‘The Wonder Years’ Broke Up Kevin and Winnie Because Danica McKellar Was Too Tall

Danica McKellar and Fred Savage on 'The Wonder Years' in a car

Nothing quite brings back memories and a wave of nostalgia like watching a TV show from years past. The Wonder Years is just the show to conjure fond memories for many people, though many people born after the show concluded in 1993 may not be as familiar with the premise and cast. Learn more about The Wonder Years, some main characters, and an adorable reason why two characters were broken up for a bit during the show.  

(L-R) Danica McKellar and Fred Savage | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

What is ‘The Wonder Years’?

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The Wonder Years is an American comedy and drama with a compelling coming-of-age story. The show aired on ABC from 1988 to 1993, and it starred Fred Savage as the main character, Kevin Arnold, a teenager from a middle-class suburb. The show enjoyed excellent ratings during its run, and many attribute the show to a revolution in how American television was run thanks to its lack of laugh track and single-camera shots. 

It didn’t take long for critics and fans alike to recognize the show’s brilliance. According to IMDb, the show won a total of 25 awards and received 70 nominations during its run, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series after just six episodes. Savage also became the youngest actor to be nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989 at the age of 13. 

Any good coming-of-age story will include storylines about the difficulties of being a teenager, including navigating the murky waters of dealing with parents, friendships, and romantic relationships. The Wonder Years did it better than any other show at the time, and in many people’s eyes, it still is the greatest coming-of-age story ever aired on television. 

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Who are Kevin and Winnie?

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Kevin Arnold is the main character in The Wonder Years and is the youngest of three children in the Arnold family. His older brother Wayne, portrayed by Jason Hervey, bullies him regularly, and his older sister Karen, played by Olivia d’Abo, is a free-spirited hippie. Kevin also has a best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, played by Josh Saviano, who is smart and serious about

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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