ABC’s ‘The Wonder Years’: A Look Back At It’s Inspiring First Season
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During its inaugural season, ABC’s The Wonder Years explored topics such as human rights, relationships, the growing pains of adolescence, and so much more. Most importantly, the show highlighted the Black family, and the beauty of life’s lessons.

Narrated by the critically acclaimed actor and filmmaker Don Cheadle as Dean Williams, The Wonder Years stars Elisha “EJ’ Williams as young Dean, Dulé Hill, Saycon Sengbloh, Laura Kariuki, Amari O’Neil, Julian Lerner, Milan Ray, Spence Moore II, and Allen Maldonado. The series follows Dean’s life growing up in Montgomery, Alabama during the tumultuous 1960s. Similar to the original show of the same name, the elder Dean takes a look back at his experiences as a youth with a more mature analysis.

THE WONDER YEARS – Bills New Gig Bill is excited to have made tenure at the university, only to find that his focus on career and family has cost him his spot in his band. Lillian encourages Bill to write and perform solo, especially as an attractive young jazz singer approaches Bill to collaborate. Meanwhile, Bruce adjusts to living at home on a new episode of The Wonder Years, airing WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Matt Miller/ABC via Getty Images) DULÉ HILL, SAYCON SENGBLOH

Life in the 1960s was a complicated time in U.S. history. The primary focus of the season of The Wonder Years was to properly tell the story of that experience from the Black perspective.

“When it came to stories during the Civil Rights Movement, it was always about the struggle, which is a part of our story and is a very important part of our story,” showrunner Saladin K. Patterson said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “…we had really not seen the story from the perspective of the middle-class Black families during that time. And The Wonder Years represented that as a brand.”

Earlier this month, the show was renewed for a second season due to viewership numbers and a favorable public response. In light of the recent news regarding executive producer and director Fred Savage, many people are still looking for what the next season of The Wonder Years has in store.

Ahead of its upcoming finale tonight, let’s take a look at some of the important issues addressed during the first season of ABC’s The Wonder Years.

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