Here are the DeKalb places you’ll see in ‘The Wonder Years’ reboot

Elisha “EJ” Williams as Dean Williams, Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams in the new "Wonder Years" on ABC starting in 2021-22. ABC

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Elisha “EJ” Williams as Dean Williams, Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams in the new "Wonder Years" on ABC starting in 2021-22. ABC

The reboot premiered at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 22 on ABC
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Lithonia Main Street

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Lithonia Main Street

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Lithonia Main Street

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Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur is reckoning with past racial injustices.

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Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur is reckoning with past racial injustices.

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Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur is reckoning with past racial injustices.

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A new version of a popular 1980s sitcom returned to families’ living rooms Wednesday night, and metro Atlanta residents might see some familiar places on screen.

ABC’s reboot of “The Wonder Years” was partially filmed in DeKalb County and will feature many historic neighborhoods and landmark buildings. The show will take place in a reimagined version of the 1960s South and will follow a Black family’s coming-of-age story — contrasting with the original show, which featured a white family living in suburbia.

While filming in Georgia is nothing new given the state’s growing film sector, “The Wonder Years” will highlight DeKalb in unique fashion, according to the show’s location coordinator Girly Daniels.

“I travel where the productions take me, and I can honestly say there is something very unique and special about DeKalb,” Daniels said in a news release by the Decide DeKalb Development Authority. “It’s the people, the neighborhoods, even the businesses we worked with — we found almost everything we needed here.”

According to a recent report by the Atlanta Regional Commission, the film and television industries are quickly growing in DeKalb. Television productions in the county will create roughly $1.4 billion in economic output over the next five years, according to the report.

In addition, new studios are on their way to DeKalb. Gray Television is in the process of building several studios at the former General Motors Assembly site in Doraville, transforming the area into a “studio city.” A Los Angeles-based firm recently purchased Blackhall Studios and affirmed its commitment to expand its studio space into south DeKalb as well.

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“The Wonder Years” reboot ―which stars Dulé Hill and Atlanta native Saycon Sengbloh with Don Cheadle as the narrator ― showcases the life of a middle-class family through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy, played by Elisha Williams. The show will cover issues including bullying, relationships and civil rights. Korey Washington, who worked as the show’s pilot production designer, said DeKalb became an obvious choice as a backdrop for those topics.

“After reading (writer and executive producer) Saladin Patterson’s script, I knew DeKalb County, with its engaging four-sided brick homes and charming parks and neighborhoods, would be an ode to our southern community,” Washington said in the release.

Among the locations that locals might spot throughout the first season are Lithonia’s Main Street, Peachtree Baptist Church in North Druid Hills, Decatur’s Medlock Park, Decatur’s Legacy Park, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, and Columbia Theological Seminary.

  • Lithonia Main Street

  • Peachtree Baptist Church

  • Medlock Park

  • City of Decatur Legacy Park

  • Antioch Baptist Church

  • St Bartholomew’s Baptist Church

  • Bridgepoint Church

  • Clairmont Presbyterian Church

  • Mountain West Church

  • Columbia Theology Seminary