The Wonder Years (2021) Release Info, Review & Trailer

The Wonder Years (2021)
The Wonder Years (2021)

The Wonder Years is an American television comedy series created by Saladin K. Patterson for ABC. It is based on the 1988 television series of the same name and stars Elisha “EJ” Williams as Dean Williams as he grows up in Montgomery, Alabama, in the late 1960s. As Dean’s older counterpart, Don Cheadle contributes his voice as the series’ narrator. On September 22, 2021, the series debuted as a fall entry in the 2021–22 television season.

The Wonder Years (2021) Synopsis

The Wonder Years is set in the late 1960s and provides a nostalgic look at the Williams family, who are Black middle-class citizens of Montgomery, Alabama, through the eyes of 12-year-old Dean.

The Wonder Years (2021)

Series Details

Genre ·         Comedy, Drama, Family

·         Coming-of-age story

Created by Saladin K. Patterson
Inspired by The Wonder Years
by

·         Neal Marlens

·         Carol Black

Narrated by Don Cheadle
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 1
Production
Executive producers ·         Saladin K. Patterson

·         Lee Daniels

·         Marc Velez

·         Fred Savage

Camera setup Single-camera
Production companies ·         Lee Daniels Entertainment

·         Matthew 6:33

·         The Crest Lamp Company

·         20th Television

The Wonder Years (2021)

The Wonder Years (2021) Cast

  • Elisha “EJ” Williams as Dean Williams
  • Don Cheadle narrates as an older Dean
  • Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Dean’s mother
  • Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, Dean’s father
  • Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams, Dean’s sister
  • Julian Lerner as Brad Hitman, Dean’s friend
  • Amari O’Neil as Cory Long, Dean’s friend
  • Milan Ray as Keisa Clemmons, the apple of Dean’s eye
  • Allen Maldonado as Coach Long, a baseball coach

Episodes

No. Title  Directed by Written by Original airdate  Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 “Pilot” Fred Savage Saladin K. Patterson September 22, 2021 1EDT01 3.23
2 “Green Eyed Monster” TBA TBA September 29, 2021 TBA TBD
3 “The Club” TBA TBA October 6, 2021 TBA TBD
4 “The Workplace” TBA TBA October 13, 2021 TBA TBD

Production

The Wonder Years was announced on July 8, 2020, when ABC ordered a pilot with Fred Savage, the original series’ star, attached to direct and executive produce. The pilot was announced in January 2021, with filming taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. Saycon Sengbloh, Elisha “EJ” Williams, Dulé Hill, Laura Kariuki, Milan Ray, Julian Lerner, and Amari O’Neil joined the cast in March 2021, and Don Cheadle was confirmed as the show’s narrator. The Wonder Years was ordered to series on May 14, 2021. Allen Maldonado was cast in a recurring role in July.

The Wonder Years (2021)
The Wonder Years (2021)

During a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association, team members announced that the series will focus on significant events from 1968, including the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. When questioned about casting Maldonado, whose character was rumored to be Afro-Latino like Maldonado at the time, writer and executive producer Saladin K. Patterson replied “For sure, I wanted to reflect the Black diaspora. And part of that is visible in appearance and appearance, but some of it is simply in the background and those specific tales that arise from those cultural minglings. He absolutely fits into the scene we want to create.”

Release

In the United States, the series aired on ABC on September 22, 2021, at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The series is set to air on CTV in Canada. In addition, the series will debut as an original series on Disney+ via the streaming hub Star in select regions. The series launches as a Star+ original in Latin America.

Reaction

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, which only accepts positive or negative reviews, 91 percent of 11 reviews are favorable, with an average rating of 7.5/10.

The pilot episode was sent to critics ahead of the series’ release, and TVLine’s Dave Nemetz rated it a “B,” complimenting The Wonder Years for its vintage music, humorous tone, and emphasis on minorities for a narrative set in the 1960s. The series was described by Nemetz as “a nice enough adaptation, but one that lacks the revolutionary energy of the original and pulls a few punches.”

While sections of the 22-minute pilot felt “rushed,” Daniel D’Addario said in his Variety review that the focus on the historical period helped “the characters’ relationships appear vivid and real against the background of changing events.” In his closing remarks, D’Addario praised the performers and stated that “the pilot’s final revelation is effectively expressed.” According to Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter, “the series manages to inspire nostalgia for bygone days while still being pretty clear-eyed about the problems of that time… and it achieves this while providing the homey charm of the finest family sitcoms.”

Ratings

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 “Pilot” September 22, 2021 0.7 3.23 TBD TBD TBD TBD

Will there be a Wonder Years reboot?

The Wonder Years, like the original program, will run weekly on ABC, which announced a series order in May 2021. The remake will air on September 22 at 8.30 pm (7.30 ct), with Savage directing and Patterson writing the pilot episode.

Is The Wonder Years on Hulu 2021?

The new Wonder Years can be seen live on ABC on Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m., as well as on Hulu and Hulu+ Live TV and on-demand after airing through your cable provider.

Where can I watch the new Wonder Years?

The debut of “The Wonder Years” takes place on Wednesday, September 22, at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT). It’s also available on FuboTV (7-day free trial) and Hulu + Live TV (free trial, regional restrictions apply).

The Wonder Years Release Dates

USA 22 September 2021

Also Known As (AKA)

(original title) The Wonder Years
France The Wonder Years
Russia Чудесные годы
USA The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years | Official Trailer – Series Premiere Sept 22

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