The Wonder Years

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  • TV-PG
  • 1988
  • 6 Seasons
  • 8.3  (34,927)

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.

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Independence Day (2)
22. Independence Day (2)
May 12, 1993
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.
Summer (1)
21. Summer (1)
May 12, 1993
Kevin chases after Winnie who has taken a job at a out of town country club as a lifeguard.
Reunion
20. Reunion
April 28, 1993
The Arnold's go back to Norma's hometown to attend her 25-year high school reunion.
The Little Women
19. The Little Women
March 31, 1993
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.
Poker
18. Poker
March 24, 1993
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.
Eclipse
17. Eclipse
March 3, 1993
A school field trip finds Winnie upset at Kevin after he says that she is perfect during a game of truth or dare.
Nose
16. Nose
February 24, 1993
Ricky falls in love with a girl that has a huge nose. His feelings are hurt when he overhears the guys joking about it.
Hulk Arnold
15. Hulk Arnold
February 10, 1993
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.
Unpacking
14. Unpacking
February 3, 1993
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.
Ladies and Gentlemen... The Rolling Stones
13. Ladies and Gentlemen... The Rolling Stones
January 27, 1993
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.
Alice in Autoland
12. Alice in Autoland
January 13, 1993
Kevin can get a great deal on a car from Alice's father, but fears she is falling for him.
New Years
11. New Years
January 6, 1993
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.
Let Nothing You Dismay
10. Let Nothing You Dismay
December 16, 1992
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.
The Test
9. The Test
December 2, 1992
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 Delivers
8. Kevin Delivers
November 25, 1992
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.
Wayne and Bonnie
7. Wayne and Bonnie
November 11, 1992
Wayne has a new girlfriend Bonnie, a 23 year old divorcee with a young child, which leads Norma to believe he is not mature enough to be a father.
White Lies
6. White Lies
October 28, 1992
An innocent mistake has Kevin bragging that he and Winnie spent the night together.
Politics as Usual
5. Politics as Usual
October 21, 1992
Winnie volunteering for a handsome political candidate has Kevin jealous.
Sex and Economics
4. Sex and Economics
October 14, 1992
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.
Scenes from a Wedding
3. Scenes from a Wedding
October 7, 1992
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.
Fishing
2. Fishing
September 30, 1992
The annual father-son fishing trip is weighted down by all of the problems that arise which threaten the fate of future trips.
Homecoming
1. Homecoming
September 23, 1992
Wayne's friend Wart returns home from Vietnam a changed man, as found out during the homecoming football game.
The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years

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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.

The Wonder Years is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (115 episodes). The series first aired on January 31, 1988.

Where to Watch The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Wonder Years on demand at Hulu.

  • Premiere Date
    January 31, 1988
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (34,927)