THE WONDER YEARS REVIEWED
“The Wonder Years” opens with Kevin entering McKinley High. Wayne wants to quit school and Kevin & Winnie still can’t make it work. There’s a lot more sexual intrigue this year, but done in that baby boomer nostalgia way. Most of the season falls into the comfortable or repeated storylines. Sadly, we know that the next year would be the last outing. It’s perfect material for fans, but casual viewers would need to see it in the larger context of the series. Still, I’d recommend a purchase.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0
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- Video - 80%80%
- Audio - 85%85%
- Supplemental Material - 80%80%
The Plot Thus Far
SEASON 5 finds Kevin entering McKinley High, where the social scene centers on the school cafeteria. He goes out for soccer, holds down a hardware store job and gets his driver’s license. Meanwhile, he and Winnie (Danica McKellar) are seeing other people—who end up liking each other after an ill-fated double date. Best friend Paul (Josh Saviano) spends an R-rated evening with a college coed, and brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) has a girlfriend who might like Kevin more. Arnold parents Norma (Alley Mills) and Jack (Dan Lauria) carry on through a memorable neighborhood Christmas party, an accidental mooning by Kevin, Wayne’s plans to quit school and enlist, and a disastrous birthday dinner with Karen (Olivia d’Abo) and her live-in boyfriend—who she plans to marry. The season is bookended by Kevin’s summer vacation fling and a return trip to the lake where it all started.
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Season 5 includes all 24 original, full and unedited episodes.
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Nominated for over 60 awards with 24 wins, including an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1988, a Golden Globe for Best Television Series in 1989, and a Peabody Award in 1990.
The show achieved a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons.
TV Guide named the show “one of the 20 best of the 1980s.”
Live cast reunion on TV Land Awards, 4/18/2015