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Wonder Years, The

"I didn't realise it at the time..."“I DIDN’T realise it at the time, but it was at that moment my relationship with dad changed…utterly.” Hugely addictive now-and-then coming-of-age soft-focused nostalgia, neatly wrapped up into half hour Cocker-capped capsules spun from the mind of a toothy FRED SAVAGE and the voiceover of DANIEL STERN. Over a hundred or so episodes our hero Kevin Arnold (“And then there was me – the klutz!”) grows from a big-cheeked scamp to a world-weary, though not always world-wise, high school student along with best mate Paul Pfeiffer (JOSH SAVIANO) and “best girl” Winnie Cooper (DANICA MCKELLAR), along the way doing just about everything Americans grown-ups of the late 80s thought American kids did in the late 60s/early 70s (go camping, get spots, fall out with dad, make up with dad, join the school choir, get a job delivering pizza, go to a “make out party”, wave a brother off to war, see a sister hook up with Ross off Friends, and fall in and out of love with the girl next door a million times). Sure, it was shamelessly saccharine at times (“The thing is, we didn’t have to hate each other for getting older. We just had to forgive ourselves…for growing up”) but for every bludgeoning bon mot there were the escapades of dopey older brother Wayne (“Hamster patrol!”), no-nonsense dad Jack, doe-eyed mum, sorry mom, Norma, and the butt of a thousand sight gags, Coach Ed Cutlip.

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  1. Martin M

    December 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    ….not co-starring a young Marilyn Manson….

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