Trivia / The Wonder Years


Specific Tropes

  • Dawson Casting: Largely averted for the main cast. One notable exception was Julie Condra, who guest-starred as a high school freshman at age 20. This made the story arc where Condra's obviously older, sexually mature character comes on to innocent young Kevin Arnold rather jarring.
  • Fake American: Olivia d'Abo (who was originally from the Paddington area of London). You know, Karen Arnold. Wait... you did remember that Kevin and Wayne have an older sister, didn't you?
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series was pretty popular in Mexico during its broadcasting tenure, to the grade many of their voice actors had become celebrities (especially Kevin's younger and adult versions and Winnie's Mexican voice actors).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Was this for a long time, due to the large amount of hit songs featured in the show, and the corresponding legal and financial snags involved with licensing the rights to all of that music.. Netflix and Amazon eventually secured streaming rights, but these still have edits to the soundtrack that include soundalikes and even an alternate version of the theme. In October 2014, Time Life/StarVista Entertainment released the complete series with the vast majority of the licensed music intact, and individually-released seasons have followed.
  • Missing Episode: The first of the show's two clip shows is not available for viewing on Netflix.
  • Real-Life Relative: Danica McKellar's sister Crystal plays Kevin's vengeful ex-girlfriend Becky.
    • Also, Fred Savage's own little brother Ben Savage played the "cupid" character on the Valentine's Day episode.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Joe Cocker's version of "With a Little Help from My Friends".
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • "Hey, it's The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager as the asshole Gym teacher!"
    • And Karen is married to Ross from Friends, you do remember Karen don't you?
    • Both Dib and Tak are on here!
    • Seth Green plays a student in "Lunch Stories" and "Sex and Economics".
    • The narrator would later be one of the Wet Bandits, and the voice of Dilbert.
    • Hey! It's Elaine's boss Mr. Lippman playing the high school principal in "Kodachrome"!
    • Subverted with Marilyn Manson. Despite the urban legend that he played Paul, the role actually belonged to Josh Saviano.
  • Romance on the Set: In the Mexican Spanish dub, adult Kevin and Winnie's voice actors were married.
  • The Other Darrin: Arye Gross narrated the pilot; Daniel Stern narrated the series. The pilot with Gross' narration aired only once (following Super Bowl XXII); all airings after the original broadcast replaced Gross' voice with Stern's.