode yet, but I love this show just the way it is.
  • Awe inspiring rendition of the life of a young, middle class boy growing up in confusing times...

    10
    Of all the tv serials I've watched in my short lifetime, this one has to be the one that has managed to touch the very core of my soul. Although I lived in a totally different part of the world, I used to watch in admiration this deceptively calm and quiet story of an explosive period in American history playing out through the eyes of a middle class teenage boy.

    It traced the life of this boy for six years through six seasons. Fred Savage as Kevin was a wonder to behold. Although I am anything but American I used to identify with Kevin and held a deep understanding of the characters problems and dilemmas. When the tv series finally came to a halt, it was as if I lost a part of me. Truly a work of art. One word: Brilliant!
  • Loved this Show

    10
    One of my all time favorite shows. It reminded me so much of my life and still today if I catch an episode it still brings back all those feeling I felt when the show originally aired. The tirals Kevin Arnold faced growing up in the late 60's early 70's were very universal and he dealt with the same issues we had coming of age in the late 80's and 90's and kids today as well. If you have never seen this show find it on some network and watch it you will not be disappointed. hopefully it is released on DVD very soon. Long live Kevin & Winnie!!
  • Wonder years is a show worth seeing over and over again if you want to put a smile on your face. Everyone will get something out of it. Especially if you are a kid at heart.

    10
    This show is my favoite of my lifetime. I've watched alot of tv, so that says alot about it. It is so wondefully told. It is funny, sad, embarrassing, every emotion possible. This show brings you back to when you were a child. Our inability to communicate effectively, the way we felt toward our parents, the crazy teenage years and everything in between. The loves that we have as kids.The silly things we thought were important. I can't even write here, how much I identified with this show. The old black and white footage of past events. It's like I can relive those times through this show for 30 minutes while I watch. And they WERE the wonder years. A time of innocence and laughter, of friends and family. I'd give away 100,000 to go back for one day when my dad was alive. Hell I'd give away my house.
  • The Wonder Years is the best show of its kind, it set the way for shows such as Dawsons Creek and Party of Five, et al.

    10
    Every person who watches this show can relate to at least one of the characters, be it Kevin; did you once have a Winnie, have you a brother like Wayne? So annoying you just want to strangle him? It is fantastic how they include America's history in with the story telling such as the Vietnam War. The music was great and the narrator tells the stories with such humour and warmth. I love this show!
  • The show is one of the best shows I've seen. I'm 18 and I saw the reruns and I can relate to some of the things that happened on the show.

    10
    The Wonder Years show is one of the best shows of all time because its working class america during the 60's. I'm 18 years old and I love the show and I can relate to some of the things that has happened on the show. It's a show that can be on tv in any decade and you can relate to it.
  • Learning to live.

    10
    This is one of the greatest shows of all time, surely.

    A fantastic script, that tells exactly, or most part of it, all the nuances of your early adult years, the preparation, how you react to certain facts, how you used to act in the same situations, and how you learn to deal with it. Only 6 seasons, but all of them have his charm, who knows if the show it's going to be best, or worst?

    Anyway, the shows know how to tell the big and the little, but significants facts of life, those who you'll never forget.

    And to finish, the great acting, the family looks and sounds like a real family, which in some shows looks fake, you know, the mom doesn't look like a mom, and etc. Not in this case.
  • Ironical Nostalgia

    10
    I have started seeing this world from the 80s, but its ironic that a show made in late 80's made me feel nostalgic about 60s. Each and every episode of the show was too close to my heart and in some ways too close to my life. The episodes and the series didn't finish with a feel-good factor ending always, but still each epsiode made me love the series even more. The series had some very realistic characters with some very believable storylines.
    The actors did there work too well, specially Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria)..Who ever thought some kids could ever act as good as they did in the series. They showed us their feelings of love, compassion, hatred, joulesy, friendship, etc. better than most adults could. And the Narration by Daniel Stern, the best part of the show, was too good to put down in words
    In the end, I would like to congratulate and thanks the Script Writer of the series for giving me some of the most memorable lines/quotes of my life..
    All in all, it was a great show , which has been and will be unparallel ever
  • I guess since my teenage years were in the 60\'s, I could relate to Kevins's problems with growing up, establishing relationships with friends, family and particularly girls.

    10
    This has to be my all time favourite show. Not only because I grew up in this era, but the acting was superb,especially by the child actors. There have been other shows with child actors where the acting was to say the least wanting.

    The narration of Kevin's thoughts was excellent, much better then the Waltons. Who ever selected the music for each episode deserves alot of credit. The music just seemed to fit so well, no matter what the espisode. My favourite espisode was 'The Accident' which I believe really defined the relationship between Arnold and Whinne. The song 'We got tonight', it seems like this was written for this episode.

    I was so sorry when it went off the air. There just has not been a progam that is a must watch, as this program was.


  • I dunno much about the 60's because I was born in the 80's, but my parents say that this was almost exact to their lives. I loved this show.

    10
    I dunno much about the 60's because I was born in the 80's, but my parents say that this was almost exact to their lives. I loved this show. I dunno much about the 60's because I was born in the 80's, but my parents say that this was almost exact to their lives. I loved this show. I dunno much about the 60's because I was born in the 80's, but my parents say that this was almost exact to their lives. I loved this show. I dunno much about the 60's because I was born in the 80's, but my parents say that this was almost exact to their lives. I loved this show. I dunno much about the 60's because I was born in the 80's, but my parents say that this was almost exact to their lives. I loved this show.
  • Definetely a good show.

    10
    I really liked this show. I bet everyone, at least once, you could relate to some dilemma Kevin got into, probably even more than that. The show was definetely realistic and believable. I also liked it because I found it interesting to atleast get a glimpse of what life was like to live in the 60's & early 70's. Times were definetely different then. It would have been nice if Kevin and Winnie could have made it through but Winnie was just not for it I guess. The show also had a lot of guest stars that are some of my favorite actors like Seth Green and Jonathan Brandis. The show in ways kind of reminded me of my life, a lot of the feelings Kevin felt, I could really relate to. Like with things changing between him, paul, and winnie. It was definetely a classic. They should put it back on television.
  • Wow. This show was amazing

    10
    This show really worked well with most of my American History classes. I think that this show depicted the 60s family to some extent, it also chronoicaled the Vietnam War, and the events that formed and defined a generation. Something similar to what my generation of 30-something's are facing now.
  • Feel good kinda show!!

    10
    One of the best shows ever created! Can't get enough of it. Need to put the reruns back on tv. Also why don't they have a DVD seasons box set out? Would love to be able relax and watch all the trials and tribulations of growing up all over again.
  • Awesome.

    10
    I've been watching this show since I was little. It used to come on Nick @ Nite. I really miss it. It was one of my favorite shows. I love how this show was set in the 70's too, that's really cool. I am a big fan of Fred. :)
  • Bring this show back, it is the best series i have ever seen. I think that fred savage needs to have bigger parts in big movies, because he deserves it, and i think that fred and danika should get together in real life

    10
    Everybody needs to watch this, its breath taking, how kevin can raise his eyebrows, he is cool, and how paul actually turned cool instead of a nerd, like he was in the earlier episodes. Winnie is hot, her and fred need to have a kid together. This best show ever!
  • the best show i ever seen i was in love with winy from when i first saw the show in 1988

    10
    bring the show back there wil never be a show that will grow you up with such insperaition like this 1

    did the show was like you were watching your own life on tv i would go out of my way tho see the show every week and was heart broken when the show came to its final show! I will always miss this show
  • Bring Back Kevin and Winnie!

    10
    The Wonder Years was and is still one of the best sitcoms of all times. Not only did it have the coming of age, feel good aspect, but also the show was consistently funny and charming. Add in an excellent cast of regular characters and a wide range of famous (or famous in the future) guest stars, and you've got a show that's unbeatable!

    I fell in love with Kevin Arnold when I was a child, and the affection for both the character and his portrayer Fred Savage has carried through most of my life. Even though the show was set in an era that I never saw personally, it dealt with issues that we all deal with at one point or another in our lives. If more sitcoms took a cue from The Wonder Years, I'd never leave my seat in front of the television.
  • I've never known a show that could make me laugh so hard when things were good, but cry so hard when things were not.

    10


    The family is your stereotypical family, and you think you know what is going to happen all the time, but the beauty is that you never knew what was going to happen. Winnie was the most undecided girl I've ever seen on a show. Kev's brother and his 'butthead' cusses never fail to make me smile. His dad was hilarious, charming, angry, a dad. Plus there are so many actors who starred in the show that are still around now.

    Kevin Arnold is the voice of all teenage males, and the 'wonder years' we'll never forget.
  • Best show of all time, one of the #1 shows of all time, meaning and everyday life has you hooked must bring this back on television.

    10
    One of the best shows of all time, great story and acting, this show sent shivers down my spine, as I could relate to what was happening to Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and it just showed growing up and how to value life.

    Bring This Out On Dvd Now A+++++++.

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