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The Wonder Years is a classic comedy television series that aired for six seasons. The show centered on the everyday lives of the Arnold family in a middle class suburban community in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Kevin Arnold was the show's main character; he was a typical and angst-ridden youngster who dealt with all of the problems that a normal kid encounters in junior high school. The head of the household is Jack Arnold, a tough-as-nails ex-marine who rules the house with an iron fist and gentle heart. Norma Arnold is Jack's husband and the real engine that runs the family machine. Wayne Arnold is the middle child of the family and the bane of Kevin's existence. Karen Arnold is the oldest child and is the apple of Jack's eye. However her free-spirited look on life and her typical teenage rebellion causes her to butt heads frequently with her father.

The love of Kevin's life is Winnie Cooper. She is literally the girl next door, and she is the prime focus of Kevin's affections during the entire run of the show. Kevin's best friend is the dorky and lovable Paul Pfeiffer. Kevin and Winnie have many ups and downs during their lives. Shortly after Kevin and Winnie shared their first kiss, Winnie's brother was killed in Vietnam, and her family decided to move away. They would make up and break up several times over the lifetime of the show, but their love never seemed to wane.

The Wonder Years was an enormous critical and ratings success. It was a top-rated Nielson show for four out of the six seasons. Just months after its debut, the show won the Emmy award for Most Outstanding Comedy Series, and the 13 year old show lead, Fred Savage, became the youngest nominee for Most Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Over the show's six seasons it gathered a total of 22 Emmy wins.

The Wonder Years introduced one of the most unique methods of storytelling ever seen in television. An adult Kevin Arnold, voiced by Daniel Stern, narrated each episode. The Wonder Years is the telling of an average family's story, but it is done in a remarkable and emotional fashion.

ABC
6 Seasons, 115 Episodes - Canceled
January 31, 1988
Comedy, Drama, Family
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  • Kevin is heartbroken when he finds out Winnie has a new boyfriend Eric, and then loses his money and car in a poker game against the cooks at the country club. Returning home by hitchhiking leads to Kevin and Winnie spending a night in a barn during a storm. They arrive home in time for the Fourth of July parade where we find out the futures of each of the cast by narration.

  • Kevin chases after Winnie who has taken a job at a out of town country club as a lifeguard.

  • The Arnold's go back to Norma's hometown to attend her 25-year high school reunion.

  • It's a case of the men vs. the women when Winnie scores high on her SAT's and Norma gets a high paying job in a new company.

  • A game of poker finds Chuckie fearing his girlfriend may be pregnant, Randy is failing at school and Paul is too stuffy for the other guys liking.

  • A school field trip finds Winnie upset at Kevin after he says that she is perfect during a game of truth or dare.

  • Ricky falls in love with a girl that has a huge nose. His feelings are hurt when he overhears the guys joking about it.

  • Kevin feels he has been recruited to be on the school's wrestling team, but when the coach pushes him to try harder, he thinks about quitting.

  • Winnie has Kevin help her to set up Jeff and Ann. But Jeff feels guilty about hurting the girlfriend he had in his old town and Ann gets mad that Jeff doesn't want to be with her. Things get worse when Winnie blames Jeff and Ann's problems on Kevin.

  • Kevin, Winnie and the guys follow a rumor that the Rolling Stones are playing in a bar just out of town. But to get there Kevin must sneak out in his dad's new car.

  • Kevin can get a great deal on a car from Alice's father, but fears she is falling for him.

  • New Year's finds Wayne and Bonnie springing for a night out for the Arnold's and Winnie at a Nightclub, but ends up in heartbreak.

  • After seeing Winnie at the mall with a big Christmas gift in hand, Kevin feels the need to buy her something special. Meanwhile, Jack is trying to get a loan to buy a new business.

  • Jack is frustrated after getting a lukewarm evaluation as "competent" at work. Meanwhile, Kevin, Winnie and Paul are all studying for their SAT exams.

  • Kevin's new job as a Chinese food delivery boy has him too busy to spend time with Winnie, and also gets in a battle of wits with a pizza delivery boy.

  • An innocent mistake has Kevin bragging that he and Winnie spent the night together.

  • Winnie volunteering for a handsome political candidate has Kevin jealous.

  • Kevin's job as a house painter for a sexy teacher turns out to be real work when his worker's are better goof-off's than employees.

  • A wedding for the daughter of Jack's boss finds a bridesmaid hitting on Kevin, Jack's boss hitting on Norma and Wayne once had a relationship with the bride.

  • The annual father-son fishing trip is weighted down by all of the problems that arise which threaten the fate of future trips.

  • Wayne's friend Wart returns home from Vietnam a changed man, as found out during the homecoming football game.

  • Winnie is upset at Kevin at the hamburger stand, as their relationship is played out in past show clips.

  • Kevin takes Paul on a joy ride up to the lake where he met Cara.

  • Karen's wedding brings problems when they decide they would like a non-traditional ceremony.

  • Karen returns home after an argument with Michael, who takes up residents in a tent on their front lawn. Karen won't reveal the reason they were fighting.

  • An evening alone has Kevin thinking of having a poker game which soon turns into the party of the party of the year.

  • Paul misses out on a date with the guys to see an R rated movie but encounters an R rated evening with a college student.

  • School lunch finds Ricky trying to finish an assignment, Wayne trying to win a bet, Chuck trying to get a date and Kevin trying to get out of donating blood.

  • Kevin learns about true heroes after attending a school's basketball game with his father.

  • Winnie and Kevin reluctantly go on a double date, but their bickering only leads to their dates liking each other.

  • A smothered Kevin gets an awakening after dinner with Julie's parents shows a similarity to their own stifling relationship.

  • Screw-up's Wayne and Wart decide to quit school and join the Army despite Jack's disapproval.

  • Untraditional teacher Miss Shaw gets in trouble with the school by her unusual teaching methods.

  • Grandpa's age has caught up with him after a series of car accidents gets him in trouble with the law.

  • Kevin's is fearing the test for his driver's license while hiding the fact he can't parallel park.

  • Jealousy looms as the Pfeiffer's land on easy street after making a killing on a land deal that Jack turned down.

  • No one is looking forward to the Arnold's annual Christmas party, and even less after the guests arrive.

  • Jack's birthday dinner is a flop after Karen shows up with Michael.

  • Kevin tries out for a school's soccer team, a group of misfits with a former legend as their coach.

  • Wayne's girlfriend Sandy uses Kevin to get back at him, but soon finds herself falling for Kevin instead.

  • A night on the town finds Kevin cruisin' with his friends and mooning his parents by accident.

  • Greaser Frankie enlists Kevin's help in fixing his romance with his girlfriend Denise.

  • Kevin's job at an old fashioned hardware store leaves much to be desired, especially when he could be working at the mall and meeting girls.

  • First day of High School is a disaster after Kevin's joke in class puts him in hot water with his English teacher and is harrassed by Wayne and his friend Wart.

  • The Pfeiffers and Arnolds go on vacation to the lake together, bringing adventure when Kevin has a summertime romance with a local girl.

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