When it comes to classic television that perfectly encapsulates the coming-of-age experience, few shows hit closer on the nose than The Wonder Years, the tender, hilarious, and sometimes too close to home comedy-drama that aired from 1988 to 1993. Starring Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, the show followed his exploits in school, friendship, family, and of course, romance — and boy was there some adolescent drama and heartbreak to digest. And of course, who could forget the show’s theme song, which was Joe Cocker’s soulful cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.” So good, y’all!
It’s been a long time since the show’s been on the air in real time, but for die-hard fans, there’s always an excuse to put on old episodes and wax romantic about arguably simpler times. To that end, have you ever wondered what the cast of the show looks like today? Is Winnie still a total goddess, for example? And what ever happened to Kevin Arnold’s bully of an older brother? Well, whet your nostalgia, because here’s what the cast of The Wonder Years looks like today.
Fred Savage – Kevin Arnold
It would be difficult for anyone to dispute that Fred Savage was imbued with some seriously natural acting chops considering how he carried The Wonder Years as its lead for the entire run of the show. Often funny, always relatable, and frequently humbled by life’s natural developments, Kevin Arnold shepherded viewers through each episode with his big brown eyes and completely believable performance. The man is truly a legend, and deserving of the Emmy award nominations he received for the role.
Life on set was kind, as Savage remembers it, and the adults made sure that the child actors were protected. “We had a very family-friendly set,” he shared in an interview with Esquire. “It was all about the kids, about us feeling comfortable and not growing up too fast.” It’s good to know that things were wholesome behind the camera, too!
As for Savage’s life as a grown up, the husband and father is busy with other endeavors. Additionally, despite claims of harassment, the actor is a host of the ABC show Child Support alongside Ricky Gervais.
Danica McKellar – Winnie Cooper
Winner Cooper, played by actress Danica McKellar, was the girlfriend that you could only dream about while watching The Wonder Years growing up. With her enviable, long dark hair and soulful brown eyes, she was literally the girl you wanted to either fall in love with, or to be. She taught fans of the show so much about love, loss, longing, and forgiveness — and projected an innocence that belongs to a different time, before Instagram and Twitter changed the game.
McKellar acknowledges the powerful impact that the show had on viewers. “From my perspective, this was the first show that really honored the strength and emotions that kids have at such a young age. Most TV shows, up until that point, were all about that parents, and the kids were there, too,” she shared in an interview with Collider. “I don’t think any other show had done that before, and we got to be a part of something that was ground-breaking and gave a new perspective for people on their own childhood.” Amen to that!
McKellar continues to have a successful acting career. We love you, Winnie!
Josh Saviano – Paul Pfeiffer
What would a good coming-of-age comedy/drama be without a sidekick, a buddy, a BFF to help the protagonist navigate through life’s trials and tribulations as an adolescent? In The Wonder Years, the role was filled perfectly by actor Josh Saviano, who played the role of Kevin Arnold’s wingman, Paul Pfeiffer. And even though his friendship with our main man was strained at the end, their bond has proven to be unforgettable in the annals of TV time.
Well, just as Paul Pfeiffer decided to go to Harvard and become a lawyer, Saviano himself took a similar trajectory, as he went to Yale University and later became… you guessed it, a lawyer, according to his LinkedIn page. But he hasn’t distanced himself from his thespian past, as he posted a photo on his Twitter account in 2019, showing himself, Savage, and McKellar all looking amazing. “The more things change, the more things stay the same, and the more I enjoy hanging out with these 2,” he wrote in the caption. So even though the show is over, the love is not lost. We are so here for this!
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