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The Wonder Years reboot: next episode and everything else you need to know

Elisha Williams and Caleb Black as Dean and Norman on The Wonder Years
Elisha Williams and Caleb Black as Dean and Norman on The Wonder Years (Image credit: ABC/Matt Miller)

The Wonder Years was a beloved TV series from creators Carol Black and Neal Marlens that ran from 1988-1993 on ABC. But now we have a new The Wonder Years from Lee Daniels, Saladin Patterson (also serving as showrunner) and Fred Savage, who was the star of the original series. While following a similar format, this version of The Wonder Years follows a Black family living in Alabama in the 1960s.

Here’s everything we know about the new iteration of The Wonder Years.

When is the next The Wonder Years episode?

The Wonder Years has reached its season finale. However, fans of the show shouldn't be too sad as the series is slated to return for season 2.  The finale titled "Love, Dean" airs Wednesday, May 18, at 8:30 pm ET/PT on ABC. Here is a synopsis for the episode:

"Dean tries to impress Keisa's cool new boyfriend by inviting him and his friends to a party Kim is throwing while Bill and Lillian are away for the night. Things get out of hand just as Bill and Lillian arrive home."

When is The Wonder Years season 1 finale?

The Wonder Years season 1 finale is scheduled to air on May 18.  As of April 27, there is no official word on whether or not the show will be renewed for another season. 

What’s The Wonder Years about?

The original Wonder Years was a dramedy that focused on Kevin Arnold, as his older self recalled his childhood growing up in the late 1960s and '70s learning about personal and social issues.

The reboot has the same basic premise, but is changing things up by focusing on a Black family living in Montgomery, Alabama, during the late 1960s, with the 12-year-old Dean Williams serving as the focus.

Who’s in The Wonder Years reboot cast?

The original cast of The Wonder Years featured Savage, Daniel Stern, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Danica McKellar and more. Here are the actors who make up the main cast of The Wonder Years reboot:  

  • Elisha Williams — Dean Williams
  • Don Cheadle — Narrator 
  • Laura Kariuki — Kim Williams 
  • Dulé Hill — Bill Williams 
  • Saycon Sengbloh — Lillian Williams 
  • Milan Ray — Keisa Clemmons 
  • Amari O’Neil — Cory Long 
  • Julian Lerner — Brad Hitman 

The Wonder Years trailer

ABC released a teaser trailer as part of its upfront presentation in May. Led in with a rendition of “With a Little Help from my Friends” (though not the Joe Cocker-sung version the ‘80s The Wonder Years had as its theme song), the trailer features some narration of Don Cheadle over a young Dean Williams playing baseball and spending time with his friends and family. Watch the trailer below. 

Has The Wonder Years been renewed for another season?

Fans of The Wonder Years will be delighted to know that the series has been renewed for season 2. However, as reported in Deadline (opens in new tab), the show won’t be coming back until midseason, or 2023.  

How to watch The Wonder Years reboot

The Wonder Years reboot will air live on local ABC stations on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET. To tune in live on broadcast TV, viewers will need to have a cable or satellite subscription, a TV antenna or a subscription to services like Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV.

If watching live is not your top priority, viewers can catch the latest episodes on-demand on ABC.com or by streaming them Hulu the day after they air on broadcast TV.

Here’s where you can watch the original The Wonder Years right now.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.