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Politics, Nostalgia, and Kevin's First Kiss

by How to Watch Television

In the final scene from the pilot of The Wonder Years, Kevin finds Winnie and attempts to comfort her after news of her brother's death in Vietnam. The voiceover narration of grown-up Kevin conflates his first kiss with the politics of the sixties and recuperates ordinary life in the suburbs as full of drama. Daniel Marcus, in his essay in How to Watch Television, analyzes how the series serves as an example of television as a site of social memory, in this case creating both nostalgia for and political commentary about the 1960s.

The Wonder Years - Final Scene of Pilot

Kevin comforts Winnie after the death of her brother in Vietnam, and gets his first kiss.

from The Wonder Years (1988)
Creator: ABC
Posted by How to Watch Television