The Wonder Years Cast Reunited for a Selfie and Our Hearts Can’t Take It
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If you watched TV in the early ’90s, chances are one of your favorite shows was The Wonder Years. The series—which ran on ABC from 1988 to 1993—was a coming-of-age drama about a young boy named Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) navigating the maze of adolescence with his best friend Paul (Josh Saviano)and his girl-next-door first-love Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar). It was critically acclaimed in part because it appealed to both kids and adults, as it handled both the agony of asking a girl out to a school dance and heftier topics like the Vietnam War, and, as such, was the perfect family show.
This explains why fans are loving this reunion photo of “Kevin,” “Paul,” and “Winnie,” that Saviano posted on social media on Tuesday.
“The more things change, the more things stay the same, and the more I enjoy hanging out with these two,” he wrote in the caption. “You guys are like family to me. Love ya!”
Apparently, the feeling is mutual, because McKellar reposted the same photo on Wednesday afternoon with the caption, “I got to see these guys for lunch yesterday – it was so much fun to catch up and hear how their beautiful families are doing! ❤ And yes, @joshsaviano, I totally agree – *you guys* are like family… I mean, we DID grow up together, after all.”
I got to see these guys for lunch yesterday – it was so much fun to catch up and hear how their beautiful families are doing! ❤ And yes, @joshsaviano, I totally agree – *you guys* are like family… I mean, we DID grow up together, after all. 😍 #memories #TheWonderYears pic.twitter.com/X1xVjVSs6T
— Danica McKellar (@danicamckellar) February 6, 2019
McKellar also posted this adorable throwback photo last week to mark the 31st anniversary of the series premiere.
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Hard to believe that exactly 31 years ago today, #TheWonderYears premiered for the very first time…! Yep, Jan 31st, 1988 – immediately following the #Superbowl 🏈 on @abcnetwork. 📺 And what a legacy! Thank you to all my fans who have followed me on my career’s journey since those days to my @mckellarmath books, my @hallmarkchannel movies and more. I’m so grateful for the life I have today, and it all started with the premiere of this revolutionary little show, 31 years ago today… 😊 . . . I’m also very grateful that @starvista_timelife put the entire show on DVD with the original music – not an easy feat to get all that Motown music licensing (which is probably why it took over 20 years for it to happen!) – so the show is preserved for generations to come, no matter how the streaming services mess with the music. 😉 After all, in a couple years, I’ll be showing the DVDs to my son, and I want him to get the full experience. 😊 . . . . So… Happy 31st Anniversary to The Wonder Years!! ❤ . . . . #TBT #TheWonderYears #TheWonderYearsDVD #WinnieCooper #memories #throwbackthursday #anniversary #happyanniversary #31years #AnosIncríveis #losañosmaravillosos ❤
Sadly, it doesn’t seem like there’s a revival is in the works. In 2017, Savage told Vanity Fair that while a reboot is “not happening,” he never gets tired of being asked that, because being part of a show that still means so much to so many people feels “incredibly special.”
He also hit the nail on the head when discussing why it has such lasting appeal.
“You know, I’ve always said that The Wonder Years, it’s not just the name of the show—it’s a time in your life, a very special, finite time in your life. And the way the show was written, it’s about looking back with some longing. I think we all look back at that time in our lives and long for it and idealize it. One of the reasons it takes on this kind of mythic, almost haunting quality in our lives is because it’s something you can’t go back to and can’t revisit. It only exists in our memories, in our shared experiences with people who went through it with us. That’s really what the show was all about. And I think that the idea of revisiting the show mirrors that. And I like that.”
And if you’re in the mood for more nostalgia, revisit these 20 Beloved TV Shows from the 1990s You’ve Totally Forgotten About.
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