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With Wonder...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Colton, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Found a box of old VHS tapes (unlabeled, of course), so I found a VCR (remember those?), hooked it up and explored a bit.

    And I stumbled across some episodes on what is perhaps my favorite television show, "The Wonder Years."

    Watching a few episodes reminded me just how much I loved this show, especially for the writing and the amazing use of music, the one that tugged on my heartstrings the most being Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight" at the end of the episode, "The Accident." (the song wasn't released until 1979, but that's beside the point).

    They don't make 'em like this, anymore...

  2. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    I agree. Great show -- one that should still be on, regularly, even if only in reruns.
  3. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    I've been watching a bunch of episodes through Netflix. I love that show.
  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Get Netflix.
  5. partain

    partain Member

    Also available online through Amazon. I think right now they have the entire series free to Prime members.
  6. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    They had to change a bunch of the songs for Netflix and Amazon streaming. Still no DVD release for that reason. Sucks. I'd love to own that.
  7. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    If you know what songs were switched, that will drive you crazy. Same thing happened with WKRP.

    Wonder Years was awesome though.
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I never (not once) watched the show when it was originally broadcast, but occasionally I heard and read good things about it.

    Then a few years ago I was channel-surfing after getting out of work late at night and it was on the Hub. So I started watching and over a year or so, saw most of the episodes.

    Kevin's fictitious age was within a couple years of mine, so most of the topical pop culture references were right up my alley. Overall I'd give the series about a B+ for chronological accuracy (although I do remember there were a few glaring gaffes).

    Having never seen the shows in original broadcast, I didn't hear the original soundtracks, but I do remember thinking some of the background music seemed weird and kind of arbitrarily stuck in there.
  9. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    What is the deal with the songs?
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Copyright and royalty issues. The producers probably got only limited performance rights to many of the songs and would have to pay extra to use them in re-releases.

    I suppose if I had been the series producers, I would have scoured around and come up with a really really good 60s/70s cover band, and simply had them do cover versions of the songs for the show, since period music was obviously going to be a big part of the show from the get-go.
  11. CHETtheJET

    CHETtheJET Member

  12. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Holding the rerun music against The Wonder Years is silly. Most of the stuff that seems out of place is that way because it wasn't the original music.

    Has any show ever gone against contrivance more than The Wonder Years? I think it's the most realistic depiction of male adolescence ever in any pop-culture format.
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