The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
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Kevin's grades in Mr Collin's Math class are not that good. After talking to Kevin, Mr Collins suggests that he could give him extra lessons to help him on the upcoming test. Kevin seems to... See full summary »


Michael Dinner


Neal Marlens (created by), Carol Black (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Fred Savage ... Kevin Arnold
Dan Lauria ... Jack Arnold
Alley Mills ... Norma Arnold (credit only)
Olivia d'Abo ... Karen Arnold (credit only)
Jason Hervey ... Wayne Arnold
Danica McKellar ... Winnie Cooper
Josh Saviano ... Paul Pfeiffer
Daniel Stern ... Kevin Arnold - The Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Baca Sean Baca ... Craig Hobson
Raye Birk ... Mr. Diperna
Phyllis Flax Phyllis Flax ... Teacher
Steven Gilborn ... Mr. Collins


Kevin's grades in Mr Collin's Math class are not that good. After talking to Kevin, Mr Collins suggests that he could give him extra lessons to help him on the upcoming test. Kevin seems to be getting better, until one day when Mr Collins fails to show up. Written by Michael Howe

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Release Date:

24 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A black and white photo of Mr. Collins in the school yearbook is shown at the end, with the bottom caption reading, "In Memoriam - Arthur A. Collins, 1919-1970"---hinting that Mr. Collins was 51 years of age at the time of his death. See more »


Kevin Arnold: You don't have to grade it. It's an 'A'.
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References Victory at Sea (1952) See more »


Goodbye My Friend
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
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No Need to Grade it, It's an A
17 November 2011 | by dismaldreamSee all my reviews

I must echo the previous reviewers sentiments regarding this episode: it truly is one of the memorable and meaningful of the series.

I recently caught this episode again and I was surprised just how much of it I remembered - nearly the entire episode: not bad for not having watched it for 20 years. And thats unmistakably whats so great about this particular episode: it is heartwarming and heartwretching watching Kevin truly embrace his emotions and not be as confused by them like he usually is. We also empathize/sympathize with his loss because we've seen Kevin and Mr Collins go back and forth for a while now (This, i believe, is Mr Collins third time being the centerpiece of the episode).

Whats also amazing re-watching these episodes is the chance we now all have to look back on our own lives. First watching this when I was not even a teenager, I merely viewed it as a chance to get to know how it was like growing up in the late 60s/early 70s middle America. Now however, I do reminisce about my past teachers and how i appreciate them now.

One last notable item about this episode is the end song: Linda Ronstadt's Goodbye my Friend is fitting and if you happen to be in a reminiscing state, it might catch you vulnerable.

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