Coming to DVD for fans from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life is “The Wonder Years: The Complete Third Season.”
The Wonder Years debuted in 1988 as a series looking at growing up in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The series became unlike any show on television.
The series centers on Kevin (Fred Savage), a pre-teen boy who tries to cope with teen angst while also dealing with annoying older brother Wayne (Jason Hervey). Adding to the family life is older rebellious sister Karen (Olivia d’Abo), workaholic dad Jack (Dan Lauria) and loving mom of them all, Norma (Alley Mills).
Kevin also shares his life with best friend Paul (Josh Saviano) and the girl who would continually steal his heart, Winnie (Danica McKellar).
The third year gives fans “Summer Song,” where the Arnolds decide to take a vacation to Ocean City, but the family isn’t without its problems. Paul gets car-sick, Wayne’s being Wayne, Karen can’t stop complaining, and the only one seeming to have a good time is Kevin — who meets a beauty on the beach.
In “Math Class,” Kevin begins the eighth grade and struggles with a very strict math teacher. “Wayne on Wheels” is a classic episode where Kevin meets another “dream girl” and Wayne drives Kevin crazy — literally. With “Mom Wars,” Kevin decides to play football against his Mom’s wishes.
“On the Spot” has the new drama teacher holding auditions for the play “Our Town,” as Winnie takes on the lead role and Kevin handles the spotlight! “Odd Man Out” has Kevin and Paul looking for new best friends, and “The Family Car” has the family looking for a new car.
The complete third season DVD contains all 23 episodes, more than 520 minutes, in their original broadcast version on four discs. There is also two hours of bonus features including interviews and behind-the-scene features. The set also includes, and this is what I’m thrilled about, more than 50 songs featured in the original broadcast from The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Collins, Lovin’ Spoonful, James Taylor, The Who, The Righteous Brothers, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and more!
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Wonder Years: The Complete Third Season” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I’d have to wonder what planet a person was on who didn’t know about this series. This series looked at almost every issue during the era of the ’60s and ’70s.
It was easy to see why fans returned season after season and also why “The Wonder Years” has six Emmy Winning seasons.