The Wonder Years | Allen Maldonado On How His Family Inspired His Character [Exclusive Interview]

The Wonder Years

The original series, The Wonder Years on ABC is just as old as I am. It ran on their network for six seasons. It was a coming-of-age comedy/drama that followed a teenager and his family growing up in a suburban middle-class neighborhood in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The show did very well, becoming popular and winning a variety of awards in its time.

This fall we saw the release of a new version of The Wonder Years. In this version of the series, this coming-of-age story looks at life from a different perspective. While the time period is the same as the original, we now look at the world through the eyes of a black middle-class family. The series stars Dule Hill, Elisha Williams, Seycon Senbloh, and Milan Ray.

It’s a really fun series that really looks at all the typical adventures that any kid in America growing up would go through. The difference is that we see how the family handles situations like the death of Martin Luther King. Or how Dean and his father talk about interactions with the police. The writers do a very good job at mixing in all of these topics.

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With the release of The Wonder Years on ABC, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez talked with Allen Maldonado. In the series, he plays Coach Long. Someone that you immediately meet in the pilot episode. In our conversation, he tells us about how his older relatives helped him find the voice for his character. As well as being able to re-create moments from that era. It was a very fun conversation that you can check out down below!

Allen Maldonado

Inspired by the beloved award-winning series of the same name, “The Wonder Years” 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, Dean’s hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their “wonder years” in a turbulent time.

The Wonder Years can be seen on ABC Wednesdays at 8:30pm.

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