“The Wonder Years” — premieres September 22, 2021 on ABC.

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by AKA, Aug 26, 2021.

  1. AKA

    AKA Senior Member Thread Starter

    I loved the original growing up, and this looks great. I’m looking forward to getting to know these characters.

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  2. Veech

    Veech Space In Sounds

    Los Angeles, CA
    It'll be tough to match the original. Will it be pandering or dig into the social issues of the time? It's all on the writers and showrunner.
  3. fitzysbuna

    fitzysbuna Senior Member

    I watched the original ! I will watch this ! need more feel good stuff at this time !
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  4. Grand_Ennui

    Grand_Ennui Forum Resident

    I'm going to give this new show a chance.
  5. Speedmaster

    Speedmaster Music is for those who enjoy, hifi is for snobs

    The Netherlands
    Actually looks like it’s made with love and care. I hope it will be a succes.
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  6. AKA

    AKA Senior Member Thread Starter

    I like that the family dynamics are different in this incarnation: the father, for example, is a college professor and seems a lot more approachable than the cranky, blue-collar Jack Arnold, and the main character doesn’t seem to have an older brother.

    I feel like while this show is going to follow the Wonder Years formula, it’s more or less going to be its own thing.
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  7. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    Loved the original. Hoping for the best.
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  8. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    looking forward to the upcoming comments! I did watch the original. I'm gonna watch this as well...
  9. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    me too!
  10. James Slattery

    James Slattery Forum Resident

    Long Island
    The original is one of the best shows ever. Will not bother with this. Leave the classics alone!
  11. Fishleehooke

    Fishleehooke Forum Resident

    Winnie Cooper is my age and I am not sure I will ever get over her. Haha. Yeah I watched the original as it came out and was the age of Kevin. It felt like being him almost. I like this take; it should be cool; tons of 60 soul and rock and funk
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  12. Grand_Ennui

    Grand_Ennui Forum Resident

    For the naysayers, look at it this way: This is a whole new kid, with an entirely different family and probably different life circumstances than the original. It's not like they're just taking Kevin and his family and turning them into African Americans, they're using the same concept as the original show (that of an adolescent coming of age in the late 60s), but it's really its own new take on a classic show.

    Look on it as its own show, and everything will be okay.

    PS: Since there's not too much anti new 'Wonder Years' stuff in this thread, my post is really just directed to the public at large that may be against the show, not at anyone in this thread.
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  13. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    I'll withhold judgment. But for this to work, it'll have to be true to the times, with messaging from the situations. If they use this to grandstand or to provide revisionist enlightenment, it'll be gone quickly.
  14. Speedmaster

    Speedmaster Music is for those who enjoy, hifi is for snobs

    The Netherlands
    ‘Nobody likes change’ - Ross Geller (somewhere in the 90’s)
  15. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Senior Member

    I think this is a great idea!
    The only thing I "wonder" about is that when the original series was running (1988-93), the audience this was aimed at was still young enough to have fairly recent and fond memories about the 60s. In 2021, not so much. People in their late 30s these days grew up in the mid 90s-early 200os. I imagine that the young actors in this series will still attract a younger audience and make it a hit though. And it's always good to have music from that era be recognized.
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  16. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    The original was aired at the time here in Spain too. I used to watch it and liked it
  17. Luvtemps

    Luvtemps Forum Resident

    Amen brother, amen.
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  18. Oaw

    Oaw Forum Resident

    I like the original Wonder Years, I will probably give this a chance. I like how it's a new family, a new perspective on "the wonder years". Will be interested.
  19. Rhinojack

    Rhinojack Forum Resident

    Harlingen, Texas
    How did you like it? I've got it recording every week, the pilot was pretty good with enough familiar music. That is my main concern. The main boy seems to be a strong actor. The sister and her hinted radical leanings may be too much.
  20. Drat, I missed it. Is it on YouTube or somewhere that I can see it now? (Meaning, for free — or can I see it on Hulu for free?)

    Too much going on.
  21. Kyle B

    Kyle B Forum Resident

    Was impressed that Dule Hill was playing such a different character than we’ve seen him play before, and completely believable. He’s the real deal.

    The rest didn’t impress me that much, but it wasn’t bad either and I do like a period piece. So I’ll give it a few episodes to see where it goes.
  22. applebonkerz

    applebonkerz Forum Resident

    If the original didn't exist, I suppose this show would have seemed better than it did for me. But the original does exist, and it was fantastic from the very beginning...this one so far is not living up to that greatness. It's just okay (pretty much) so far.
  23. m5comp

    m5comp Classic Rock Lover

    Hamilton, AL
    I watched it on Hulu last night. It's set in Montgomery, AL, and I found it interesting that there were references to such Alabama landmarks as Auburn University and Parisian department store.
  24. The Hud

    The Hud Go Royals!

    At least you gave it a fair chance. 1 and done!
  25. James Slattery

    James Slattery Forum Resident

    Long Island
    Too much about race and I can see where this is headed, throwing modern day sensibilities into the past. Although I didn't grow up in the lilly white middle class suburbs of Long Island like Kevin did, I was his age, give or take a year, when the original took place, and I could relate to it. Can't really relate to a black family from then in the deep south.

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