TV review: Bar Mitzvah on 'The Wonder Years'


Julian Lerner as Brad Hitman (center) and Elisha Williams as Dean Williams (r) with a baseball buddy.

The pleasant, heart-warming re-incarnation of ABC's "The Wonder Years" has offered a bar mitzvah episode, as did the original series in 1989.

The setting is Montgomery, Alabama, during the late1960s, when Blacks were fighting for civil rights and Jews still wanted simply to be accepted.

Written by Yael Gatena, the episode begins with some boys throwing pennies at Brad Hitman (Julian Lerner) in front of his friends, goading the Jewish lad to pick them up in order to be true to stereotype. His Black friend, Dean Williams (Elisha Williams), the show's principal character, narrates in retrospec...

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