The Wonder Years (season 1)

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The Wonder Years (season 1)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 6
Original channel ABC
Original run January 31, 1988 (1988-01-31) – April 19, 1988 (1988-04-19)
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List of The Wonder Years episodes

The first season of The Wonder Years aired on ABC from January 31, 1988 to April 19, 1988.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 1 "Pilot" Steve Miner Neal Marlens and Carol Black January 31, 1988 (1988-01-31) B88003
Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and his friends Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) are introduced during the summer of 1968 just before they are getting ready to enter the newly renamed Robert F. Kennedy Junior High School. Kevin and Winnie share their first kiss at Harper's Woods as Winnie mourns the loss of her brother Brian (Bentley Mitchum), who is killed in action in the Vietnam War
2 2 "Swingers" Neal Marlens and Carol Black Carol Black and Neal Marlens March 22, 1988 (1988-03-22) B88101

Even at Brian's funeral, all Kevin can think of is Winnie. At school, in the boys' Physical Education class, Coach Cutlip (Robert Picardo) begins the much anticipated sex education, but after becoming quickly bored with it, Kevin and Paul want to learn about sex beyond the classroom, so at the encouragement of Kevin's older brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), they decide to steal a copy of the book, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask).

Note- This episode is set in 1968, but the book "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex" was not published and released until 1969. 
3 3 "My Father's Office" Jeffrey Brown Carol Black and Neal Marlens March 29, 1988 (1988-03-29) B88102

After Kevin asks his Dad about what he does at work, Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria) brings his son to work at NORCOM (Jack's place of employment); and Kevin learns more about his dad by spending a day at his office. Kevin learns the reason why his dad returns home from work in a grumpy mood every day (even Jack has to quietly take demanding orders and verbal abuse from his boss).

Absent Danica McKellar as Winnie Cooper.

Note- In 1997 TV Guide ranked this episode number 29 on its '100 Greatest Episodes of All Time' list.[1] 
4 4 "Angel" Art Wolff Carol Black and Neal Marlens April 5, 1988 (1988-04-05) B88103
Kevin's older sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo) is now a hippie who doesn't communicate with her parents anymore. The tension is worsened when she brings home her new boyfriend Louis (John Corbett). Kevin takes an immediate dislike to Louis, a hippie who also angers Jack with his anti-war sentiments. In the end, Kevin's inclinations about Louis turn out to be true, as it is revealed that Louis had been cheating on Karen, leaving Karen in tears. 
5 5 "The Phone Call" Jeffrey Brown A. Scott Frank April 12, 1988 (1988-04-12) B88104
Kevin tries to muster up the courage to call Lisa Berlini (Kathy Wagner), while Paul tries to find out if Lisa likes Kevin by consulting the junior high grapevine. 
6 6 "Dance With Me" Arlene Sanford David M. Stern April 19, 1988 (1988-04-19) B88105
Kevin asks Lisa Berlini to the Spring Dance and she accepts; but soon thereafter, when Brad Gaines (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) asks her, she decides to go with him instead of Kevin. Meanwhile, while eating lunch with Winnie, Kevin feels himself falling back in love with Winnie, but she is going to the dance with Kirk McCray (Michael Landes). Kevin tries to make Winnie jealous at the dance by dancing with other girls, but fails. 


  1. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 185. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9.