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'The Wonder Years' (1988-93)
Who they are: Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage, right) is at the heart of this series about suburban life in the 1960s and 1970s. His dad Jack (Dan Lauria) works for a defense contractor, while his mom Norma (Alley Mills) is a bubbly homemaker. Older siblings include Karen (Olivia d'Abo), a hippie who clashes with dad, and loser Wayne (Jason Hervey). On-and-off girlfriend Winnie (Danica McKellar) and best friend Paul (Josh Saviano) are also fixtures in Kevin's life.
What the kids like: Watching Kevin and his friends grow up. All the schoolkid trials and tribulations apply: dating, gossip, cheating and more.
What the parents can't get enough of: Aside from the rich story, Kevin's life is set to the backdrop of major events like the Vietnam War, the moon landing and assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
June 11, 1999