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The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

ABC 1988

The Wonder Years tells the story of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) facing the trials and tribulations of youth while growing up during the 1960s. Told through narration from an adult Kevin (Daniel Stern), Kevin faces the difficulties of maintaining relationships and friendships on his enthralling journey into adulthood.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years - S6E22

#1 - Independence Day (2)


Season 6 - Episode 22

After Kevin loses all his money and his car in a poker game, he decides he has to leave the resort - there's nothing to keep him there now. The next day he says goodbye to Winnie, punches Eric and storms out. Hitchhiking out of town, he runs into Winnie who has been fired from her job. They begin to argue and lose the ride they had flagged down. Later, sheltering in a barn they talk about how much has changed between them. Winnie thinks it's just inevitable - that everyone grows up. Kevin doesn't want to believe it and neither does Winnie, not really. They kiss, passionately. The next day they both return to Kevin's hometown for the last 4th of July he will ever spend there. Karen has returned home and she is pregnant...

The episode was rated from 64 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E23

#2 - Back to the Lake


Season 5 - Episode 23

Summertime used to be fun, but now everyone's gotta work. Kevin has a job at a Chinese Restaurant with Paul, but one day - after finding a Christmas card he received from Cara, decides he will visit her at the lake. Paul has no choice but to tag along because Kevin is driving. Kevin feels like recapturing the wonderful time he had last summer, but things don't go as planned.

The episode was rated from 40 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E24

#3 - Broken Hearts and Burgers


Season 5 - Episode 24

Kevin is torn between whether to try getting back with Winnie or just enjoying his time at the diner with friends. Includes flashbacks of Winnie in the pilot, "Steady as She Goes," "Nemesis," "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation,"" among many others. There is also a flashback to Becky Slater in "Just Between You and Me and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky," to Lisa Berlini in "Dance with Me" and to Madeline in "It's a Mad, Mad, Madeline World."

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E22

#4 - The Wedding


Season 5 - Episode 22

While Karen has agreed to marry Michael, she has not agreed to have a traditional ceremony like her mother wants. She also doesn't know how to tell her family that she and Michael are moving to Alaska, where he has found work.

The episode was rated from 31 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E16

#5 - Double Double Date


Season 5 - Episode 16

Kevin wants to date Inga and he uses Winnie to help him get a date. Winnie does the same thing to Kevin, getting set up with new guy Matt Stevens. They end up double-dating at the Spring Dance, bringing some tension to the evening. But when Matt and Inga begin to dance together, Winnie and Kevin rediscover their feelings for each other.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E22
#6 - Graduation
Season 4 - Episode 22

As Kevin graduates from Junior High, he wants to believe nothing will change, but he learns that things can and do change when he discovers Paul is going to a private school in the coming year. Winnie is also anxious about the future. And Kevin has to drive Mrs. Heimer to the hospital when she goes into labor.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.
The Wonder Years - S4E21
#7 - The House That Jack Built
Season 4 - Episode 21

Jack wants to help Karen out by fixing up the house she is now living in. But father and daughter go head-to-head when he discovers she is living there with a man.

The episode was rated from 36 votes.
The Wonder Years - S3E10
#8 - Rock 'n Roll
Season 3 - Episode 10

Kevin joins a band, The Electric Shoes, when he is inspired by The Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan show.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.
The Wonder Years - S1E1
#9 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1

Kevin and Paul attend Robert F Kennedy Junior High for the first time. Winnie's brother is killed in Vietnam. Kevin and Winnie kiss for the first time.

The episode was rated from 344 votes.
The Wonder Years - S2E17
#10 - How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation
Season 2 - Episode 17

It's the end of seventh grade for Kevin and a summer full of changes in his life. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are breaking up and Miss White announces she is going to get married.

The episode was rated from 68 votes.

Last updated: jul 16, 2021



This is a magnificent series, maybe even a must-see for everyone. It encapsulates the times it was made and the decade before it about childhood and life in that age (and maybe others). It's a beautifully made and profound series on love and life and everything around it. I enjoyed it as a 10-year old kid for all the moments you could dream happen to you, for the girls and the kid-stuff. And I enjoy it 27 years later for the lessons in life, the memories and the melancholy of a lost childhood and the things we might have lost in the decades gone by (both personal as well as a society).


Kevin Arnold was a mug to Winnie Cooper throughout this entire show. From start to finish.


What a classic!

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