The Wonder Years

1988 TV-PG 1 season

The Wonder Years

1988 TV-PG 1 season
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Anyone who grew up in the 1960s will recognize the emotional and physical landscape of this comedy-drama told from the point of view of the youngest member of the Arnold clan, Kevin, as he inches from adolescence to adulthood amid turbulent times.
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Josh Saviano, Danica McKellar, Olivia d'Abo, Daniel Stern
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (1988) - 2 discs

Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) takes the leap into adolescence as he begins junior high with his two best friends -- the brainy Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and the rapidly maturing Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) -- in this Emmy-winning comedy-drama set in 1968. Narrated by the older, wiser Kevin (voice of Daniel Stern) in poignant and hilarious detail, this landmark series chronicles the challenges of growing up in an imperfect world.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this hit '80s sitcom series tells the story of main character Kevin Arnold's childhood, beginning with his tween years in the late 1960s. The events are told from both his adult and childhood perspectives, thanks to the show's trademark narration. The series focuses on Kevin's relationships with family, friends, dates, and so on -- many of which are impacted by the tumultuous political, social, and economic factors of the era. While early episodes are mostly pretty tame, later seasons do include some drug references (marijuana) and stronger sexual innuendo/scenarios.

Sexual Content

The focus is primarily on teenage crushes and includes hugging and kissing. Later episodes include more sexualized content. These references aren't explicit but do include discussion of virginity, pregnancy, and living together without being married. In one specific episode, Kevin touches a girl's breast while making out with her. When two main characters do have sex at the end of the series' run, nothing graphic is visible.


Occasional pushing and shoving, usually between Kevin and Wayne.


Wayne calls Kevin "butthead" on a regular basis. Other words include "damn," "hell," and "jackass."

Social Behavior

The series captures what it was like to grow up in middle-class America during the turbulent late '60s/early '70s. It underscores some of the clashing values of the time, and highlights some of the major historic moments of those years. The importance of family is also highlighted.


Brand-name references to products like Pepsi and Fresca. News clips and scenes from popular TV shows of the time, such as I Dream of Jeannie, are visible. Music from the era is also featured, ranging from Motown to classic rock (including the show's theme song, "With a Little Help from My Friends").

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Beer and other alcoholic beverages are occasionally visible, as are cigarette and cigar smoking. In one episode, Kevin gets drunk -- and sick as a result. Later episodes also contain occasional references to marijuana.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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