"The Wonder Years" turns 25 today (January 31) and to celebrate the milestone anniversary, we're looking back at some very famous faces who got their start on the classic series.
Long before he was romancing Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City," John Corbett was with Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo) on "The Wonder Years" and three years before she swept the nation with the phrase "as if!" in "Clueless," Alicia Silverstone was playing Kevin Arnold's (Fred Savage) dream girl.
Click through the slideshow below to watch Corbett, Silverstone and more famous faces who got their start on "The Wonder Years."
Long before he was romancing Jennifer Aniston on "Friends," Schwimmer was Michael on "The Wonder Years." He was on four episodes as boyfriend (and eventual husband) to Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo), Schwimmer clashed with the Arnold family patriarch (Dan Lauria).
In her first credited role, Alicia Silverstone played Jessica, Kevin Arnold's (Fred Savage) dream girl. Silverstone appeared in one episode, "Road Test," in 1992. Three years later she was starring in "Clueless."
In 1988, before he shot to stardom with "Saved by the Bell," Mark-Paul Gosselaar played Brad Gaines in the "Dance With Me" episode of "The Wonder Years." In the episode, Kevin asks a girl to go to the dance with him, she agrees, but then Gosselaar's character asks her and she goes with him instead. After his "Wonder Years" appearance, Gosselaar went on to get his big break on "Saved by the Bell" and currently stars in "Franklin and Bash" on TNT.
Gosselaar isn't the only Bayside alum to get his start on "The Wonder Years." In 1989 and 1990, while "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" was transitioning to "Saved By the Bell," Dustin Diamond appeared in two episodes of "The Wonder Years." In 1989, Diamond played Joey Harris in "Loosiers," and in 1990 he played Joey Lapman in "The Glee Club." Of course, viewers know him better as Samuel "Screech" Powers on many incarnations of "Saved By the Bell."
As Sandy in the 1991 episode "Triangle," Carla Gugino came between the Arnold brothers. Originally Wayne's (Jason Harvey) girlfriend, Gugino's character and Kevin begin a tryst on the side, hence the name of the episode. Since her "Wonder Years" appearance, Gugino has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including "Sin City," "Political Animals" and "New Girl."
Before he was helping slay vampires as werewolf Oz on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and creating late night comedy with action figures on "Adult Swim," Seth Green guest starred in numerous TV shows, including "The Wonder Years." Green appeared in two 1992 episodes as Jimmy Donnelly and yet, he looks exactly the same.
Early in her acting career, Juliette Lewis appeared in several early episodes of "The Wonder Years" as Wayne's girlfriend, Delores between 1989 and 1990. In 1989, Lewis appeared in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Since then, Lewis was nominated for an Oscar in 1992 for "Cape Fear" and appeared in several films and TV shows, including "The Firm," "The Other Sister" and "The Evening Star."
Between 1992 and 1993, Giovanni Ribsi appeared in 15 episodes of "The Wonder Years" as Jeff Billings, a good friend of Kevin's. Ribsi's character lived with his divorced mom in the series. Since then, Ribsi has appeared in several films and TV shows, including "Friends," "My Name is Earl" and "Ted." He also co-starred in "The Other Sister" with Lewis, though they missed each other on "The Wonder Years" by a couple seasons.
"The Wonder Years" was John Corbett's second credited role -- it was under the name Jack Corbett -- in 1988. In the episode titled "Angel," Corbett played Louis, Karen's new boyfriend, who was cheating on her. Since "The Wonder Years," Corbett has played key roles in "Sex and the City," "United States of Tara" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
In 1993, A.J. Langer appeared as Mary Jo Genaro in "The Wonder Years" episode "Eclipse." In the episode, Kevin and his classmates take a trip to a planetarium to watch a solar eclipse and bad girl Mary Jo takes a dare to hit on the nerdy kid in class. Since then, Langer co-starred in "My So-Called Life," "It's Like, You Know ..." and several episodes of ABC's "Private Practice."
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