It was the end of an era when The Wonder Years – a TV show about a boy from a middle-class suburban family navigating his way through adolescence circa the late 60s – wrapped up for good on May 12, 1993.
Captivated audiences sobbed with the final narration that was synonymous with the show that unfolded, nostalgically.
"Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you're in diapers, the next day you're gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul."
"I remember a place, a town, a house, like a lot of houses. A yard like a lot of other yards. On a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back ... with wonder."
But like all good things, they eventually come to an end.
Kids grow up.
Fred Savage, Danica McKellar and Josh Saviano, who played Kevin Arnold, Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper and Paul Joshua Pfeiffer respectively, may have gone on with their lives, but they certainly haven't lost touch.
McKellar, who played America's sweetheart "Winnie" and went on to become a celebrated mathematician in real life, recently caught up with two of her former co-stars and tweeted a picture of their lunch reunion.
"I got to see these guys for lunch yesterday - it was so much fun to catch up and hear how their beautiful families are doing!"
"And yes, @joshsaviano, I totally agree - *you guys* are like family... I mean, we DID grow up together, after all."
I got to see these guys for lunch yesterday - it was so much fun to catch up and hear how their beautiful families… https://t.co/Po0XrYXG6L— Danica McKellar (@Danica McKellar)1549475289.0
Saviano, who is now a lawyer, also posted the photo, tweeting:
"The more things change, the more things stay the same, and the more I enjoy hanging out with these 2."
The more things change, the more things stay the same, and the more I enjoy hanging out with these 2 #fredsavage a… https://t.co/lJ2tcngQgs— Josh Saviano (@Josh Saviano)1549418749.0
Fans were equally as excited to be reunited with their TV buddies they grew up with.
But they also lamented over the cruelty of aging.
Wow. I just felt VERY old. The Wonder Years gang all grown up. https://t.co/K2BfjMJEok— Mike Brookbank (@Mike Brookbank)1549475685.0
@brookbanktv wow how time flies still so great seeing them all together https://t.co/8awk14MMUD— Aray Michael Aromaz (@Aray Michael Aromaz)1549484739.0
@brookbanktv I also felt very old. Then I remembered I am about the same age as they are and so I’m only “all grown up”.— Mia Ryes (@Mia Ryes)1549484268.0
@joshsaviano @danicamckellar Feels like a family picture. Thanks for the memories.— Juan Pablo Muñoz (@Juan Pablo Muñoz)1549428861.0
Some were hoping the actors would work together again in another capacity.
@danicamckellar @joshsaviano That is awesome, thank you for sharing. Maybe we will see you on Fred’s show, @friendsfcollege ?!?!— Mike G (@Mike G)1549475592.0
@joshsaviano @danicamckellar I would watch a reboot of Kevin, Paul, and Winnie as adults with families in the 90s.— o k (@o k)1549419941.0
@WordSaladeater @joshsaviano @danicamckellar I usually don't like reboots/remakes(the only exception right now is… https://t.co/3J4rzGlQcW— Deb ❤🎹🎤🇬🇧❤ (@Deb ❤🎹🎤🇬🇧❤)1549484848.0
The show was introduced to a new generation, and it still holds up.
@danicamckellar @joshsaviano I'm watching the series with my 14-year-old daughter. It's a timeless classic! Best show ever.— Susann Fruendt (@Susann Fruendt)1549475578.0
@SusannEnglish @danicamckellar @joshsaviano It really is such a good show. I still miss it!— BitchOnHeelz💋 (@BitchOnHeelz💋)1549480939.0
Is there something they're not telling us?
@joshsaviano @danicamckellar I'm just going to assume you're filming a 'Wonder Years' mini-series for Netflix that'… https://t.co/90BNmBupTE— Paul (@Paul)1549464310.0
The Wonder Years, conceived and written by writers Neal Marlens and Carol Black, received instant acclaim, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1988 after just six episodes.
The then 13-year-old Fred Savage was recognized for being the youngest actor to ever be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series.
After six seasons, the influential show became a benchmark to how other shows are structured and people still fondly recall the impact the show had on their lives.
Indeed, we all got by with a little help from our friends.