The Wonder Years

The BEST episodes of The Wonder Years

Every episode of The Wonder Years ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Wonder Years!

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.

Last Updated: 7/31/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Independence Day
star
8.93
108 votes

#1 - Independence Day

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/12/1993

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...

Directors: Michael Dinner
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Pilot
star
8.24
588 votes

#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/31/1988

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.

Directors: Steve Miner
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Summer Song
star
8.12
173 votes

#3 - Summer Song

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/3/1989

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

Directors: Michael Dinner
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Swingers
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7.93
539 votes

#4 - Swingers

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/22/1988

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.

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My Father's Office
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7.92
529 votes

#5 - My Father's Office

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/29/1988

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

Directors: Jeffrey Brown
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Pottery Will Get You Nowhere
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7.87
229 votes

#6 - Pottery Will Get You Nowhere

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/1/1989

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

Directors: Daniel Stern
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Growing Up
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7.85
94 votes

#7 - Growing Up

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/1990

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.

Directors: Michael Dinner
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The Tree House
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7.84
172 votes

#8 - The Tree House

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/20/1990

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.

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Square Dance
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7.84
200 votes

#9 - Square Dance

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 5/2/1989

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

Directors: Tom Moore
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White Lies
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7.82
100 votes

#10 - White Lies

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/28/1992

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.

Directors: Peter Baldwin
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Math Class
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7.80
174 votes

#11 - Math Class

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/10/1989

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

Directors: Andy Tennant
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Double Double Date
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7.79
107 votes

#12 - Double Double Date

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/26/1992

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.

Directors: Peter Baldwin
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The Accident
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7.78
105 votes

#13 - The Accident

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/24/1991

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.""

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Daddy's Little Girl
star
7.75
123 votes

#14 - Daddy's Little Girl

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/8/1990

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

Directors: Jim McBride
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Ninth Grade Man
star
7.72
123 votes

#15 - Ninth Grade Man

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/1990

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.

Directors: Daniel Stern
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The House That Jack Built
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7.71
103 votes

#16 - The House That Jack Built

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/1/1991

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.

Directors: Ken Topolsky
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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
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7.71
123 votes

#17 - The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/13/1990

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.

Directors: Matia Karrell
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The Family Car
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7.71
126 votes

#18 - The Family Car

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/21/1989

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

Directors: Michael Dinner
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The Wedding
star
7.70
97 votes

#19 - The Wedding

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/29/1992

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.

Directors: Peter Baldwin
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Hero
star
7.70
100 votes

#20 - Hero

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/11/1992

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.

Directors: Stephen Cragg
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Goodbye
star
7.70
146 votes

#21 - Goodbye

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/24/1990

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.

Directors: Michael Dinner
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Back to the Lake
star
7.69
106 votes

#22 - Back to the Lake

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/6/1992

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.

Directors: Michael Dinner
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Rock 'n Roll
star
7.69
125 votes

#23 - Rock 'n Roll

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/2/1990

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

Directors: Michael Dinner
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Don't You Know Anything About Women?
star
7.68
130 votes

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

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/16/1990

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.

Directors: Jeff Brown
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Of Mastodons and Men
star
7.68
104 votes

#25 - Of Mastodons and Men

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/12/1992

Kevin has been dating Julie Aidem for two weeks when she invites him for dinner with her family and asks him to tell her parents they are going steady. When he sees Mr. Aidem is dominated by Mrs. Aidem, Kevin decides he doesn't want to end up like that and breaks up with Julie.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
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