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The Wonder Years premiered in 1988 and covered the year 1968. The whole run was 1988-1993, covering 1968-1973. If it premiered today it would be about 1994.

There is more time between when it premiered and now than there was between when it premiered and the period it depicted.
posted by OmieWise at 11:33 AM on August 8 [18 favorites]


but.. but.. no Josh Saviano, nor any explanation why ?!?!? That's like having, uh, an A-Team reunion with out Murdock..
posted by k5.user at 11:34 AM on August 8 [3 favorites]


Maybe Marilyn Manson was touring?
posted by glhaynes at 11:47 AM on August 8 [18 favorites]


Was the oral history always such a popular genre or is my impression that the inability to swing a cat without hitting a new instance is something new correct?
posted by kenko at 11:52 AM on August 8 [1 favorite]


It's been popular since 200,000 BC or thereabouts, I reckon
posted by Renoroc at 11:56 AM on August 8 [3 favorites]


but.. but.. no Josh Saviano, nor any explanation why ?!?!?

In his biographic profile at Morrison Cohen LLP, Joshua D. Saviano, Esq., B.A. Yale 1998, does not deign to mention the even name of the "Emmy-award winning television show" in which he co-starred during his first career as a child actor, before he embarked on his true vocation, corporate intellectual property law.
posted by Doktor Zed at 12:06 PM on August 8 [8 favorites]


FWIW, Josh Saviano does participate in the DVD extras.

(Yes, it's finally coming out on DVD! Ironically, what was holding it up all this time -- intellectual property law, i.e. the music rights -- is Saviano's legal specialty.)
posted by Sys Rq at 12:21 PM on August 8 [6 favorites]


The 2010s version of The Wonder Years would be a weird meta-reflection on the nostalgic days 20 years ago when you could come home from school or work and watch a show like The Wonder Years on television.
posted by savetheclocktower at 12:35 PM on August 8 [8 favorites]


"Thread 141760... I was 44 years old. A lot happened in that thread. k5.user asked why Josh Saviano wasn't in the article... OmieWise made us all feel old... and I posted what was probably an unnecessary comment. it really was a golden age for Metafilter."

...A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to reap...
posted by bondcliff at 12:39 PM on August 8 [13 favorites]


The 2010s version of The Wonder Years would be a weird meta-reflection on the nostalgic days 20 years ago when you could come home from school or work and watch a show like The Wonder Years on television.

You can do this with Degrassi.
posted by Fizz at 12:41 PM on August 8 [2 favorites]


But the story I got was that they showed Paul McCartney the pilot with them singing their version of it, and Paul McCartney made a call to Apple Records and said, “If you’re ever going to let The Beatles be used on television, this is the show,” and Apple Records said, “Ya know what, we’ll let them use the song, but we’re not going to let them use the version of you singing it.” So they got Joe Cocker to sing it.
Dan Lauria's recollection here is bizarro to me. Cocker's 1969 version of this was quite a smash. Hell, I heard it all the time as a kid, and I'm Fred Savage's age.
posted by mykescipark at 1:08 PM on August 8 [2 favorites]


Yeah, that's weird. And there are actual Beatles songs throughout the series, aren't there?
posted by Sys Rq at 1:12 PM on August 8


Was the oral history always such a popular genre or is my impression that the inability to swing a cat without hitting a new instance is something new correct?

I think it's a combination of the form becoming more popular because it's a series of quotes instead of a narrative piece, at a time when the "list of short entries" format rules the roost, and terrible headline writing where every oral history is just titled SUBJECT: An Oral History.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 1:24 PM on August 8


I thought it was pretty much a universal feeling that the Cocker version of "With A Little Help..." completely and utterly blew the doors off of the Beatles original, which I always assumed John & Paul wrote for the sole reason of getting Ringo off their backs about not having anything to sing.
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:24 PM on August 8 [6 favorites]


On Netflix streaming they swapped out the Joe Cocker version for some awful pop-country singer. And a bunch of the music cues throughout the show are changed as well since they were popular songs. I just hope the DVD version restores it back to the originals.
posted by downtohisturtles at 1:25 PM on August 8


On Netflix streaming they swapped out the Joe Cocker version for some awful pop-country singer. And a bunch of the music cues throughout the show are changed as well since they were popular songs. I just hope the DVD version restores it back to the originals.
posted by downtohisturtles at 4:25 PM on August 8 [+] [!]


On the Daria DVD set, they swapped all the music with generic "muzak" like songs. It's kind of a buzz-kill but Daria makes up for it by being Daria.
posted by Fizz at 1:27 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]


On Netflix streaming they swapped out the Joe Cocker version for some awful pop-country singer.

It's supposed to be a Joe Cocker sound-alike, I think. It's godawful.

While rewatching the series on Netflix, I noticed that a lot of the songs are completely anachronistic. One I distinctly remember is Neil Young's "Long May You Run" (1976).
posted by Sys Rq at 1:43 PM on August 8


Doktor Zed: "In his biographic profile at Morrison Cohen LLP, Joshua D. Saviano, Esq., B.A. Yale 1998, does not deign to mention the even name of the "Emmy-award winning television show" in which he co-starred during his first career as a child actor, before he embarked on his true vocation, corporate intellectual property law."

A corporate IP lawyer? Which basically puts him in the same business as the people who kiboshed the original Wonder Years soundtrack. I honestly wish that he'd turned into an androgynous satanic shock-rocker instead.
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:46 PM on August 8


I honestly wish that he'd turned into an androgynous satanic shock-rocker instead.

There's still time.
posted by Fizz at 1:48 PM on August 8 [2 favorites]


"Thread 141760... I was 44 years old. A lot happened in that thread. k5.user asked why Josh Saviano wasn't in the article... OmieWise made us all feel old... and I posted what was probably an unnecessary comment. it really was a golden age for Metafilter."

I remember a website like a lot of other websites. A discussion thread like a lot of other discussion threads.

And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back ... with wonder.
posted by New Frontier at 2:11 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]


Winnie Cooper, man.
posted by dry white toast at 10:37 PM on August 8 [3 favorites]


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