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 Worst Episodes of The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years - S4E6

#1 - Little Debbie

7.30

Season 4 - Episode 6

Paul's sister Debbie needs someone to take her to a cotillion and Kevin is guilted into the task. Meanwhile, Paul, Doug and Randy go to the football game to watch cheerleader Donna Delgado.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 44 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E14

#2 - Courage

7.32

Season 4 - Episode 14

Kevin has a small crush on Dr. Tucker's dental hygienist, Miss Hasenfuss. She makes him feel like a man, though that all changes when she calls him in for his first cavity filling.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 41 votes.

The Wonder Years - S6E12

#3 - Alice in Autoland

7.36

Season 6 - Episode 12

When Kevin is offered a great deal on a used car from Alice's dad, Pistol Pete, Kevin has to decide whether to betray his friend, Chuck, who has broken up with Alice again.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 33 votes.

The Wonder Years - S6E17

#4 - Eclipse

7.36

Season 6 - Episode 17

On the way to the Planetarium, Kevin and Winnie and Alice and Chuck play ""Truth or Dare."" When Winnie asks Kevin what he'd change about her, he thinks and then says sometimes she is just too perfect. She doesn't appreciate this and tries to prove that she make trouble as well as anyone else.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 33 votes.

The Wonder Years - S6E19

#5 - The Little Women

7.36

Season 6 - Episode 19

Kevin and his dad don't know what to do about the women in their lives. First, Winnie has out-scored Kevin in the SATs and is thinking of applying to Harvard and Princeton. Second, Norma has gotten a job as a financial supervisor, leaving Jack to think she'll neglect her household duties. When the two Arnold men realize that the women in their lives are upset at their attitudes, Kevin takes Winnie to the bowling alley to apologise, only to find his dad has done the same thing for Norma.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 33 votes.

The Wonder Years - S2E14

#6 - Brightwing

7.39

Season 2 - Episode 14

Kevin becomes his sister's confidant when he discovers she is skipping school to go to ""the hill.""

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 70 votes.

The Wonder Years - S6E3

#7 - Scenes from a Wedding

7.40

Season 6 - Episode 3

When the Arnolds attend the wedding of Jack's boss' daughter, one of the bridesmaids turns her attention to Kevin. He tries to get a bottle of champagne for them to consume together, but ends up drinking it while he waits for her. When she does arrive, Kevin vomits on her. Later, Wayne tells Kevin that he's had sex with the bride.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 43 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E19

#8 - The Yearbook

7.41

Season 4 - Episode 19

Kevin finds himself in the in-crowd when he is invited to write witty captions for the photos in the yearbook. But when it comes to writing one for the fat kid in school, Peter Armbruster, Kevin has a hard time figuring out what is funny and what will hurt Peter.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 37 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E2

#9 - Day One

7.41

Season 5 - Episode 2

Kevin's first day of high school is not all it's cracked up to be. He tries to set himself up as the class clown, but it backfires. He is hassled by a nerd and his new teacher, Mr. Botner. Even Winnie can't make him feel better.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 41 votes.

The Wonder Years - S6E13

#10 - Ladies and Gentlemen... The Rolling Stones

7.43

Season 6 - Episode 13

Kevin wants a story that he and Winnie can tell their kids. So, when he is grounded after receiving a speeding ticket, he sneaks out of the house anyway. Kevin, Winnie and friends are off to see The Rolling Stones, who are rumored to be playing at Joe's place, which is out of town. But when they arrive, Joe says he doesn't know who the Rolling Stones are.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 37 votes.

The Wonder Years - S6E11
#11 - New Years
7.45
Season 6 - Episode 11

Wayne seems to be a changed man, considering his relationship with Bonnie and her baby. Kevin longs for a romantic vacation with Winnie, but must face reality on New Years Eve when Bonnie leaves Wayne for her ex-husband.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 38 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E9
#12 - A Very Cutlip Christmas
7.46
Season 4 - Episode 9

Kevin discovers a soft-spot inside Cutlip when he sees him playing Santa Clause at a local mall.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 41 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E10
#13 - Pfeiffer's Choice
7.47
Season 5 - Episode 10

The Pfeiffer and Arnold families have always been friends, but that friendship is threatened when the Pfeiffers come into a lot of money due to a real estate investment that Jack Arnold passed on. When the Arnolds are invited to the Pfeiffers country club, Jack cannot handle it. Norma saves the day with a toast to the families' continuing friendship

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 36 votes.

The Wonder Years - S6E18
#14 - Poker
7.47
Season 6 - Episode 18

Over a game of poker we learn some truths about Kevin's friends, including that Chuck thinks he's gotten Alice pregnant, that Randy is worried about failing trigonometry and that Paul and Kevin are drifting apart.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 38 votes.

The Wonder Years - S3E16
#15 - The Glee Club
7.49
Season 3 - Episode 16

A new student teacher tries to make something of the 8th-grade boys' Glee Club, but without much success.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 43 votes.

The Wonder Years - S2E5
#16 - Just Between Me and You and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky
7.50
Season 2 - Episode 5

Kevin wants to know if Winnie likes him or Kirk. Kirk wants to know if Winnie likes him or Kevin. Becky punches Kevin when she finds out he doesn't really like her.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 103 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E7
#17 - Soccer
7.51
Season 5 - Episode 7

Kevin joins the school's soccer team in an attempt to become involved in school sports, but becomes very frustrated with the team's lackluster performance and an extremely apathetic coach.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 41 votes.

The Wonder Years - S5E19
#18 - Carnal Knowledge
7.51
Season 5 - Episode 19

Kevin, Ricky and Chuck plan on sneaking into an R-rated movie, while Paul decides he'd rather stay home and talk marine biology with a family friend's daughter. Kevin, Ricky and Chuck get thrown out of the movie theatre where "Carnal Knowledge" is playing, while Paul is at home losing his virginity. Paul confides in Kevin, but his secret gets out the next day.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 35 votes.

The Wonder Years - S1E5
#19 - The Phone Call
7.52
Season 1 - Episode 5

Kevin tries to get up the courage to call Lisa Berlini. Paul tries to find out if Lisa likes Kevin, by consulting the Junior High grapevine.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 170 votes.

The Wonder Years - S4E11
#20 - Heartbreak
7.52
Season 4 - Episode 11

Kevin is excited when a joint field trip is organized with Winnie's school. But things do not work out so well when Kevin has a hard time tearing Winnie away from her new friends. Things go from bad to worse when Winnie tells Kevin she has met someone else.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Wonder Years from 42 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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