Loves: Nostalgic TV – The Wonder Years
Even though I only really saw a few re-runs on TV when I was younger, there’s something strangely comforting about watching The Wonder Years now. Filmed in the 80s & early 90s, it gives off that same fuzzy, familiar feeling you get from childhood favourites, like E.T., and although the backdrop is an era that speaks more to my parent’s generation than to my own, the series premise is completely timeless and universal: the struggles of growing up.
Following Kevin Arnold, played by an adorable, much younger Fred Savage, through all the ups and downs of the late 60s and early 70s, while coping with family problems–whether it be tension between his parents, his father’s grumpiness and old-fashioned ideals, his “hippie” sister’s irresponsible antics, or his older brother’s unrelenting teasing and idiocy–you witness the life of one kid as he comes face-to-face with the painful and incredibly exciting feat of making the leap from child to teenager (something we’re all forced to do, at some point).
As he stumbles, and occasionally succeeds–falling in and out with best friend Paul Pfeiffer, or the love of his adolescent life, Winnie Cooper–finding his way through junior high, and then moving onto the horrors of high school, you can’t help but feel for the guy (and recognize a little of yourself in his many triumphs and failures).
The Wonder Years is nostalgic, hilarious, uplifting and beautifully heartbreaking. It also actually makes you think and feel–something television shows today rarely pull off.