Who doesn’t love a stark, sock-to-the-solar-plexus reminder that you’re old? The Wonder Years’ main trio had a lunch reunion today, and to prove it, they took a group selfie and posted it on Twitter. They were smiling. That’s nice, but you know what’s less nice? The fact that when the classic coming-of-age dramedy debuted in January of 1988, it was looking back on 1968 — a whopping 20 years before. We are now just over 31 years removed from the Wonder Years premiere episode.
But ignore that for now! It’s legit lovely that Kevin Arnold, Winnie Cooper, and Paul Pfeiffer — that is Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, and Josh Saviano — met up, presumably talked about the good old days (perhaps they brought up that episode where Kevin’s ex leaks all his bitchy comments about everyone in school?), and then did their best to, as they said back during the Vietnam War era, “break the internet.”
Apart from offering cold, hard proof that Paul Daviano did not, as per one of the stranger urban legends, grow up to become Marilyn Manson, the photo let McKellar gush like mad. “I got to see these guys for lunch yesterday – it was so much fun to catch up and hear how their beautiful families are doing!” she wrote. “And yes, @joshsaviano, I totally agree – *you guys* are like family… I mean, we DID grow up together, after all.”
The Wonder Years lasted six seasons, taking the timeline up to 1973; it ended well before Nixon resigned, meaning the show missed out on most of the Watergate scandal.
The actors are now all in their early-to-mid-40s, and have led very different lives. Savage remained in the business, as an actor and as a prolific TV director, including, recently, episodes of The Connors. (He also helmed the McKellar became a mathlete and bestselling author of books that made math accessible and fun, though she’s returned to acting, doing the odd Hallmark film. Saviano, too, has returned to acting, but mostly spends his time as a successful lawyer.
This isn’t the first time they’ve reunited. Savage and Saviano were last seen watching the New York Rangers together in 2016. All three plus Olivia D’Abo (aka hippie dippie Karen Arnold) reunited in 2014.