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.
#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...
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.""
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.