The Wonder Years ran for six seasons from 1988 to 1993 on ABC. The show starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, a teenager growing up during the 60s and 70s. The show also starred Dan Lauria as Kevin’s father, Alley Mills as his mother, Olivia d’Abo as his older sister, Jason Hervey as Kevin’s older brother, Josh Saviano as his best friend, and Danica McKellar as his teenage crush from next door. ABC is now moving forward with a reboot of the series told from a different perspective, that of a black family during the same time period living in Montgomery, Alabama.
Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is on board as the executive producer, with The Big Bang Theory’s Saladin K. Patterson as the showrunner. Original series co-creator Neal Marlens is on board as a consultant. Fred Savage has also committed to be a director and executive producer, even though in the past he had been against reviving the show.
The series description as given by ABC is “How a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960’s, the same era as the original series, made sure it was The Wonder Years for them too.”
The original series covered many of the events of the time during its run, and by setting the new series in Alabama, there are plenty of historical events it can cover as well, including Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
ABC has given no timeline for the series to be produced, or when they expect it to air, but with restrictions still in place due to the pandemic, we might not be able to see this new reboot until next year.