The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black.[2] It ran on ABC from 1988 until 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII.[3][4][4][5]

The show achieved a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons.[6] TV Guide named the show one of the 20 best of the 1980s.[6] After only six episodes aired, The Wonder Yearswon a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1988.[6] In addition, at age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series. The show was also awarded a Peabody Award in 1989, for "pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling."[7] In total, the series won 22 awards and was nominated for 54 more.[8] In 1997, "My Father's Office" was ranked #29 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time,[9] and in the 2009 revised list the pilot episode was ranked #43.[10]

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The show was known for using Joe Cocker's cover of the Beatles song "With a Little Help from My Friends" as its theme song, to go along with its sixties setting.