Fred Savage is a national treasure, and we would all do well to remember that. His role on The Wonder Years will go down in history as one of the best on a sitcom, and the show itself will follow in the same footsteps.
The Wonder Years, set in the 1960s, gave us the coming of age story none of us knew we needed. Even the most dedicated fan may not know these things about the show, however!
1. Big-Screen Dreams
Though it's hard to imagine The Wonder Years as anything other than a TV show, it was originally set to be a movie.
“We played around with writing a screenplay that used narration as a device,” series co-creator Carol Black told New York magazine in 1989. “We just started to think that there was a lot of potential fun in that ‘cause you can really play with the contrast between the narrator’s point of view and what the characters are doing."
2. It was revolutionary
Up until the show aired, no other sitcom had filmed in a single camera setup. Everyone else used a three camera setup with a laugh track, but The Wonder Years chose to break away from that.
f“The Wonder Years [showed the television industry] that it’s OK to create a show like that—to take out the laugh track, to try different camera styles—to take a risk,” Josh Saviano, who played Paul Pfeiffer, told Salon in 2013.
3. Super Bowl Slot
The Wonder Years premiered right after the Super Bowl in 1988, with series creator Neal Marlens calling it “a bit of Americana after the quintessential example of Americana.”
4. Making History
Fred Savage, at just 13 years old, became the youngest actor to be nominated for an Emmy. He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series, and would be nominated for the same award a year later, as well.
5. Sister, Sister
Though Danica McKellar seems like a natural fit for Winnie Cooper, she almost lost out on the role to her own sister.
“It was practically a tossup,” casting director Mary Buck said.