About the Show

Dean Williams' coming-of-age story

In fall 2021, a New «The Wonder Years» Series will start airing on the US network ABC each Wednesday at 8:30pm ET. But what is the new show all about?

Plot Summary | The Producers |What the Stars of the Original Series are saying

Plot Summary

According to ABC, the new «The Wonder Years» series, like the original series, is a coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s. It takes a nostalgic look at the Williamses, a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, through the point of view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean. With the wisdom of his adult years, Dean's hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their «wonder years» in a turbulent time.

The New The Wonder Years Series Cast
photo by Erika Doss/ABC
The New The Wonder Years Series Cast
photo shared by Lee Daniels on Twitter

ABC also released a first teaser trailer:

The New «The Wonder Years» Series stars Don Cheadle, narrating the series as Adult Dean Williams, Elisha «EJ» Williams as Dean Williams, Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams, Julian Lerner as Brad Hitman, Amari O'Neil as Cory Long and Milan Ray as Keisa Clemmons. Read more about the cast.

Dean and friends
photo by Erika Doss/ABC
Dean in school
photo by Erika Doss/ABC
Dean and Keisa
photo by Erika Doss/ABC
Williams family
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photo by Erika Doss/ABC
photo by Erika Doss/ABC
Playing Baseball
photo by Erika Doss/ABC
New TWY Logo

The Producers

Saladin K. Patterson serves as writer and executive producer. Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment also executive produce along with original series star, Fred Savage. The original series co-creator Neal Marlens is attached to the project as a consultant. The pilot episode was written by Saladin Patterson and directed by Fred Savage. The new series is produced by Disney-owned 20th Television.

Dean's best friends
Lee Daniels, Fred Savage, Saladin K. Patterson

What the Stars of the Original Series are saying

TWY stars Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper) and Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold) welcomed the news of a reboot on Twitter.

McKellar wrote: «Fred emailed me last night to share the news! ❤ I can't wait to see what he & @leedanielsent create. I have no doubt it will both honor the original show & do justice to the realities of growing up black in 1960's».

Lauria commented: «It’s about time they try to tell a realistic story of a black child growing up during the 60’s & 70’s. I hope it sheds light on our current society - from civil rights through the Vietnam war- and now Black Lives Matter - hope this show makes a difference.»

Danica McKellar also congratulated Milan Ray for being cast on the new show: «#TBT to my days as Winnie Cooper, the mostly unrequited love interest for young Kevin on The Wonder Years 😉... and a HUGE congrats to Milan Ray who plays the young love interest in the *new* Wonder Years reboot that started shooting this week! Go get 'em, girl! ❤»