TV Series | TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family
Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.
The show's setting is never overtly mentioned. Creator Neil Marlens wanted to specifically set it in Long Island, NY, but ABC wanted an anonymous setting to reflect an "Anytown, USA" feel. However, various clues throughout the series strongly indicate the setting was indeed the suburbs of Los Angeles (most likely in the San Fernando Valley): all the cars have California plates, there are mountains at the end of the Arnold's street, snow or heavy winter weather is never shown, Wayne's driver's license shows a California address and ZIP code, and Jack's job was at a defense contractor (there were many in the San Fernando Valley in the 1950s -1990s).
What's wrong, buddy?
Wart: Nothing seems to fit any more.
Wayne Arnold: Here you go. Wear mine.
Throughout the series, whenever characters are seen riding in vehicles, there are often instances of late-eighties to early-nineties vehicles appearing in the distant background.
In some cable TV reruns outside North America, the original Joe Cocker rendition of the theme song ('With A Little Help From My Friends') has been replaced by a cover version. In the end credits, the instrumental version of this song that was originally broadcast has been replaced by the instrumental 'Winnie Cooper Theme' which is heard sometimes throughout the show. The Netflix/Amazon streaming versions use this replaced opening theme and other music replacements, but include the original closing instrumental.
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