‘Wonder Years’ series tackles Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in emotional debut episode

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On the series premiere of The Wonder Years, which was inspired by the show of the same name that ran from 1988 to 1993, we met Dean, a 12-year-old living in Montgomery, Alabama in 1968.

Throughout much of Wednesday’s pilot episode he is seen dealing with usual kid stuff, like bullying and his best friend stealing his girl. But we also saw Dean and his family dealing with some heavier topics, like the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Addressing the historical moment in the series premiere definitely resonated with viewers on Twitter who made comments like, “I was just laughing. They just gutted me.”

Y'all. 😭😭😭😭😭

They have Dr. King's assassination on the first damn episode. I was just laughing. They just gutted me. #WonderYears

— Val Brown (She/Her) (@ValeriaBrownEdu) September 23, 2021

The emotional episode was directed by the original show’s star, Fred Savage, who also serves as an executive producer for the series. And if reactions on social media are any indication, the show is already making an impact.

Much like the original series, this version of The Wonder Years is already mixing the humor with the heartfelt. And while the first one was narrated by Richard Dreyfus, the baton has been wonderfully handed to the new narrator, Don Cheadle.

“Everybody in my family plays that day over and over in their minds,” Cheadle said, speaking as an older version of Dean in the show. “But for different reasons. For each of us, it felt like the world around us had changed forever.”

The Wonder Years airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

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