Is The Wonder Years the most Emo TV show of all time is a question that has been eloquently pontificated in many Emo historian roundtable debates and lecture series. The answer is yes.If you are looking at all the charecteristics that made up 90’s second wave Emo i.e. Sentimentalism, growing longing for youthful nostalgia, not getting over the girl who got away, going to the lake, than The Wonder Years, specifically the Episode: Back To The Lake has it. First off let’s talk about the show. The Wonder Years follows the life of Kevin Arnold, a kid growing up in the suburbs in the 1960’s, as told by a nostalgic narrator (Daniel Stern) who looks back fondly at his youth.
Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house, like a lot of houses. A yard like a lot of other yards. On a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back…with wonder.