8.1
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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)

8.56

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 #1 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 64 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E23

#2 - Back to the Lake

8.18

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 #2 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 40 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E24

#3 - Broken Hearts and Burgers

8.17

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 #3 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 35 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E22

#4 - The Wedding

8.16

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 #4 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 31 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E16

#5 - Double Double Date

8.12

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 #5 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 41 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E22

#6 - Graduation

8.11

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 #6 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 35 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E21

#7 - The House That Jack Built

8.11

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 #7 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 36 votes.

The Wonder Years - S3E10

#8 - Rock 'n Roll

8.09

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 #8 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 53 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E1

#9 - Pilot

8.08

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 #9 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 344 votes.

The Wonder Years - S2E17

#10 - How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation

8.04

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 #10 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 68 votes.

The Wonder Years - S3E20
#11 - Goodbye
8.04
Season 3 - Episode 20

When Kevin thinks the best he can do in math is a B, his teacher Mr. Collins sets him the task of getting an A and even offers him private lessons. When Mr. Collins suddenly pulls out of the lessons shortly before the exams, Kevin feels betrayed and fills his exam with nonsensical answers.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 47 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E23
#12 - The Wonder Years
8.03
Season 4 - Episode 23

A clip show of highlights from Kevin's years in Junior High. Including clips from "Don't You Know Anything About Women," "The Glee Club," "Just Between You and Me... and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky," "Summer Song" among others.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 32 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E17
#13 - Hero
8.03
Season 5 - Episode 17

Kevin is on a first-name basis with McKinley's High's basketball hero, Bobby Riddle. When the team makes it to the regional finals, Kevin's dad decides to attend the game and embarrasses Kevin by talking strategy with Paul and Chuck. Later, though, Kevin apologizes to his dad for how he treated him.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 32 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E12
#14 - Denial
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 12

News of Kevin's break-up with Winnie has spread quickly throughout Robert F Kennedy Junior High. Kevin is still in denial though and has Paul organise a party at his place so that Kevin can get Winnie alone. In an effort to make Winnie jealous, Kevin turns up with Madeline on his arm. When Kevin finally does get Winnie alone, she tells him she needs him to be her friend, but only her friend.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 41 votes.

The Wonder Years - S3E9
#15 - Math Class Squared
7.98
Season 3 - Episode 9

Kevin decides cheating is the only way to get ahead in math class.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 52 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E15
#16 - Of Mastodons and Men
7.97
Season 5 - Episode 15

Kevin has been dating Julie Aidem for two weeks when she invites him for dinner with her family and asks him to tell her parents they are going steady. When he sees Mr. Aidem is dominated by Mrs. Aidem, Kevin decides he doesn't want to end up like that and breaks up with Julie.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 37 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E20
#17 - The Accident
7.97
Season 4 - Episode 20

Kevin sees Winnie for the first time since they broke up. He discovers that she a Roger have split up, too. When Winnie is in a car accident, Kevin rides over to see her at home, but her parents say she doesn't want to see him. Kevin leaves, but returns and climbs up to Winnie's bedroom window. They tell each other, ""I love you.""

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 36 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E6
#18 - Dance with Me
7.97
Season 1 - Episode 6

While passing notes during class, Kevin asks Lisa Berlini to go to the dance with him. She says okay, but she decides to go with Brad Gaines after he asks her. While eating lunch with Winnie and Paul, Kevin feels himself falling back in love with Winnie, but she goes to the dance with Kirk McCray. Kevin tries to make Winnie jealous by dancing with an unidentified girl...

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 143 votes.

The Wonder Years - S3E1
#19 - Summer Song
7.94
Season 3 - Episode 1

Kevin enters unchartered waters when he meets an older girl during his summer vacation.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 71 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E20
#20 - The Lost Weekend
7.94
Season 5 - Episode 20

When Kevin's parents go away for the weekend, he invites his friends around for a poker game. But when the game gets boring, Chuck and Ricky call all their friends and Kevin ends up throwing the mother of all parties at home - ruining the house. Norma and Jack return the next day, earlier than expected.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Wonder Years from 33 votes.

Last updated: mar 22, 2021

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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).

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

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What a classic!

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