The Surprise Years Overview: ABC Reboot Takes Us on a Good, Protected Nostalgia Journey

The Surprise Years Overview: ABC Reboot Takes Us on a Good, Protected Nostalgia Journey
This new Wonder Years — premiering next Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8:30/7:30c; I’ve seen the pilot — does have big shoes to fill: The original series was a TV trailblazer, dropping the laugh track and weaving in heartfelt dramatic moments in a way that few comedies attempted back then. The reboot switches things up by focusing on a Black family in Montgomery, Alabama, rather than a white family in generic suburbia, but otherwise hits many of the same notes, resulting in a solid, if maybe too safe, approximation of the original’s bittersweet stroll down memory lane.

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