It's been more than 20 years since The Wonder Years ended its six-season primetime run on ABC, with an iconic finale episode, "Independence Day," that was set on July 4, 1973.
While narrator Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage, but voiced as an adult by Daniel Stern) gave us a real-time update as the characters of the Emmy-winning show signed off back in 1993 (Kevin's BFF Paul Pfeiffer graduated from Harvard, while his childhood crush Winnie Cooper went off to Paris to study art history), two more decades have passed since then. So it's no wonder we're feeling all kinds of nostalgia for the classic, coming-of-age comedy.
Now (finally!), a deluxe Wonder Years DVD boxed set is due out this fall, and Yahoo TV has an exclusive sneak peek at what to expect for this supersize release. In addition to reliving Kevin and Winnie's (Danica McKellar) iconic first kiss (and many more after that!), die-hard fans can take a walk down memory lane with recurring characters Coach Cutlip (Robert Picardo), English teacher Miss White (Wendel Meldrum), and monotonic geography teacher Mr. Cantwell (Ben Stein), as well as the slew of guest stars that turned up throughout the series' 115 episodes. (Yes, Alicia Silverstone, Juliette Lewis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and a pre-Friends David Schwimmer are all in there.)
In a press release announcing the highly anticipated DVD release, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life senior VP Jeffrey Peisch revealed that the iconic '80s show has "long been the most requested TV show yet to be released on DVD." He also revealed that the rights were secured for virtually every song played on The Wonder Years, which adds up to more than 300 classic tunes in all.
While it's been 20 years since we've seen The Wonder Years cast intact, in real life the stars of the hit series haven't been so great about keeping in touch, either. Actress Alley Mills, who played doting mom Norma Arnold on the series, revealed it's been 16 years since they've all reunited, so the cast did double duty while filming DVD extras that include a whopping 15 hours of exclusive interviews and bonus footage. (Fun fact: Savage and McKellar's first onscreen kiss was also the first real-life kiss for both of the child stars. According to McKellar, the sixth take was the charm!)
For now, you can get updates and preordering information for the Wonder Years DVD release at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life's official site, WonderYearsDVDs.com.
Check out some tweets from the cast during their reunion: