There’s been a lot of talk about Boy Meets World in the news lately. And by news I mean facebook and twitter. Apparently Hollywood is making a sequel/series called Girl Meets World which is totally blasphemous. Let’s take a minute and go back to better days…
The boy in Boy Meets World was Cory Matthews. Cory was played by Fred Savage’s little brother, Ben. Fred had a pretty good career with The Wonder Years and the mole guy in Austin Powers, but Ben’s career was better because his show lasted a season longer than The Wonder Years and it was funnier. Cory was just your ordinary middle schooler trying to live life and have fun. He didn’t care much for school and neither did his best friend Shawn Hunter. I always liked Shawn because he spelled his name phonetically and there’s something to be said for that. A message to all the Seans in the world: No one likes you. Spell your name the right way or I’m gonna pronounce it “Seen”.
Cory and Shawn continuously had trouble in Mr. Feeney’s class. Mr. Feeney wasn’t only a harsh teacher but he was also Cory’s next door neighbor. He was always around. If my teacher lived next door to me, I would never go home. Cory’s home was okay though because he had a cool older brother, Eric. Cory was a slacker, Shawn was dumb, but Eric was just dense. He had some of the best lines in the show and became more of a staple character in later seasons.
Cory’s love interest was Topanga. She was a smart, earthy child who seemed to be raised by hippies. That’s probably the reason her name was Topanga. She was famous for her long, shiny hair until one episode where she drastically cut it off during school to prove to Cory that looks didn’t matter. She cried after she cut her hair and realized her mistake. The reason Cory was complaining in the first place was because his hair looked like a Brillo pad a la Albert Brooks. Whereas Shawn and Eric had nice, flowing 90’s locks.
The show went on for seven seasons from 1993 until 2000. That’s a pretty long stretch. So obviously the characters went through a lot of changes. They all went to high school together; Mr. Feeney somehow became the high school principal the same year they started, conveniently. They eventually all got into college, not to mention the same college, and Mr. Feeney became the Dean at their college which is super creepy. By that point it’s like, okay go away. A lot of new characters were introduced in college like Matthew Lawrence (Joey Lawrence’s younger brother, obviously), a black girl, and a ginger girl.
On the day of college graduation Topanga ends up proposing to Corey. I’m assuming Girl Meets World is a fast-forward of their life together and their experience with having a daughter. If Mr. Feeney is in it, I’ll cry. If Eric is in it, I’ll pee my pants. I just can’t believe people are going to let a character named Topanga be on the air AGAIN.