History Series / TheWonderYears

5th Sep '17 6:55:40 PM mlsmithca
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* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: In "When Worlds Collide", Norma worked at Arnold's school for about a week before she was fired.

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* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: In "When Worlds Collide", Norma worked at Arnold's Kevin's school for about a week before she was fired.



* IWillShowYouX: When Kevin breaks up with Becky Slater in "Just Between You and Me... and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky" and says he hopes they can be friends, her reaction becomes one of the most frequently re-used clips in the entire series as she punches him twice while screaming "'''''Friends!?''''' I'll give you ''[='=]friends![='=]''"



** Paul in the later seasons, after Kevin gets a bigger social circle. In the last season, Jeff and Chuck get many more episodes, and much more screen time, than Paul.

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** Paul in the later seasons, after Kevin gets a bigger social circle. In the last season, Jeff and Chuck get many more episodes, and much more screen time, than Paul. This is acknowledged in "Poker" as Kevin and Paul are forced to confront the fact that after seventeen years as best friends, they are starting to grow apart.
2nd Sep '17 9:28:33 PM mlsmithca
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* ExactWords: In "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Rolling Stones", Kevin gets grounded for speeding, and when the parents go out, Jack tells Kevin that his car better not be an inch away from where it is when Jack gets back. They ride with somebody else, and Kevin takes his dads car.

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* ExactWords: In "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Rolling Stones", Kevin gets grounded for speeding, and when the parents go out, Jack tells Kevin that his car better not be an inch away from where it is when Jack gets back. They ride with somebody else, and Kevin takes his dads dad's car.



* IkeaErotica: This is Kevin and Paul's assessment of their textbook ''Health and Human Sexuality'' in "Swingers". Mr. Cutlip's warning not to read ahead past the first two chapters is immediately ignored, but by the time they have had to look up "pre-natal" and "amniotic fluid", the boys conclude that they're about as likely to learn anything about sex from the book as they are from the instruction manual to a toaster. Then Wayne tells them about a best seller called ''Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (* But Were Afraid to Ask)''...

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* IkeaErotica: This is Kevin and Paul's assessment of Mr. Cutlip's attempt at sex education (not helped by his ludicrously bad drawings of the female reproductive system - and the woman in which it resides) and especially their textbook ''Health and Human Sexuality'' in "Swingers". Mr. Cutlip's warning not to read ahead past the first two chapters is immediately ignored, but by the time they have had to look up "pre-natal" and "amniotic fluid", the boys conclude that they're about as likely to learn anything about sex from the book as they are from the instruction manual to a toaster. Then Wayne tells them about a best seller called ''Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (* But Were Afraid to Ask)''...
2nd Sep '17 9:25:27 PM mlsmithca
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* IkeaErotica: This is Kevin and Paul's assessment of their textbook ''Health and Human Sexuality'' in "Swingers". Mr. Cutlip's warning not to read ahead past the first two chapters is immediately ignored, but by the time they have had to look up "pre-natal" and "amniotic fluid", the boys conclude that they're about as likely to learn anything about sex from the book as they are from the instruction manual to a toaster. Then Wayne tells them about a best seller called ''Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (* But Were Afraid to Ask)''...



* PickedLast: An early episode had the final two kids left to pick from being Paul Pfiefer and another student played by [[HilariousInHindsight Dustin]] [[Series/SavedByTheBell Diamond]] on numerous occasions. The episode's main focus, however, was on Paul's love for playing basketball and sheer lack of ability, which would make him one of the most undesirable players to have on a team. Kevin's protests to Coach Cutlip about how unfair the captain system is have the adverse affect of earning him a spot as a team captain. He decides use his position to pick all of the least talented kids for his team. This also led to a kid with a noticeably athletic build being the last pick, behind a nerd who was half his size.

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* PickedLast: An early episode had the final two kids left to pick from being Paul Pfiefer Pfeiffer and another student played by [[HilariousInHindsight Dustin]] [[Series/SavedByTheBell Diamond]] on numerous occasions. The episode's main focus, however, was on Paul's love for playing basketball and sheer lack of ability, which would make him one of the most undesirable players to have on a team. Kevin's protests to Coach Cutlip about how unfair the captain system is have the adverse affect of earning him a spot as a team captain. He decides use his position to pick all of the least talented kids for his team. This also led to a kid with a noticeably athletic build being the last pick, behind a nerd who was half his size.



* PresentDayPast: Look behind their heads out the school bus windows. Count TheEighties cars. The pilot episode (set in 1968) has Karen reading from ''Our Bodies, Ourselves'' (published three years later).

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* PresentDayPast: PresentDayPast:
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Look behind their heads out the school bus windows. Count TheEighties cars. cars.
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The pilot episode (set in 1968) has Karen Kevin and Paul reading from Karen's copy of ''Our Bodies, Ourselves'' (published three years later).later). In the next episode, they pseudo-shoplift a copy of ''Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (* But Were Afraid to Ask)''[[note]] They smuggle it out of the bookstore, but overpay for the books they give to the cashier.[[/note]] a year before it was published.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: When one of Wayne's pranks goes too far, Kevin lets it all out.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: When In "Hiroshima, Mon Frere", when one of Wayne's pranks goes too far, Kevin lets it all out.out.
-->'''Adult Kevin:''' At that moment, as I looked at my brother, [[RageBreakingPoint something snapped inside me.]] I didn't hate his guts. I hated ''him''. I hated everything about him. And at that moment, I didn't care what it cost me. I didn't care about anything. I just wanted to hurt him.\\
'''Kevin:''' You want to know why Angela wouldn't come over!?\\
'''Wayne:''' Shut up.\\
'''Kevin:''' Because she doesn't like you, Wayne!\\
'''Wayne:''' Shut up!\\
'''Kevin:''' She doesn't! Nobody does!\\
'''Wayne:''' SHUT UP!\\
'''Kevin:''' No! You may be bigger than me, and stronger than me! But you know what, Wayne? I have friends! Nobody likes you, Wayne! You're just mean to everybody, all the time, because... nobody likes you! You're pathetic!\\
''[Wayne's face is lit by a bright white flash and his hair is blown back; cut to StockFootage of a nuclear explosion]''



-->'''Chuck:''' Nevermind, probably didn't see the episode[[{{Beat}} ...]] Did you?

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-->'''Chuck:''' Nevermind, Never mind, probably didn't see the episode[[{{Beat}} ...]] Did you?



* ShapedLikeItself : From the pilot. "The jockstrap, sir, is a particular type of strap that is constructed of a strap-type material, which is utilized exclusively for the purposes...of jocks."

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* ShapedLikeItself : ShapedLikeItself: From the pilot. "The jockstrap, sir, is a particular type of strap that is constructed of a strap-type material, which is utilized exclusively for the purposes...of jocks."



* TheTalk: "I actually had to hear my dad say 'genitals'."

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* TheTalk: "I "The Treehouse" opens with Doug Porter lost in a ThousandYardStare, which Kevin and Paul correctly deduce can only mean one thing: his father has tried to explain sex and human reproduction to him.
-->'''Doug:''' ''[shell-shocked]'' I
actually had to hear listen to my dad father say 'genitals'."\\
'''Kevin, Paul:''' ''[horrified]'' AHHH!
2nd Sep '17 12:51:07 PM mlsmithca
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** When Miss Haycock takes over the title choir in "Glee Club", she is a student teacher full of enthusiasm and ideas, determined to help the {{Dreadful Musician}}s in the class become talented singers, and truly believing they can successfully perform Sig Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein's "Stout-Hearted Men" in the Spring Sing. On the night of the concert, the performance spirals irreversibly downward after their star singer's voice starts breaking on the very first note, and by the end of the song, Miss Haycock has fled the stage in despair; Adult Kevin says they never saw her again.

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** When Miss Haycock takes over the title choir in "Glee Club", she is a student teacher full of enthusiasm and ideas, determined to help the {{Dreadful Musician}}s in the class become talented singers, and truly believing they can successfully perform Sig Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein's [[Theatre/TheNewMoon "Stout-Hearted Men" Men"]] in the Spring Sing. On The glee club members are as reluctant as they are dreadful, and most of them think she's insane; when Kevin is finally persuaded to tell Miss Haycock that they don't want to perform, she breaks down crying... which inspires the hitherto silent Warren Gander to reveal his almost angelic singing voice, restoring the self-belief of both the students and Miss Haycock. Sadly, it is short-lived; on the night of the concert, the performance spirals irreversibly downward after their star singer's Warren's voice starts breaking on the very first note, and by the end of the song, Miss Haycock has fled the stage in despair; despair. Adult Kevin says she supposedly went back to college, but wherever she went, they never saw her again.



* CoolCar: This is Kevin's opinion of Brian Cooper's 1959 Chevrolet El Camino. Though it didn't run, Brian worked on it almost every day, cementing his image in the minds of the younger neighbourhood children as the definition of "cool", and after he was drafted and sent to Vietnam, the car remained on blocks in the Cooper driveway, "as kind of a reminder of who really ran things on our street."



* DreadfulMusician: The title choir in "Glee Club" is an entire class of them, a dumping ground for male eighth graders who need to take a music class but don't play an instrument and are completely tone deaf. They are "led" by ApatheticTeacher Mr. Frace, who has long since given up trying to get anything resembling music out of them and now goes through the motions of leading them through singing arpeggios for the first few minutes of the hour before telling them to spend the rest of the class studying. When student teacher Miss Haycock takes over the glee club for a few weeks, she is optimistic that even they can be shaped into talented singers, but she sadly receives a very rude wake-up call when their Spring Sing performance of "Stout-Hearted Men" collapses into tuneless chaos. By the end of the episode, Mr. Frace is back, and the glee club have resigned themselves to being untrainably awful.
-->'''Adult Kevin:''' ''[as the camera pans across the students singing horribly out of tune arpeggios]'' Randy Mitchell: baritone. Doug Porter: monotone. Paul Pfeiffer: no tone at all.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first episode has a scene where 12-year-old Kevin's thoughts are heard, which is redundant with the adult narrator. the first episode has Brian Cooper in it. He's introduced by the narrator as the last member of the cast, and it's extremely jarring.The early episodes "My Dad's Office" and "Christmas" have scenes without Kevin, who otherwise appears in every scene. Although the last season has a few (non-montage) scenes without Kevin. "Alice in Autoland" begins and ends with scenes at parties Kevin wasn't at, and "Eclipse" has a subplot of Chuck being left behind and finding his way to the museum. The narration in "My Dad's Office," the earliest example, makes clear that Kevin is speculating what happened after he left the room.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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The first episode has a scene where 12-year-old Kevin's thoughts are heard, which is redundant with the adult narrator. the The first episode also has Brian Cooper in it. He's it; he's introduced by the narrator as the last member of the cast, and it's extremely jarring.jarring.
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The early episodes "My Dad's Office" and "Christmas" have scenes without Kevin, who otherwise appears in every scene. Although the last season has a few (non-montage) scenes without Kevin. "Alice in Autoland" begins and ends with scenes at parties Kevin wasn't at, and "Eclipse" has a subplot of Chuck being left behind and finding his way to the museum. The narration in "My Dad's Office," the earliest example, makes clear that Kevin is speculating what happened after he left the room.



** In "Lunch Stories", Wayne makes a bet that he can find out the first name of a student [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname known only as Maniac]]. It turns out his name is [[spoiler:Florence,]] and he threatens to beat Wayne up if he tells anyone else.

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** In "Lunch Stories", Wayne makes a bet that he can find out the first name of a student [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname known only as Maniac]]. It turns out his name is [[spoiler:Florence,]] and he threatens to beat kill Wayne up if he tells anyone else.else (producing a knife and stabbing it into the table to show he is serious).



* TheShowMustGoWrong: "Glee Club" revolves around the eighth grade glee club, a dumping ground for male students who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket or sing in time with each other (including Kevin and Paul), being coached by optimistic and energetic student teacher Miss Haycock to sing Romberg and Hammerstein's "Stout-Hearted Men" at the Spring Sing (a showcase for all of the school's choirs); with the surprisingly beautiful voice of the erstwhile silent Warren Butcher guiding them, the rehearsals start going very well indeed. Then, on the night of the concert, Warren's voice shows its first cracks of changing register just as the song begins... and the performance dissolves into chaos as the singers can no longer sing in tune or in time with each other, while Paul has a sneezing fit and Kevin drops his music and can't find it again. The mortified Miss Haycock leaves the stage before she can take her bow, and the glee club never see her again.

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* TheShowMustGoWrong: "Glee Club" revolves around the eighth grade glee club, a dumping ground for male students who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket or sing in time with each other (including Kevin and Paul), being coached by optimistic and energetic student teacher Miss Haycock to sing Romberg and Hammerstein's "Stout-Hearted Men" at the Spring Sing (a showcase for all of the school's choirs); with the surprisingly beautiful voice of the erstwhile silent Warren Butcher Gander guiding them, the rehearsals start going very well indeed. Then, on the night of the concert, Warren's voice shows its first cracks of changing register just as the song begins... and the performance dissolves into chaos as the singers can no longer sing in tune or in time with each other, while Paul has a sneezing fit fit, Doug Porter keeps falling off the back of the risers, and Kevin drops his music and can't find it again. The mortified Miss Haycock leaves the stage before she can take her bow, and the glee club never see her again.
1st Sep '17 8:50:10 AM mlsmithca
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* BreakTheCutie: Subverted with Winnie. Considering that at the end of the first episode, her brother dies in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] -- and at the end of the second season, [[spoiler:her parents get a divorce]] -- she is still a perfectly normal teenager.

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* BreakTheCutie: BreakTheCutie:
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Subverted with Winnie. Considering that at the end of the first episode, her brother dies in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] -- and at the end of the second season, [[spoiler:her parents get a divorce]] -- she is still a perfectly normal teenager.teenager.
** When Miss Haycock takes over the title choir in "Glee Club", she is a student teacher full of enthusiasm and ideas, determined to help the {{Dreadful Musician}}s in the class become talented singers, and truly believing they can successfully perform Sig Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein's "Stout-Hearted Men" in the Spring Sing. On the night of the concert, the performance spirals irreversibly downward after their star singer's voice starts breaking on the very first note, and by the end of the song, Miss Haycock has fled the stage in despair; Adult Kevin says they never saw her again.
1st Sep '17 8:38:19 AM mlsmithca
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Very few of Kevin's classmates from Junior High returned after graduation (it makes sense that the teachers would stay). These include Doug Porter, Tommy Kissling, and Becky Slater. Kevin's only classmates who went to Senior High with Kevin were Paul (after a brief stint in prep school), Winnie, and Randall Mitchell.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
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Very few of Kevin's classmates from Junior High returned after graduation (it makes sense that the teachers would stay). These include Doug Porter, Tommy Kissling, and Becky Slater. Kevin's only classmates who went to Senior High with Kevin were Paul (after a brief stint in prep school), Winnie, and Randall Mitchell.



* CoolTeacher: Mr. Tyler in "Walk Out". He encourages the students to take part of a walk out (which involves leaving class), even after Mr. Diperna won't allow it and threatens to put it on the permanent records of any student involved, and even encourages them to go through with it after Mr. Diperna won't accept the petitions with many signatures. However, on the day of the walk out, [[spoiler: Mr. Tyler calls in sick, though Kevin thinks he chickened out.]]

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* CoolTeacher: CoolTeacher:
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Mr. Tyler in "Walk Out". He encourages the students to take part of a walk out (which involves leaving class), even after Mr. Diperna won't allow it and threatens to put it on the permanent records of any student involved, and even encourages them to go through with it after Mr. Diperna won't accept the petitions with many signatures. However, on the day of the walk out, [[spoiler: Mr. Tyler calls in sick, though Kevin thinks he chickened out.]]



* EmbarrassingFirstName: On the first day of junior high in the pilot, Winnie tells Kevin and Paul to start calling her by her proper name, Gwendolyn, since Winnie sounds so immature. They never do and it's never mentioned again.
%% ** In "Lunch Stories", Wayne makes a bet that he can find out the first name of a student [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname known only as Maniac]]. It turns out his name is [[spoiler:Florence.]]

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: EmbarrassingFirstName:
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On the first day of junior high in the pilot, Winnie tells Kevin and Paul to start calling her by her proper name, Gwendolyn, since Winnie sounds so immature. They never do and it's never mentioned again.
%% ** In "Lunch Stories", Wayne makes a bet that he can find out the first name of a student [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname known only as Maniac]]. It turns out his name is [[spoiler:Florence.]][[spoiler:Florence,]] and he threatens to beat Wayne up if he tells anyone else.



* TheGenericGuy: Paul's girlfriend Carla Healy doesn't have much personality beyond being as nerdy as Paul.

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* TheGenericGuy: TheGenericGuy:
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Paul's girlfriend Carla Healy doesn't have much personality beyond being as nerdy as Paul.



* PsychoStrings: Plays whenever Kevin looks at his math papers that got D's in "Math Class".

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* PsychoStrings: PsychoStrings:
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Plays whenever Kevin looks at his math papers that got D's in "Math Class".



* SatelliteLoveInterest: Paul's on-again/off-again girlfriend Carla Healy doesn't seem to have much personality beyond being as geeky as Paul.

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* SatelliteLoveInterest: SatelliteLoveInterest:
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Paul's on-again/off-again girlfriend Carla Healy doesn't seem to have much personality beyond being as geeky as Paul.


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* TheShowMustGoWrong: "Glee Club" revolves around the eighth grade glee club, a dumping ground for male students who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket or sing in time with each other (including Kevin and Paul), being coached by optimistic and energetic student teacher Miss Haycock to sing Romberg and Hammerstein's "Stout-Hearted Men" at the Spring Sing (a showcase for all of the school's choirs); with the surprisingly beautiful voice of the erstwhile silent Warren Butcher guiding them, the rehearsals start going very well indeed. Then, on the night of the concert, Warren's voice shows its first cracks of changing register just as the song begins... and the performance dissolves into chaos as the singers can no longer sing in tune or in time with each other, while Paul has a sneezing fit and Kevin drops his music and can't find it again. The mortified Miss Haycock leaves the stage before she can take her bow, and the glee club never see her again.
27th Jun '17 1:50:37 PM CosmicFerret
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27th Jun '17 1:49:58 PM CosmicFerret
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The boy in question, Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), has an abusive older brother named Wayne (Jason Hervey), a hippie older sister named Karen (Olivia d'Abo), and parents (Dan Lauria and Alley Mills) who, while still in love each other, would often fight. Kevin's best friend Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) is a gangly geek with frequent asthma attacks, and the GirlNextDoor is Winnie Cooper (Danica [=McKellar=]), with whom affection is mutual but "SheIsNotMyGirlfriend".

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The boy in question, Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), (Creator/FredSavage), has an abusive older brother named Wayne (Jason Hervey), a hippie older sister named Karen (Olivia d'Abo), and parents (Dan Lauria and Alley Mills) who, while still in love each other, would often fight. Kevin's best friend Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) is a gangly geek with frequent asthma attacks, and the GirlNextDoor is Winnie Cooper (Danica [=McKellar=]), with whom affection is mutual but "SheIsNotMyGirlfriend".
27th May '17 2:15:53 PM nombretomado
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* BreakTheCutie: Subverted with Winnie. Considering that at the end of the first episode, her brother dies in [[VietnamWar Vietnam]] -- and at the end of the second season, [[spoiler:her parents get a divorce]] -- she is still a perfectly normal teenager.

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* BreakTheCutie: Subverted with Winnie. Considering that at the end of the first episode, her brother dies in [[VietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] -- and at the end of the second season, [[spoiler:her parents get a divorce]] -- she is still a perfectly normal teenager.



* SliceOfLife: The show is about a teenager growing up in a suburban neighbourhood during 1960's VietnamWar Era America.

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* SliceOfLife: The show is about a teenager growing up in a suburban neighbourhood during 1960's VietnamWar UsefulNotes/VietnamWar Era America.
6th May '17 2:31:08 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The show is one of the earliest half-hour sitcoms done in single camera format -- and without a laugh track, being a precursor to the shows that are considered to launch the format such as ''{{Spaced}}'' and ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. It wasn't afraid of addressing touchy subjects and was often frank about things that happen when growing up. One episode dealt with Kevin getting to [[ThanksForTheMammary touch a girl's breast]] for the first time.

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The show is one of the earliest half-hour sitcoms done in single camera format -- and without a laugh track, being a precursor to the shows that are considered to launch the format such as ''{{Spaced}}'' ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' and ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. It wasn't afraid of addressing touchy subjects and was often frank about things that happen when growing up. One episode dealt with Kevin getting to [[ThanksForTheMammary touch a girl's breast]] for the first time.
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