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  • The Arnold's live in Glenn Valley, California. This can be seen in Season 4 Episode 7 "The Ties that Bind" in which old pictures from when Jack and Norma were married is shown. In it, it shows when Jack bought the house and there is a big sign that reads "Glenn Valley Realtors" with a big SOLD sign on the bottom. Since the Arnolds never moved in their family history this is certainly where they lived. This is supported in Season 4 Episode 1 "Growing Up" when the Arnold's attend the Norcom Annual Picnic and the giant banner we are shown says "Norcom Annual Picnic" and on the bottom "Industry" as in City of Industry, California. On the other hand, there is also evidence from the episode "Wayne On Wheels," that indicates they live in a suburb of L.A. called Culver City. This comes from a brief shot of a letter that Wayne gets from the local DMV. Although Wayne's thumb is covering part of the Name / Address window area, there is still enough information visible to see that it was mailed to him in Culver City, CA. This seems a more direct piece of data than other "hints" given, that appear more indirect than this one. It seems, then, that the best conclusion is that the Arnolds live in the L.A. suburb, Culver City.

  • No, despite some similarities in appearance, Josh Saviano is not the famous shock-rocker. He graduated from Yale and is currently practicing law in New York City, where he was born. Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Hugh Warner) is seven years older and grew up in Ohio.

  • Due to the high cost of securing music rights, the distributors of "The Wonder Years (1988)" and artists whose music appeared on the show have yet to come to an agreement. Original music rights agreements were negotiated before the widespread use of DVDs, thus the rights to use the music never extended beyond the original airings and syndication. Several television shows that have relied heavily on external music sources, most notably "WKRP in Cincinnati (1978)" and "The Wonder Years (1988)" therefore run into a problem, since the original agreements never included home video or DVD rights, thus the rights to each song must be renegotiated in order for the song to be included on the DVD. This can be very expensive, and can take many years. For example, the first season DVD of "WKRP in Cincinnati (1978)" released in 2007 omitted most of the original music in the soundtrack, since agreements could not be reached with many of the record companies. Therefore, music heard in the original airings and syndication was removed in favor of "generic" music, for which royalties are not due. For a show like "The Wonder Years (1988)," in which the original music is an essential part of the structure of each episode, music rights would have to be secured for each episode for each season, since using generic music would ruin the structure of the storytelling. The cost would likely run into the millions of dollars to secure tracks from "The Beatles" and other high-profile artists, which would cut into the profit margin of the DVD sales. This would reduce the profit margin significantly, thereby reducing the liklihood that a comprehensive DVD set would ever be released.

    To date, there have been two 'best-of' DVD sets for "The Wonder Years (1988)" They are: "The Best of The Wonder Years (1988): July 24, 1999" (1 Disc-2 episode set) and "The Christmas Wonder Years: July 24, 1999" (1 Disc-2 episode set). However, they are quite expensive and do not contain the original music.

    Update: In february 2014, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life announced a complete series set with most of the original music would be released on DVD later in 2014.

    Update: In August 2014, StarVista/Time Life announced they had managed to clear 285 songs along with the theme song, which was 96% of the music on the show. Because fans were concerned about that 4% of uncleared music, a complete list was released showing the 14 uncleared songs and their carefully picked replacements. [source]


The FAQ items below may give away important plot points.

  • At the end of the last episode (1973), Kevin mentions the fate of all the main characters. Winnie goes to Paris to study art history while Kevin remains in the States. They keep in touch as pen pals but Kevin ultimately gets married to another woman and has a son. Kevin's father dies of a heart attack in 1975. Following Jack's death, Wayne, now more mature and responsible, takes over the family business. In a few months, Karen gives birth to a baby boy making Norma a grandmother. Paul Pfeiffer ends up graduating from Harvard with a law degree.

  • Yes and no. On "White Lies (1992)," they fall asleep on the couch together but nothing really happens, despite Kevin telling his friends the opposite. On "Independence Day (1993)," they both end up spending the night in a barn. Although nothing is ever mentioned, it is implied that they had sex.

  • Yes, on the episode "Carnal Knowledge (1992)," Kevin and his friends go to see a movie while Paul stays home and has an encounter with a friend of the family. He comes to the Arnold household later that night and explains to Kevin that he lost his virginity. After the episode, Paul never mentions the girl again which would imply that it was a one night stand.

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