ABC's new comedy has its freshman run topped up.
October 26, 2021
ABC announced today that The Wonder Years has been picked up for a full season. The order adds nine episodes to the comedy's first season, bringing its total to 22. Since its September premiere, the show has garnered solid viewership that sees it tied with 'The Conners' as the network's top comedy of the season among adults 18-49.
Inspired by the 1988 series of the same name, The Wonder Years is a coming-of-age story that takes a look back in time at a Black middle-class family in 1960s Montgomery, Alabama, from the point of view of an imaginative 12-year-old named Dean. Narrated by his grown-up self with the wisdom of his adult years, Dean reflects on some of the best years of his life with his family during a turbulent time.
01/01/22 at 07:09pm
It turns out that the main character (EJ) is exactly my age. I wasn't a black kid in Alabama, but I experienced my own set of problems being in the only jewish family in an all southern baptist neighborhood in a newly built Dallas suburb. The era is presented well, without making a big deal about "hey, this is the sixties, look at these old TVs, phones and cars". But going to the store to buy cigarettes for your parents was a real thing.
11/04/21 at 06:43pm
I'm glad this show got picked up for a full season. I've enjoyed the first few episodes. I was a fan of the original growing up. I like the actors, especially the kids, and I look forward to seeing them in other projects.
10/29/21 at 04:27am
It was jarring at first because it's natural to compare this show with the original when really it stands on its own. But the characters are now fully fleshed out and this show has its own path to follow and its own stories to tell. And I love seeing Dulé Hill as the father!
10/28/21 at 08:20pm
1st episode was ok, too political to be honest.
Second episode- we'll that was it.
Good luck to the show, but my family will not ve watching.
10/28/21 at 04:31pm
@Malvaudo A lot of shows do have woke agendas though. The problem here is that the term is overused. People will call something "woke garbage" just because the lead is female (see NCIS Hawai'i') or if one of the characters is gay. That is a bit much, but it happens here a lot. But let us not pretend that there aren't any shows that push woke agendas, because it happens quite a bit. One example, NCIS New Orleans became woke towards the end, by having white suicide bombers (not actually a thing) and white supremacists who were anti-clean air for some reason (also not a thing). I am not in favor of white supremacy, but pretty sure they don't have an anti-clean air agenda. Anyways, the Plopster is rambling. My point is we shouldn't pretend that woke agenda is not on television because it is. Let us just not call every show that has a black person on it woke, because that's just stupid.
PS, I see the irony that both my conflicting examples are NCIS shows.
10/28/21 at 06:39am
I just can't seem to get into the show, not one of my favorite shows to watch in this time slot
10/28/21 at 03:25am
They can use the name and branding cause Fred Savage is one of the producers. Plus the name fits cause its exactly the same show as the original just a black family instead of a white family.
Admittedly when I saw this was coming out my first thought was "oh great theyve gone n made Wonder Years woke". I gave it a shot though and I actually quite like the show. I really like Dule Hill and Don Cheadle in their parts. Those are the only two people Ive seen in anything though. I dont see the who as ragging on white people or anything like that. This show looks to be genuine in their portrayals and relationships. I just cant relate to the black perspective though as I am white myself and I wasnt alive in the 60s.
I actually hope this goes on for at least a few seasons like the original.
10/28/21 at 02:44am
Been on this site for years and it's always the same when it comes to shows that are majorly casted with black americans. The show no matter how good or bad even great shows the scoring on here is low but high or average on other platforms. And someone always speaks their opinion on the series while always bringing up the race of the cast. Can a good show or bad show just not be a good show or bad show anymore? It has to be listed as some "bad woke nonsense" or similar statements that are made here. Crazy all the stuff going on in the world things like TV shows should bring us together like boardgames use to with families. Putting drama out there when we are all here for entertainment is pretty sad. I hope people change their ways but ya never know.
Love y'all! ~Malvaudo
10/27/21 at 10:22pm
Typical Americans - making it about race and not the quality of the show. The "new" Wonder Years is ok and nothing more - which is reflected by the IMDB score - an average 5.5 based on 2K votes - which isn't promsing. Lethal Weapon, Lovecraft Country, Happy Together, Fam, The Fix, Marlon, God Friended Me etc. got cancelled due to lack of interest - not because of the cast. Just saying...
10/27/21 at 06:37pm
Huh? The new series is set in the same time period as the old one. They both start in 1968.
I like this show and I am glad it received a full season. I was sad when Mix-ish was canceled. I like shoes that take place in the past.
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