If you haven't seen The Wonder Years you're missing out on one hell of a show. When Netflix released all six season a few months ago, I damn near lost my shit, then collected my shit and sat down on a magical journey of re-enlightenment.
Not only was I remembering episodes and quotes from when I originally watched the series as a child, but they had a whole new meaning. How I interpreted them back then was totally different from how I interpreted them now, yet the overall lesson could still be applied in adulthood as in was in childhood. Talk about a timeless fucking classic.
The series follows Kevin Arnold growing up in the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s with the angst of puberty right on his tail. The show's narrator and voice for the adult version of Kevin as an adult is supplied by the robber from "Home Alone."
The best part was the narration of an adult Kevin recounting all the important times in his life. Think How I Met Your Mother but with a much less shittier ending to the series. In fact, The Wonder Years ended perfectly: Kevin didn't get the love of his life, his father ended up passing away, his sister had a bastard child, and his brother never really amounted to much. But that was okay, because that was real life — not a fairy tale ending writers in a room think how the world should work.
Top 10 Quotes from The Wonder Years
"In 7th grade, who you are is what other 7th graders say you are. The funny thing is it’s hard to remember the names of the kids you spent so much time trying to impress."
"Once upon a time there was a girl I knew that lived across the street. Brown hair, brown eyes. When she smiled, I smiled. Every single thing that happened to me that mattered, in some way, had to do with her. That day we promised each other that we’d always be together. It was the kind of promise that could only come from the hearts of the very young."
"Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house like other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back, with wonder."
"Maybe we both realized that growing up doesn’t always have to be a straight line, but a series of advances and retreats."
"Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what's to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn't have to hate each other for getting older. We just had to forgive ourselves... for growing up."
"Every kid needs a hero - everybody knows that. They teach us about courage, about ideals… about life. Sometimes heroes are easy to spot. But sometimes they turn up in unlikely places."
"I'm young. I live in a house my father owns, in a bed my father bought... Nothing is mine... except my heart and my fears and my growing knowledge that not every road is gonna lead home anymore."
"The hardest part of growing up is having the ones you've always turned to, turn to you."
"I'd taken something most people never have and thrown it away for something less. I'd been so busy trying to impress the people that didn't really matter and I'd torn apart the only ones that did."
"What would you do if I sang out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song.
I will try not to sing out of key."