YMMV: The Wonder Years
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Miss Shaw. An idealistic teacher with bold new ideas that was driven away by the conservative school board? Or an irresponsible teacher with terrible ideas that walked out on the students that needed her when she was forced to compromise? Lampshaded at the end when Adult Kevin notes that he didn't know if he should be angry at her or the school board.
- 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.
- Jerkass Woobie: Becky Slater. Disproportionate Retribution aside, Kevin was the one that hurt her first. He's the one that asked her to go steady when he really still liked Winnie note , stringing her along and using her to make Winnie jealous until she got wise to it and broke up with him. Then he got her to take him back by lying to her about not liking Winnie anymore and only finally came clean with her and ended it when it became clear that Winnie's current relationship was over and that Winnie might still like him. It's understandable that she would hold a grudge against him after all that; even if she did go too far with it at times.
- Though it didn't seem like he was lying about not liking Winnie anymore when he got back with her. By then, he seemed to be over her, or at the very least, when Becky broke up with him, he seemed to genuinely like her at that point.
- 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 episode Summer Song where Kevin meets a girl he really likes while on vacation and she promises to write back to him. He gets one letter but then he never hears from her again
- 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.
For the band The Wonder Years:
- Anvilicious: Much of The Greatest Generation can be summed up as "Conservatives suck."
- Face of the Band: Dan "Soupy" Campbell to some. Most of the songs are about his experiences (combined with some of the other band members' in a couple songs).