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The 25 Best Moments of The Wonder Years
2007-09-04 08:06
by Jon Weisman

I haven't had time to read through this yet, but their choice for No. 1 is a great one - perhaps even better than the more obvious option, which took the No. 2 spot. (Thanks to Dodger Thoughts commenter D4P for the link.)

2007-09-04 08:50:50
1.   D4P
Mrs. D4P and I are now in the 5th season of the show. She has never seen the show before, so this is all new for her.

For me, it is interesting to look back on it with a different perspective. Back in the early 90s when the show ended (abruptly), I remember being very disappointed and feeling like it ended way too soon. But I now feel like the quality of the show dropped noticeably in the 5th season, and I can see why it ended when it did. On some level, it's inevitable that shows like that probably won't last too long because kids grow up and that changes things.

2007-09-04 09:32:20
2.   Jon Weisman
It was a little weird for the show to end in 11th grade, but I agree. It wasn't getting any better.
2007-09-04 09:36:11
3.   D4P
I also remember being shocked and devastated that Kevin and Winnie didn't end up together.

But I can now appreciate that ending as a part of life in the real world, and I actually think it makes the show more compelling.

2007-09-04 10:41:05
4.   BlueCrew Bruin
Cool stuff. Sadly, my viewership dropped off in the last 2 seasons of the show so I've heard bits and pieces of how the show ends but I've never seen it. I'll have to catch up on that one day.

Also if you click the "F'n Aaron" link in the description of moment #24, the Full House rundown is gold.

2007-09-04 20:21:04
5.   Andrew Shimmin
Is Man of the Year the worst movie ever made? I've only been watching it for five minutes, but it seems strongly possible that nothing's worse than this.
2007-09-04 20:30:32
6.   Andrew Shimmin
Fifteen minutes in. This is worse than Bulworth. Toys is still on the horizon, but in striking range.
2007-09-05 02:12:17
7.   overkill94
Nice retrospective. I did watch the show when I was younger, but since I only saw them during their initial run I have very little recollection of any specific details.

While I acknowledge that it's still probably a very rewarding show to watch even now, I'm not going to dish out the cash to buy all the DVDs. Are there any stations that show the episodes sequentially? I know I've seen it on ABC Family in the past, but I'd prefer to start from the beginning once they start the cycle over again.

2007-09-05 16:56:34
8.   jtrichey
I always liked Wonder Years, as I was about the same age as Kevin whule the show was on, but I remember thinkning the last season was getting kinda stupid. And I always thought every girl except Winnie and Winnie's real life sister were way too old for Kevin and way out of his league. Remember Denise the Grease?
2007-09-05 23:29:20
9.   dzzrtRatt
I liked how real the parents seemed. By the time that show came on, I was either already a parent or about to become one, so I related to them as much as to Kevin. That was, to me, the real achievement of the show -- to render parents of that era in a way that was entirely free of cliche.
2007-09-06 05:16:20
10.   D4P
The parents really freaked me out for some reason during the initial airing of the show, but I'm more comfortable with them now.

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