Thursday, 6 November 2014

Theme Time : Joe Cocker - The Wonder Years

"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"

The Wonder Years was a unique family show, one that appealed to the children watching (because they could identify with the boyhood issues faced by the show's central character, Kevin Arnold) as well as their parents (baby boomers who grew up in the era the series was set, the rapidly changing late 60s and early 70s) Growing up here in the UK in the 80s and 90s and watching the show as it aired on Channel 4, I know that was how it was with me, with my father (who was in his late teens and early twenties when the show was set) being a particular fan of the show.

Devised by Neil Marlens and Carol Black, the show was set between 1968 and 1973 (exactly twenty years before the show was airing; 1988-1993) and depicted a typical suburban 'All American' family, albeit one that bore witness to incredible radical change across America at the time. The show starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, with Daniel Stern providing a narration as the older Kevin, Josh Savianno (and not, as the urban myth has it, the young Marilyn Manson!) as Kevin's weedy friend, Paul Pfeiffer and Danica McKellar as Kevin's crush Winnie Cooper. Dan Lauria and Alley Mills played Kevin's parents Jack and Norma, with Jason Hervey as Kevin's obnoxious older brother Wayne and Olivia d'Abo as his hippie, older sister.

The theme tune was Joe Cocker's tremendous cover of The Beatles' With a Little Help From My Friends

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