The Wonder Years (ABC, 1988-1993)
The Wonder Years was an American comedy/drama TV series whose pilot aired after Super Bowl XXII on January 31, 1988. The Wonder Years had a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons. The Wonder Years is in the Top 20 of TV Guide’s Best TV Shows of the 1980s. Only six episodes had aired when The Wonder Years won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. At age 13, Fred Savage
was the youngest actor ever to be nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series. The Wonder Years won a Peabody in 1989 and in total has won 22 awards. 115 episodes of The Wonder Years were produced. The series ran until May 12, 1993.
The Wonder Years centered around Kevin Arnold (Savage), son of Jack (Dan Lauria) and Norma (Alley Mills) Arnold. Wayne (Jason Hervey) and Karen (Olivia d’Abo) were Kevin’s older siblings. Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) was Kevin’s best friend. Winnie (Danica McKellar) was Kevin’s crush turned girlfriend. The series took place 20 years in the past. When the series debuted in 1988, the events depicted in the show were from 1968. Therefore, the storylines were told through Kevin’s reflections as an adult in his mid-30s. Daniel Stern voiced 30-year-old Kevin.
The Wonder Years as a complete series box set is available in Region 1 (Canada and the U.S.). The first four seasons are also available individually — but not the final two seasons.