The BEST Episodes of The Wonder Years

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

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

Independence Day (2)

#1 - Independence Day (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22

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 8.65
62 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Brush
The House That Jack Built

#2 - The House That Jack Built

Season 4 - Episode 21

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 8.14
35 votes
Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writers: Mark B. Perry, Mark Levin

#3 - Graduation

Season 4 - Episode 22

As Kevin graduates from Junior High, he wants to believe nothing will change, but he learns that things can and do change when he discovers Paul is going to a private school in the coming year. Winnie is also anxious about the future. And Kevin has to drive Mrs. Heimer to the hospital when she goes into labor.

star 8.09
35 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Brush
Back to the Lake

#4 - Back to the Lake

Season 5 - Episode 23

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 8.08
39 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Mark Levin
Rock 'n Roll

#5 - Rock 'n Roll

Season 3 - Episode 10

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

star 8.07
54 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Stevens

#6 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 8.07
332 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Neal Marlens, Carol Black

#7 - Goodbye

Season 3 - Episode 20

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 8.04
51 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Brush
The Wedding

#8 - The Wedding

Season 5 - Episode 22

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 8.03
30 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Mark B. Perry
The Wonder Years

#9 - The Wonder Years

Season 4 - Episode 23

A clip show of highlights from Kevin's years in Junior High. Including clips from "Don't You Know Anything About Women," "The Glee Club," "Just Between You and Me... and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky," "Summer Song" among others.

star 8.03
32 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Mark B. Perry, Mark Levin
Double Double Date

#10 - Double Double Date

Season 5 - Episode 16

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 8.00
39 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Sy Rosen, Mark B. Perry
How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation

#11 - How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation

Season 2 - Episode 17

It's the end of seventh grade for Kevin and a summer full of changes in his life. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are breaking up and Miss White announces she is going to get married.

star 7.97
70 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Jane Anderson

#12 - Hero

Season 5 - Episode 17

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 7.97
31 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: David Greenwalt
Math Class Squared

#13 - Math Class Squared

Season 3 - Episode 9

Kevin decides cheating is the only way to get ahead in math class.

star 7.94
52 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Matthew Carlson
Broken Hearts and Burgers

#14 - Broken Hearts and Burgers

Season 5 - Episode 24

Kevin is torn between whether to try getting back with Winnie or just enjoying his time at the diner with friends. Includes flashbacks of Winnie in the pilot, "Steady as She Goes," "Nemesis," "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation,"" among many others. There is also a flashback to Becky Slater in "Just Between You and Me and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky," to Lisa Berlini in "Dance with Me" and to Madeline in "It's a Mad, Mad, Madeline World."

star 7.94
34 votes
Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writers: Craig Hoffman
Summer Song

#15 - Summer Song

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 7.93
72 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Mark B. Perry
Pottery Will Get You Nowhere

#16 - Pottery Will Get You Nowhere

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

star 7.92
99 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Matthew Carlson
The Accident

#17 - The Accident

Season 4 - Episode 20

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 7.92
36 votes
Writers: Jill Gordon
Of Mastodons and Men

#18 - Of Mastodons and Men

Season 5 - Episode 15

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.

star 7.92
36 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Mark Levin
Daddy's Little Girl

#19 - Daddy's Little Girl

Season 3 - Episode 22

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 7.91
54 votes
Directors: Jim McBride
Writers: Todd W. Langen, Mark B. Perry
Dance with Me

#20 - Dance with Me

Season 1 - Episode 6

While passing notes during class, Kevin asks Lisa Berlini to go to the dance with him. She says okay, but she decides to go with Brad Gaines after he asks her. While eating lunch with Winnie and Paul, Kevin feels himself falling back in love with Winnie, but she goes to the dance with Kirk McCray. Kevin tries to make Winnie jealous by dancing with an unidentified girl...

star 7.90
140 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: David M. Stern
The Lake

#21 - The Lake

Season 5 - Episode 1

The Arnold and Pfeiffer family go on a joint family trip. Kevin meets a wild young girl who smokes! Kevin and Cara have a good time together, so much so that he ditches dinner with his family to see her one last time - expecting to never see her again.

star 7.89
37 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Mark Levin
The Family Car

#22 - The Family Car

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 7.88
56 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Debra Frank, Jack Weinstein
Ninth Grade Man

#23 - Ninth Grade Man

Season 4 - Episode 2

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 7.87
52 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Jill Gordon

#24 - Denial

Season 4 - Episode 12

News of Kevin's break-up with Winnie has spread quickly throughout Robert F Kennedy Junior High. Kevin is still in denial though and has Paul organise a party at his place so that Kevin can get Winnie alone. In an effort to make Winnie jealous, Kevin turns up with Madeline on his arm. When Kevin finally does get Winnie alone, she tells him she needs him to be her friend, but only her friend.

star 7.86
42 votes
Writers: Mark Levin
The Powers That Be

#25 - The Powers That Be

Season 3 - Episode 12

Trouble begins in the Arnold household when Grandpa Arnold arrives and gives Kevin a dog - a responsibility Jack doesn't think Kevin can handle.

star 7.86
49 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: David M. Stern