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The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

ABC 2021

A coming of age story set in the late 1960s that takes a nostalgic look at a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama through the point-of-view of imaginative 12 year-old Dean. With the wisdom of his adult years, Dean’s hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their “wonder years” in a turbulent time. Inspired by the classic series of the same name.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years - S1E19

#1 - Love & War (Season 1 - Episode 19)

Bruce returns home from Vietnam, and the family is shocked to find out he is dating an older woman with an 8-year-old son with whom he is eager to start his life. When they learn more about Bruce’s latest deployment, they begin to understand his survivors’ guilt and come together to support him.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 58 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E15

#2 - Black Teacher (Season 1 - Episode 15)

When their teacher goes on maternity leave, Dean, Cory and Keisa are excited to be taught by Mr. Brady, the school’s first Black teacher. Mr. Brady encourages the students to try out for the Knowledge Bowl team where Dean faces some unexpected challenges

The episode was rated 8.25 from 60 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E22

#3 - Love, Dean (Season 1 - Episode 22)

It's the end of the school year, and summer excitement is all around; Bill and Lillian each receive major career opportunities; Dean and Keisa take shelter together as a tornado tears through.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 52 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E14

#4 - Country Dean (Season 1 - Episode 14)

The family spends spring break with Lillian's parents in the countryside, and Dean lies to his cousins about city life in Montgomery to impress them. Meanwhile, Lillian helps to settle a land dispute between her parents and their neighbors to impress her difficult-to-please mother.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 62 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E16

#5 - The Sleepover (Season 1 - Episode 16)

When Dean learns that Corey’s dad, Coach Long, is in the doghouse, he struggles to keep this secret from his friend.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 51 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E9

#6 - Home For Christmas (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Dean can’t wait to spend Christmas with his older brother, Bruce, when he returns home from Vietnam. But adjusting to life back in Montgomery comes with unexpected challenges for Bruce, and the rest of the Williams family rely on their favorite holiday traditions to bring cheer

The episode was rated 8.11 from 80 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E7

#7 - Independence Day (Season 1 - Episode 7)

As Kim’s campaign for a car coincides with the need to take Grandaddy Clisby’s keys away, Bill proposes a solution that is only pleasing to him: Kim can drive, so long as she takes her grandfather and Dean around town. Later on at the mall, Dean is worried about seeming uncool when Clisby ends up chaperoning him and his friends, but Clisby has a few crowd-pleasing tricks up his sleeve.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 82 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E17

#8 - Jobs and Hangouts (Season 1 - Episode 17)

Kim is excited to start her new job as a waitress at the local diner, which Dean adopts as his local hangout. When Kim experiences drama with her friends, she finds unlikely allies in a tough coworker and her younger brother.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 54 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E4

#9 - The Workplace (Season 1 - Episode 4)

It’s “Take Your Son to Work Day” and Dean heads to band practice with Bill. But the “grown folks’ business” at the music studio prompts Lillian to have to pick up Dean. While at her office, Dean finally learns what his mom does while he’s at school all day, gaining a newfound respect for her career and ambition.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 92 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E18

#10 - Goose Grease (Season 1 - Episode 18)

When Dean comes down with the chicken pox on his way to a hunting trip with Bill and Grandaddy Clisby, Lillian forces the three of them to quarantine together. Clisby pushes homemade remedies on them out of his mistrust of doctors, but he’s forced to reckon with this when Dean’s condition worsens.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 60 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E6

#11 - Be Prepared (Season 1 - Episode 6)

When Coach Long and Bill take the boys on a camping trip as part of their newly formed scout troop, their starkly different approaches to the outdoors show Dean that his father isn’t good at everything. As a thunderstorm threatens an eerie quest through the woods, Bill leans into his expertise to save the day.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 91 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E20

#12 - Bill's New Gig (Season 1 - Episode 20)

Bill is excited to have made tenure at the university, only to find that his focus on career and family has cost him his spot in his band; Bruce adjusts to living at home.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 60 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E21

#13 - Where No Dean Has Been Before (Season 1 - Episode 21)

Dean tries to impress Keisa's cool new boyfriend by inviting him and his friends to a party Kim is throwing while Bill and Lillian are away for the night; things get out of hand just as Bill and Lillian arrive home.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 48 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E5

#14 - The Lock In (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Dean is reluctant to attend the annual church lock-in until Kim tells him it’s where she got her first kiss. He enlists his friends to help him pair up with Keisa, but his plans are thwarted when he instead gets paired up with the pastor’s daughter, Charlene.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 89 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E10

#15 - Lads and Ladies and Us (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Bill and Lillian decide to join high society club Lads & Ladies as a way to introduce Kim and Dean to positive influences in the community. Bill, Kim and Dean fit right in, but things take a turn when Lillian is treated differently for being a working mom.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 74 votes.


Last updated: jan 16, 2023


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