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The Wonder Years: Season 1


The Wonder Years: Season 1

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 1/6/15

I didn't watch this show when it was first one; it's really not my kind of show. I grew up in the 60's, too, just like the kids in this show. If this had been a drama, rather than a sitcom, maybe I would have liked it better. It's a half hour sitcom, yet it's not funny at all. To me the show is just whiny and kind of slow and boring.

I know many people love the show. It does have great actors and wonderful music. It's just one of those things that you either like or don't.

Fans of the show have been waiting for years for the show to be on DVD; it was delayed because of all of the great music on the show. They had to get the rights for it. Now it's all out on DVD!

There are some great extras on the first season DVD, including highlights from the cast reunion in 2014. There's a lot of information and cast interviews. It has all the exact same songs as they did when they aired on TV.

The DVD comes with a cool insert that looks like an old class notebook. Inside is information about each episode, and credits.

If you really like the show, buy The Wonder Years: The Complete Series Set on Amazon!


This Fall, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life is making holiday shopping as easy as can be with three of the season's hottest new sets, including what's quickly becoming one of 2014's best-reviewed TV DVD sets: THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES.  And, along with two spectacular and extras-loaded packages from THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and MOTOWN 25, StarVista will also be delivering to retail four highly acclaimed TV DVD collections only previously available through direct response with THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, 22 discs of hilarity which helped define the golden age of television and is considered by many to be the greatest comedy-variety show ever produced; MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SERIES, Vicki Lawrence's fan favorite spinoff from "The Carol Burnett Show"; THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS: COMPLETE COLLECTION, a 24-disc spectacular featuring many of the 20th century's greatest personalities, pundits and icons helping to birth the original roast, and, CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES, the highly-touted, multiple-Emmy® Award wartime drama, previously one of the most requested unreleased television programs of all time, and named by USA Today as the "#1 DVD release of 2013."


From the TV DVD archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, who've meticulously packaged some of TV's most classic series, including GET SMART, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR, and have captured the "Best Vintage TV Series on Disc" Award in back-to-back years (2013 & 2014), they've spared no attention to detail with these seven definitive TV DVD collections.  Each multi-disc set, handsomely packaged for ultimate collectability, features uncut, original broadcasts and hours of exclusive extras, including specially-produced featurettes, in-depth interviews with celebrities and show creators, cast reunions, photo galleries, full-color, collectible booklets and much more! 

Before there was Modern FamilyThat '70s Show or Freaks and Geeks, there was The Wonder Years -- a nostalgia-inducing take on the traditional family sitcom -- and one of the most beloved sitcoms of the past thirty years.  Debuting in 1988 following ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl XXII, the affectionate look at growing up in the late '60s and early '70s in suburban America was unlike anything else on television.  And, for the next six seasons, America tuned in to follow the exploits of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), as he navigated adolescence in the most memorable of ways.  Never before released on DVD in its entirety,THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES is presented as a 26-disc collector's set featuring all 115 episodes housed in a replica metal locker, along with a host of extras including 23 hours of specially-produced bonus programming -- featurettes, an incredible cast reunion 16 years in the making and never-before-seen outtakes, including all six takes of Kevin and Winnie's first kiss from the pilot episode.

THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES will be available exclusively online at for $249.95. 


THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES is nostalgically packaged in a collectible metal locker, a replica of those used by Kevin and Winnie in Kennedy Junior High School -- complete with colorful Wonder Years magnets to custom-design each locker.  Within the locker are housed 26 DVDs, featuring every complete episode of the beloved series. Also included are two notebooks, each featuring detailed episode information and production photos, as well as a replica yearbook embellished with signatures from cast members, behind-the-scenes photos and classic show memorabilia, and liner notes penned by Fred Savage, series creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black, and executive producer Bob Brush.   


The TV archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life have also put together an incredible 23 hours of specially-produced bonuses including the 2014 Los Angeles cast reunion, featuring all key cast together for the first time in 16 years; extensive individual interviews with all seven key cast members and, twelve brand-new featurettes.  Also included is the one-hour finale as it was originally aired on ABC on May 12, 1993, including a deleted scene not included in the half-hour broadcasts of the final two episodes (the half-hour versions of the final two episodes are also included in the extras).  Finally, never-before-seen outtakes, including alternate versions of Kevin and Winnie's first kiss from the pilot episode completes this impressive collector's set, certain to be a fixture in the homes of many a Wonder Years fan and TV DVD aficionado. 


Aside from THE COMPLETE SERIES, there are two additional configurations sure to excite die-hard fans who've been eagerly awaiting the series' home entertainment release since it left the airwaves in 1993.  THE WONDER YEARS EXPERIENCE, priced at $299.95,includes all the elements from the COMPLETE SERIES, along with a selection of limited-edition memorabilia created exclusively for this set: a Kennedy Junior High School tee shirt, tube socks, and a vintage gym bag; a Kennedy Junior High School pennant and commemorative patch, The Wonder Years collectible pins, and a newly-produced Wonder Years CD, featuring the theme song plus classics by Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, The Beach Boys, The Temptations and many others.  THE WONDER YEARS SIGNATURE EDITION, limited to 500 sets, includes everything from the COMPLETE SERIES and EXPERIENCE editions; each set will also be hand-signed by Fred Savage, Danica McKellar and other cast members, housed in a numbered locker and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Additionally, on October 7, StarVista will release THE WONDER YEARS: SEASON ONE, direct to retail and available nationwide.  The 2-disc set, available for $19.95srp, includes all six unedited episodes from the unforgettable first season (1988), and features every song from the original broadcasts, with classics by Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, Steppenwolf and Smokey Robinson, plus Joe Cocker's timeless rendition of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends". 


The Wonder Years Complete Series DVD Trailer

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