There have been a few shows that a generation grows up with, some had Saved by the Bell, I had Boy Meets World. The main cast was in 6th grade when it started, and I was in 5th, helping me really identify with the characters. Like a few shows before it, we watched the group finish grade school, go through high school, and eventually to college. All the while the young viewers grew up with them. What made the show endearing was the problems the kids faced growing up. Granted, if that many things happened to one person, or a small group, they’d have a pretty unrealistically tough life, but this is television. I think many identified with the hardships and helped them cope.
Viewers watched Cory Matthews grow up with his best friend Shawn Hunter, a trouble maker, his older slacker brother Eric, and his on-again-off-again relationship with Topanga. The first season had drastically different characterizations for the main four. While some where minor, and could be chalked up to kids growing up rather than poor writing, two really stand out. Eric was sauve and popular, but apparently graduating high school was the worse thing to happen to him as he mentally regressed as the series went on. Topanga probably had the biggest change as she went from an over the top hippie to mature teenager. Puberty must have worked wonders for her (spoiler, it did). This type of character change is common on many shows as they’re trying to find their footing (see Parks and Recreation). It really was for the benefit of the program.
The other main stay character was their neighbor/teacher/principal/professor/mentor Mr. Feeny. He was an amazing character, always dispensing needed knowledge to the kids, doing his best to keep them on the right path. There were a good many things I learned from him as well. He’s one of two reasons I really want to go back and watch the show again. I’ll get to the 2nd in a moment. Bonus: Mr. Feeny voice K.I.T.T on Knight Rider.
While there was certainly a fair amount of drama, the show was primarily a sitcom, often making fun of itself. The onset changes of different characterization or characters randomly disappearing and suddenly reappearing were often pointed out humorously on the show. One of my favorite jokes took place in a college episode. Topanga and Cory were separated, and she started dating a professor, placed by Ben Savage’s (Cory) real life older brother Fred Savage (of Wonder Years fame). Cory pointed out to her how much like the two were and she ‘didn’t see the difference.’ At one point the professor ran into Eric and the two eyed each other and mutually agreed in disliking each other.
Last November, it was announced that the Disney Channel ordered a pilot for a sequel series, Girl Meets World. The show stars the original actors for Cory and Topanga as parents of daughter Riley Matthews, who the show will follow. The original showrunner/creator Michael Jacobs is returning as well. I, along with the rest of the internet, is eagerly awaiting this new show. Now I’m really tempted to watch all 158 episodes of the original series.
Watching this ending still hits me in both of the feels.
Did you watch Boy Meets World (you better say yes)? Seriously, who didn’t have a crush on Topanga? Can’t wait for Girl Meets World? Comment below, on Facebook, or tweet! If you enjoyed this post, please share!