By: Rolla Bahsous
Who else danced with joy after hearing that a Boy Meets World sequel, Girl Meets World, is in the works? Disney has been taping Girl Meets World, which will air later this year. Fortunately, most of the main cast members will reprise their roles in the spin off. This includes Ben Savage (Cory) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga) as the parents of Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), the show’s “Girl.”
If you’ve forgotten why this is the best news since sliced bread (and Boy Meets World, for that matter), here are the top ten reasons that Boy Meets World is still amazing!
10. Cory and Shawn’s bromance.
Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter’s (Rider Strong) friendship has been and remains to be one of the most epic television friendships of all time. Sure, Cory and Shawn were different, but they naturally meshed so perfectly together that nothing could come between them. They stood by each other and faced everything together, including their awkward early teenage years, Mr. Feeny, and heartache. They fascinated audiences with their superb chemistry and inside jokes. Some of their best moments involved Cory and Shawn dressing up as women for a school paper, and Shawn’s obsession with getting Cory and Topanga back together when they briefly broke up in high school. On the day of Cory and Topanga’s wedding, Topanga even admitted that she was okay with Shawn loving Cory more than she does. Nothing could come between Shawry (or Cown) for too long! This makes them television’s best bromance.
9. The Feeny call.
Another famous bromance on Boy Meets World was Eric (Will Friedle) and Mr. Feeny’s (William Daniels) hilarious and heart-warming love-hate relationship. Mr. Feeny went from being Eric’s strict teacher and principal, to Eric’s mentor and best friend. Their bond was so special that Eric was Mr. Feeny’s Best Man at his wedding in the sixth season. As Eric continuously sought Mr. Feeny’s advice over the years, he developed the “Feeny call” to badger and get Mr. Fee-hee-hee-heeny’s attention from anywhere. With William Daniels returning to Girl Meets World in the pilot episode, here’s hoping that we hear the Feeny call again!
8. Topanga’s hair.
It’s enough to just say the name Topanga (Danielle Fishel) and the first thing that you’ll think of is her ridiculously beautiful hair. In the earlier seasons of Boy Meets World, Topanga had very long hair that she chops off in the episode, “Hair today, gone tomorrow,” in order to prove to Cory that looks don’t matter. Of course, Topanga and her hair still look beautiful to this day. I wouldn’t be surprised if her hair and name are voted as the most memorable from all the 90’s television shows.
7. The lessons taught.
Since Boy Meets World is a coming of age series, there were many lessons that Cory, Shawn, Eric, and Topanga learned over the seven seasons. And we were right there learning with them. Cory said it best when he told Mr. Feeny that he taught them about life and how to make friends. We learned about working hard, and appreciating and supporting family and friends. Boy Meets World taught us about loyalty, respect, and trust in romantic relationships. We learned about the importance of kindness and integrity. I think the life lessons Boy Meets World taught us could be summed up by the one line Eric said in one of the last episodes of the series. In “Seven the hard way,” which looked into the future, Eric (or would be “Plays With Squirrels”) wrote a manifesto summing up all the knowledge he learned in life into one simple line: “Lose one friend. Lose all friends. Lose yourself.” Hopefully Girl Meets World also carries the same lessons.
6. The episode parodying Scream.
The episode, “And then there was Shawn,” is one of the best Boy Meets World episodes. Before the film Scary Movie even came out, this episode parodies Scream and pokes fun at the horror film genre. The gang is locked in John Adams High with a killer on the loose. Shawn plays detective to try to figure out who the killer is, but each person he suspects ends up getting killed. The hilarious (but actually kind of scary) episode also guest stars Jennifer Love-Hewitt and makes references to South Park, Party of Five, and a bunch of classic horror movies. Of course this all turns out to be Shawn’s random dream while he’s stuck in detention with Topanga, Cory, and Angela, but it’s still a classic Boy Meets World episode!
5. Eric’s silliness.
While he wasn’t the sharpest to begin with, Eric (Will Friedle) progressively got stupider each season. The great thing about Boy Meets World is that the jokes and characters’ quirks were consistent over the years. Eric’s misuse of the words “niche” and “niece” were one of my favorites. In one episode, Eric tells his family that he’s found his “niece” when referring to a job he enjoys. In another episode that looks into the future, Eric hears Cory and Topanga talking about their daughter and asks, “I have a niche?” Both times, Mr. Feeny corrects him but Eric hilariously assumes that Mr. Feeny has been drinking and doesn’t know what he’s saying. Through Eric, we also got to see Boy Meets World poke fun at itself when Eric briefly got into acting on “Kid Gets Acquainted with Universe.” From his adventures as an actor, a weatherman, and his dreams of being the “good looking guy” crime fighter, to his brief stint as a cross dresser, Eric definitely kept the laughs coming! Here’s hoping that he makes lots of appearances on Girl Meets World.
4. The cheese was just right.
For an ABC family sit-com, the overt cheesiness that usually comes with a family show was not overwhelming at all. The family unit did not hug a lot, or say “I love you” as much as characters on other family shows did. Affection was displayed mostly through refreshing humor and teasing between characters. Even Shawn’s unfortunate circumstance of living in a trailer park with a family that kept falling apart was handled with careful humor. Boy Meets World also covered serious issues like child abuse and sexual harassment but the show did so tastefully, balancing the seriousness of these issues with humor and care. Even the death of Shawn’s father on the show was depicted with grace and heartwarming laughter. And sure, it’s a bit cheesy and unrealistic that they all went to the same high school and then college, where Mr. Feeny also (curiously) ended up teaching, but who cares! Boy Meets World is a show that did have its share of “aww” moments, but they were definitely not eye-rolling or annoying!
3. The characters that disappeared without explanation.
In their senior year of high school, Cory and Shawn are briefly reunited with Minkus (Lee Norris), whom they hadn’t seen in years. Minkus simply points to a random off screen hallway and explains that he’s been there with Mr. Turner the whole time. Boy Meets World, like many shows, had a knack for unexplained disappearances of supporting roles like Mr. Turner, Mr. Williams, Minkus, and Eric’s old sidekick, Jason. There was also Frankie Stechino (the school bully) and his sidekick, Joey the rat, that we never saw again. Also, remember when Topanga had a sister on the show for a few minutes? By the end of the series she was an only child again.
2. We felt like one of them.
Heck, we were Cory and Topanga’s third wheel (after Shawn, that is). Sure, we almost never saw the clan with any other friends, but we still felt like part of their little family. We grew up with these characters over the seven years the show aired. From the days that Shawn and Cory thought girls were gross, to the days they couldn’t live without them, we were a part of their world. When Cory, Topanga, Shawn, and Angela ended up at Pennbrook University together, where Eric, Jack, and Rachel were not-so-coincidentally also enrolled, we were right there with them. Their hopes became ours, and their problems weighed heavily on us too. When they shed a few tears in the last episode of the series, we were right there wiping our own tears. I don’t know about you, but the end of Boy Meets World left me feeling like I was saying goodbye to my closest friends!
1. Boy Meets World is simply timeless.
Cory and Topanga’s epic love story, Shawn and Cory’s friendship, and Mr. Feeny’s lessons are all timeless. Sure the 90’s hairstyles and the quirky fashion statements are outdated, but the characters, their stories, and the lessons learned are timeless. We grew with the characters and the older we got, the more we appreciated the mature jokes and innuendos (how many times did the show allude to Cory and Topanga’s virginity?!). Boy Meets World didn’t stay stuck dealing with the same things each season, but progressed so that audiences of various ages could enjoy it. While it’s a bit odd for today’s audiences to watch Boy Meets World and see characters without Facebook or smartphones, the show has aged pretty well and will remain a timeless classic. Here’s to hoping that Girl Meets World does the same and lives up to the hype!
Who else is excited to see Cory and Topanga on television again, this time as parents? In the meantime, I’m going to keep watching the series over and over again on DVD.