Episode & Music Guide

«What would you do if I sang out of tune ...»

6 seasons, 115 episodes and hundreds of great songs – this is «The Wonder Years». This Episode & Music Guide offers a comprehensive overview of all the episodes and all the songs played during the show.

Main Title | Season by Season | Original Score

Main Title

The main title of «The Wonder Years» is the famous song «With a little help from my friends» by Joe Cocker (originally by Lennon/McCartney).

The Arnold Family

The Main Title of seasons 1, 2 and 3
The Main Title of seasons 4 and 5
The Main Title of season 6
The End Title

The End Title is an instrumental version of the song.

Many thanks to Pablo di Marco in Argentina for providing the music samples.

Season by Season

TWY on the cover of TV Guide

The episode guide is based on the first complete TWY episode guide which was originally posted in the newsgroup rec.arts.tv in 1993. It was compiled by Kirk Golding with contributions by Kit Kimes. It was in turn based on the first TWY episode guide ever put together by Jerry Boyajian and posted in the newsgroup rec.arts.tv in September 1991. Both are used with permission.

The music guide is the work of many people. Shane Hill and Dawayne Melancon corrected and inserted several songs. Kyle Gittins revised the list; Matt Wilson and Arno Hautala provided several corrections. It is close to complete but there are still a few blank spots. Used with permission.

Download the complete TWY Episode & Music Guide (PDF)

For a more comprehensive episode guide please visit Peter's website. For transcripts of the episodes please visit either Kyle's or Peter's websites.

001 1.01 The Wonder Years (Pilot) (original air date: January 31, 1988)
We are first introduced to Kevin. They begin Junior High, Winnie starts wearing contacts. Wayne keeps saying Winnie is Kevin's girlfriend - he goes off in the cafe and Winnie's brother, Brian, dies in Vietnam. Winnie and Kevin have their first kiss in Harpers Woods.

Written by Neal Marlens & Carol Black
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «Turn! Turn! Turn!» -- The Byrds
2 = «Both Sides, Now» -- Joni Mitchell
3 = «Crystal Blue Persuasion» -- Tommy James & The Shondells
4 = «When a Man Loves a Woman» -- Percy Sledge
 
002 1.02 Swingers (original air date: March 22, 1988)
At Brian Cooper's funeral, all Kevin can think about is Winnie. At school the boy's PE class begins sex education. Mr. Cutlip is the teacher and the boys are bored with it all. They decide that they need a better book than the school textbook and they go to buy «Everything you Always Wanted to Know about Sex But Were Afraid to Ask». They chicken out when they see the clerk is a girl, so Paul steals the book. Kevin's mom confiscates it before they could read any of it. Kevin and Winnie go for a walk in the park but Kevin is afraid to try anything. [Fall '68]

Written by Neal Marlens & Carol Black
Directed by Neal Marlens & Carol Black

1 = «For What It's Worth» -- Buffalo Springfield
2 = «Young Girl» -- The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
3 = «Tell It Like It Is» -- Aaron Neville
 
003 1.03 My Father's Office (original air date: March 29, 1988)
Kevin's Dad keeps coming home from work grumpy. Kevin wants to know what he does at work, so he goes to work with him.

Written by Neal Marlens & Carol Black
Directed by Jeffrey Brown

1 = «Blackbird» (Instrumental)
2 = «Buckle Up For Safety, Buckle Up» -- The National Safety Council
 
004 1.04 Angel (original air date: April 5, 1988)
Karen starts listening to Jimi Hendrix and hangs around a guy named Louis who's a vegetarian. Both of them are hippies and Karen's Dad has a huge argument with Louis at the dinner table.

Written by Neal Marlens & Carol Black
Directed by Art Wolff

1 = «(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons» -- Nat King Cole
2 = «Foxey Lady» -- Jimi Hendrix
3 = «Blowin' in the Wind» -- Joan Baez (On-Screen Character Performance)
 
005 1.05 The Phone Call (original air date: April 12, 1988)
Kevin likes Lisa Berlini and he completely loses it. It gets around the cafe and he plays sick for a day. He ends up trying to ring her up.

Written by A. Scott Frank
Directed by Jeffrey Brown

1 = «I'm a Believer» -- The Monkees
2 = «Theme» from the movie «Romeo and Juliet» -- Nino Rota (on the DVDs replaced by «Lovers Theme/The Star-Crossed Lovers»)
 
006 1.06 Dance With Me (original air date: April 19, 1988)
Next day after Kevin has rung Lisa up. He asks her to the Spring dance. She says OK but then Brad asks her and she accepts his offer. Kevin tries to win Winnie back at the dance.

Written by David M. Stern
Directed by Arlene Sanford

1 = «The Letter» -- The Box Tops (or Joe Cocker)
2 = «Magic Carpet Ride» -- Steppenwolf
3 = «The Girl from Ipanema» -- Stan Getz with Astrud Gilberto
4 = «Louie Louie» -- The Kingsman
5 = «Born to Be Wild» -- Steppenwolf
6 = «There's a Kind of Hush» -- Craggy Blue Project (or Herman's Hermits)
7 = «The Tears of a Clown» -- Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
8 = «Cherish» -- The Association
9 = «I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)» -- Otis Redding
007 2.01 Heart Of Darkness (original air date: November 30, 1988)
Winnie starts hanging around the cool kids - because she is going with Kirk McCray. Kevin starts doing things for this kid to be cool. Paul ends up doing the same - they both realize they were idiots. Great ending with Winnie.

Written by Carol Black & Neal Marlens
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «Riders on the Storm» -- The Doors (on the DVDs replaced by «Children of the Night»)
2 = «You Make Me Feel So Young» -- Frank Sinatra
3 = «Sunshine of Your Love» -- Cream
4 = «Here Comes the Sun» -- Richie Havens (on the DVDs replaced by «Train to Nowhere»)
 
008 2.02 Our Miss White (original air date: December 7, 1988)
Kevin plays the main role in Miss Whites play. But Kevin's Dad keeps talking to Miss White and Kevin gets jealous.

Written by Michael J. Weithorn
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «Just My Imagination» -- The Temptations
2 = «The Times They Are A-Changin'» -- Bob Dylan
 
009 2.03 Christmas (original air date: December 14, 1988)
The Arnold family want a color TV for Christmas. But Kevin's Dad won't buy one. It ends up a good Christmas and Winnie gives Kevin a present.

Written by Bob Brush
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «Silent Night» -- Glen Campbell and Cher [song unconfirmed]
2 = «Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy» -- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
3 = «We Wish You A Merry Christmas»
4 = «The Twelve Days Of Christmas»
5 = «Jingle Bell Rock» -- Bobby Helms (Instrumental)
6 = «White Christmas» -- Bing Crosby
7 = «River» -- Joni Mitchell
8 = «Silent Night»
9 = «Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas» (Instrumental)
 
010 2.04 Steady As She Goes (original air date: January 11, 1989)
Kevin asks Becky Slater to go steady in order to get Winnie jealous. In the end Becky gives him the flick anyway.

Written by David M. Stern
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «Yellow Bird» (On-Screen Character Performance)
2 = «Somewhere» -- Sondheim & Bernstein (On-Screen Character Performance)
3 = «Ooh, Baby Baby» -- The Miracles
4 = «The Thrill is Gone» -- B.B. King
5 = «Will You Love Me Tomorrow» -- Carole King
 
011 2.05 Just Between You and Me ... and
Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky
(original air date: January 18, 1989)
Kevin is with Becky Slater, Kirk McCray wants Kevin to ask Winnie if she still likes him. Kevin still likes her. She breaks up with Kirk, and Kevin thinks she likes him but she says no.

Written by Matthew Carlson
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «I am a Rock» -- Simon & Garfunkel
2 = «Someday We'll Be Together» -- Diana Ross and The Supremes
3 = «Some Enchanted Evening» (On-Screen Character Performance)
 
012 2.06 Pottery Will Get You Nowhere (original air date: February 1, 1989)
Kevin's parents' relationship is strained. Kevin's mum does pottery, and she makes Kevin's Dad a coffee mug and they have a huge argument over the Pepsi.

Written by Matthew Carlson
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = «It's Not Unusual» -- Tom Jones
2 = «When I Fall In Love» -- Nat King Cole
 
013 2.07 Coda (original air date: February 8, 1989)
Kevin plays the piano and has to play at the recital. Ronald Hirschmueller plays «Canon in D Major» the same as Kevin, Kevin doesn't go.

Written by Todd W. Langen
Directed by Beth Hillshafer

1 = «Canon in D Major» -- Johann Pachelbel
 
014 2.08 Hiroshima, Mon Frere (original air date: February 15, 1989)
Kevin and Wayne don't get along, Kevin and Paul want to do a science experiment with hamsters at Kevin's house. Wayne keeps torturing them because a girl he likes doesn't like him. Kevin hurts Wayne by verbally abusing him.

Written by Matthew Carlson
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «Wild Thing» -- The Troggs
2 = «Taps»
3 = «Brother, Brother» -- Carole King
 
015 2.09 Loosiers (original air date: February 28, 1989)
Cutlip teaches basketball and Paul keeps getting picked last. Kevin says it's unfair, so Cutlip makes him a captain and Kevin picks all the worst players. Cutlip gets sconned on the head.

Written by David M. Stern
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «You've Got a Friend» -- James Taylor
2 = «Blue Danube Waltz» -- Johann Strauss
3 = «Sweet Georgia Brown» -- Brother Bones (or Benny Goodman)
 
016 2.10 Walk Out (original air date: March 7, 1989)
Kevin and Paul get elected as home reps. They organize a walkout about the Vietnam War. The day of the walkout the teacher is ill and everyone is waiting for Kevin to walk first - he goes to the toilet.

Written by Matthew Carlson
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «Hoochie Coochie Man» --Muddy Waters
2 = «The Tracks of My Tears» -- Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
3 = «I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag» -- Country Joe & The Fish
4 = «Give Peace a Chance» (On-Screen Character Performance)
 
017 2.11 Nemesis (original air date: March 14, 1989)
Kevin and Winnie are together, Becky Slater keeps speaking to Winnie in class. Kevin thinks she will tell her what he said when they were together. She does and everyone goes off. «Bride of the Mummies»

Written by Matthew Carlson
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = «My Girl» -- The Temptations
2 = «The Good, The Bad and The Ugly»
 
018 2.12 Fate (original air date: March 28, 1989)
Eddie Pinetti is the school bully. Winnie still is not talking to Kevin for the things he said, Eddie is looking in Winnie's locker, Kevin has a go at him. Then there it is on between Eddie and Kevin.

Written by Bob Brush
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «Born Under a Bad Sign» -- Cream (or Booke T. Jones / W. Bell)
2 = «Respect» -- Aretha Franklin
 
019 2.13 Birthday Boy (original air date: April 11, 1989)
Paul and Kevin's birthdays are together. Paul is having his Barmitzvah, Kevin won't go but ends up going.

Written by David M. Stern
Directed by Steve Miner

1 = «Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby» -- The Tune Weavers
2 = «Happy Birthday To Kevin»
3 = «Yummy, Yummy, Yummy» (On-Screen Character Performance)
4 = «Hava Nagila» -- Karmon Israeli Singers
5 = «Bookends» -- Simon & Garfunkel
 
020 2.14 Brightwing (original air date: April 18, 1989)
Karen gets Kevin to drop of messages at her High School, she is skipping school to go to the hill, Kevin starts going. Great ending!

Written by Matthew Carlson
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = «Subterranean Homesick Blues» -- Bob Dylan
2 = «In a Gadda Da-vida» -- Iron Butterfly
3 = «You Can All Join In» -- Traffic
4 = «Theme» from the TV show «One-Adam 12»
5 = «Catch the Wind» -- Donovan
 
021 2.15 Square Dance (original air date: May 2, 1989)
Kevin gets Margaret Farquhar as a dance partner. She has 3 pigtails and is totally weird.

Written by Todd W. Langen
Directed by Tom Moore

1 = «Star Flicker» -- Houston Ramblers
2 = «Comin' Round the Mountain» -- The Sundowners Band
3 = «Turkey In The Straw» -- Ralph Pierce
 
022 2.16 Whose Woods Are These? (original air date: May 9, 1989)
Harpers Woods is getting teared down, Paul, Kevin and Winnie go to the Council. They can't stop the inevitable but they do have a final game of chasey there the night before it gets torn down.

Written by Bob Brush
Directed by Peter Horton

1 = «Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie (1st and 2nd Movements - Adapted from «Trois Gymnopedies»)» -- Blood, Sweat & Tears (on the DVDs replaced by «Le Seunne Fite»)
2 = «Happy Days are here again» -- The Banjo Barons (or C. Milton Ager & Jack Yellen)
3 = «In My Life» -- Judy Collins
 
023 2.17 How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation (original air date: May 16, 1989)
Final day of school and holidays begin. Paul is going away and Winnie signs Kevin's yearbook «have a neat summer!». Winnie is going away also, but at her party its obvious her parents are breaking up.

Written by Jane Anderson
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Theme» from the movie «A Summer Place» -- Percy Faith and His Orchestra
2 = «La Vie en Rose» -- Edith Piaf
3 = «Light My Fire» -- The Doors (on the DVDs replaced by «Love's on Fire»)
4 = «Smoke Get in Your Eyes» -- The Platters
5 = «Never on Sunday» -- The Chordettes
6 = «I Only Have Eyes for You» -- The Flamingos
7 = «Scarborough Fair / Canticle» -- Simon & Garfunkel
024 3.01 Summer Song (original air date: October 3, 1989)
The Arnolds family holiday. Paul comes, but gets an allergy. Kevin meets «Terri with an RI» and they go to the pier, Kevin has his first huge kiss. Great episode!

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Spinning Wheel» -- Blood, Sweat & Tears (on the DVDs replaced by David Clayton-Thomas version)
2 = «Sentimental Journey» -- Les Brown & His Orchestra
3 = «Drunken Sailor» (old seafaring music played by the house band)
4 = «Good Vibrations» -- The Beach Boys
5 = «Wouldn't It Be Nice» -- The Beach Boys
6 = «No Fun» -- The Stooges
 
025 3.02 Math Class (original air date: October 10, 1989)
Mr. Collins becomes Kevin's Math teacher. Kevin starts getting D's on Pop Quiz's - Paul gets A's. Kevin starts to study harder but it only gets worse. He ends up going to extra classes.

Written by Tom Gammill & Max Pross
Directed by Andy Tennant

1 = «ABC» -- The Jackson 5
2 = «One» -- Three Dog Night
3 = «The Twilight Zone» -- Marius Constant
4 = «You Can Close Your Eyes» -- James Taylor
 
026 3.03 Wayne On Wheels (original air date: October 24, 1989)
Wayne gets his license and Kevin thinks he will now be out of his life. Kevin wants to go to the mall to find a girl but Wayne has to drive him, Wayne tries to make a fool of him.

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Bett Hillshafer

1 = «I Get Around» -- The Beach Boys
2 = Love Theme from the movie «Romeo and Juliet» -- Nino Rota (on the DVDs replaced by «Romeo & Juliet with Narration/Lovers Theme»)
 
027 3.04 Mom Wars (original air date: October 31, 1989)
Kevin wants to play full contact football at the park after school but his Mum thinks he will get hurt. She ends up trying to take him to buy new clothes after school all the time.

Written by Todd W. Langen
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = "Your Mother Should Know" (Instrumental)
2 = «Nowhere To Run» -- Martha and the Vandellas
3 = «The Circle Game» -- Joni Mitchell
 
028 3.05 On The Spot (original air date: November 7, 1989)
Winnie gets the major role in the school play - Our Town. Kevin is the lights man. Winnie's parents get back together.

Written by Matthew Carlson
Directed by Matia Karrell

1 = «There's No Business Like Show Business» -- Werner Müller and His Orchestra
2 = «Appalachian Spring» -- The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
3 = «That's Entertainment» -- The Jam
 
029 3.06 Odd Man Out (original air date: November 14, 1989)
Paul and Kevin have a massive argument. Kevin starts hanging around with Doug Porter but he is too bland.

Written by David M. Stern
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «Into the Wild Blue Yonder» -- ?
2 = «The Air Force Song» -- Bob Sharples and His Music
 
030 3.07 The Family Car (original air date: November 21, 1989)
Kevin's Dad buys a new car, but doesn't want to spend too much money. Craig Hobson tries to pay Kevin out but it doesn't work.

Written by Debra Frank & Jack Weinstein
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Stars And Stripes Forever» -- Bob Sharples and His Music (or John Phillip Sousa)
2 = «Hallelujah Chorus» -- Georg Friedrich Händel
3 = «I Can See Clearly Now» -- Johnny Nash (or Jimmy Cliff)
4 = «Long May You Run» -- Neil Young (on the DVDs replaced by «Keep Your Motor Running»)
 
031 3.08 The Pimple (original air date: November 28, 1989)
Kevin gets his first pimple just when a beautiful family friend is coming over to visit.

Written by David M. Stern & Todd W. Langen
Directed by Matia Karrell

1 = «Morning» from «Peer Gynt» -- Edvard Grieg
2 = «Ain't No Mountain High Enough» -- Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 = «Somewhere Over the Rainbow» from the movie «The Wizard of Oz»
 
032 3.09 Math Class Squared (original air date: December 12, 1989)
Kevin's Math teacher Mr. Collins, is his hero. Kevin's grades are getting worse because Mr. Collins grades on a curve and some of the kids are cheating. Kevin's cheats too.

Written by Matthew Carlson
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = «The Twilight Zone» -- Marius Constant
2 = «American Tune» -- Paul Simon
 
033 3.10 Rock 'n' Roll (original air date: January 2, 1990)
Kevin joins a band - The Electric Shoes. They play their own Rock 'n' Roll at a friend's party.

Written by Bob Stevens
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «I Wanna Hold Your Hand» -- The Beatles (from The Ed Sullivan Show)
2 = «My Generation» -- The Who
3 = «So You Want To Be a Rock'n Roll Star» -- The Byrds
 
034 3.11 Don't You Know Anything About Women? (original air date: January 16, 1990)
Kevin likes Susan Fisher and Linda his lab partner tells him to ask her to the dance. Anyway she is going with someone else, so he asks Linda. Susan then asks to save her a dance.

Written by Tammy Ader
Directed by Jeff Brown

1 = « (Your Love, Keeps Liftin Me ) Higher and Higher» -- Jackie Wilson
2 = «Crimson and Clover» -- Tommy James and The Shondells
3 = «Unchained Melody» -- The Righteous Brothers
 
035 3.12 The Powers That Be (original air date: January 23, 1990)
Kevin's Grandad comes to stay. He brings a puppy for Kevin. Kevin's Dad is always arguing with his Dad and the puppy gets the blame.

Written by David M. Stern
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = «Walkin' the Dog» -- Rufus Thomas
2 = «Turn! Turn! Turn!» -- The Byrds
 
036 3.13 She, My Friend and I (original air date: February 6, 1990)
Kevin sets Paul up with Winnie to get Carla jealous. However, Kevin still likes Winnie. Anyway Paul ends up really liking Winnie but she only likes him as a friend so she lets him down lightly. Paul tells Kevin she said she still liked him and Winnie goes off!

Written by Kerry Ehrin
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «Auld Lang Syne» -- Guy Lombardo [song unconfirmed]
 
037 3.14 St. Valentine's Day Massacre (original air date: February 13, 1990)
The next day and its Valentines Day. Kevin makes Winnie a Valentine card but it is put in Becky Slater's locker by mistake. In the end Winnie admits she still likes him. Great ending!

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Matia Karrell

1 = «All You Need Is Love» (Instrumental)
2 = «My Funny Valentine» -- Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers («Babes in Arms» 1939) (On-Screen Character Performance)
3 = «What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted» -- Jimmy Ruffin
4 = «You're All I Need To Get By» -- Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
5 = «Miss Gulch» from the movie «The Wizard of Oz» (Instrumental)
 
038 3.15 Tree House (original air date: February 20, 1990)
Kevin and his Dad make a tree house but see the lady next door sunbaking, they both lose the plot.

Teleplay by Matthew Carlson
Story by David M. Stern
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «The Ride of the Valkyries» -- Richard Wagner
2 = «Papa's Got A Brand New Bag» -- James Brown
3 = «Let's Call the Whole Thing Off» (On-Screen Character Performance)
4 = «(Let Me Tell You About) The Birds and the Bees» -- Jewel Akens
5 = «Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)» (on the DVDs replaced by «Let's Call The Whole Thing Off»)
 
039 3.16 Glee Club (original air date: February 27, 1990)
Kevin's Glee Club get a new teacher and she makes them sing at the ‹Spring Sing› - Stout Hearted Men.

Teleplay by Todd W. Langen
Story by Bob Brush & Todd W. Langen
Directed by Jim McBride

1 = «Stout Hearted Men» -- Nelson Eddy
2 = «Climb Ev 'ry Mountain» -- Rodgers & Hammerstein (On-Screen Character Performance)
3 = «I Could Have Danced All Night» (On-Screen Character Performance)
4 = «Aquarius» (On-Screen Character Performance)
 
040 3.17 Night Out (original air date: March 13, 1990)
Kevin and Winnie are together and they get invited to Robbie Hudson's ‹make-out› party. They have to kiss, Winnie runs out, but they do in the end.

Teleplay by Todd W. Langen & Mark B. Perry
Story by Tammy Ader
Directed by Dan Lauria

1 = «Happy Together» -- The Turtles
2 = «Hang on Sloopy» -- The McCoys
3 = «Shout» -- Joey Dee and Starliters
4 = «Ina Gadda da-vida» -- Iron Butterfly
5 = «Seasons» -- Elton John
 
041 3.18 Faith (original air date: March 27, 1990)
Kevin has to write his own obituary. His Dad has to pay taxes and his Mum loses the receipts. Classic quote: «I get up at 5 in the morning, I fight traffic, I bust my hump all day, then I fight traffic again, then I pay my taxes - The End».

Teleplay by Matthew Carlson
Story by Bob Brush & Matthew Carlson
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Amazing Grace» -- Judy Collins [song unconfirmed]
 
042 3.19 The Unnatural (original air date: April 17, 1990)
Paul signs up for the baseball team, Kevin has a good hit at practice Kevin keeps making the cut and thinks it's because his Dad went to Korea with the coach.

Written by Ian Gurvitz
Directed by Nick Marck

1 = «Take Me Out To The Ballgame» ( Instrumental)
2 = «Marine's Hymn» -- Bob Sharples and His Music
 
043 3.20 Goodbye (original air date: April 24, 1990)

Kevin gets some extra help from Mr. Collins but he doesn't turn up for the exam. Mr. Collins dies and Kevin resits his exam.

Written by Bob Brush
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Goodbye My Friend» -- Linda Ronstadt

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Kevin's math teacher Mr. Collins

«I thought you were my friend.» -
«Not your friend. Your teacher.»

«I thought you were my friend.» - «Not your friend. Your teacher.»

Oh we never know where life will take us
We know it's just a ride on the wheel
And we never know when death will shake us
And we wonder how it will feel

Teacher is not an easy job... Goodbye, my friend

So goodbye my friend
I know I'll never see you again
But the time together
through all the years
Will take away these tears
It's okay now
Goodbye my friend

In memoriam

 
044 3.21 Cocoa and Sympathy (original air date: May 1, 1990)
Lisa Berlini poll - Kevin gets best eyes and Paul gets brainiest. Paul thinks it's because he wears glasses but Kevin's Mum tells him glasses make the man. They end up going to the theatre together.

Written by Winnie Holzman
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind» -- Lovin' Spoonful
2 = «Unforgettable» -- Nat King Cole
 
045 3.22 Daddy's Little Girl (original air date: May 8, 1990)
Karen's 18th birthday. Kevin's Dad is angry with her. Karen doesn't want a party or cake. They make up in the end.

Written by Todd W. Langen & Mark B. Perry
Directed by Jim McBride

1 = «Thank Heaven For Little Girls» -- Maurice Chevalier
2 = «Who Knows Where Time Goes» -- Judy Collins
 
046 3.23 Moving (original air date: May 16, 1990)
Kevin's house has dry rot, so he thinks he has to move. He thinks he may have to break up with Winnie but it turns out Winnie is moving. Kevin buys her a ring but she won't take it. Great ending!

Written by Jill Gordon & Bob Brush
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «My Girl» -- The Temptations
047 4.01 Growing Up (original air date: September 19, 1990)
Kevin and Winnie are together, Kevin and his family go to his Dads work picnic. Karen goes off to college.

Written by Bob Brush
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = "Layla" (Instrumental)
2 = «When I'm Sixty Four» (Instrumental)
3 = «Goodnight Irene» (On-Screen Character Performance)
4 = «Forever Young» -- Joan Baez
 
048 4.02 Ninth Grade Man (original air date: September 26, 1990)
Kevin begins 9th grade. Winnie is going to another school and she wants him to think of her every hour. Kevin has a rotten day but we meet Madeline and she kisses Kevin after Becky Slater gives him a race.

Written by Jill Gordon
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = «Thus Spoke Zarathustra» -- Richard Strauss
2 = «How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You» -- Marvin Gaye
3 = «Be My Baby» -- The Ronettes
 
049 4.03 Journey (original air date: October 3, 1990)
The gang of Kevin's mates go on an adventure to Donna Pescarelli's slumber party. Classic part when they make ‹the signal›.

Written by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Directed by Peter Werner

1 = March from the «River Kwai and Colonel Bogey» -- Mitch Miller & His Orchestra and Chorus
2 = «War» -- Edwin Starr
3 = «Daydream Believer» -- The Monkees
 
050 4.04 The Cost of Living (original air date: October 10, 1990)
Kevin is not getting paid enough allowance so he becomes a caddy. His first job is to caddy for his Dads boss against his Dad.

Written by Mark Levin
Directed by Nick Marck

1 = «Working in a Coal Mine» -- Lee Dorsey
2 = «We're in the Money» (Instrumental; from the movie "Gold-diggers of 1933")
 
051 4.05 It's a Mad, Mad Madeline World (original air date: October 24, 1990)
Kevin and Winnie are together but he gets a cooking assignment with Madeline. When he goes to her house he forgets Winnie's bracelet. So he buys a new one - ‹Kevin Amold›.

Written by Eric Gilliland & Jeffrey Stepakoff
Directed by Rob Thompson

1 = «Hey Good Lookin» -- Hank Williams
 
052 4.06 Little Debbie (original air date: November 7, 1990)
Paul's sister Debbie, has a crush on Kevin. He ends up having to take her to her first dance.

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Tutti-Frutti» -- Elvis Presley (On-Screen Character Performance)
2 = «Teach Me Tonight» (On-Screen Character Performance)
3 = «Tammy» -- Liberace (on the DVDs replaced by «Sammy»)
4 = «Love is a Many Splendored Thing» -- The Four Aces
5 = «Try To Remember» -- Harry Belafonte (On-Screen Character Performance)
6 = «In The Mood» -- Glenn Miller (On-Screen Character Performance)
7 = «You've Got to Be a Football Hero» -- University of Michigan Band
8 = «Moonlight Serenade» -- Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
 
053 4.07 The Ties That Bind (original air date: November 14, 1990)
Kevin's Dad gets a raise but has to go to travel around a lot. It ends up looking like he is going to miss Thanksgiving.

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «At Last» -- Nat King Cole
2 = «Symphony No. 9, 2nd movement» -- Ludwig van Beethoven
3 = «Plenty to Be Thankful For» (Instrumental)
4 = «Happy Holiday» (Instrumental)
 
054 4.08 The Sixth Man (original air date: November 28, 1990)
Paul gets on the school basketball team. Kevin beats him all the time when they play in his backyard but when he's not playing with Kevin he is good. So he challenges Kevin one night and finally beats him.

Written by David Chambers
Directed by Nick Marck

1 = «Let's Go (Pony)» -- The Routers (or The Ventures)
2 = «Sweet Cherry Wine» -- Tommy James and the Shondells
 
055 4.09 A Very Cutlip Christmas (original air date: December 12, 1990)
Kevin sees Cutlip playing Santa at the mall. He lets it slip to his friends and they go looking for him.

Written by Mark Levin

Suggested by/Material by Gene Wolande
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «First Noel»
2 = «Deck The Hall»
3 = «Sleigh Ride» -- The Ventures
4 = «Walking In A Winter Wonder Land» (On-Screen Character Performance)
5 = «Jingle Bells»
6 = «Frosty The Snowman» (Instrumental)
7 = «Hallelujah Chorus»
8 = «Silent Night»
9 = «Santa Claus is Coming to Town» (Instrumental)
 
056 4.10 The Candidate (original air date: January 9, 1991)
Becky Slater is running for school President. Kevin runs against her. It turns into a slanging match.

Teleplay by Eric Gilliland
Story by David Chambers & Eric Gilliland
Directed by Neal Israel

1 = «National Emblem» - - E.E. Bagley
2 = «Wipeout» -- The Surfaris
3 = «Three Blind Mice» -- ?
4 = «Yankee Doodle» -- ?
5 = «Battle Hymn of The Republic»
6 = «Respect» -- Aretha Franklin
 
057 4.11 Heartbreak (original air date: January 23, 1991)
First part of when Kevin and Winnie go to the Museum together on a joint school trip. Winnie breaks up with him because she likes Roger but Madeline has her eye on Kevin.

Written by David Chambers
Directed by Andy Tennant

1 = «God Only Knows» -- The Beach Boys
 
058 4.12 Denial (original air date: January 30, 1991)

The next day - Kevin tries to win Winnie back by taking Madeline to Paul's party. But they end up having a huge argument. Great ending!

Teleplay by Mark Levin
Story by Mark Levin & David Chambers
Directed by Richard Masur

1 = «How Do You Do» -- Mouth & MacNeal
2 = «Rescue Me» -- Fontella Bass
3 = «Mustang Sally» -- Wilson Pickett
4 = «You Are Everything» -- The Stylistics

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57 Heartbreak

Kevin isn't very excited...

Kevin: Winnie! Wait! Can we talk about this?
Winnie: I don't know...
Kevin: Look...

Can we talk about this?

Narrator:
I wanted to tell her that she was the only one.
That she'd always been the only one,
ever since we were little kids,
ever since she lived across the street.

Kevin, I'm sorry!

Winnie: I didn't know what to say to you.
Kevin: Winnie... It's not what you think.
Winnie: I never thought this could happen to me...
Kevin: Believe me, nothing's happened!
Winnie: Yes, it has. Kevin, I've met someone.
Kevin: What?
Winnie: Kevin, I'm sorry!

Narrator:
Back there on our seat,
the ride home in the dark seat,
there it was: The ring I gave to Winnie.
The one she was giving back to me.

There it was: The ring I gave to Winnie  The one she was giving back to me

Narrator:
I looked for her on the other bus, but I couldn't find her.
She was already lost in the crowd.
I knew then that the girl next door was gone,
and my life would never be the same again.

The girl next door was gone.

58 Denial

Winnie: Kevin, I care about you. You mean a lot to me.
Kevin: I do?
Winnie: And...I need you...
Narrator: I wanted to take her right there and tell her how much I missed her.
Winnie: ...to...be my friend.
Kevin: Your friend?
Narrator: The words cut my heart out. I couldn't have been more unprepared. I said the first thing I felt.
Kevin: I don't want to be your friend. I got enough friends.

Our relationship didn't mean that much to me!

Winnie: Kevin...
Kevin: Winnie, let's just do both ourselves a favor and keep away from each other.
Winnie: You really mean that?
Kevin: Of course I really mean that!
Narrator: I guess I was hurting her, but I just didn't care anymore.
Kevin: I'll tell you another thing, Winnie. This whole thing's stupid. It's really not that big a deal. And to tell you the truth our relationship didn't mean that much to me, alright?
Narrator: It was the biggest lie I ever told. And she believed every word of it.

 
059 4.13 Who's Aunt Rose? (original air date: February 6, 1991)
Kevin's Grandpa comes to town to go to a funeral. The whole family ends up going. Kevin and Wayne end up getting kicked out of the car.

Teleplay by Mark B. Perry
Story by Jill Gordon
Directed by Rob Thompson

1 = «Toccata and Fuge in D minor» -- Johann Sebastian Bach
 
060 4.14 Courage (original air date: February 13, 1991)
Kevin's dentist, Miss Hussenfuss, is really good looking. She thinks he is brave for going to school.

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = « The Syncopated Clock» -- Percy Faith and His Orchestra (or Leroy Anderson)
2 = «Purple Haze» -- Jimi Hendrix
 
061 4.15 Buster (original air date: February 27, 1991)
Buster, Kevin's dog, needs to get fixed but everyone keeps avoiding it. When Kevin takes him for a walk he runs off so they all go looking for him. Then they all taking him to get fixed.

Teleplay by Jill Gordon & Mark B. Perry
Story by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Directed by Nick Marck

1 = «How Much Is That Doggie In The Window» -- Patti Page [song unconfirmed]
2 = «Theme» from the TV show «Lassie»
3 = «Tossin' and Turnin'» -- Bobby Lewis
4 = «Morning " from "Peer Gynt» -- Edvard Grieg
5 = «Lean on Me» -- Bill Withers
 
062 4.16 Road Trip (original air date: March 6, 1991)
Kevin and his Dad stop communicating, his Mum makes them go together to buy a suit. They never get there. Classic part, in the cafe ‹My Mum, your wife!› also ‹Budge the lug nut›

Written by David Chambers
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «Largo al Factotum» from the opera «Il Barbiere di Siviglia» -- Rossini
2 = «The Third Man Theme» -- Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
3 = «I Like the Way You Do Your Thing»
4 = «Everybody Loves Somebody»
5 = «Moon River»
6 = «My Dog's Bigger Than Your Dog»
7 = «Teach Your Children» -- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
 
063 4.17 When Worlds Collide (original air date: March 20, 1991)
Kevin's Mum goes to work at his school. Kevin hates it. He doesn't want her to talk to him there. She gets upset and loses her job.

Written by Eric Gilliland
Directed by Lyndall Hobbs

1 = «Soul Man» -- Sam & Dave
 
064 4.18 Separate Rooms (original air date: April 3, 1991)
Wayne and Kevin's room is getting too small. Karen's room is empty, so they want to use it. They end up arguing over who has to leave.

Teleplay by Bob Brush
Story by Jill Gordon & Bob Brush
Directed by Michael Dinner
 
065 4.19 The Yearbook (original air date: April 10, 1991)
Peter Arbuster is the fat kid in school. Kevin is in charge of funny quotes for each student. He makes Peter «Oink! Oink!» and then feels guilty.

Written by David Chambers
Directed by Neal Israel

1 = «I'm Different» -- Randy Newman
 
066 4.20 The Accident (original air date: April 24, 1991)

Kevin sees Winnie for the first time since they split up. She comes over, he tries to help her. She gets in an accident. Great ending!

Teleplay by Jill Gordon
Story by Jill Gordon & Bob Brush
Directed by Richard Masur

1 = «Walk Don't Run» -- The Ventures
2 = «The Tears of a Clown» -- Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
3 = «Smoke Gets in Your Eyes» -- The Platters
4 = «We've Got Tonight» -- Bob Seger

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Narrator:
And I guess that's when I finally understood. I'd been part of
Winnie's past, a past she wanted to forget.
And now ... there was nothing to do ... but go.

Only I didn't.

I know it's late

I couldn't.

I know you're weary
I know your plans
Don't include me
Still here we are
Both of us lonely
Longing for shelter
From all that we see

There are things in a life that matter,
things in a past which can't be denied.

Why should we worry?
No one will care, girl
Look at the stars
So far away

Winnie Cooper was part of me,

We've got tonight

and I was part of her.

Kevin looks through the window...

Who needs tomorrow?

And no matter what, for as long as we lived,
I knew I could never let her go.

We've got tonight, babe
Why don't you stay?

...and Winnie sees him.

Deep in my soul
I've been so lonely
All of my hopes
Fading away
I've longed for love

Kevin: I love you.

Like everyone else does
I know I'll keep searching
Even after today

Winnie: I love you.

So there it is girl
I've said it all now
And here we are, babe
What do you say?

Kevin and Winnie - together again

We've got tonight
Who needs tomorrow?
Let's make it last
Let's find a way
Turn out the light
Come take my hand now
We've got tonight, babe ...

 
067 4.21 The House That Jack Built (original air date: May 1, 1991)
Karen moves into a house with Michael. She doesn't tell her parents, she is living with a guy. Her Dad goes off.

Written by Mark B. Perry & Mark Levin
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «To Each His Own» -- Ink Spots (or The Platters)
2 = «The Times They Are A-Changin'» -- Bob Dylan
 
068 4.22 Graduation (original air date: May 8, 1991)
Kevin is graduating from Junior High. Ed Cutlip makes a classic quote ‹Free at last... Thank God almighty, I'm free at last!›. Winnie thinks Paul has already told Kevin he is going to Prep school. They have a fight. Paul makes a big speech at the end.

Written by Bob Brush
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Turn! Turn! Turn!» -- The Byrds
2 = «Battle Hymn of the Republic»
3 = «I Think It's Going to Rain Today» -- Randy Newman
4 = «Lullaby and Good Night» or Johannes Brahm's «Lullaby»
5 = «Pomp and Circumstances» -- Sir Edward Elgar
6 = «With A Little Help From My Friends» -- Joe Cocker
 
069 4.23 The Wonder Years: Looking Back... (Clip Show) (original air date: May 15, 1991)
Look back at Kevin's days at RFK Junior High. Great parts with Winnie in it. Great ending!

Written by Mark B. Perry & Mark Levin
Directed by Nick Marck

1 = «Come Softly To Me» -- The Fleetwoods
2 = «For What It's Worth» -- Buffalo Springfield
3 = «My Generation» -- The Who
4 = «Here Comes the Sun» -- Richie Havens (on the DVDs replaced by «Train to Nowhere»)
5 = «In My Life» -- Judy Collins
070 5.01 The Lake (original air date: October 2, 1991)
Cara episode! Kevin meets Cara on the Arnold/Pfeiffer family trip. No more needs to be said.

Written by Mark Levin
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Mannish Boy» -- Muddy Waters
2 = «I Fought The Law» -- Bobby Fuller Four
3 = «Happy Together» -- The Turtles
4 = «Jamaica Say You Will» -- Jackson Browne
 
071 5.02 Day One (original air date: October 9, 1991)
Kevin's first day in High School. Stuart Carpazian keeps annoying him, Mr. Bottner has it in for him and Winnie tries to make him feel all right. Good ending with spiral note paper.

Written by Denise Moss & Sy Dukane
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = «Eight Miles High» -- The Byrds
 
072 5.03 The Hardware Store (original air date: October 16, 1991)
Kevin gets his first job at Harris & Sons Hardware Store. He wants to get a job at the mall so he can get girls.

Written by Craig Hoffman
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «Takin' Care of Business» -- Bachman Turner Overdrive
2 = «Pennies from Heaven» -- Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (or Burke & Johnson)
 
073 5.04 Frank and Denise (original air date: October 23, 1991)
Denise the Grease and Frank the Stank are a tough couple. Denise likes Kevin because he understands the poetry at school. Denise breaks up with Frank but Kevin gets them back together.

Written by David Greenwalt
Directed by David Greenwalt

1 = «Only You (And You Alone)» -- The Platters
2 = «If I Were Carpenter» -- Tim Hardin
 
074 5.05 Full Moon Rising (original air date: October 30, 1991)
No one in Kevin's group have their license. Ricky Holsenbach is the first to turn 16. He gets his license somehow. Kevin lies to break up a date with Cindy and Randy ‹Moons› Kevin's parents.

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «G.T.O.» -- Ronny and the Daytonas
2 = «Think Music» from «Jeopardy»
3 = «Symphony no. 9» -- Ludwig van Beethoven
4 = «Theme» from the TV show «Hawaii 5-O» -- The Ventures
5 = «Fanfare for the Common Man» (Instrumental)
 
075 5.06 Triangle (original air date: November 6, 1991)
Wayne gets a girlfriend, Sandy. She is really nice looking. Kevin and she make out behind Wayne's back. Kevin wants to be with her but when she breaks up with Wayne he can't leave his brother.

Written by Sy Rosen
Directed by Daniel Stern

1 = «I Got You Babe» -- Sonny & Cher
2 = «If» -- Bread
3 = «Green River» -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 = «I Shall Be Released» -- The Band
 
076 5.07 Soccer (original air date: November 20, 1991)
Kevin can't get in any school sport teams. So he goes out for the soccer team and we see the biggest assemblence of nerds.

Written by Mark Levin
Directed by Thomas Schlamme

1 = «Notre Dame fight song»
2 = «Get Up Offa That Thing» -- James Brown
3 = «William Tell Overture» -- Gioachino Rossini
 
077 5.08 Dinner Out (original air date: December 4, 1991)
Its Kevin's Dads birthday. He and Karen are still not talking over Michael. They end up going to a restaurant and all they do is argue. Karen comes back later, and makes him ‹King for a day›.

Written by Gina Goldman
Directed by Bryan Gordon

1 = «Happy Birthday to You» -- Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five
 
078 5.09 Christmas Party (original air date: December 11, 1991)
The annual Christmas party at the Arnolds. It was not the same anymore. Nobody wanted to go. Mr. Ermin got caught smoking marijuana in the basement.

Written by Sy Dukane & Denise Moss
Directed by Jim McBride

1 = «Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree» -- Brenda Lee
2 = «White Christmas» -- Andy Williams (or Bing Crosby)
3 = «Sleigh Ride» -- Leroy Anderson & His "Pops" Concert Orchestra
4 = «Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo» -- Billy May and His Orchestra
5 = «The Christmas Song» -- Mel Torme
6 = «Frosty the Snow Man» (Instrumental)
 
079 5.10 Pfeiffer's Fortune (original air date: December 18, 1991)
Paul's Dad comes into money. They buy a new color TV, ride-on mower and join a country club. Kevin's Dad can't handle it.

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)» -- Harpers Bizarre
2 = «Fragrance» -- The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra
 
080 5.11 Road Test (original air date: January 8, 1992)
Kevin does driver-ed. He is a heaps good driver, accept he can't parallel park. When he goes to get his license he runs out and pretends he got them.

Written by Craig Hoffman
Directed by Thomas Schlamme

1 = «Mary Had a Little Lamb»
2 = «Poursuite» (Instrumental)
 
081 5.12 Grandpa's Car (original air date: January 15, 1992)
Kevin's Grandpa comes to stay, but he is getting to old to drive. After many arguments with Kevin's Dad, Kevin drives him home and buys the car for $1.

Written by Mark Levin
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Crazy» -- Patsy Cline
2 = «Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)» -- Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
3 = ?«Citizens (dum-de-dum-dum) Drive Safely» -- M. Roza and W. Schumann
 
082 5.13 Kodachrome (original air date: January 29, 1992)
Miss Shaw is a radical teacher at Kevin's school. She lets them choose their own grade. But the school does not like it, so she leaves.

Written by Gina Goldman
Directed by David Greenwalt

1 = «Both Sides, Now» -- Joni Mitchell
 
083 5.14 Private Butthead (original air date: February 5, 1992)
Wayne has to sit his SAT's again to get into college. But Wayne and Wart go and sign up for the army instead. Kevin's Dad goes off but Wayne fails the fitness test and Wart goes off to war.

Written by Sy Rosen
Directed by Nick Marck

1 = «Forever Young» -- Joan Baez
 
084 5.15 Of Mastodons and Men (original air date: February 12, 1992)
Kevin dates Julie Aidem but she pays a bit too much attention to him. Kevin's mates get jealous.

Written by Mark Levin
Directed by Thomas Schlamme
 
085 5.16 Double Double Date (original air date: February 26, 1992)
Kevin likes the Swedish exchange student. Winnie likes a new guy, they go to the dance as a double date. Kevin and Winnie argue all the time but end up together. Great ending!

Written by Sy Rosen & Mark B. Perry
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «Wild Thing» -- The Troggs (Instrumental)
2 = «Sugar, Sugar» -- The Archies
3 = «Run, Run, Run» -- Jo Jo Gunne
4 = «You Are Everything» -- The Stylistics
5 = «When A Man loves A Woman» -- Percy Sledge
 
086 5.17 Hero (original air date: March 11, 1992)
Bobby Riddell is the star basketballer. The school team has a chance to get to the final. Kevin takes his Dad to see him but Bobby stuffs up.

Written by David Greenwalt
Directed by Stephen Cragg

1 = "Fanfare for the Common Man " (Instrumental)
 
087 5.18 Lunch Stories (original air date: March 18, 1992)
A day in the cafe at Kevin's school. Ricky has an essay to write. Chuck is in love with Sheila and Kevin has to give blood for Winnie. Wayne tries to win $20 for getting Maniacs first name.

Written by Sy Dukane & Denise Moss
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow» -- The Revingtons
2 = «Theme» from the TV show «Peter Gunn» -- Henry Mancini
 
088 5.19 Carnal Knowledge (original air date: March 25, 1992)
Paul loses his virginity to a friend of the family and Kevin gets uptight about it because he thinks Paul doesn't need him anymore.

Written by David Greenwalt
Directed by Nancy Cooperstein

1 = «Walk Like a Man» -- The Four Seasons
 
089 5.20 The Lost Weekend (original air date: April 8, 1992)
Kevin's parents leave him and Wayne alone for the weekend. Kevin throws the mother of all parties, Wayne goes out. The party ruins the house and Wayne takes the blame.

Teleplay by Sivert Glarum & Stephen Jenkins
Story by Rob Cohen
Directed by Arthur Albert

1 = March from «River Kwai and Colonel Bogey» -- Mitch Miller & His Orchestra and Chorus
2 = «Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)» -- John Fred and His Playboy Band
3 = «I Want To Take You Higher» -- Sly & the Family Stone
 
090 5.21 Stormy Weather (original air date: April 22, 1992)
Karen and Michael have a fight. Karen comes home to stay because Michael asked her to marry him. Michael camps on the front lawn.

Written by Denise Moss & Sy Dukane
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «Desperado» -- Linda Ronstadt
 
091 5.22 The Wedding (original air date: April 29, 1992)
Karen and Michael are getting married. But Karen's Mum starts taking over. In the end Karen has it how she wants it. But they are moving to Alaska and Karen can't tell her family.

Written by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «You Can All Join In» -- Traffic
2 = «Wedding Song (There Is Love)» -- Paul Stookey
 
092 5.23 Back to the Lake (original air date: May 6, 1992)
Kevin goes looking for Cara. But when he finally finds her she has a boyfriend and Kevin realizes how stupid he's been.

Written by Mark Levin
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Pressure Drop» -- Toots & the Maytals (or Jimmy Cliff)
2 = «Venus» -- Frankie Avalon
3 = «On The Road Again» -- Canned Heat
4 = «Home» -- Karla Bonnoff
 
093 5.24 Broken Hearts and Burgers (original air date: May 13, 1992)
Winnie and Kevin are together. But when he goes to order dinner, the ‹I put the relish on the side› girl eyes him off and Winnie gets mad.. Heaps good reminiscing and they fully make out in the end.

Written by Craig Hoffman
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful» -- Ringo Starr
2 = «Somewhere» -- Soundheim & Bernstein (Instrumental)
3 = «Brown Eyed Girl» -- Van Morrison
4 = «Wild Heart of the Young» -- Karla Bonoff
094 6.01 Homecoming (original air date: September 23, 1992)
The McKinley Knight gets stolen. Wart comes back from Vietnam. When Kevin and Winnie go to the game he tries to steal the owl and sees Wart sitting in his underpants.

Written by Bob Brush
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «Cherish» -- The Association
 
095 6.02 Fishing (original air date: September 30, 1992)
Kevin and Wayne go on the annual fishing trip with their dad. But they realize that it is the last time. The place has changed and they no longer find it enjoyable.

Written by Phil Doran
Directed by Greg Beeman

1 = «Going Up the Country» -- Canned Heat
2 = «Fishing Blues» -- Taj Mahal
 
096 6.03 Scenes from a Wedding (original air date: October 7, 1992)
At Candy's wedding she keeps avoiding Wayne. Kevin tries to pick up the bridesmaid by getting drunk and Kevin's Dads boss tries to crack on to his Mum.

Teleplay by John Harmon Feldman
Story by Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins
Directed by Michael Dinner

1 = «The Wedding March»
2 = «Bad , Bad Leroy Brown» -- Jim Croce (On-Screen Character Performance)
3 = «For Once in My Life» -- Stevie Wonder (On-Screen Character Performance)
4 = «I am Woman» -- Helen Reddy (On-Screen Character Performance)
5 = «Back Off Boogaloo» -- Ringo Starr [song unconfirmed]
6 = «Look Of Love» -- Dionne Warwick (On-Screen Character Performance)
7 = «We've Only Just Begun» -- The Carpenters (On-Screen Character Performance)
8 = «Fly Me to the Moon» -- Frank Sinatra
 
097 6.04 Sex and Economics (original air date: October 14, 1992)
Miss Farmer is Kevin's teacher and she is gorgeous. She needs her house painted. Kevin offers to do it, she gives him the money, it runs out and ends up costing Kevin $200.

Teleplay by John Harmon Feldman
Story by John Bunzel
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «We're in the Money» -- from the movie «Gold-diggers of 1933» (Ginger Rogers) (the $500)
2 = «Takin' Care of Business» -- Bachman -Turner Overdrive
3 = «If I Didn't Care» -- The Ink Spots
 
098 6.05 Politics as Usual (original air date: October 21, 1992)
A charismatic McGovern campaigner brings Winnie and Kevin into the political arena, where Kevin, believing the man is an opponent in the race for Winnie's affections, gets a taste of power politics.

Written by Craig Hoffman
Directed by Bryan Gordon

1 = «Happy Days Are Here Again» -- Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (or Yellen & Ager)
 
099 6.06 White Lies (original air date: October 28, 1992)
Kevin invites Winnie over to study for the SATs but they fall asleep on the lounge. He sort of lies to the guys about what happened and Winnie finds out and breaks up with him.

Written by Jon Harmon Feldman & Robin Riordan
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «Wake Up Little Susie» -- The Everly Brothers
 
100 6.07 Wayne and Bonnie (original air date: November 11, 1992)
Wayne and Bonnie are dating. She is 23, divorced and has a child. He decides to move out with her. Kevin is trying to get Winnie back, and he finally does.

Written by Sy Rosen
Directed by Greg Beeman

1 = «(You Better) Shop Around» -- Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
 
101 6.08 Kevin Delivers (original air date: November 25, 1992)
Kevin is working for Mr. Chong and we see all the people he encounters and he tries to finish early to see Winnie.

Written by Frank Renzulli
Directed by Arthur Albert

1 = «You've Made Me So Very Happy» -- Blood, Sweat & Tears (on the DVDs replaced by David Clayton-Thomas version)
2 = «Soul Man» -- Sam & Dave
3 = «Take A Letter Maria» -- R.B. Greaves
4 = «Bobby's Girl» -- Marcie Blaine
5 = «Respect» -- Aretha Franklin
6 = «Tocatta and Fugue in D minor» -- Johann Sebastian Bach
7 = «It's My Party» -- Leslie Gore
8 = «Stand by Me» -- Ben E. King
 
102 6.09 The Test (original air date: December 9, 1992)
Kevin has to sit his SATs and his Dad is trying to decide whether he should leave NORCOM and buy a furniture business.

Written by Robin Riordan
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «Stuck In The Middle With You» -- Stealers Wheel
 
103 6.10 Let Nothing You Dismay (original air date: December 16, 1992)
Kevin wants to buy Winnie a cashmere sweater and has to work on Christmas Eve to get it. Kevin's dad gets a loan for the furniture business by himself thanks to Kevin's Mum.

Written by Craig Hoffman
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «Santa Claus Is Coming To Town» (Instrumental)
2 = «It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas»(Instrumental)
3 = «Frosty The Snowman» (Instrumental)
4 = «The Twelve Days of Christmas» (Instrumental)
5 = «God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen» (Instrumental)
6 = «Silent Night» (Instrumental)
 
104 6.11 New Years (original air date: January 6, 1993)
Wayne is shouting the family to a New Years dinner. Kevin wants to go away with Winnie but they end up going and Wayne doesn't turn up because he breaks up with Bonnie.

Written by Jon Harmon Feldman
Directed by Tom Moore

1 = «Somewhere My Love» («Lara's Theme» from the movie «Doctor Zhivago») -- Maurice Jarre (Instrumental)
2 = ? «Steel Guitar Dancers» -- Paul Anka
3 = «Auld Lang Syne» -- Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
 
105 6.12 Alice in Autoland (original air date: January 13, 1993)
Kevin wants a new car so he goes to Alice's Dad's car yard - Pistol Pete Pedemeir. Alice test drives the car with Kevin and she comes on to him. Chuck sees them and goes off.

Written by Robin Riordan
Directed by Arthur Albert

1 = «Let Stay Together» -- Al Green (on the DVDs replaced with sound-alike version)
2 = «Swayin' to the Music» -- Johnny Rivers
 
106 6.13 Ladies and Gentlemen...The Rolling Stones (original air date: January 20, 1993)
There's a rumor going around that the Rolling Stones are playing at Joes. Kevin gets a speeding ticket and is not allowed to drive his car. But he drives his parents' car when they go out and they don't end up seeing the Rolling Stones anyway.

Written by Kim Friese
Directed by Peter Baldwin

1 = «All the Way from Memphis» -- Mott The Hoople
2 = «Crazy Heart» - - Hank Williams
3 = «Brown Sugar» -- The Rolling Stones
 
107 6.14 Unpacking (original air date: February 3, 1993)
There's a new girl in school and Winnie wants Kevin to set Jeff up with her but he won't do it as he already has a girl from his home town.

Written by Sy Rosen & Bob Brush
Directed by Greg Beeman

1 = «Reelin' in the Years» -- Steely Dan
2 = «Tequila» -- The Champs
 
108 6.15 Hulk Arnold (original air date: February 10, 1993)
Kevin beats everyone at wrestling in PE so he joins the wrestling team but he finds that he's not that good. But he wrestles the state champion and doesn't get pinned.

Written by Kim Friese
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «Let's Get It On» -- Marvin Gaye
 
109 6.16 Nose (original air date: February 24, 1993)
Hayley, the new girl has a big nose. Ricky doesn't have a girl and asks her out. She makes a speech in class and everyone laughs, Ricky then breaks his date with her. But they all learn a lesson in life.

Written by Sy Rosen
Directed by David Greenwalt

1 = «Walk Away Renee» -- Four Tops
2 = «Could It Be I'm Falling in Love» -- The Spinners
3 = «Love Train» -- The O Jays
4 = «You Are So Beautiful» -- Joe Cocker
 
110 6.17 Eclipse (original air date: March 17, 1993)
Kevin's class go on a field trip to the Planetarium. Winnie gets angry because Kevin says she is too perfect. Chuck gets locked in the toilets and Kevin helps put a cherry bomb in a toilet.

Written by Craig Hoffman
Directed by Stephen Cragg

1 = «Truckin'» -- The Grateful Dead
 
111 6.18 Poker (original air date: March 24, 1993)
The gang (Kevin, Paul, Chuck, Randy and Jeff) all come over for a night of poker at Kevin's house. During the course of the night we learn a bit more about all of them - Randy is worried about failing trig, Chuck thinks he got Alice pregnant, Jeff is just Jeff and Paul looks like he is drifting away from Kevin forever.

Teleplay by John Harmon Feldman
Story by Max Mutchnick & David Kohan
Directed by David Greenwalt

1 = «When I Grow Up To Be a Man» -- The Beach Boys
2 = «Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st Movement» -- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
 
112 6.19 The Little Women (original air date: March 31, 1993)
SAT scores arrive and Kevin does better than he expected - 1272?? So he is on top of the world until he finds out Winnie gets 1482 and his mother is getting a full-time job then it turns into a men against women battle. Great episode!!!

Written by David M. Wolf
Directed by Ken Topolsky

1 = «I am Woman» -- Helen Reddy
2 = «Never My Love» -- The Association
3 = «Symphony No. 9, 1st movement» -- Ludwig van Beethoven
4 = «Stand by Your Man» -- Tammy Wynette
 
113 6.20 Reunion (original air date: April 28, 1993)
Kevin's Mum has her class reunion and the family trek to her home town to meet some of her old friends but instead there is an old boyfriend who still has the ‹hots› for her and even worse Kevin's Dad doesn't seem to mind.

Teleplay by Robin Riordan
Story by Mark B. Perry
Directed by Arthur Albert

1 = «White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)» -- Marty Robbins
2 = «Our Love is Here to Stay» -- Nat King Cole
3 = «Tippin' In» -- Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra
 
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Summer
Independence Day
(original air date: May 12, 1993)

It's summer, and Kevin is working in his Dad's furniture factory. Winnie, on the other hand, is working in the Cascades at a resort as a lifeguard (shades of «Dirty Dancing»). Not being together during the summer according to Winnie
is a good idea, since they both agreed in some earlier discussion that it would be good to have some space to «find themselves.» Kevin isn't so sure.

His irritation with the situation escalates when two of his buddies take off to drive across country and he gets left behind because his Dad wouldn't let him go -- «you wouldn't survive for two seconds on your own.» (That quote sets the stage for the rest of the story).

One day at work, Kevin calls Winnie at the resort -- she's busy and distracted by poolside activities and new friends, which results in a short conversation. Kevin's Dad yells at him for using the phone, a huge argument follows, and Kevin quits his job -- «its not good enough for me.» He goes home, packs a bag, and takes off to follow the wind wherever it takes him, which happens to be to the resort where Winnie is working. She's surprised (and doesn't look too pleased) a busboy in the restaurant. He expects to spend time with her one evening and she tells him she has a lifeguard meeting to go to at the lake. He feels that she's giving him the brush off, and she tells him he has to give her time to get used to having him there.

That evening, he goes to play poker with the band and wins $100 by bluffing. Feeling like a man, he goes to find Winnie at the lake and sees her kissing one of her lifeguard pals, Eric. Things deteriorate from there. He sees her the next day and tells her he saw her; she accuses him of spying. That night he plays poker again and loses everything, including his car.

The next day he packs up to leave, walks in to the restaurant tell Winnie goodbye, punches Eric, walks out, and starts walking to who knows where. He flags a car down for a ride only to find Winnie sitting in the backseat; she got fired because of his behavior. They start arguing and get put out on the side of the road together. They continue to fight, throwing each other's luggage into the road to get run over by a truck. Then it starts raining and they both head for a nearby barn.

Eventually they start talking about everything .. about how much things have changed; Winnie says she thinks it had to happen eventually -- everybody grows up sometime. They end up making up and promise to always be together. This is the best part - with powerful and intense dialogue.

They arrive back home on the 4th of July. Karen has come home for a visit and is pregnant. Kevin makes up with his dad. The last scene is a «soliloquy» about how that was the last 4th of July Kevin ever spent in his home town, and about what happens to everyone:

Kevin was on his way;
Paul went to Harvard and studied Law - still allergic to everything;
Kevin's Dad passes away 2 years later;
His Mom becomes a business woman - board chairmen - cooker of mashed potatoes;
Karen's baby looks just like Kevin, poor kid;
Wayne takes over the furniture business after his father's death;
Winnie goes to France to study art history, and she and Kevin keep their
promise to keep in touch - they write to one another every week for 8 years. Then when she finally comes back, he meets her at the airport with his wife and first son, 8 months old.

Written by Sy Rosen («Summer») & Bob Brush («Independence Day»)
Directed by Michael Dinner

Music in «Summer»:
1 = «Summertime Blues» -- Eddie Cochran (or Blue Cheer)
2 = «Sealed with a Kiss» -- Brian Hyland
3 = «Up Around The Bend» -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 = «When a Man loves a Woman» -- Percy Sledge
5 = «Spring» 1st Movement -- Antonio Vivaldi

Music in «Independence Day»:
1 = «Brothers» from the movie «The Mission» -- Ennio Morricone (Instrumental) (on the DVDs replaced by «Pastorale»)
2 = Excerpts from the movie «The Natural» -- Randy Newman (Instrumental)

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114 Summer

Narrator:
I guess, things never turn out exactly the way you planned.
I know, they didn't with me.
Still, like my Dad used to say: «traffic's traffic!»
You go where life takes you.
I remember a time, a place, a particular 4th of July,
the things I saw in that decade of war and change.
I remember how it was,
growing up among people and places I loved.
Most of all, I remember how it was, to leave.

115 Independence Day

Narrator:
Once upon a time there was a girl I knew, who lived across the street. Brown hair, brown eyes. When she smiled, I smiled. When she cried, I cried. Every single thing that ever happened to me that mattered, in some way had to do with her. That day Winnie and I promised each other that no matter what, that we'd always be together. It was a promise full of passion and truth and wisdom. It was the kind of promise that can only come from the hearts of the very young.

Kevin and Winnie in the barn.

The next day Winnie and I came home. Back to where we'd started. It was the 4th of July in that little suburban town. Somehow though, things were different. Our past was here, but our future was somewhere else. And we both knew, sooner or later, we had to go. It was the last July I ever spent in that town. The next year, after graduation, I was on my way.
So was Paul. He went to Harvard, of course. Studied law. He's still allergic to everything.
As for my father...well. We patched things up. Hey, we were family. For better or worse. One for all...and all for one.

The Arnolds - reunited

Karen's son was born in that September. I gotta say, I think he looks like me. Poor kid. Mom, she did well: business woman, board chairman, grandmother... cooker of mashed potatoes. Wayne stayed on in furniture. Wood seemed to suit him. In fact he took over the factory two years later, when dad passed away. Winnie left the next summer to study art history in Paris. Still we never forgot our promise. We wrote to each other once a week for the next eight years. I was there to meet her, when she came home, with my wife and my first son, eight months old.

Like I said, things never turn out exactly the way you planned.

Growing up happens in a heartbeat...

Listen to the very last minute of TWY

Growing up happens in a heartbeat.
One day you're in diapers, the next day you're gone.
But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul.
I remember a place ... a town ... a house
like a lot of houses ...
A yard like a lot of other yards ...
On a street like a lot of other streets.
And the thing is ... After all these years,
I still look back ... with wonder.

Young boy's voice: Hey Dad, wanna play catch?
Narrator: I'll be right there.

Original Score

The original score of «The Wonder Years» was composed by Stewart Levin (episodes 1-6), W.G. Snuffy Walden (episodes 1-46 and 63-114), Joel McNelly (episodes 20,21) and J. Peter Robinson (episodes 47-62).

Kevin Jack and Norma The Arnold Children Kevin and Wayne Kevin and Winnie Kevin and Paul

Winnie's Theme

Stewart Levin was also working for shows like «thirtysomething», «Picket Fences» or «The Practice».

W.G. «Snuffy» Walden is best known for his work on shows like «thirtysomething», «Ellen», «My so-called Life», «Early Edition», «Relativity», «Felicity», «Providence», «Roswell», «Once and Again» and «The West Wing». Visit his website www.snuffywalden.com for more information.