The Wonder Years Reviews & Ratings

This 1988-1993 period dramedy takes place during the turbulent times of the late 1960s and 1970s. The show focuses on adult Kevin Arnold's (Fred Savage) memories as a young teenager living in a quiet middle-class suburb, and his family and friends. Throughout the series' 5-year run, Kevin deals with middle and high school, encounters puberty, has ups and downs with childhood sweetheart Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar), deals with annoying older brother Wayne, and hangs out with his geeky-but-lovable best friend Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano). The series is told from Kevin's point-of-view through the narration of Daniel Stern.
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Aug 19, 2015 9:08AM EDT
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Coming up this was a show everyone watched. It provides a nice bit of nostalgia on re-watch and Kevin and Winney are totes adorbs. Good staff, not awful awful writing for the 80's.

Coming up this was a show everyone watched. It provides a nice bit of nostalgia on re-watch and Kevin and Winney are totes adorbs. Good staff, not awful awful writing for the 80's.

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Oct 3, 2016 1:55AM EDT
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mom made me watch it hahahahaha hey its Corey Mathew big brother hahahaha

mom made me watch it hahahahaha hey its Corey Mathew big brother hahahaha

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by dwRox3
Oct 28, 2014 12:19PM EDT
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Recently re-watched the series and it's kind of inspiring. Back when things were simpler.

Recently re-watched the series and it's kind of inspiring. Back when things were simpler.

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Feb 21, 2017 9:08PM EST
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A great series and one of the best finales ever done. The show was awarded a Peabody Award in 1989, for "pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling." 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.

At age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series.

A great series and one of the best finales ever done. The show was awarded a Peabody Award in 1989, for "pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling." 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.

At age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series.

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Oct 21, 2016 4:23AM EDT
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This show has by now at least tripled up on its nostalgia factor: As a series that looks back on life as a teen in the late 60s/early 70s it was inherently nostalgic in the first place, and it has always had the extra nostalgia level of tempting viewers to look back at their own life. And by now it will inevitably make most people nostalgic about the time they first saw The Wonder Years.

The series' tendency to be a relentless tearjerker is somewhat mitigated however, through a decent dose of realism, ironic commentary, and a critical eye on its characters as well as the historical context. That is, until the end of almost every single episode, when the narrator can't seem to help but drive home the sentimentality.

This show has by now at least tripled up on its nostalgia factor: As a series that looks back on life as a teen in the late 60s/early 70s it was inherently nostalgic in the first place, and it has always had the extra nostalgia level of tempting viewers to look back at their own life. And by now it will inevitably make most people nostalgic about the time they first saw The Wonder Years.

The series' tendency to be a relentless tearjerker is somewhat mitigated however, through a decent dose of realism, ironic commentary, and a critical eye on its characters as well as the historical context. That is, until the end of almost every single episode, when the narrator can't seem to help but drive home the sentimentality.

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Sep 28, 2016 10:55PM EDT
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Great Show!

Great Show!

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Jun 11, 2016 11:21AM EDT
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Purely going on nostalgia here but I thought the show was really good.

Purely going on nostalgia here but I thought the show was really good.

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by Koennen
Aug 17, 2015 9:07PM EDT
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This reminds me so much of my childhood, I'm an '80s child. I know this plays way before my time but it was aired in the '80s and early '90. To be able to hear somebody's thoughts was something was very interesting when you are growing up and asking yourself 1000 questions.

This reminds me so much of my childhood, I'm an '80s child. I know this plays way before my time but it was aired in the '80s and early '90. To be able to hear somebody's thoughts was something was very interesting when you are growing up and asking yourself 1000 questions.

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by jb1357
Jun 13, 2015 12:15AM EDT
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Okay show!

Okay show!

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Mar 23, 2015 1:25AM EDT
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Amazing if you want to go back to that time when life was easy

Amazing if you want to go back to that time when life was easy