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The Wonder Years 

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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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Fred Savage ...  Kevin Arnold 115 episodes, 1988-1993
Daniel Stern ...  Kevin Arnold - The Narrator 114 episodes, 1988-1993
Alley Mills ...  Norma Arnold 113 episodes, 1988-1993
Jason Hervey ...  Wayne Arnold 113 episodes, 1988-1993
Josh Saviano ...  Paul Pfeiffer 113 episodes, 1988-1993
Dan Lauria ...  Jack Arnold 112 episodes, 1988-1993
Danica McKellar ...  Winnie Cooper 105 episodes, 1988-1993
Olivia d'Abo ...  Karen Arnold 85 episodes, 1988-1993
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Storyline

The series depicts the social and family life of a boy in a typical American suburban middle-class family from 1968 to 1973, covering the ages of 12 through 17. Each year in the series takes place exactly 20 years before airing (1988 to 1993). The show's plot centers on Kevin Arnold, son of Jack and Norma Arnold. Kevin's father holds a management job at NORCOM, a defense contractor, while his mother is a housewife. Kevin also has an older brother, Wayne, and an older sister, Karen. Two of Kevin's friends and neighbors are prominently featured throughout the series: his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, and his crush-turned-girlfriend Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper. Storylines are told through Kevin's reflections as an adult in his mid-30s..

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Taglines:

It's 1968. The Suburbs. And in each little house with a Chevy in the driveway and a TV in the den, there are people with stories...families band together in laughter, hope, love and wonder (season 1)


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wonder Years See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(115 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the last episode of the show, the voice of the narrator's kid at the end is Daniel Stern's son Henry - the producers wanted them to end the show talking to each other. See more »

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. See more »

Quotes

Wayne Arnold: [meeting karen's new live-in boyfriend] New guy who's sleeping with my sister, huh?
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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. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Naked Movie (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

With A Little Help From My Friends
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Joe Cocker
(opening theme)
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This has to be the most realistic show ever!
19 December 2002 | by Condore21See all my reviews

Wonder years for me was about growing up. I can still remember my father and I sitting in the living room watching that magnificent show. My mother on the other hand, couldn't stand the show. I could never tell why. I think that everyone when they were growing up knew a Paul Pieffer, a Winnie Cooper, a Doug Porter, Lisa Berlini, Becky Slater, Eddie Pentti, Charles "Chuck" Coleman, Randy Mitchell, and even a Greg Hobson. We all have experienced those one or two teachers that actually cared about how we did in school. The show can relate to our first crush, first kiss, first car (1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS)still have it BTW. Even our corny school dances. I guess as we get older good things fade away. Although the show might didn't last as long as we would have liked it to, The Wonder Years will forever be a part of me, and may it always stay in my memory.


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