I'll be the first to admit, one of my first crushes was Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years. The cast is all grown up now. Do they look the same? I always "wondered" why it took 25 years for "The Wonder Years" to come out on DVD. Apparently producers had a little difficulty obtaining the music rights for the show. I can see why, the program was jam packed full of big songs from big names: Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends," and Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" are just a couple of the chart busters that were featured in the original series. Time Life spent nearly a million dollars and eventually acquired the song rights. It took 9125 days for the series to finally make it to digital format, but when it did, I was able to smile again!

3 Fun Facts About the Show

According to Biography.com:

Kevin and Winnie's first kiss on the show was also their first kiss ever. I was hoping to be Winnie's first! Fred Savage (Kevin) was 11, and Danica McKellar (Winnie) was 12.

Danica auditioned against her sister to play the part of Winnie Cooper. Winnie got the part because casting directors thought Danica's hair color meshed better with Fred's. Danica's a brunette, and her sister is a blonde.

The Wonder Years was a constructed show. Because much of the cast consisted of minors, they were only permitted to work a certain number of hours per day. The older cast members would often act out a scene while talking to a cardboard Kevin and Winnie. Producers edited many of the scenes in after the adults were done filming.

Here's Kevin Arnold today.

   Here's Winnie Cooper.

 

Here's Paul Pfeiffer, Kevin's friend. His real name is Josh Saviano.

Here's Kevin's bully brother Wayne. His real name is Jason Hervey. He's on the left in this picture.