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** Becky Slater: Run of the mill WomanScorned with a grudge? Or a {{Yandere}} still carrying a torch for Kevin whose reaction to her feelings not being reciprocated was anger and violence? The fact that she doesn't make a move to get him back for the rest of her time on the show is evidence for the former. The alacrity with which she takes him back [[Recap/TheWonderYearsS03E14StValentinesDayMassacre when she thinks he still has feeling for her]] is evidence for the latter.

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** Becky Slater: Run of the mill WomanScorned with a grudge? Or a {{Yandere}} still carrying a torch for Kevin whose reaction to her feelings not being reciprocated was anger and violence? The fact that she doesn't make a move to get him back for the rest sheer nastiness of Kevin's original transgression against her time on the show is evidence for the former. The alacrity with which she takes him back [[Recap/TheWonderYearsS03E14StValentinesDayMassacre when she thinks he still has feeling for her]] is evidence for the latter.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Miss Shaw. An idealistic teacher with bold new ideas that was unfairly driven away by a conservative school board that never gave her ideas a chance? Or an irresponsible teacher with terrible ideas that walked out on the students that needed her when she was forced to compromise with the school board? Lampshaded at the end when Adult Kevin notes that he didn't know if he should be angry at her or the school board.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
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Miss Shaw. Shaw: An idealistic teacher with bold new ideas that was unfairly driven away by a conservative school board that never gave her ideas a chance? Or an irresponsible teacher with terrible ideas that walked out on the students that needed her when she was forced to compromise with the school board? Lampshaded at the end when Adult Kevin notes that he didn't know if he should be angry at her or the school board. board.
** Becky Slater: Run of the mill WomanScorned with a grudge? Or a {{Yandere}} still carrying a torch for Kevin whose reaction to her feelings not being reciprocated was anger and violence? The fact that she doesn't make a move to get him back for the rest of her time on the show is evidence for the former. The alacrity with which she takes him back [[Recap/TheWonderYearsS03E14StValentinesDayMassacre when she thinks he still has feeling for her]] is evidence for the latter.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: In contrast to Kevin's many recurring teachers in junior high, each of his senior high teachers only appear in one episode, rather than becoming recurring.


** In the episode "Square Dance", Adult Kevin looks at a yearbook and speculates that Becky Slater either became a gossip columnist of an attorney specializing in divorce. [=Crystal McKellar=], who played Becky, would quit acting and study Law at Harvard, becoming a corporate lawyer.

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** In the episode "Square Dance", Adult Kevin looks at a yearbook and speculates that Becky Slater either became a gossip columnist of or an attorney specializing in divorce. [=Crystal McKellar=], who played Becky, would quit acting and study Law at Harvard, becoming a corporate lawyer.


** In the episode "Square Dance", Adult Kevin looks at a yearbook and speculates that Becky Slater either became a gossip columnist of an attorney specializing in divorce. Crystal McKellar, who played Becky, would quit acting and study Law at Harvard, becoming a corporate lawyer.

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** In the episode "Square Dance", Adult Kevin looks at a yearbook and speculates that Becky Slater either became a gossip columnist of an attorney specializing in divorce. Crystal McKellar, [=Crystal McKellar=], who played Becky, would quit acting and study Law at Harvard, becoming a corporate lawyer.

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** In the episode "Square Dance", Adult Kevin looks at a yearbook and speculates that Becky Slater either became a gossip columnist of an attorney specializing in divorce. Crystal McKellar, who played Becky, would quit acting and study Law at Harvard, becoming a corporate lawyer.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: 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.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: While it would have been hard to really focus on it it, since the shows show's 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.

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**Mark-Paul Gosselar, of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' appears in a season 1 episode.

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** Although Jack Arnold died two years after the events of the last episode, his actor (Dan Lauria) has consistently gotten bit parts in high profile projects ever since (roughly one per year), leaving him in the public consciousness much longer than any of the actors whose characters survived.


** "Hey, it's The Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' as the asshole Gym teacher!"
** And Karen is married to Ross from ''Friends'', you do remember Karen don't you?
** Both [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Dib]] ''[[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim and]]'' [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Tak]] are on here!
** Creator/SethGreen plays a student in "Lunch Stories" and "Sex and Economics".
** The narrator would later be one of the [[Film/HomeAlone Wet Bandits]], and the voice of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}''.
** Hey! It's [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Elaine]]'s boss Mr. Lippman playing the high school principal in "Kodachrome"!
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Music/MarilynManson. Despite the urban legend that he played Paul, the role actually belonged to Josh Saviano.

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** "Hey, it's The Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' In addition to their work on ''Series/TheWonderYears'', creators and executive producers Carol Black and Neal Marlens are also best known as co-creators and co-executive producers of ''Series/{{Ellen}}'' and Marlens is also best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/GrowingPains''.
** David Greenwalt directed four episodes and wrote three episodes. Greenwalt is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and ''Series/{{Grimm}}''.
** Neal Israel directed two episodes. Israel is best known for co-writing
the asshole Gym teacher!"
screenplay for ''Film/PoliceAcademy''.
** And Karen Peter Horton directed an episode. Horton is married to Ross from ''Friends'', you do remember Karen don't you?
** Both [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Dib]] ''[[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim and]]'' [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Tak]] are on here!
** Creator/SethGreen plays a student in "Lunch Stories" and "Sex and Economics".
** The narrator would later be one of the [[Film/HomeAlone Wet Bandits]], and the voice of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}''.
** Hey! It's [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Elaine]]'s boss Mr. Lippman
best known for playing the high school principal in "Kodachrome"!
Gary Shepherd on ''Series/{{Thirtysomething}}''
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Music/MarilynManson. Despite the urban legend that he played Paul, the role actually belonged to Josh Saviano.Bob Brush wrote 14 episodes and served as co-executive producer and executive producer. Brush is best known as developer and executive producer of ''Series/EarlyEdition''.
** Matthew Carlson wrote ten episodes. Carlson is best known as creator and executive producer of ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''.
** Mark Levin also wrote ten episodes. Levin is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''WesternAnimation/BigMouth''.
** Sy Rosen wrote seven episodes. Rosen is best known for co-creating ''Series/GimmeABreak''.
** Jon Harmon Feldman wrote five episodes. Feldman is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/TruCalling'' and co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily''.
** Robin Riordan wrote four episodes. Riordan is best known as creator and story editor of ''WesternAnimation/MaryKateAndAshleyInAction''.
** Tammy Ader wrote two episodes. Ader is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/StrongMedicine''.
** Michael J. Weithorn wrote an episode. Weithorn is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/NedAndStacey'' and co-creator and executive producer of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''.
** Kerry Ehrin also wrote an episode. Ehrin is best known as co-developer and executive producer of ''Series/BatesMotel''.
** Winnie Holzman also wrote an episode. Holzman is best known as creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/MySoCalledLife''.
** David Kohan and Max Mutchnick also wrote an episode. Both are best known as creators and executive producers of ''Series/BostonCommon'' and ''Series/WillAndGrace'' and co-creators and executive producers of ''Series/ShitMyDadSays''.


* JerkassWoobie: Becky Slater. DisproportionateRetribution 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]]at the time he felt insecure about being the only kid not going steady, Winnie was dating someone else, and Becky was available and liked him[[/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.

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* JerkassWoobie: Becky Slater. DisproportionateRetribution 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]]at the time he felt insecure about being the only kid not going steady, Winnie was dating someone else, and Becky was available and liked him[[/note]], Winnie, 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.


* JerkassWoobie: Becky Slater. DisproportionateRetribution 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]]at the time he felt insecure about being the only kid not going steady, Winnie was dating someone else, and Becky was available and liked him[[/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.

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* JerkassWoobie: Becky Slater. DisproportionateRetribution 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]]at Winnie [[note]]at the time he felt insecure about being the only kid not going steady, Winnie was dating someone else, and Becky was available and liked him[[/note]] him[[/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.


* JerkassWoobie: Becky Slater. DisproportionateRetribution 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]]at the time he felt insecure about being the only kid not going steady, Winnie was dating someone else, and Becky was available and liked him[[/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.

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* JerkassWoobie: Becky Slater. DisproportionateRetribution 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]]at Winnie,[[note]]at the time he felt insecure about being the only kid not going steady, Winnie was dating someone else, and Becky was available and liked him[[/note]], him[[/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.times.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** "Hey, it's The Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' as the asshole Gym teacher!"
** And Karen is married to Ross from ''Friends'', you do remember Karen don't you?
** Both [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Dib]] ''[[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim and]]'' [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Tak]] are on here!
** Creator/SethGreen plays a student in "Lunch Stories" and "Sex and Economics".
** The narrator would later be one of the [[Film/HomeAlone Wet Bandits]], and the voice of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}''.
** Hey! It's [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Elaine]]'s boss Mr. Lippman playing the high school principal in "Kodachrome"!
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Music/MarilynManson. Despite the urban legend that he played Paul, the role actually belonged to Josh Saviano.


* RetroactiveRecognition:
** In addition to their work on ''Series/TheWonderYears'', creators and executive producers Carol Black and Neal Marlens are also best known as co-creators and co-executive producers of ''Series/{{Ellen}}'' and Marlens is also best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/GrowingPains''.
** David Greenwalt directed four episodes and wrote three episodes. Greenwalt is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and ''Series/{{Grimm}}''.
** Neal Israel directed two episodes. Israel is best known for co-writing the screenplay for ''Film/PoliceAcademy''.
** Peter Horton directed an episode. Horton is best known for playing Gary Shepherd on ''Series/{{Thirtysomething}}''
** Bob Brush wrote 14 episodes and served as co-executive producer and executive producer. Brush is best known as developer and executive producer of ''Series/EarlyEdition''.
** Matthew Carlson wrote ten episodes. Carlson is best known as creator and executive producer of ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''.
** Mark Levin also wrote ten episodes. Levin is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''WesternAnimation/BigMouth''.
** Sy Rosen wrote seven episodes. Rosen is best known for co-creating ''Series/GimmeABreak''.
** Jon Harmon Feldman wrote five episodes. Feldman is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/TruCalling'' and co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily''.
** Robin Riordan wrote four episodes. Riordan is best known as creator and story editor of ''WesternAnimation/MaryKateAndAshleyInAction''.
** Tammy Ader wrote two episodes. Ader is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/StrongMedicine''.
** Michael J. Weithorn wrote an episode. Weithorn is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/NedAndStacey'' and co-creator and executive producer of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''.
** Kerry Ehrin also wrote an episode. Ehrin is best known as co-developer and executive producer of ''Series/BatesMotel''.
** Winnie Holzman also wrote an episode. Holzman is best known as creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/MySoCalledLife''.
** David Kohan and Max Mutchnick also wrote an episode. Both are best known as creators and executive producers of ''Series/BostonCommon'' and ''Series/WillAndGrace'' and co-creators and executive producers of ''Series/ShitMyDadSays''.


* HilariousInHindsight: 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.
** John Corbett playing a [[MyBigFatGreekWedding character that doesn't eat meat.]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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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.
** John Corbett playing a [[MyBigFatGreekWedding [[Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding character that doesn't eat meat.]]]]
** The series' RealSongThemeTune is Music/JoeCocker's version of "With a Little Help from My Friends". In the Mexican Spanish dub, the [[Creator/MarioCastaneda Narrator/Adult Kevin's voice actor]] went on to voice the protagonist of [[Franchise/DragonBall a franchise]] that's all about ThePowerOfFriendship and DefeatEqualsFriendship.

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