Sarda hopes to begin releasing the DVDs within two years. No matter when they come out, the original music most likely won't be on them.
"I think that's the only way really we're going to see it," says Gord Lacey, creator of the Web site TVshowsonDVD.com. "I don't have a list of the songs used in the show, but something tells me they're not going to be able to release a completely intact series."
The music-licensing hurdle is substantial. "The Wonder Years" borrowed more than 300 pieces of music for its 115 episodes. Even more daunting is the fact that the music is from what has emerged as a resurgent, nostalgic era.
"I'd love to put it out on DVD, so other people can enjoy it," Sarda said. "So we just have to work through these issues. It's not that simple, because music is an integral part of that show. So it's not like you can just go in and replace it all."
This is basically what's going to have to happen with a lot of music-heavy shows: a balance is going to have to be struck between licensing all the music (which is prohibitively expensive) and just replacing everything indiscriminately (Stephen J. Cannell did this when he released most of his self-produced shows on DVD, and it's an utter disaster, ruining shows like "Wiseguy" and "Greatest American Hero").