'The Wonder Years' Rebooted With Black Family by Lee Daniels

Carla Harmon
July 10, 2020

If ABC picks up the show, the new "Wonder Years" could arrive on TV by 2021 or 2022.

Danica McKellar (left) and Fred Savage in 'The Wonder Years.' The show ran from 1988-1993 and received a Golden Globe and multiple Emmys. While the original premiered in 1988, it was set between 1968 & 1973.

Here's what we know about The Wonder Years reboot.


Now, a new version is being planned - this time focussing on a black middle class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960s.

Another TV series is getting the reboot treatment, but this time with a twist that will welcome a refreshing and entirely new perspective and voice.

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is behind the half-hour project, which has scored a pilot production commitment at the network.


Saladin K. Patterson (Big Bang Theory), who also serves an executive producer on the reboot, will pen the reimaging based on his own experiences growing up in Montgomery, Alabama.

Oscar-nominated director and producer Lee Daniels is reviving the show for ABC.

THR notes, "Sources say Daniels, Velez, Patterson, and Savage brought the idea directly to ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke, who previously singled out The Wonder Years as one of the programs that made her want to work in television". It also means that any Wonder Years fans who hoped to see Fred Savage reprise his role for the reboot shouldn't count on it.


Seeing the world through the eyes of kids during one of the most revolutionary times in USA history proved to be quite a success story for the series The Wonder Years back in the late 1980s and made a household name out of its lead, then child star Fred Savage.

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