They also wanted the series to tie this setting in to the life of a normal boy growing up during the period.
After writing the script for the pilot episode, Marlens and Black began pitching the series to television networks.
In addition, at age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series.
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Elements were also taken from Black's childhood from the White Oak section of Silver Spring, Maryland.
When they started writing the series, Marlens and Black took a script for a future film that they had been toying with, which featured an off-screen narrator.
On the other hand, there are other child actors who grew up well, like Jodie Foster and Bill Mumy, because their parents took care to raise them up right under the circumstances. especially if they're treated as though they never did.
While some kids idolize these stars and want to be like — or be — them because of how "glamorous" their lives are, what they don't see behind the scenes is that their careers pretty much rob them of a normal childhood, and a disturbingly high number of Former Child Stars have unscrupulous, financially exploitative parents. Compare White-Dwarf Starlet, an older version of this trope, as well as Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight. For other grown-up kids, see School Yard Bully All Grown Up and Kid Hero All Grown-Up.