'The Wonder Years' shines in ABC's reboot of the coming-of-age dramedy

Early ’90s TV is hitting the refresh button this fall, in the case of “Los años maravillosos,” delivering an impressive and ambitious ABC dramedy. Coming on the heels of Disney+’s Doogie Howser, M.D.” reiniciar, the two shows join the earlierOne Day at a Timein proving it’s possible to nostalgically recycle titles and still produce distinctive and captivating series.

Directed by original star Fred Savage, “Los años maravillosos” revisits roughly the same period beginning in 1968, this time examining those turbulent years from the perspective of an African-American family and its 12-year-old son, Decano (Elíseo “NO” Williams).
Once again featuring narration by a grown-up version of the kid (courtesy of Don Cheadle), the elder voice amusingly recalls an era when spanking kids was perfectly okay, his father (“The West Wing’sDulé Hill) responded to stressful situations by telling everyoneBe cooland both parents (Saycon Sengbloh plays his mom) were fond of snapping at their kids, “Stay out of grown folksbusiness.
    As the youngest of three, Dean watches the tumult of the ’60s at a greater sense of remove than his teenage sister (Laura Kariuki) and mostly seems preoccupied with a girl in his class, Keisa (Milan Ray). A lot might change in filtering the show through this different point of view, but the pangs of puberty remain universal.
      Adapted by Saladin K. Patterson, working with a production team that includes Savage andEmpire’sLee Daniels, this newWonder Yearsfinds a great deal of humor in seeing the past from this distance. Set in Montgomery, Alabama, Dean attends Jefferson Davis Jr. High and is told reassuringly that a White person isn’t racist becausehe watches ‘I, Spy.'
        "Los años maravillosocotizaciónp;quot; stars Amari O'Neil as Cory Long, Milan Ray as Keisa Clemmons, Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams, Elisha Williams as Dean Williams, Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Julian Lerner as Brad Harper, and Dulé Hill as Bill Williams.

        Like the prior version, the show unearths the drama and poignant qualities of those years, in a front-loaded pilot that leverages a major event to set the scene and mooda logical decision, if a device that the writers will be hard-pressed to replicate in terms of emotional resonance going forward.
        Both this show andDoogie Kamealoha, M.D.have also nailed the casting of their youthful leads, no small feat with such exercises, with Williams capturing the mix of naivete and awakening that’s key to coming-of-age fare.
          In terms of old-fashioned scheduling concerns that were far more significant when the original aired, “Los años maravillosos” also looks right at home sandwiched between the nostalgia-tingedThe Goldbergs” y “The Conners,” a Roseanne-less revival of another ’90s staple. (Scheduling isn’t a consideration, por supuesto, for those who’ll just stream it later on Hulu.)
            Whether the series can sustain the charms and deft balance that its pilot exhibits remains to be seen; todavía, just getting out of the gate this looks like one of the fall’s most appealing shows, in a way that manages to be, as a musical remnant of the era put it, some kind of “Preguntarse”-completo.
            “Los años maravillosos” primeros siete. 22 a 8:30 pm. ET on ABC.

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