Friday, 24 June 2016

The Wonder Years: The Complete Collection: DVD Review

The Wonder Years: The Complete Collection: DVD Review

Rating: PG
Released by Madman Home Ent

There's just something nostalgic about The Wonder Years TV series.

Running over 5 years from 1988 to 1993, the show's 115 episodes encapsulated the family drama and showed a side of America that had started to break out on TV. Set in the 60s and 70s and focussing on the Arnold family (with Kevin the youngster being played by Fred Savage), the show looked at the family unit and the daily dramas.

With his best friend Paul (Josh Saviano) and potential love interest Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) the show explored the things that mattered to the units - from the Vietnam war to what his dad did for work, this is a show that got it right thanks to writing and the chemistry.

It's held up surprisingly well through the years, in large part due to the universality of the issues raised and while 115 eps doesn't exactly make this a binge-worthy proposition, this collection is worth owning and gradually ploughing through. With an extra that boasts the first cast reunion in 16 years, newly produced featurettes and interviews, it's an exhaustive and impressive trip down nostalgia lane.

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