The Worst Episodes of The Wonder Years: When Beloved Characters Disappointed.

Ah, The Wonder Years. The beloved coming-of-age TV show that captured the hearts of viewers everywhere with its nostalgic charm and relatable characters. But let’s be real, not every episode was a winner. As a die-hard fan of the show and a self-proclaimed TV critic, I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a list of the worst episodes of The Wonder Years. From cringeworthy storylines to downright boring plot twists, these episodes had us begging for the commercials to come on. So grab your popcorn, settle in, and prepare to cringe along with me as we revisit the most disappointing moments in this iconic series.
Pilot

Pilot

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 1988-01-31

Kevin and Paul attend Robert F Kennedy Junior High for the first time. Winnie’s brother is killed in Vietnam. Kevin and Winnie kiss for the first time.

My Father's Office

My Father’s Office

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 1988-03-29

Kevin learns more about his dad by spending a day at his office.

Angel

Angel

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 1988-04-05

Karen doesn’t communicate with her parents anymore. It’s made worse when she brings home a new boyfriend. Kevin takes an immediate dislike to Louis.

The Phone Call

The Phone Call

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1988-04-12

Kevin tries to get up the courage to call Lisa Berlini. Paul tries to find out if Lisa likes Kevin, by consulting the Junior High grapevine.

Dance With Me

Dance With Me

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 1988-04-19

While passing notes during class, Kevin asks Lisa Berlini to go to the dance with him. She says okay, but she decides to go with Brad Gaines after he asks her. While eating lunch with Winnie and Paul, Kevin feels himself falling back in love with Winnie, but she is goes to the dance with Kirk McCray. Kevin tries to make Winnie jealous by dancing with an unidentified girl…

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Season 2 – Episode 1

Air Date: 1988-11-30

Winnie starts hanging around the cool kids because she is now dating Kirk McCray.

Our Miss White

Our Miss White

Season 2 – Episode 2

Air Date: 1988-12-07

Kevin gets a crush on Miss White. She convinces him to play Robert Kennedy is a play she has written.

Christmas

Christmas

Season 2 – Episode 3

Air Date: 1988-12-14

Kevin and his brother try to convince their Dad to buy a color television. Kevin tries to find a present for Winnie after she unexpectedly gives him a present.

Steady as She Goes

Steady as She Goes

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 1989-01-11

Kevin continues to pine for Winnie, but is becoming frustrated with being alone – especially as Paul has Carla. Even though he’s just looking for someone to make Winnie jealous, he ends up boyfriend to Becky Slater.

Just Between Me and You and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky

Just Between Me and You and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1989-01-18

Kevin wants to know if Winnie likes him or Kirk. Kirk wants to know if Winnie like him or Kevin. Becky punches Kevin when she finds out he doesn’t really like her.

Pottery Will Get You Nowhere

Pottery Will Get You Nowhere

Season 2 – Episode 6

Air Date: 1989-02-01

Norma begins taking a pottery class, but receives no support or encouragement from Jack.

Coda

Coda

Season 2 – Episode 7

Air Date: 1989-02-08

Kevin strives to prove himself better at the piano than Ronald Hirschmuller. But who is he trying to impress more – himself or his teacher?

Hiroshima, Mon Frere

Hiroshima, Mon Frere

Season 2 – Episode 8

Air Date: 1989-02-15

Kevin and Paul settle on doing a hamster/maze experiment for science class, but Wayne threatens to put a stop to it.

Loosiers

Loosiers

Season 2 – Episode 9

Air Date: 1989-02-28

Paul likes to play basketball, but he’s really bad at it. Kevin doesn’t like to see his best friend humiliated during Physical Education class.

Walk Out

Walk Out

Season 2 – Episode 10

Air Date: 1989-03-07

Kevin and other students on the student council try to organize a walk out to protest America’s involvement in Vietnam. Mr. Diperna threatens to mark it down on their permanent records if they do it.

Nemesis

Nemesis

Season 2 – Episode 11

Air Date: 1989-03-14

Kevin learns a lesson about talking behind someones back and how ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’.

Fate

Fate

Season 2 – Episode 12

Air Date: 1989-03-28

When Kevin confronts the school bully, he’s driven by his love for Winnie.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Season 2 – Episode 13

Air Date: 1989-04-11

When Kevin’s birthday party is scheduled for the same day as Paul’s Bar Mitzvah, Kevin feels put out, but also becomes interested in family traditions.

Brightwing

Brightwing

Season 2 – Episode 14

Air Date: 1989-04-18

Kevin becomes his sister’s confidant when he discovers she is skipping school to go to “”the hill.””

Square Dance

Square Dance

Season 2 – Episode 15

Air Date: 1989-05-02

When Kevin is partnered with class weirdo, Margaret Farquhar, he tries to keep away from her – especially when she tries to become his friend.