The BEST Episodes of The Wonder Years

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

The Wonder Years tells the story of Kevin Arnold facing the trials and tribulations of youth while growing up during the 1960s. Told through narration from an adult Kevin, Kevin faces the difficulties of maintaining relationships and friendships on his enthralling journey into adulthood.

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Independence Day

#1 - Independence Day

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 12, 1993

After Kevin loses all his money and his car in a poker game, he decides he has to leave the resort - there's nothing to keep him there now. The next day he says goodbye to Winnie, punches Eric and storms out. Hitchhiking out of town, he runs into Winnie who has been fired from her job. They begin to argue and lose the ride they had flagged down. Later, sheltering in a barn they talk about how much has changed between them. Winnie thinks it's just inevitable - that everyone grows up. Kevin doesn't want to believe it and neither does Winnie, not really. They kiss, passionately. The next day they both return to Kevin's hometown for the last 4th of July he will ever spend there. Karen has returned home and she is pregnant...

star 8.96
104 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Brush

#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 31, 1988

Kevin and Paul attend Robert F Kennedy Junior High for the first time. Winnie's brother is killed in Vietnam. Kevin and Winnie kiss for the first time.

star 8.26
567 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Carol Black, Neal Marlens
Summer Song

#3 - Summer Song

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 1989

Kevin enters unchartered waters when he meets an older girl during his summer vacation.

star 8.12
168 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Mark B. Perry

#4 - Swingers

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 22, 1988

Even at Brian's funeral, all Kevin can think about is Winnie. Sex Education begins at school, but the boys want to learn more - so they steal a book.

star 7.94
523 votes
Writers: Carol Black, Neal Marlens
My Father's Office

#5 - My Father's Office

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 29, 1988

Kevin learns more about his dad by spending a day at his office.

star 7.93
514 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Brown
Writers: Carol Black, Neal Marlens
White Lies

#6 - White Lies

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 1992

Some people never find true love, but Kevin believes he did. He had what most people search all their lives for, but he blew it. When Winnie comes over for a study session while his parents were away, Kevin wants to relationship to go further. Winnie sees through his plan. She does stay, but they just fall asleep together. The next day, though, he tells his friends a different story. When Winnie finds out, she dumps him.

star 7.93
98 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Jon Harmon Feldman
Pottery Will Get You Nowhere

#7 - Pottery Will Get You Nowhere

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 1, 1989

Norma begins taking a pottery class, but receives no support or encouragement from Jack.

star 7.87
226 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Matthew Carlson
Growing Up

#8 - Growing Up

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1990

The family attends Jack's company picnic. Kevin is not looking forward to seeing Mimi Detweiler, who used to have a crush on him. Wayne's new girlfriend Angela annoys everyone but Wayne. Kevin beans Jack with a baseball at the father-son baseball game. Karen leaves for college.

star 7.85
89 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Brush
Square Dance

#9 - Square Dance

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired May 2, 1989

When Kevin is partnered with class weirdo, Margaret Farquhar, he tries to keep away from her - especially when she tries to become his friend.

star 7.85
195 votes
Directors: Tom Moore
Writers: Todd W. Langen
The Tree House

#10 - The Tree House

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 20, 1990

When Kevin and his dad build a treehouse in the backyard, they discover they get a good view of an attractive neighbor planting her tomatoes. Meanwhile, Doug is in shock after having heard ""the talk"" from his dad.

star 7.85
169 votes
Writers: Matthew Carlson
Math Class

#11 - Math Class

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 10, 1989

Kevin has trouble in math class when he comes up against a teacher who Kevin thinks is completely unreasonable.

star 7.81
168 votes
Directors: Andy Tennant
Writers: Max Pross, Tom Gammill
Double Double Date

#12 - Double Double Date

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 26, 1992

Kevin wants to date Inga and he uses Winnie to help him get a date. Winnie does the same thing to Kevin, getting set up with new guy Matt Stevens. They end up double-dating at the Spring Dance, bringing some tension to the evening. But when Matt and Inga begin to dance together, Winnie and Kevin rediscover their feelings for each other.

star 7.75
105 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Mark B. Perry, Sy Rosen
The Accident

#13 - The Accident

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 24, 1991

Kevin sees Winnie for the first time since they broke up. He discovers that she a Roger have split up, too. When Winnie is in a car accident, Kevin rides over to see her at home, but her parents say she doesn't want to see him. Kevin leaves, but returns and climbs up to Winnie's bedroom window. They tell each other, ""I love you.""

star 7.75
102 votes
Writers: Jill Gordon
Daddy's Little Girl

#14 - Daddy's Little Girl

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 1990

Kevin isn't sure whose side to take when Karen decides to enroll in a liberal college and Jack is dead-set against it.

star 7.74
120 votes
Directors: Jim McBride
Writers: Mark B. Perry, Todd W. Langen
Rock 'n Roll

#15 - Rock 'n Roll

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 2, 1990

Kevin joins a band, The Electric Shoes, when he is inspired by The Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan show.

star 7.71
121 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Stevens
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

#16 - The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 13, 1990

To make up for being rude and insenstive to Winnie, Kevin makes her a Valentine's card, but it is accidently placed in Becky Slater's locker. When Becky finds the card, she thinks Kevin wants her back - setting the two up for a showdown.

star 7.71
120 votes
Directors: Matia Karrell
Writers: Mark B. Perry
The Family Car

#17 - The Family Car

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 21, 1989

When the Arnolds family car breaks down and Jack can not fix it, Kevin hopes that his father will buy something more fancy.

star 7.70
123 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Debra Frank, Jack Weinstein
Ninth Grade Man

#18 - Ninth Grade Man

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 1990

Winnie is nervous about starting a new school, so she gets Kevin to promise to think about her every hour on the hour. Kevin finds this promise harder to keep than he thought when he loses his locker to Tony Barbella, is enrolled in shop class and meets a new girl in French Class, Madeleine.

star 7.70
119 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Jill Gordon

#19 - Hero

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 11, 1992

Kevin is on a first-name basis with McKinley's High's basketball hero, Bobby Riddle. When the team makes it to the regional finals, Kevin's dad decides to attend the game and embarrasses Kevin by talking strategy with Paul and Chuck. Later, though, Kevin apologizes to his dad for how he treated him.

star 7.70
99 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: David Greenwalt
Back to the Lake

#20 - Back to the Lake

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired May 6, 1992

Summertime used to be fun, but now everyone's gotta work. Kevin has a job at a Chinese Restaurant with Paul, but one day - after finding a Christmas card he received from Cara, decides he will visit her at the lake. Paul has no choice but to tag along because Kevin is driving. Kevin feels like recapturing the wonderful time he had last summer, but things don't go as planned.

star 7.69
106 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Mark Levin
Don't You Know Anything About Women?

#21 - Don't You Know Anything About Women?

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 16, 1990

Kevin wants to take Susan Fisher to the dance, but she has a boyfriend, Donald Wallach. However, he hears rumors that they have broken up, so he's about to ask her until Donald interferes. Linda Sloan, his lab partner, suggests that they go as friends so they do. They have a good time in the beginning, but it turns sour when while Linda is dancing with Steve Padway, Kevin dances with Susan and they have punch. How is it bad? Susan leaves and Linda comes back and asks if they half-filled cup of punch that Susan left is for her, but Kevin says that it's Susan's in a not-so-nice sort of way. That basically breaks Linda's heart and she leaves. Kevin is about to ask Susan to dance again but she's dancing with Donald, so Kevin leaves, not knowing that Winnie came in, probably looking for him.

star 7.69
127 votes
Directors: Jeff Brown
Writers: Tammy Ader

#22 - Goodbye

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 24, 1990

When Kevin thinks the best he can do in math is a B, his teacher Mr. Collins sets him the task of getting an A and even offers him private lessons. When Mr. Collins suddenly pulls out of the lessons shortly before the exams, Kevin feels betrayed and fills his exam with nonsensical answers.

star 7.68
144 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Brush
The House That Jack Built

#23 - The House That Jack Built

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 1, 1991

Jack wants to help Karen out by fixing up the house she is now living in. But father and daughter go head-to-head when he discovers she is living there with a man.

star 7.68
100 votes
Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writers: Mark B. Perry, Mark Levin
Mom Wars

#24 - Mom Wars

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 1989

Kevin thinks his mother is being over-protective when she tries to stop him from playing tackle football after school.

star 7.68
137 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Todd W. Langen
The Wedding

#25 - The Wedding

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 29, 1992

While Karen has agreed to marry Michael, she has not agreed to have a traditional ceremony like her mother wants. She also doesn't know how to tell her family that she and Michael are moving to Alaska, where he has found work.

star 7.68
96 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Mark B. Perry