Airing right after Super Bowl XXII in 1988, the much-hyped pilot for 'The Wonder Years' made an immediate impression. After just six episodes the show was awarded an Emmy for Best Comedy Series, and its 13-year old star Fred Savage became the youngest ever performer to be nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
The college drama 'Felicity' was J.J. Abrams' first foray into television. The show starred Keri Russell as the show's titular character, and it was a hit for the WB among young viewers when it debuted in 1998.
Then ratings fell in 1999, a dip many critics and network executives attributed to Russell's new much shorter hairstyle. Eventually Russell's golden locks grew back and the ratings rebounded, allowing the show to last for four seasons -- one for each year of college.
Before Judd Apatow was "Judd Apatow" he wrote a movie in 1995 called 'Heavyweights,' about the adventures of a group of portly young men who had been sent by their folks to a weight-loss camp.
We've been able to track down the whereabouts of most of the actors who played these jolly campers. Others, however, have seemingly disappeared and we can only hope that it's not because they eventually fell prey to the Tony Perkis method of dieting and wasted away to nothing. See what your favorite 'Heavyweights' child actors are up to today.
In his review of 'The Sandlot,' Roger Ebert called the 1993 comedy "the summertime version of 'A Christmas Story.' The venerable critic was certainly onto something there, as both movies take nostalgic looks back at more innocent times and each rely heavily on the talents of its child actor cast.
In 1994, Disney remade the classic 1951 baseball film 'Angels in the Outfield.' The premise of the movie is that a young baseball fan, who has been placed in foster care, reaches out to his widowed birth father and asks when they will be a family again. The dad sarcastically replies, "When the Angels win the pennant." So, the boy prays for that to happen, and has his prayers are answered when a group of angels come to earth to help the baseball Angels start winning.
'The Goonies' was an ensemble movie all the way, and the seven actors who played the ragtag gang of young treasure hunters all delivered memorable performances. In fact, most of them used 'The Goonies' as a springboard into long careers in TV and film, and even the ones who didn't have found success in other venues.
Remember 'The Rocketeer?' The movie, which was based on the graphic novel by Dave Stevens, was somewhat of a flop when it came out in 1991, but the tale of a handsome 1930s era test pilot (Billy Campbell) who uses a rocket suit to fight Nazis and mobsters has become somewhat of a cult classic over the years.
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