- Network: ABC
- Series Premiere Date: Jan 31, 1988
Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings
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Mar 4, 2017This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first "season" (six episodes) of "The Wonder Years" does a great job of introducing the primary characters and the format of the show. In this second season, however, the show writers/producers really get down to the business of telling some tremendous stories.
In this season, Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) is in seventh grade in 1968, with all the cultural and familial milestones of being that age in that time. His on-again off-again relationship with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) is a central focus, as is his relationship with father Jack (Dan Lauria), mother Norma (Alley Mills), brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), and sister Karen (Olivia D'abo). Best friend Paul Pffiefer (Josh Saviano) also plays a large role in his life.
Some of the highlights of this season include...
-The beginnings of a relationship between Kevin and Becky Slater (Crystal McKellar)...and what a hilariously complex pairing it is!
-Norma taking a pottery class that Jack isn't comfortable with.
-A Vietnam walkout
-The school bully, Eddie Pinetti (Robert Jayne)
-Karen joining the Hippy Movement
-Square-dancing physical education unit with "weird girl" Margaret Farquhar (Lindsay Fisher). Bats, anyone?
While that first mini-season served as an appetizer for what was to come, this season is where the writing/acting really starts to take off. Not since "All In The Family" had a show combined period topics with a perfect mix of humor and drama. There is not a single episode in this season that doesn't either make you laugh, cry, or think (and all those three things usually happen in EVERY episode!).
While "The Wonder Years" can best be enjoyed by "those who lived it", its themes of family, friendship, and coming-of-age are timeless and can be enjoyed by new audiences every year.
Thus, if you were intrigued by the first season of this show whatsoever, you will not be disappointed in its sophomore effort. As the characters grow and the years go by, the writing/acting perfectly change to meet them. Truly a gem of a show.… Expand