The Wonder Years defined coming-of-age for a generation, and now for the first time in the world, this hit TV show is released including Joe Cocker’s unforgettable rendition of The Beatles’ With a Little Help from My Friends and 100% of the original music.
This 26-DVD set includes 4 Bonus Discs contains all 115 episodes from all 6 seasons and a staggering 23 hours of exclusive bonus material.
After only six episodes aired, The Wonder Years won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1988. In addition, at age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series. The show was also awarded a Peabody Award in 1989, for “pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling.” In total, the series won 22 awards and was nominated for 54 more.
Kevin (Fred Savage) and Winnie’s (Danica McKellar) on-again, off-again romance was one of the series’ key storylines. At times the split was practical due to McKellar’s growth spurts, which saw her towering above Savage. Their first kiss in the premier episode was doubly awkward having never kissed anyone in real life. McKellar has since said “the one good thing about getting your first kiss on camera is that you know for sure it’s going to happen.” Both Savage and McKellar have admitted to having mutual crushes. “I was in love with her for the same reasons every other boy fell in love with her,” said Savage. McKellar said in a 2010 interview, “I’ve always been really cautious about guys who have a Winnie Cooper fantasy.”
Many now famous actors had some of their earliest roles in The Wonder Years including Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), Giovanni Ribisi (Friends, My Name is Earl), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By The Bell), David Schwimmer (Friends), Carla Gugino (Spy Kids), and John Corbett (Northern Exposure, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Robin Thicke (co-writer of the controversial No.1 hit song Blurred Lines).
When The Wonder Years was released on digital streaming services a few years ago it caused outrage among fans as Cocker’s cover of The Beatles’ With a Little Help From My Friends was noticeably absent, replaced with another (far inferior) cover.
The set also includes over 280 songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts, with classics by Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, Steppenwolf, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Cream, Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Taylor, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, The Who, The Righteous Brothers, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bob Seger, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Sonny and Cher, Bread, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Four Seasons, Sly and the Family Stone, Ben E. King, Stealers Wheel, Grateful Dead, Tammy Wynette, Eddie Cochran and The Rolling Stones.
For six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late ’60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold. Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight.
Cast: Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Olivia d’Abo, Jason Hervey, Josh Saviano, Daniel Stern (narrator, City Slickers, Home Alone)
Extras: Season guide booklets crammed with notes on the show. Highlights from The Wonder Years cast reunion (May 28, 2014) with Olivia d’Abo, Jason Hervey, Dan Lauria, Danica McKellar, Alley Mills, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano; Featurette: With a Little Help from My Friends: The Early Days of The Wonder Years; Interviews with: Neal Marlens and Carol Black (Creators), Fred Savage (Kevin Arnold), Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper), Josh Saviano (Paul Pfeiffer); School Days: Roundtable with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano; Featurette: The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Era; Interviews with: Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold), Alley Mills (Norma Arnold), Daniel Stern (Narrator); Hall Pass: Roundtable with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano; Featurette: A Family Affair: At Home with the Arnolds; Interviews: Olivia d’Abo (Karen Arnold), Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold), Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper), Crystal McKellar (Becky Slater);
Featurette: ABC: Teachers That Made a Difference; Interviews with: Fred Savage (Kevin Arnold), Robert Picardo (Coach Cutlip), Ben Stein (Mr. Cantwell), Wendel Meldrum (Miss White/Mrs. Heimer); That’s A Wrap! Mark B. Perry’s Farewell Set Tour Season 5; Featurette: Will You Love Me Tomorrow: The Wonder Years Love Stories; Interviews: Olivia d’Abo ( Karen Arnold), David Schwimmer (Michael); One-hour ABC broadcast of the Series Final; Featurette: At Last : The Final Episode; Interview: Bob Brush, Executive Producer; From the Vault: Alley Mills and Bob Brush Letters.
Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc 1: 16 Years Later: The Wonder Years Cast Reunion, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles; Pilot Episodes Outtakes: The First Kiss with commentary by Danica McKellar & Fred Savage; Featurette: When a Man Loves a Woman: Kevin and Winnie Forever; Interviews: Neal Marlens and Carol Black (Creators), Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold), Alley Mills (Norma Arnold)
Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc 2: Have A Neat Summer: The Wonder Years Cast Reunion, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles, California; Featurette: My Generation: The Kids Grow Up; Interviews: Josh Saviano (Paul Pfeiffer), Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold), David M. Stern (Writer/Producer), Bruce Nachbar (Producer)
Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc 3: Featurette : Bookends: Kevin & Paul; Featurette : Both Sides Now: The Music That Made The Moments; Interviews: Seth Green (Jimmy Donnelly), Ken Topolsky, Producer, W.G.”Snuffy” Walden, Composer, David Bianculli, TV Critic, Michael Dinner, Director
Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc 4: Featurette : I Love You for Sentimental Reasons: Fan-Favourite Episodes; Interviews, Daniel Stern (Narrator), Mahaila McKellar, Danica and Crystal’s Mom, Skip Cook, Key Grip, Alicia Alexander, Location Manager, Mark B. Perry, Writer/Producer
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