The Wonder Years Season Three

| May 26, 2015

Television can be a perplexing medium. Shows can range from high end quality (The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Boardwalk Empire) to bottom of the barrel drek (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Jersey Shore). Some shows cater to specific age groups. Occasionally a show appears on the television landscape that brings viewers of multiple generations together. One such show was The Wonder Years.

Season Three could arguably be considered The Wonder Years best season. From season premiere to the season finale, season three was memorable. In “Summer Song” Kevin (Fred Savage) enjoys his first French kiss over summer vacation, only to suffer heartache from the young lady that provided said kiss. In “Wayne On Wheels”, Kevin’s older brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) displays genuine emotion after the 2 are involved in an accident. “Wayne On Wheels” also features a young Juliette Lewis (Oscar nominee, Cape Fear) as Wayne’s girlfriend. “Rock ‘N’ Roll” revolves around Kevin seeing The Beatles on TV and wanting to be in his own band. The episode “Goodbye” deals with the tragic loss of Kevin’s math teacher/mentor. This episode won Emmy Awards for both directing and writing. The season finale finds Kevin dealing with the news of the impending move ascross town of his on again/off again love interest Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar).

Season three encompasses everything that a family goes through in everyday life: young love/heartache, the oldest child moving out on their own, strained friendships, issues with school and/or work. There are few shows that captured the family dynamic so perfectly as The Wonder Years, especially Season Three.

The 4 disc set features all 23 episodes as they were originally aired, including over 50 classic songs from the 60’s and ‘70’s. Trying to get the rights to these songs are the reason why The Wonder Years took over 20 years to be released on any home entertainment format. Luckily for us, the songs were cleared and the episodes are unaltered in their original glory.

Season Three has some terrific special features including the featurette “A Family Affair: At Home With The Arnolds”, which includes recent interviews with the five members of the fictional Arnold clan, as well as writers and producers. There is “Hall Pass”, featuring a round table discussion with cast members Fred Savage (Kevin Arnold), Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper), and Josh Saviano (Paul Pfeiffer). Plus, there are extensive interviews with Olivia d’Abo (Karen Arnold), Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold), Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper), and Crystal McKellar (Becky Slater).

I would recommend buying Season Three (as well as the previous two seasons, out now) of The Wonder Years not only due to my personal bias, but for many other reasons as well. Buy the seasons for nostalgia. Buy them as an educational tool for a new generation. I guess what I’m trying to say is, just buy them. You’ll be happy you did.

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Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI
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