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The Wonder Years

Year:
Duration:
USA:30 min (115 episodes)
Genres:
Comedy | Drama
IMDB rate:
8.4
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 70 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1988-01-31
Filming Locations: Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Giovanni Ribisi
Giovanni Ribisi
The Wonder Years
Danica McKellar
Danica McKellar
The Wonder Years
Torrey Ann Cook
Torrey Ann Cook
The Wonder Years
Alley Mills
Alley Mills
The Wonder Years
Josh Saviano
Josh Saviano
The Wonder Years
Fred Savage
Kevin Arnold
Daniel Stern
Kevin Arnold - The Narrator
Dan Lauria
Jack Arnold
Jason Hervey
Wayne Arnold
Olivia d'Abo
Karen Arnold
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Trivia
The Wonder Years series was told in the style of A Christmas Story, which the series was actually written based on this style. Daniel Stern, The Narrator/Adult Kevin, later went on to appear in A Christmas Story 2 in 2012.
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Jack Arnold's birthday is November 6th, 1927. He died in 1975, after a heart attack.
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The show's setting is never mentioned. Creator Neil Marlens wanted to set it in Long Island, NY, but ABC wanted an anonymous setting to reflect an "Anytown, USA". Various clues indicate the series took place in the suburbs of either New York City or Los Angeles.
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Goofs
In episode 41, Kevin comes home from school to watch the liftoff of Apollo 13. Apollo 13 lifted off on Saturday, April 11, 1970.
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Quotes
Kevin Arnold - The Narrator: When you're a little kid you're a bit of everything; Scientist, Philosopher, Artist. Sometimes it seems like growing up is giving these things up one at a time.
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Kevin Arnold - The Narrator: All of our young lives we search for someone to love. Someone that 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.
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Wayne Arnold: [walking in with a fire hat and vacum cleaner] HAMSTER PATROL!
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Faq
Q
Was there an episode in which Paul loses his virginity?
A
Yes, on the episode "The Wonder Years: Carnal Knowledge (#5.19)," Kevin and his friends go to see a movie while Paul stays home and has an encounter with a friend of the family. He comes to the Arnold household later that night and explains to Kevin that he lost his virginity. After the episode, Paul never mentions the girl again which would imply that it was a one night stand.
Q
What happens to all the characters in the last episode?
A
At the end of the last episode (1973), Kevin mentions the fate of all the main characters. Winnie goes to Paris to study art history while Kevin remains in the States. They keep in touch as pen pals but Kevin ultimately gets married to another woman and has a son. Kevin's father dies of a heart attack in 1975. Following Jack's death, Wayne, now more mature and responsible, takes over the family business. In a few months, Karen gives birth to a baby boy making Norma a grandmother. Paul Pfeiffer ends up graduating from Harvard with a law degree.
Q
What city/state do the Arnolds live in?
A
The Arnold's live in Glenn Valley, California. This can be seen in Season 4 Episode 7 "The Ties that Bind" in which old pictures from when Jack and Norma were married is shown. In it, it shows when Jack bought the house and there is a big sign that reads "Glenn Valley Realtors" with a big SOLD sign on the bottom. Since the Arnolds never moved in their family history this is certainly where they lived. This is supported in Season 4 Episode 1 "Growing Up" when the Arnold's attend the Norcom Annual Picnic and the giant banner we are shown says "Norcom Annual Picnic" and on the bottom "Industry" as in City of Industry, California. On the other hand, there is also evidence from the episode "Wayne On Wheels," that indicates they live in a suburb of L.A. called Culver City. This comes from a brief shot of a letter that Wayne gets from the local DMV. Although Wayne's thumb is covering part of the Name / Address window area, there is still enough information visible to see that it was mailed to him in Culver City, CA. This seems a more direct piece of data than other "hints" given, that appear more indirect than this one. It seems, then, that the best conclusion is that the Arnolds live in the L.A. suburb, Culver City.
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Photos from cast
Giovanni Ribisi Carla Gugino Mike Hagerty Danica McKellar William Bronder Torrey Ann Cook Chris Demetral Wendel Meldrum