Sunday, January 4, 2015
From 1988 to 1993, we were glued to the TV screen every week to see the latest episode of The Wonder Years, the award-winning coming-of-age series starring Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, Danica McKellar as Winnie Cooper, Josh Saviano as Paul Pfeiffer, and Daniel Stern as the voice of Kevin as an adult.
Although his religion and ethnicity weren't explicitly mentioned in the series, we couldn't help but assume that Kevin was a nice secular Jewish boy. His best friend Paul was clearly Jewish and one of the episodes focused on his Bar Mitzvah.
Jewish actors on the show included Savage, Saviano, Josh Hervey as Kevin Arnold's brother Wayne, Ben Stein as Mr. Cantwell, and David Schwimmer as Kevin's sister's boyfriend.
Now, after sixteen years, the entire series has been released as a set of 26 DVDs containing all 115 episodes, including a recent cast reunion.
What happened to the young actors when they grew up? Fred is an actor and director, Danica became an actress, math scholar and author of math books, and Paul became an attorney.
Here are video clips of a cast reunion on TV news and the Wonder Years Bar Mitzvah episode.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)