The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Family


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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.

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Creators:

Carol Black, Neal Marlens

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6 December 1999 | mermatt
A rarity amongst TV sitcoms
This show has an engaging cast with stories set in the 1960s that involved down-to-earth, realistic plots. That's the real wonder of THE WONDER YEARS. It is far superior to most sitcoms because it isn't really a sitcom -- in other words it isn't based on silly situations and lame-brained characters.

The show is about growing up and the discovery of human nature. The writing has a depth unlike that of most TV shows. The humor is genuine, not based on typical TV contrived situations and shallow clowning. This is destined to be one of the classics of TV series.

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Trivia

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).


Quotes

Wayne Arnold: What's wrong, buddy?
Wart: Nothing seems to fit any more.
Wayne Arnold: Here you go. Wear mine.


Goofs

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.


Alternate Versions

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outside North America, the original Joe Cocker rendition of the theme song ('With A Little Help From My Friends') has been replaced by a cover version. In the end credits, the instrumental version of this song that was originally broadcast has been replaced by the instrumental 'Winnie Cooper Theme' which is heard sometimes throughout the show.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.


Soundtracks

With A Little Help From My Friends
Written by
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Joe Cocker
(opening theme)

Storyline

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Family | Romance

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