Just a heads up to fans, there IS a 23 episode "Season 1 & 2" 6-disc set being sold at CostCo for $28.
Buy it from Amazon.com here:The Wonder Years: The Complete First and Second Seasons
***** - for the show
*** - for the DVD mastering (old analogue videotape masters) Note the editing credit at the end "Edited on the Ediflex" "Electronic Laboratory Pacific Video".
The Costco season 1 & 2 combo version:
Pilot (24:40) 1/31/88
Swingers (22:42) 3/22/88 * note that this is a minute short.
My Father's Office (23:51) 3/29/88
Angel (23:40) 4/5/88
The Phone Call (23:50) 4/12/88
Dance With Me (23:45) 4/19/88
Highlights from The Wonder Years Cast reunion (20:23) 5/28/14
Featurette: With A Little Help From My Friends: The Early Days Of The Wonder Years. (24:35)
Neal Marlens & Carol Black (creators) (33:53),
Fred Savage (Kevin) (29:24),
Danica McKeller (Winnie) (12:17) &
Josh Savino (Paul) (21:34).
Heart of Darkness (23:33) 11/30/88 - has THE DOORS tribute group singing "Children Of the Night".
Our Miss White (23:55) 12/7/88
Christmas (22:53) 12/14/88 * note that this is a minute shorter, but it does have the Glen Campbell Christmas Special playing on the Color TV.
Steady As She Goes (23:51) 1/11/89
Just Between Me & You & Kirk & Paul & Clara & Becky (23:37) 1/18/89
Pottery Will Get You Nowhere (22:46) 2/1/89 * note that this is a minute short.
Coda (23:20) 2/8/89
Hiroshima, Mon Frere (23:20) 2/15/89
Loosiers (23:06) 2/28/89
Walk Out (23:13) 3/7/89
Nemesis (23:19) 3/14/89
Fate (22:49) 2/28/89 * note that this is a minute shorter
Birthday Boy (23:11) 4/11/89
Brightwing (22:26) 4/18/89 * note that this is a minute shorter
Square Dance (22:11) 5/2/89 * note that this is a minute shorter
Whose Woods Are These? (23:07) 5/9/89
How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation (23:14) 5/16/89
School Days: A round table discussion with Danica McKeller, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano (7:52)
Featurette: The Times They Are A-Changin': The Era (28:45)
Daniel Stern (narrator) (30:59),
Dan Laurie (Jack) (20:43) &
Alley Mills (Norma) (33:34).
Note on the VIDEO QUALITY: You have to understand that TV shows produced in the late 1980's & 1990's were filmed, sometimes on 16mm instead of 35mm, then transferred to analogue video tape for editing. Thus the final edit of the episodes are on analogue video tape. So unless the original camera film negatives are re-transfered to HD Video and re-edited to match the original edits (like Star Trek TNG, Seinfeld, That 70's Show), this is the best it will look.
I notice that there is no continuity to the run times of each show, which indicates if a song was cut out.
As far as the show itself, Fred Savage & Danica McKellar give amazing performances as Kevin & Winnie. Every subtle nuance of their personalities is perfectly portrayed. The stories themselves capture the 1960's era perfectly. The original music included is essential to the mood of the show and thankfully most of it is here.
This is much more affordable than the cheaply packaged complete series sold at Time-Life's website.