Remember The Wonder Years, the TV series that first aired in 1988 about a kid named Kevin Arnold growing up in the 1960's? It was probably one of the most adorable and touching coming-of-age dramas that ever graced the small screen.
Oh yes, I know we've had a spate of reboots, or sequels of old tv shows coming out of the woodwork lately, from better ones like Fuller House, to mediocre ones like Girl Meets World. That is one of the reasons why this time period would be ideal. It's the season of nostalgia, and none of those other shows are as deeply rooted to nostalgia as The Wonder Years was. I mean, the series aired from 1988-1993 and was set twenty years before. It is about hearkening to the past!
There's also an important point in the premise of the series that could be done now. Of course, the sequel won't be set in the current time period, but would instead follow the original and set it twenty years in the past as well. The timeline aligns well based on how the series ended.
In the final episode, set in 1973 and via voice over narration we find out that Kevin Arnold played by Fred Savage never did end up with his love interest Winnie played by Danica Mckellar. He went on to become a writer, while she went off to study art in Paris. They did keep in touch and when she came back in 1982, he was at the airport to welcome her back with his wife and his first born, eight-month old son.
The Wonder Years started with a twelve year old Kevin Arnold, we know his eldest was born around 1982 so he would be twelve on 94, but of course it doesn't have to follow the story of the eldest, Kevin was after all the youngest. It could be set anywhere in the late 90's or early 2000's with a subsequent sibling.
All the principal actors of the series are also of a good age to play an older version of their characters if they do choose to comeback. Although Fred Savage seems not keen saying that “The show was about a time in your life. The show was about this finite moment in your life that has a beginning and an end, and I think that’s what makes people long for that time in your life. You can’t really go back to it. You can’t all be 12 again, and that’s why that time in our life is so special and why all of the memories still stay with us and warm us and haunt us and all those things – because we can’t go back to it.”
Well he could still change his mind. After all, the series was written about baby boomers and targeted at a young audience-the Millenials of today! If a sequel is done now, it would be about the Millenials who came of age during the 90's, while targeting a younger demographic, it'll be passing the torch. And regarding his sentiment about being 12 again- it'll be a different time, and a fresh take on a beautiful premise.
One major problem that people had with the ending was that Kevin and Winnie never did end up together. In a sequel, Kevin could still get divorced, orsomething else happens to his wife, giving their relationship a second chance. It would make for an interesting plot point, and would give fans plenty of kilig moments. What do you think?