The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years was a television show, created by Carol Black and Neal Marlens, about a young boy as he faces rites of passage on his way to adulthood. It ran for six seasons on ABC, from 1988 to 1993.
- Kevin as Narrator: Nineteen-sixty-eight...I was twelve years old. A lot happened that year. Dennis McLain won thirty-one games..."The Mod Squad" hit the air...And I graduated from Hillcrest Elementary, and entered junior high school. But we'll get to that. There's no pretty way to put this...I grew up in the suburbs. I guess most people think of the suburb as a place with all the disadvantages of the city, and none of the advantages of the country. And vice versa. But, in a way, those really were the wonder years for us there in the suburbs. It was kind of a golden age for kids.
- Kevin as Narrator: Paul was allergic to everything. Wayne used to say he was even allergic to his own snout......He's a funny guy!
- Paul: Well, I guess I'll see you at the bus stop.
- Kevin: Yeah.
- Paul: Last night I had a dream that when I got to school, I realized that I had no clothes on.
- Kevin: If you're naked when you get to the bus stop, I'll tell you.
- Norma: Hi honey! How's traffic?
- Jack: Traffic's traffic.
- Norma: Hi honey! How's work?
- Jack: Work's work.
- Mrs. Ritvo: Kevin Arnold...You're Wayne's brother, aren't you?
- Kevin: Well, according to my mother, yes, but my own theory is-
- Mrs. Ritvo: You've got a tough road to hoe, young man. A tough road to hoe.
- Narrator: The days were still long and back then kids could still go for walks at dusk without fear of ending up on a milk carton.
- Narrator: In one of those quirks of scheduling, my first class was gym. That meant I had to wake up in the morning, shower, get dressed, go to school, get undressed, run around, shower and get dressed all in the space of about 45 minutes.
- Kevin: Hi.
- Winnie: Hi.
- Kevin: Hi.
- Winnie: What are you doing?
- Kevin: Nothing.
- Winnie: Ah.
- Kevin: When do you come back to school?
- Winnie: Monday.
- Kevin: Ah.
- Winnie: But... maybe we can do something tomorrow. I mean, if you want.
- Kevin: Yeah. I mean, sure, if you want.
- Winnie: Well, I am going to my uncle's in the morning. But I'll be back at three.
- Paul: Come on, Kev. Let's go.
- Kevin: OK. Well, bye. See you tomorrow.
- Winnie: OK. Bye.
- Kevin: Bye.
My Father's Office [1.3]
- Narrator: And then sometimes, you knew you shouldn't do it, but you just couldn't help yourself. You gave him lip. I guess we really didn't understand why he was so hard on us sometimes. Because sometimes, and I remember these times so distinctly, my dad could be great. He could be so much fun. You never wanted that feeling to end.
- Narrator: When my father had a bad day at work, he'd just sit in the dark by himself and watch TV. We learned early on that this was a danger signal and we adapted our behavior accordingly.
- Louis: Don't accept all this death and then justify it. It is wrong! Your friends should be alive... they should be enjoying dinner, and arguing with their kids, just like you are.
- Jack: What do you know about it? Who the hell are you to say that?
- Louis: You see this, man? This is my draft notice. In two weeks, I can go to jail, I can go to Canada or, I can go get shot, full of holes, like your friend Brian Cooper. You keep thinking the way you do, Mr. Arnold, and these two [points to Kevin and Wayne] will be next. And I just hope that's what they want.
The Phone Call [1.5]
- Narrator: There are very few things in life as purely terrifying as calling a twelve-year-old girl on the telephone. Especially a really cute twelve-year-old girl.
Dance With Me [1.6]
- Narrator: And so Winnie and I had our one slow dance after all. But things wouldn't be the same between us. We were getting older. And whether we wanted it or not, the Lisa Berlin's and the Kirk McCray's were changing us by the minute. All we could do was close our eyes and wish that the slow song would never end.
Heart of Darkness [2.1]
Our Miss White [2.2]
Steady As She Goes [2.4]
Just Between Me and You and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky [2.5]
- Kevin: [to Kirk, about Winnie] She's not mad at you. She likes you. She's not sure if she likes you likes you, but she likes you. When she first liked you, she liked you liked you...unless she just thought she liked you when she really just liked you. But she likes you.
- Winnie: Knock, Knock.
- Kevin: Who's there?
- Winnie: Sam and Janet.
- Kevin: Sam and Janet who?
- Winnie: Some enchanted evening...
- Becky: Friends?!... I'll give you friends!!!!
Pottery Will Get You Nowhere [2.6]
Hiroshima, Mon Frere [2.8]
Walk Out [2.10]
Birthday Boy [2.13]
- Karen: I hate to pop your bubble little one, but mom and dad are not the sun and the moon. They are people like you and me.
- Kevin as Narratior: Wrongo, they were mom and dad.
- Kevin: Margaret, can I ask you a question?
- Margaret: Yes, Kevin.
- Kevin: Why do you have 3 pigtails?
- Margaret: Because you never know when you'll need an extra rubberband.
Square Dance [2.15]
Whose Woods Are These? [2.16]
How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation [2.17]
- Narrator: All our young lives we search for someone to love. Someone who makes us complete. We choose partners and change partners. We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope. All the while wondering if somewhere, somehow, there's someone perfect, who might be searching for us.
- Narrator: Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you're in diapers, the next day you're gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house like a lot of other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back, with wonder.
- Fred Savage - Kevin Arnold
- Danica McKellar - Gwendoline "Winnie" Cooper
- Daniel Stern - Narrator/Adult Kevin
- Olivia d'Abo - Karen Arnold
- Josh Saviano - Paul Pfeiffer
- Alley Mills - Norma Arnold
- Jason Hervey - Wayne Arnold
- Dan Lauria - Jack Arnold
Notable Guest Stars
- Crystal McKellar - Becky Slater
- Ben Stein - Mr. Cantwell
- Giovanni Ribisi - Jeff Billings
- Mark Paul Gosselaar - Brad Gaines
- Dustin Diamond - Joey Harris
- Juliette Lewis - Delores
- Kelly Packard - Susan Fisher
- Ben Savage - Curtis Hartsell
- Soleil Moon-Frye - Mimi
- Marguerite Moreau - Julie
- Carla Gugino - Sandy
- Alicia Silverstone - Jessica
- James Caviezel - Bobby Riddle
- Richard Fancy - Dr. Valenti
- Seth Green - Jimmy Donnelly
- Andrew Shue - Burnout
- Paula Marshall - Bonnie Douglas
- A.J. Langer - Mary Jo
- Peter Billingsley - Micky Spiegel
- Billie Bird - Woman
- David Schwimmer - Michael
- John Corbett - Louis
- Breckin Meyer - Gary Cosey
- Jeremy Davies - Eddie Horvath