YMMV: The Wonder Years

  • Confirmation Bias: A rather nasty case with Kevin's civics teacher. He does a number of prickish things, but Kevin only decides that he's irredeemably evil when it becomes apparent that he's a Republican.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the episode "Heart of Darkness", Paul says that he's allergic to contact lenses, but in the last two seasons he switches to contacts. In the episode before he starts wearing contacts, when Winnie informs Kevin that there's something he doesn't yet know about Paul, one of Kevin's guesses is that he's wearing contacts.
  • 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?
    • And Dib!
    • Seth Green plays a student in "Lunch Stories" and "Sex and Economics".
    • Subverted with Marilyn Manson. Despite the urban legend that he played Paul, the role actually belonged to Josh Saviano.
  • Tear Jerker: Built on a metric ton of these. Special stand-outs include:
    • The first episode's final revelation
    • Kevin's "I love you" to Winnie while she's sick at home.
    • Kevin failing his piano recital utterly and admitting (in narration) that he doesn't even remember how to play anymore.
    • The time a teacher Kevin was starting to bond with passed away.
    • The Series Finale's ending commentary. The entire finale has to be one of the saddest, yet most enlightening in TV history.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: While it would have been hard to really focus on it since the shows entire focus was on Kevin and the last episode ended during the summer, it's a shame that they couldn't have shown Chuck and Jeff's summer road trip in the last episode, or even have the narrator reveal anything that happened to them on that trip.