Where does The Wonder Years take place?

THE WONDER YEARS - ÒPilotÓ Ð Inspired by the beloved award-winning series of the same name, ÒThe Wonder YearsÓ is a coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s that takes a nostalgic look at a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, through the point of view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean. With the wisdom of his adult years, DeanÕs hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their Òwonder yearsÓ in a turbulent time. (ABC/Erika Doss)LAURA KARIUKI, ELISHA WILLIAMS, ALLEN MALDONADO, LAURA KARIUKI, DULƒ HILL
THE WONDER YEARS - ÒPilotÓ Ð Inspired by the beloved award-winning series of the same name, ÒThe Wonder YearsÓ is a coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s that takes a nostalgic look at a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, through the point of view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean. With the wisdom of his adult years, DeanÕs hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their Òwonder yearsÓ in a turbulent time. (ABC/Erika Doss)LAURA KARIUKI, ELISHA WILLIAMS, ALLEN MALDONADO, LAURA KARIUKI, DULƒ HILL /
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While many remember the original 1988 Wonder Years series by Neal Marlens and Carol Black, the ABC rebootThe Wonder Years, created by Saladin K. Patterson (The Fighting Temptations), made some major changes: Dean (Elisha “EJ” Williams) is Black, middle-class and navigating adolescence in the 1960’s. Narrated by Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) as older Dean, the series tells the story of the Williams family during the early years of integration.

Dean lives with his father (Dule Hill), mother (Saycon Sengbloh), sister (Laura Kariuki), and brother (Spence Moore) in the south and must navigate the intersections of racism, family, education, romance and much more.

The show is strategically set in Montgomery, Alabama to reflect the significant struggles that Black families experienced in the state following its unique legacy of racism, but also through the eyes of a boy discovering who he is in the world.

Why is the location an important part of The Wonder Years?

Patterson calls the show a “love letter to Montgomery,” where he grew up in the 1970’s and 80’s. He wanted to highlight is hometown while also making the story as authentic as possible, which meant navigating the historical backdrop of the city in the 60’s.

The Wonder Years takes places not long after the events of The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was a civil rights protest in which Black Americans refused to ride Montgomery, Alabama city buses as a stance against segregated seating. The boycott lasted from 1955 to 1956 and was one of the largest scale demonstrations against segregation in the United States.

Brown v. The Board of Education was only passed a year before the boycott began in 1954, which deemed segregation in schools as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. However, tensions never left the south, and the experiences that Dean has in the Wonder Years reflect how many white southerners still believed that a Black family living in the suburbs didn’t belong. The show works hard to illustrate that struggle and even draw modern day connections to anti-blackness that still exists in the United States today.

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