Let’s not sit here and pretend that nearly everyone who grew up in the ’90s doesn’t love Boy Meets World. The story of Cory Matthews and his never ending battle of words with Mr. Feeny was a defining series for many, and that’s why, while we’re interested to see what Michael Jacobs and April Kelly have cooking for their sequel series, Girl Meets World, we’re also very skeptical and protective of the beloved sitcom. As we think back on the famed series, there are many thing we know we’re hoping to see in Girl Meets World (mainly a Rider Strong cameo, which we already know is happening), but upon investigation, we’ve determined there are three elements in particular the new series must have to be worthy of its namesake:
AWESOME MENTOR MOMENTS:
George Feeny was a figure unlike any other to many of our young minds. He was intelligent, quick-witted, funny, wise, interesting, but above all else, he was caring. Even if it meant being hard on his students (as we see above), he would do whatever it took to make sure his class learned something that would affect their lives in the future, even if that future was years away. Remember, in the pilot, this is the guy that tricked Cory into thinking he was stood up on a dinner date just so he could teach his young pupil a lesson about love.
Now, in Girl Meets World, Cory himself has taken over the Feeny role, and the question is, how much will he be inspired by his old mentor? Only time will tell, but we hope it tells us soon.
This particular compilation sums it all up nicely. Cory and Shawn were the coolest married couple in existence (next to Cory and Topanga, but we’ll put the longest TV relationship to the side for a moment), and what made it so was the fantastic chemistry they shared. Even at their worst (underpants, anybody), these two best buds always stood by one another and loved each other, and when the road got really tough – Shawn did join a cult that one time – their bond remained thicker than blood.
In the new series, Riley’s pushed into craziness by her best friend, Maya. It’s hard to tell at this point how much the bond between the two tweens will play into the series, but with any luck, it will be just as wonderful to watch as the famed buddy duo of Cory and Shawn in the ’90s.
Before there was Community, before there was Arrested Development, heck, before there was Malcolm in the Middle, there was Boy Meets World. As the series progressed and the writers needed to find new challenges to put their characters through, the humor became more and more insane. The clip above was toward the end of the series, the final season to be exact, in an episode titled “Seven the Hard Way.” The moment is a flash-forward to a world where the gang never gets back together after a battle that goes way too far. Also, there was that one episode where the show went meta and we visited the set of “Kid Gets Acquainted with Universe.” Yeah, that happened.
With any luck (and a few episodes of set-up) this will be the kind of subversive humor we’ll hopefully see from the new Disney Channel series, and if that happens, we could be looking at the next great children’s program.
Girl Meets World has a lot to live up to, and if you don’t want to wait until 9:45pm tonight (TGIF!) to watch the premiere (and if you have a cable or satellite subscription) you can watch it right now on Disney’s website and mobile app.
What are some of your favorite Boy Meets World moments? Let us know in the comments below.