The Wonder Years

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The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years logo.svg
Format Comedy-drama
Created by Neal Marlens
Carol Black
Starring Fred Savage
Dan Lauria
Alley Mills
Olivia d'Abo
Jason Hervey
Danica McKellar
Josh Saviano
Narrated by Daniel Stern
Theme music composer Lennon–McCartney
Opening theme "With a Little Help from My Friends"
Performed by Joe Cocker
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 115 (List of episodes)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) The Black-Marlens Company
New World Television
Distributor Turner Program Services (original)
20th Television/Warner Bros. Television Distribution (current)[1]
Original channel ABC
Original run January 31, 1988 (1988-01-31) – May 12, 1993 (1993-05-12)

The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black.[2] It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII.[3][4][4][5]

The show achieved a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons.[6] TV Guide named the show one of the 20 best of the 1980s.[6] After only six episodes aired, The Wonder Years won an Emmy for best comedy series in 1988.[6] In addition, at age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series. The show was also awarded a Peabody Award in 1989, for pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling.[7] The series won 22 awards and was nominated for 54 more.[8] In 1997, "My Father's Office" was ranked #29 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time,[9] and in the 2009 revised list the pilot episode was ranked #43.[10]

Plot synopsis[edit]

The series depicts the social and family life of a boy in a typical American suburb from 1968 to 1973, covering his ages of 12 through 17. Each fictional year in the series takes place exactly 20 years before airing (1988 to 1993). Neither the town nor the state the show takes place in are ever identified.

The show's plot centers on Kevin Arnold, son of Jack and Norma Arnold. Kevin's dad holds a management job at NORCOM, a defense contractor, while his mother is a homemaker. Kevin also has an older brother, Wayne, and an older sister, Karen. Two of Kevin's age peers and neighbors are prominently featured throughout the series: his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, and his crush-turned-girlfriend Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper. Story lines are told through Kevin's reflections as an adult in his mid-30s, voiced by narrator Daniel Stern.

In the pilot episode, Winnie's older brother Brian, whom Kevin admires, is killed in action in Vietnam in 1968. Kevin meets Winnie in a nearby wooded area called Harpers Woods, and they end up sharing their first kiss. This unsaid relationship between Winnie and Kevin remains dormant for a long while, with Winnie starting to date a popular 8th grader named Kirk McCray, and Kevin briefly going steady with Becky Slater (played by Crystal McKellar—Danica's sister). After Kevin breaks up with Becky due to his feelings for Winnie, Becky becomes a recurring nuisance for Kevin. Winnie eventually dumps Kirk as well, and Kevin and Winnie share a second kiss at the start of the 1969 summer vacation. Around Valentine's Day 1970, Winnie temporarily dates Paul, who has broken up with his girlfriend Carla. Winnie and Kevin start dating each other soon after.

Just before the summer break, Winnie and her family move to a house four miles away. Although Winnie attends a new school, Lincoln Junior High, she and Kevin decide to remain together and maintain a successful long distance relationship. A beautiful new student named Madeline Adams joins Kevin's school and quickly catches Kevin's eye, but it is Winnie who breaks up with Kevin after meeting Roger, a typical jock-type at her new school. Neither relationship lasts long, but Winnie and Kevin don't reunite until she is injured in a car accident. After graduating from junior high, Kevin and Winnie both go to McKinley High and Paul attends a prep school. Paul would later transfer to McKinley High and join Kevin and Winnie.

Earlier seasons of the show tended to focus on plots involving events within the Arnold household and Kevin's academic struggles, whereas later seasons focused much more on plots involving dating and Kevin's friends.

Kevin has several brief flings during the summer of 1971 and the 1971/72 academic year. After Kevin's grandfather gets his driver's license revoked, he sells his car to Kevin for a dollar. Paul transfers to McKinley High after his first semester at prep school when his father runs into financial troubles. Winnie and Kevin are reunited when they go on a double date to a school dance and find themselves more attracted to each other than their respective partners. Facing peer pressure in the episode "White Lies", Kevin implies to his friends that he has had sex with Winnie, but the spreading rumor causes Kevin and Winnie to break up for a few episodes. In late 1972, Kevin's older brother Wayne starts working at NORCOM, and dates his co-worker Bonnie, a divorcée with a son, but the relationship does not last. Kevin's dad quits NORCOM, and buys a furniture manufacturing business.

Final episode and epilogue[edit]

In the finale double episode, Winnie decides to take a job for the summer of 1973 as a lifeguard at a resort. Kevin, anxious to experience a taste of adult life, plans a cross-country trip with his friends. Kevin's dad, Jack, vehemently objects to Kevin's plan and ultimately Kevin abandons his planned trip. Kevin returns to his job at his father's furniture factory and telephones Winnie, who by all accounts is distant and seems to be enjoying her time away from Kevin. Eventually, Kevin and his father fight and Kevin announces that he is leaving, reasoning that he needs to "find himself." Kevin hops in his car and heads to the resort where Winnie is working, hopeful that she can secure him a job and they can spend the rest of the summer together.[11][12]

Much to Kevin's chagrin, Winnie does not appear too pleased with Kevin's arrival and maintains her distance. Kevin is finally able to secure a job at the resort's restaurant and resides in the bus boys' dorm. Feeling confused and frustrated over Winnie's behavior, Kevin searches out other activities to occupy his time. Kevin decides to play poker with the resort's in-house band members. Kevin wins big (by bluffing while only holding a pair of 2s) and goes searching for Winnie, anxious to share the tale of his good fortune. When Kevin finds her, Winnie is engaged in a passionate kiss with a male lifeguard.

The next day, Kevin confronts Winnie about her actions, and they fight. The fallout with Winnie leads Kevin to play another round of poker with the band. This time Kevin ends up losing everything, including his car. Desperate, Kevin confronts Winnie and her new beau at the restaurant and ends up punching him in the face. Kevin then leaves the resort on foot.

On a desolate stretch of highway, Kevin decides to begin hitchhiking. He finally gets picked up by an elderly couple and much to his surprise he finds Winnie in the backseat. Winnie was fired over the fight Kevin instigated at the resort. Kevin and Winnie begin to argue and the elderly couple gets fed up and kicks them out of the car. A flash rain storm begins and Kevin and Winnie search for shelter. They find a barn and discuss how much things are changing and the prospects for the future. At first Winnie tells Kevin that she doesn't see them ending up together but quickly recants, telling Kevin "I don't want it to end." Kevin moves over to Winnie's side as she extends her blanket to Kevin and they share a passionate kiss. The adult Kevin narrates that night they made a promise to always be together and "it was a promise full of passion."

They soon find their way back to their hometown and arrive hand-in-hand to a Fourth of July parade. During this parade, the adult Kevin (Daniel Stern) describes the fate of the show's main characters: Kevin makes up with his father, graduates from high school in 1974 and leaves for college and later becomes a writer. Paul studies law at Harvard. Karen, Kevin's sister, gives birth to a son in September 1973. Kevin's mother becomes a businesswoman and corporate board chairwoman. Kevin's father dies in 1975, and Wayne takes over his father's furniture business. Winnie studies art history in Paris while Kevin stays in the United States. Winnie and Kevin end up writing to each other once a week for the next eight years. When Winnie returns to the United States in 1982, Kevin meets her at the airport with his wife and eight-month-old son.

The final sounds, voice-over narration, and dialogue of the episode and series is that of Kevin (voice of Daniel Stern), with children heard in the background:

Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you're in diapers, the next day you're gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house, like a lot of houses. A yard like a lot of other yards. On a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back... with wonder.

A little boy (Stern's real life son) can be heard asking his dad to come out and play catch during a break in the final narration. Kevin's narrative responds, "I'll be right there" as the episode closes.

In 2011, the finale was ranked #11 on the TV Guide Network special, TV's Most Unforgettable Finales.[13]


In the beginning moments of "The Family Car" (season 3 episode 7) when Kevin's dad is working on the car, the license plate is from California. The only references to the series being set on the east coast are the family vacation to Ocean City, and of course Kevin's Jets jacket. Co-creator Neal Marlens wanted the setting to be Huntington, Long Island, where he grew up. ABC insisted that the location remain nonspecific (the colloquial "Anywhere, USA"). Mr. Marlens wanted to set the series, based on his childhood in the suburbs, on Long Island. ... "Everybody felt 'Wonder Years' was set in their home street."



(L to R) Paul, Kevin and Winnie
  • Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage): Character born March 18, 1956, Kevin grew up in the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s.[14] The voice of Kevin as an adult (and the show's narrator) is supplied by Daniel Stern. (115 episodes)
  • John "Jack" Arnold (Dan Lauria): Character born on November 5, 1927, died in 1975. Kevin's father was a gruff, laconic man and a Korean War veteran; he grew up during the Great Depression, served in the US Marine Corps, and is seen in photographs wearing the uniform of a First Lieutenant. He works at NORCOM, a large electronics corporation, in a middle management position he loathes. Later, he starts his own business, building and selling handcrafted furniture. The series's last episode reveals that he dies in 1975 near the end of Kevin's freshman year of college—that is, two years after the time of the show's finale—although in a previous episode, an adult Kevin says his father would later be the grandfather of Kevin's sons. Mr. Arnold represents the viewpoint of the generation that grew up during the Depression and came of age during the Second World War; it was confused and angered by the rapid changes taking place in the 1960s. (89 episodes)
  • Norma Arnold (Alley Mills): Kevin's housewife mother. Unlike her husband, Norma is friendly and upbeat. She met Jack as a college freshman. When he graduated, she moved across the country with him and did not finish college. She eventually gets her degree late in the series and begins work at a software startup called Micro Electronics. Although she came of age at the same time as her husband, she is less conservative than her husband and increasingly yearns to break out of her homemaker role, reflecting the rise of feminism in the 1960s. (88 episodes)
  • Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo): Kevin's older, hippie sister. Her free-spirited ways clash with her overbearing father's conservatism, and she depends upon her mother as a mediator. When Karen moves in with her boyfriend Michael (David Schwimmer) during her freshman year of college, she has a falling out with her father. The pair marry one year later and move to Alaska, where Michael has secured a good job. Karen ultimately accepts some of her parents' viewpoints and has a baby, while her husband learns to support his wife and child. (41 episodes)
  • Wayne Arnold (Jason Hervey): Kevin's older brother. Wayne enjoys physically tormenting Kevin and Paul, calling Kevin "butthead" or "scrote". He takes over the family furniture business when his father dies. Wayne is usually portrayed as a loser in romantic relationships. For a time he dated a girl named Dolores, but that was more casual than serious. In later seasons, Wayne matures. In the final season, he begins a serious relationship with a divorcee named Bonnie but is left heartbroken when she reconciles with her husband. (90 episodes)
  • Paul Joshua Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano): Character born March 14, 1956, Paul is Kevin's long time best friend, a bright and excellent student, and an allergy sufferer. He is also Jewish and in one episode celebrates his Bar Mitzvah. Although Kevin and Paul are best friends in the series's early seasons, their relationship becomes somewhat strained later. Kevin begins to spend more time with Chuck and Jeff, causing tension with Paul. Paul also attends a private prep school for one season, leaving Kevin alone to start public high school. In another episode Kevin tattles on Paul after Paul loses his virginity. In the final episode it is revealed that Paul eventually attends Harvard. (92 episodes)
  • Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper (Danica McKellar): Winnie is Kevin's main love interest and neighbor. Their first kiss, and her older brother's death in Vietnam, play an important part in the pilot. In another episode, Winnie's parents separate in grief over the death of their son. In the epilogue of the final episode, it is revealed that Winnie travels overseas to study art history in Paris. Kevin and Winnie write to each other every week for these eight years until she returns; in the concluding moments of the finale, Kevin says that when Winnie returned to the States, Kevin met her accompanied by his wife and first child, despite the hope among Wonder Years fans that Kevin and Winnie would themselves marry. "Like I said," says Kevin at the end, "things never turn out exactly the way you plan them." As suggested in an episode entitled "The Accident" and in the final episode of the series, every important event in Kevin's life has somehow involved Winnie. (65 episodes)

Minor characters[edit]

  • "Grandpa" Albert Arnold (David Huddleston): Kevin's paternal grandfather, a loving but stubborn old man who constantly gets on the nerves of Kevin's father, Jack. Though their relationship is strained, Kevin's father and grandfather have a strong bond that has a lasting effect on Kevin as he grows older. Grandpa gifted Kevin both with his dog, Buster, and his very first car. (3 episodes ((plus 1 montage episode)))
  • Buster: Kevin's dog, a loving and loyal brown and white Beagle. Buster was a gift given to Kevin by his grandfather Albert, much to Jack's disapproval. Eventually the family all fall in love with the dog, especially when it is feared that he is lost after running away in the park. Though physically appearing in only 2 episodes throughout the entire series, Kevin reminisces that Buster would always be there happily waiting for him throughout the most important events in his young life, including his graduation from High School and from College. (4 episodes)
  • Randy Mitchell (Michael Tricario): Kevin's friend, described as loyal and brave, though noticeably lacking Paul's intelligence. (He gets a 730 combined score on his SAT.) Though he appeared throughout the entire series, he usually had only minor parts in episodes. Randy and Paul are the only characters to remain on throughout the series as Kevin's friends in both junior high and high school. (21 episodes)
  • Doug Porter (Brandon Crane): Kevin's junior high school classmate. In one episode, he briefly replaces Paul as Kevin's best friend after the two have a falling out. Doug is very agreeable and loves to eat junk food. In later episodes Doug befriends both Kevin and Paul where they engage in activities such as touch football or sneaking to a sleepover attended by older teenage girls. (19 episodes)
  • Chuck Coleman (Andy Berman): One of Kevin's high school friends, who often appears with a "nervous tic". Chuck dates Alice Pedermeir and, on one episode, confides that he may have gotten her pregnant. However, much to his relief, the pregnancy test turns out negative. On another episode, Chuck punches Kevin in the face after he catches Kevin in a compromising position with Alice, who was helping Kevin to get a good deal on a used car. (19 episodes)
  • Brett (Jon Frear): Kevin's classmate. He was featured a few times during the series. 1992–1993. (19 episodes)
  • Coach Ed Cutlip (Robert Picardo): Kevin's gym teacher, who excels in bullying his students and always wears a red cap to hide his bald head, which has a steel plate in it. He enjoys drawing diagrams on the board that nobody can decipher, and Kevin describes him as having an inferiority complex. However, he is shown to be somewhat of a more sensitive person than usually indicated when he plays a department store Santa in a Christmas-related episode, where Kevin is the only student to know of Coach Cutlip's part-time job. Coach Cutlip is also aware of his mean personality towards the students, and admits to Kevin, "kids like me when I am Santa". During the 1988-1991 seasons, Picardo was simultaneously seen on the ABC Vietnam series China Beach in the role of Dr. Dick Richard, and is among a small group of television actors to achieve notoriety on two television series at the same time. (15 episodes)
  • Jeff Billings (Giovanni Ribisi): Plays Kevin's good friend in the later part of the series. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother, which is the reason that he moves in late. He has a girlfriend from his old town but breaks it off with her midway through the final season. (15 episodes)
  • Ricky Halsenbach (Scott Nemes): Kevin's classmate. He was Kevin's first friend to get a driver's license. He fell in love with a new student named Haley but broke it off with her after Kevin and Jeff made fun of the size of her nose. (13 episodes)
  • Carla Healy (Krista Murphy): Kevin's junior high school classmate and one-time girlfriend of Paul. (12 episodes)
  • Mr. Cantwell (Ben Stein): Kevin's junior high school science teacher. He often shows filmstrips to the class while speaking in a monotone voice with steady emotion (similar to his performance as the monotonous economics teacher in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which made him famous). (12 episodes)
  • Rebecca "Becky" Slater (Crystal McKellar): Kevin's junior high school classmate and one-time girlfriend. He dates her purely to make Winnie jealous and she punches him when she finds out he still likes Winnie. She holds a grudge against Kevin and becomes a recurring, physically aggressive nuisance throughout Kevin's junior high school years. (10 episodes)
  • Mr. Diperna (Raye Birk): The vice-principal of Robert F. Kennedy Junior High. In the earlier episodes, Kevin gets in trouble and spends time in his office. He fires Kevin's mom shortly after she is hired by the school as a receptionist. (10 episodes)
  • Craig Hobson (Sean Baca): Kevin's junior high school classmate and friend. He often teases Kevin and Paul over their emotional hang-ups resulting from girlfriend problems, only to accidentally start a relationship himself by falling for Becky Slater when she hits him with her bicycle (her intended victim was Kevin). Craig's relationship with Becky stops her from harassing Kevin and allows the couples to happily co-exist. However, Hobson ends the relationship with Becky when he gets sent to military school for his ninth grade year, reviving her hatred of men and blaming Kevin. (10 episodes)
  • Miss White/Mrs. Heimer (Wendel Meldrum): Kevin's junior high English teacher. Kevin harbors a crush on her and sometimes imagines that she feels the same way. She gets married after the second season and becomes Mrs. Heimer, but Kevin continues calling her Miss White, which she always corrects. In one episode, a pregnant Mrs. Heimer needs Kevin to drive her to the hospital on the day of his junior high graduation as she's going into labor and can't find her husband. (7 episodes)
  • Michael (David Schwimmer): Karen's boyfriend later turned husband. Though a hippie like Karen, he's less opinionated, more level headed and seemingly more mature than Karen. He and Karen move into the same place together before marriage, which upsets Jack greatly. Michael wins Jack's approval and respect when he takes a job in Alaska, proving himself to be a hard worker who puts family first. (4 episodes)
  • Wart (Scott Menville): Wayne's best friend. Wart early in the series is much like Wayne: immature and dimwitted. He later joins the Army and is shipped to Vietnam. He returns much more mature and serious. He receives accolades and respect from people like Wayne, Kevin and Jack, but also receives threats and verbal abuse from other people. Wart is hinted at suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), in particular when he takes off his shirt during a football game. (4 episodes)
  • Madeline Adams (Julie Condra): Kevin's junior high classmate who he develops a crush on after Winnie attends another school after moving. Romantic tension develops between the two, and after Kevin and Winnie break up, he starts dating Madeline. It's short lived, however, as Kevin still has feelings for Winnie and dumps Madeline after she badmouths her. (4 episodes)
  • Mr. Collins (Steven Gilborn): Kevin's junior high math teacher. At first Kevin disliked Mr. Collins due to his no-nonsense, serious nature, but he later grows to like him. Firm, but fair, Mr. Collins helps tutor Kevin through his challenging course. Eventually, Mr. Collins becomes ill and later dies. (3 episodes)
  • Kirk McCray (Michael Landes): S1:Ep6, S2:Ep1, S2:Ep4, S2:Ep5, S2:Ep11(5 episodes)
  • Mrs. Ritvo (Linda Hoy): S1:Ep6, S2:Ep1, S2:Ep10, S4:Ep10, S4:Ep23 (5 episodes)

Broadcast history[edit]


Season Timeslot (ET/PT) Season Premiere Season Finale Nielsen Ranking
1 Sunday 9:00 P.M. (January 31, 1988)
Tuesday 8:30 P.M. (March 22, 1988 – April 19, 1988)
January 31, 1988 April 19, 1988 #16
2 Wednesday 9:00 P.M. (November 30, 1988 – February 15, 1989)
Tuesday 8:30 P.M. (February 28, 1989 – May 16, 1989)
November 30, 1988 May 16, 1989 #14
3 Tuesday 8:30 P.M. (October 3, 1989 – May 8, 1990)
Wednesday 8:30 P.M. (May 16, 1990)
October 3, 1989 May 16, 1990 #9
4 Wednesday 8:00 P.M. September 19, 1990 May 15, 1991 #27
5 Wednesday 8:30 P.M. (October 2, 1991 – February 26, 1992)
Wednesday 8:00 P.M. (March 11, 1992 – May 13, 1992)
October 2, 1991 May 13, 1992 #37
6 Wednesday 8:00 P.M. September 23, 1992 May 12, 1993 #44


Reruns of the show aired in syndication between September 1992 and September 1997. Nick at Nite then reran the show from October 13, 1997 to February 3, 2001.[15] It also reran on The New TNN (January 22, 2001 to late September, 2001), ABC Family (November 5, 2001 to October 2, 2004) and Ion Television (April 2, 2007 to October 4, 2007). Since October 11, 2010, The Wonder Years aired each evening on the cable network The Hub before being pulled altogether on June 24, 2012. The Hub re-added the show starting on July 16, 2012, before removing it once again entirely on August 31, 2012. In Canada, the show aired on CTS Ontario from September 2010 until September 2, 2011. In Australia, the show aired on ABC1 on March 31, 2012 from the former episode of a Network Ten between 1989 to 1995. In Spain the series initially aired Mondays 930pm on TVE2 (now La2) as part of the Monday night Comedy block which also featured Murphy Brown. The series was later promoted to main channel TVE1 where it aired Fridays 9pm. Years later, in the late 90s, commercial station Antena 3TV recovered the series and aired it first in its 2pm comedy hour, later relocating it to a 530pm slot as part of the youth macro-show La Merienda.[citation needed]

Home video releases[edit]

For many years, The Wonder Years remained unreleased on DVD as official season box sets, allegedly due to music licensing issues.[16] Because of this issue, The Wonder Years routinely appeared high on the list of TV shows in-demand for a DVD release.[17][18][19] Some episodes of the series were included in two official "best-of" DVD sets (The Best of The Wonder Years and The Christmas Wonder Years) without the original music.[18][20] Anchor Bay also released two volumes (four episodes total) on VHS in 1997.[21]

In a blog update on the Netflix website on March 30, 2011,[22] and a press release issued the next day,[23] Netflix stated that they would be adding The Wonder Years to their instant streaming service. The other three 20th Century Fox series noted as part of the deal were added to the Watch Instantly service by April 2,[24][25][26] while The Wonder Years remained unavailable. On October 1, 2011,[27] 114 full-length episodes of the series were added to Netflix streaming. The clip show from the end of Season 4, which was released on DVD, has not been included.[28]

On September 26, 2011 it was announced that Amazon Prime's streaming video service would be adding The Wonder Years, describing the series as "available on digital video for the first time",[29] although Netflix added the series ahead of Amazon's release. All 115 episodes (including the clip show) became available to Prime members starting October 6, 2011.[30]

On both digital streaming services, portions of the soundtrack have been replaced. The show's opening theme, Joe Cocker's rendition of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," has been replaced on Netflix[31] and Amazon with the version of the song that played in the UK and other overseas airings. The majority of the show's soundtrack remains unchanged. Songs such as "Light My Fire" by The Doors and "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix have been replaced by generic sound-alikes with different lyrics.

On February 11, 2014, StarVista/Time-Life announced the upcoming DVD release of the complete series in the second half of the year, noting that they were "painstakingly securing the rights for virtually every song."[32]


In 2002, the US TV-show TVography produced a documentary about The Wonder Years, called The Wonder Years – Coming of Age. Lots of actors, screenwriters and producers who worked on the series were invited and have been interviewed. [1]


The official soundtrack was released in 1988 by Atlantic/WEA and contains a total of 13 tracks, featuring Joe Cocker's cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends", which is the show's theme song.[33]

Also, after the series' original run was over, Laserlight Digital released a 5-disc compilation box set under the title Music from 'The Wonder Years in 1994. This is the same company that later released the only two DVDs for the series, The Best of The Wonder Years and The Christmas Wonder Years. The disc included 40 oldies favorites and 5 original songs (each is repeated twice in the set) written exclusively for the series by W. G. Snuffy Walden.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1991 American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award Best Edited Episode from a Television Series Dennis C. Vejar (For episode "Goodbye") Nominated
1993 Best Edited Half Hour Series for Television Dennis C. Vejar (For episode "The Wedding") Nominated
1989 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award Top TV Series Stewart Levin Won
1988 BMI Film & TV Awards BMI TV Music Award W.G. Snuffy Walden, John Lennon and Paul McCartney Won
1989 Won
1990 Won
1988 Casting Society of America's Artios Award Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic Mary V. Buck and Susan Edelman Won
1989 Nominated
1990 Meg Liberman and Marc Hirschfeld Nominated
1989 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series Steve Miner (For the pilot episode) Won
1991 Peter Baldwin (For episode "The Ties That Bind") Nominated
1989 Golden Globe Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won
1990 Nominated
Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Fred Savage Nominated
1991 Nominated
1988 Humanitas Prize 30 Minute Category Carol Black and Neal Marlens (For the pilot episode) Nominated
1989 Matthew Carlson Won
1990 Todd W. Langen Won
David M. Stern (For episode "The Powers That Be") Nominated
1991 Bob Brush Won
Mark B. Perry (For episode "The Ties That Bind") Nominated
1992 Craig Hoffman (For episode "Hardware Store") Nominated
1993 Sy Rosen (For episode "The Nose") Nominated
1990 Peabody Award ABC Television and Black/Marlens Company in association with New World Television Won
1988 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Carol Black, Neal Marlens and Jeffrey Silver Won
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Carol Black and Neal Marlens (For the pilot episode) Nominated
1989 Outstanding Comedy Series Carol Black, Neal Marlens, Bob Brush, Steve Miner and Jeffrey Silver Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Fred Savage Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Matthew Carlson (For episode "Pottery Will Get You Nowhere") Nominated
Todd W. Langen (For episode "Coda") Nominated
David M. Stern (For episode "Loosiers") Nominated
Michael J. Weithorn (For episode "Our Miss White") Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Peter Baldwin (For episode "Our Miss White") Won
Michael Dinner (For episode "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation") Nominated
Steve Miner (For episode "Birthday Boy") Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Robert Picardo Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Maxine Stuart Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera Production Stuart Bass (For episode "Loosiers") Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design for a Series Scilla Andreen (For episode "Birthday Boy") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special Agamemnon Andrianos, David John West, Ray West and John L. Mack (For episode "Birthday Boy") Nominated
1990 Outstanding Comedy Series Bob Brush, Bob Stevens, Jill Gordon, Matthew Carlson, Michael Dinner, Ken Topolsky and Kerry Ehrin Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Fred Savage Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Bob Brush (For episode "Goodbye") Won
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Michael Dinner (For episode "Goodbye") Won
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series David Huddleston Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera Production Dennis C. Vejar (For episode "Goodbye") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special Agamemnon Andrianos, David John West, Ray West and John L. Mack (For episode "St. Valentine's Day Massacre") Nominated
1991 Outstanding Comedy Series Bob Brush, Jill Gordon, Ken Topolsky, David Chambers and Michael Dinner Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Peter Baldwin (For episode "The Ties That Bind") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special Agamemnon Andrianos, David John West, Nello Torri and John L. Mack (For episode "Little Debbie") Nominated
1992 Agamemnon Andrianos, David John West, Nello Torri and Craig Hunter (For episode "Grandpa's Car") Nominated
1993 Agamemnon Andrianos, David John West, Nello Torri and Craig Hunter (For episodes "Summer" and "Independence Day") Nominated
1988 Television Critics Association Award Program of the Year Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Won
1989 Nominated
1990 Nominated
2006 TV Land Award Favorite Series Finale Nominated
2007 Favorite Heard-But-Not-Seen Character Daniel Stern Nominated
2008 Character You'd Pay to Do Your Homework for You Danica McKellar Nominated
1989 Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Fred Savage Won
1990 Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Fred Savage Won
1991 Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Fred Savage Nominated
Best Writing in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Specialty Player Robert Picardo Nominated
1992 Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Fred Savage Nominated
1989 Writers Guild of America Award Episodic Comedy Carol Black and Neal Marlens (For episode "My Father's Office") Won
Carol Black and Neal Marlens (For the pilot episode) Nominated
1990 Matthew Carlson (For episode "Pottery Will Get You Nowhere") Nominated
Todd W. Langen (For episode "Coda") Won
1991 Bob Brush (For episode "Goodbye") Nominated
David M. Stern (For episode "The Powers That Be") Nominated
Bob Stevens (For episode "Rock 'N' Roll") Nominated
1989 Young Artist Award Best Family Television Series Won
Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Comedy Series Fred Savage Won
Best Young Actor Guest-Starring in a Drama or Comedy Series Robin Thicke Nominated
Best Young Actor in a Featured, Co-Starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy, Drama Series, or Special Josh Saviano Nominated
Best Young Actress in a Featured, Co-Starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy, Drama Series, or Special Danica McKellar Won
1990 Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series Fred Savage Nominated
Jason Hervey Nominated
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Danica McKellar Nominated
Best Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television Series Robert Jayne Nominated
Joshua John Miller Nominated
1992 Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Television Series Danica McKellar Nominated
Best Young Actor Guest-Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Brandon Crane Won
Best Young Actress Guest-Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Crystal McKellar Nominated
Lisa Paige Robinson Nominated
1993 Best Young Actor Co-Starring in a Television Series Josh Saviano Nominated
Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Television Series Danica McKellar Nominated
Best Young Actor Recurring in a Television Series Giovanni Ribisi Nominated
Best Young Actress Guest-Starring in a Television Series Wendy J. Cooke Nominated


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Preceded by
Hard Copy
The Wonder Years
Super Bowl lead-out program
Succeeded by
Brotherhood of the Rose