There’s only one way to start a column about ‘The Wonder Years.’
Whether you lived in the 1960s or just the 1980s, ABC’s 1988-1993 hit ‘The Wonder Years’ remains one of the best TV shows ever made. It follows the not-especially-remarkable life of Kevin Arnold, an average kid growing up in the suburbs in the late 60s, his family, his friends and the girl of his dreams. If you haven’t watched the show, I recommend you running to Netflix Instant and marathoning the entire thing, being careful to avoid that low rent version of ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ they use in the open so they don’t have to pay The Beatles and/or Joe Cocker a ton of money.
We’ve put together the 15 best sports moments from the run of the show, featuring everything from dodgeball to Jesus Christ playing high school basketball to Kevin’s sweet vintage Jets jacket. Click through to check them out.
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Episode: “Pilot” (season 1, episode 1)
What Happens: What better place to start than at the very beginning? In the first scene of the first episode of ‘The Wonder Years,’ we’re introduced to Kevin Arnold, his butthead older brother Wayne and the queen of idealized television crushes Winnie Cooper during a game of suburban street football. Kevin tries to catch a pass, plays it like George Michael Bluth, has a brief interaction with Winnie about why he dropped it and gets verbally (then physically) berated by Wayne.