Wonder Years, The: Season Five
For six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late '60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage). Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight.
Season 5 finds Kevin entering McKinely High, where the social scene centers on the school cafeteria. He goes out for soccer, holds down a hardware store job, and gets his driver's license. Meanwhile, he and Winnie (Danica McKellar) are seeing other people - who end up liking each other after an ill-fated double date. Best friend Paul (Josh Saviano) spends an R-rated evening with a college coed, and brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) has a girlfriend who might like Kevin more. Arnold parents Norma (Alley Mills) and Jack (Dan Lauria) carry on through a memorable neighborhood Christmas party, an accidental mooning by Kevin, Wayne's plans to quit school and enlist, and a disastrous birthday dinner with Karen (Olivia d'Abo) and her live-in boyfriend - who she plans to marry. The season is bookended by Kevin's summer vacation fling and a return trip to the like where it all started.