The Wonder Years (season 1)

season of television series

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The Wonder Years (1988–93) was American television series that was aired on ABC. The series depicts the social and family life of an adolescent boy growing up in a suburban middle-class family, and takes place from 1968–1973.

Pilot [1.1] edit

Narrator: 1968...I was twelve years old. A lot happened that year. Dennis McLain won thirty-one games..."The Mod Squad" hit the air...And I graduated from Hillcrest Elementary, and entered junior high school. But we'll get to that. There's no pretty way to put this...I grew up in the suburbs. I guess most people think of the suburb as a place with all the disadvantages of the city, and none of the advantages of the country. And vice versa. But, in a way, those really were the wonder years for us there in the suburbs. It was kind of a golden age for kids.

Narrator: It was the first kiss for both of us. We never really talked about it afterward, but I think about the events of that day again and again, and somehow I know that Winnie does too. Whenever some blowhard starts talking about the anonymity of the suburbs, or the mindlessness of the TV generation. Because we know that inside each one of those identical boxes, with its Dodge parked out front, and its white bread on the table, and its TV set glowing blue in the falling dusk, there were people with stories. There were families bound together in the pain and the struggle of love. There were moments that made us cry with laughter. And there were moments, like that one, of sorrow and wonder.

Swingers [1.2] edit

[Paul is holding Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex]
Narrator: I had known Paul since he was 36 hours old, and never before had I seen such fire in his eyes.
Paul: [whispering] Buy these books and act casual. [hides the adult book in his jacket]
Kevin: What are you, crazy?
Narrator: This was going too far. I was a pervert not a felon!

Narrator: Maybe we both realized that growing up doesn’t always have to be a straight line, but a series of advances and retreats. Maybe we just felt like swinging. But whatever it was, Winnie and I made an unspoken pact that day to stay kids for a little while longer.

My Father's Office [1.3] edit

Narrator: And then sometimes, you knew you shouldn't do it, but you just couldn't help yourself. You gave him lip. I guess we really didn't understand why he was so hard on us sometimes. Because sometimes, and I remember these times so distinctly, my dad could be great. He could be so much fun. You never wanted that feeling to end. And then, for some reason, it always would.

Narrator: That night my father stood there, looking up at the sky the way he always did. But suddenly I realized I wasn't afraid of him in quite the same way anymore. The funny thing is, I felt like I lost something.

Angel [1.4] edit

Norma: One of the boys on our block was killed in Vietnam several weeks ago.
Louis: Oh, I-I know. I mean, uh, Karen told me. Another meaningless death.
Jack: I beg you pardon?
Louis: I-I just meant that... it's just a shame, uh... a kid has to die for basically no reason.
Norma: More broccoli, anyone?
Jack: I don't think it's meaningless... when a young man dies for freedom and for his country.
Louis: I just have a little trouble... justifying dying for a government that systematically represses its citizens.
Norma: Oh, honey. Try the potatoes - I put grated cheese on them.
Jack: What the hell is that supposed to mean?
Karen: It means the United States government is responsible... for the oppression of blacks, women, free speech...
Jack: Well perhaps, little lady, you'd like to go live in Russia for a little while... huh?
Louis: Oh, uh... I think what Karen is saying is that...
Jack: Look, buster! I happen to believe that freedom and democracy... have certain advantages that Communist dictatorships don't, and that is what Vietnam is all about!
Louis: No, man, that's what they brainwash you to believe it's all about. They... [sighs] ...they turn people into brainwashed morons.
Narrator: My hunch was that my father would not let being called a brainwashed moron at his dinner table... go unremarked.
Jack: So... you think I've been brainwashed, do you, Louis?
Louis: No. No. Look... I think anyone... who supports the American war effort in Vietnam...... is having the wool pulled over his eyes.
Jack: I see...
Louis: Just like they did with Korea.
Jack: What the hell do you know about Korea? I was in Korea. I lost a lot of good friends there.
Karen: Daddy, that doesn't have anything to do with what we're saying.
Jack: And they weren't brainwashed! They were brave men who weren't afraid to fight for what they believed in. Now if you're afraid to fight - why don't you just say so? Why don't you just admit you're chicken?
Louis: You're damned right! I am chicken. I don't want to die like your friends! What do you think that you achieved over there? Hmm? Do you think that those people are free? They're not free, man. Except to buy Coca-Cola, and... uh... [smirks] ...Nestle's Quik... get loans from Chase-Manhattan National Bank...
Jack: That's crap!
Louis: You were used, man, and your friends were used.
Jack: That's crap!
Karen: Daddy, you never listen to what we say! Some of what we say is true!
Louis: Don't accept all this death and then justify it. It is wrong! Your friends should be alive...they should be enjoying dinner, and arguing with their kids, just like you are.
Jack: What do you know about it? Who the hell are you to say that?!
Louis: [pulls a piece of paper out of his pocket] You see this, man? This is my draft notice. In two weeks, I can go to jail, I can go to Canada or, I can go get shot, full of holes, like your friend Brian Cooper. You keep thinking the way you do, Mr. Arnold, and these two [points to Kevin and Wayne] will be next. And I just hope that's what they want.

Narrator: Who was right, and who was wrong? Well, I'm supposed to be an adult now, and I still can't completely figure that one out. But at some point, late at night, near sleep, the ideas and the disagreements sort of dissolve, and you're just left with the people. And people were no different then, as they've always been. And always will be. Young girls get their hearts broken. Men and women suffer alone, over the choices they've made. And young boys, full of confusion... full of fear... full of love and courage... grow up stealthily in their sleep.

The Phone Call [1.5] edit

Narrator: There are very few things in life as purely terrifying as calling a twelve-year-old girl on the telephone. Especially a really cute twelve-year-old girl.

Narrator: And suddenly I got this funny feeling. Maybe I was blowing this whole thing out of proportion. I mean, Lisa wasn't going to laugh at me. And anyway, what if she did? Did it really matter? And that's when I knew what I had to do. I just had to pick up the phone... and call her.

Dance With Me [1.6] edit

Lisa Berlini: [as Kevin confronts Lisa about her agreeing to go to the dance with Brad, after agreeing to go with him] You're not going to be weird about this or anything, are you? I mean, I really like you Kevin, as a...
Narrator: And that's when she said it. The word I was to hear from beautiful girls like Lisa Berlini, time and time again. The word that struck a chord so violent in me that I wanted to strangle guys like Brad Gaines with my bare hands.
Lisa Berlini: ...friend.

Narrator: And so Winnie and I had our one slow dance after all. But things wouldn't be the same between us. We were getting older. And whether we wanted it or not, the Lisa Berlinis and the Kirk McCrays were changing us by the minute. All we could do was close our eyes and wish that the slow song would never end.
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