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Recast The Wonder Years

Recast The Wonder Years and Win a Prize!

Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

Last week there was news that NBC has ordered a pilot by the writer of The Wonder Years that will be similar in tone to the classic dramatic series, except it'll take place in the '80s. So even though it's not a remake, I thought it would be fun to recast Kevin Arnold and gang anyway! I loved this show set in the late '60s/early '70s, and the first few lines of the opening credits song still give me goosebumps.

So, who could possibly play Kevin Arnold, the tween at the heart of the show? What about his nerdy, loyal friend Paul, and his childhood crush (whose hair I wanted so badly!) Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper?

Let's also recast the rest of the Arnold family: Kevin's dad Jack (played with perfect moodiness by Dan Lauria), stay-at-home mom Norma, Kevin's free-spirited sister Karen, and big brother from hell, Wayne. And for kicks, who could play Mr. Cantwell, the junior high school science teacher, famously portrayed by Ben Stein?

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, Sept. 16, complete with a "new" cast photo.

To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,


Characters to recast
Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage)
Paul Joshua Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano)
Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper (Danica McKellar)
Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria)
Norma Arnold (Alley Mills)
Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo)
Wayne Arnold (Jason Hervey)
Mr. Cantwell (Ben Stein)

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fwmac5 fwmac5 8 years
Kevin Arnold - Douglas Smith Paul Pfeiffer - Christopher "McLovin" Mintz-Plasse Winnie Cooper - Maggie Grace Jack Arnold - Bill Murray Norma Arnold - Bonnie Hunt Karen Arnold - Amber Tamblyn Wayne Arnold - Chauncey Leopardi Mr. Cantwell - Rainn Wilson
psterling psterling 8 years
Kevin Arnold- Michael Cera Paul Joshua Pfeiffer- Christopher Mintz- Plasse Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper- Rachel Bilson Jack Arnold- Kyle Chandler Norma Arnold- Christina Applegate Karen Arnold- Blake Lively Wayne Arnold- Benjamin McKenzie Mr. Cantwell- Steve Carrell
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
Kevin Arnold - Natt Wolff (of Naked Bros. Band) Paul Joshua Pfeiffer - Alexander Gould Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper - Anna Sophia Robb Jack Arnold - Scott Patterson Norma Arnold - Robin Wright Penn Karen Arnold - Sara Paxton Wayne Arnold - Chris Hunter (of South of Nowhere) Mr. Cantwell - Bob Saget
lmb1979 lmb1979 8 years
Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage)Brody Jenner Paul Joshua Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano)Jason Biggs Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper (Danica McKellar)Audrina Patridge Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria)David Hasselhoff Norma Arnold (Alley Mills)Suzanne Summers Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo)Lauren Conrad Wayne Arnold (Jason Hervey)Spencer Pratt Mr. Cantwell (Ben Stein)Eugene Levy
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Kevin Arnold - Nick Jonas Paul Joshua Pfeiffer - Christopher Mintz Plasse Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper - Selena Gomez Jack Arnold - Dennis Quaid Norma Arnold - Lori Loughlin Karen Arnold - Rachael Taylor Wayne Arnold - Sean Flynn (of Zoey 101) Mr. Cantwell - John Kerry
daisydidi daisydidi 8 years
Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage)- Michael Cera Paul Joshua Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano)- Christopher Mintz-Plasse Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper (Danica McKellar)- Leighton Meester Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria)- Bruce Willis Norma Arnold (Alley Mills)- Felicity Huffman Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo)- Kate Hudson Wayne Arnold (Jason Hervey)- Johnny Galecki Mr. Cantwell (Ben Stein)- John C. Reilly
arienne arienne 8 years
Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage)- Nick Jonas Paul Joshua Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) - Alexander Gould Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper (Danica McKellar) - Madeline Zima Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria) - Bryan Batt Norma Arnold (Alley Mills) - Jeanne Tripplehorn Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo)- Amanda Seyfried Wayne Arnold (Jason Hervey) - Spencer Pratt Mr. Cantwell (Ben Stein) - Damian Young
bratty3000 bratty3000 8 years
Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) - Zac Efron Paul Joshua Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano)- Pete Wentz Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper (Danica McKellar)- Rachel Blison Jack Arnold (Dan Lauria)- Jeffrey Dean Morgan Norma Arnold (Alley Mills)- Kim Cattrel Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo)- Blake Lively Wayne Arnold (Jason Hervey)- Benjamin Mckenzie Mr. Cantwell (Ben Stein)- Hugh Laurie
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
all my life people told me i looked like winnie cooper ... some people only call me winnie!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Kevin Arnold - Daryl Sabara Paul Joshua Pfeiffer - Mitchel Musso Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper - Selena Gomez Jack Arnold - Hugh Laurie Norma Arnold - Marcia Cross Karen Arnold - Lindsay Lohan Wayne Arnold - Lucas Grabeel Mr. Cantwell - Eugene Levy
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