While the entertainment world was buzzing over Netflix’s Squid Game, a bevy of other rookie shows landed on the small screen as well. Sure, some of these “new” shows felt pretty familiar: Reboots and sequels are all the rage. But one such show stood out from the pack.
In some ways, The Wonder Years feels a lot like its much-loved, 1988-93 original. It’s set in the same general time frame, deals with some of the same issues (family, friendship and first crushes) and sports much (though not all) of the same innocence.
But it’s also starkly different. This time, the central character (12-year-old Dean Williams) is Black, living in Montgomery, Alabama. And given the story’s set during the tumultuous Civil Rights era, Dean is dealing with issues that barely touched the original show’s Arnold family. And that makes this version of The Wonder Years feel, oddly, like Grandma’s pot roast seasoned with salsa: both comforting and new.
The show’s not pristine. But generally it sticks to its TV-PG rating and is squarely aimed at families. And that’s nice to see. Read our review to find out more.