Nostalgia Hits With Tiana

Boy Meets World


Tiana Pickett-Hanson, Staff Writer

Nostalgia Hits is where I’ll write about old shows and movies that were once beloved but have been forgotten over the years—bringing you nostalgic memories as you read about some of your old favorites from your childhood, or introducing you to older shows that you may have never even heard of before. For the second Nostalgia Hit, I’ll be writing about Boy Meets World.

Though I didn’t watch the entire series until the summer of 2022, I have fond memories of watching bits and pieces of episodes and loving every second. Boy Meets World was created by Micheal Jacobs and April Kelly and was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and Touchstone Television. The show premiered on ABC on September 24th, 1993. The show ran for seven seasons between 1993 and 2000. After seven amazing seasons the show was canceled May 5th, 2000, though ABC never officially announced why the show was canceled. It is assumed that the show was canceled because of declining ratings. As throughout the series’ time on ABC, it had been a part of the TGIF comedy block, and during the seventh season, run viewership started to drop. Then, with a new show coming to the TGIF block, ABC decided to cut Boy Meets World.

Boy Meets World did have a spin-off series called, Girl Meets World that premiered June 27th, 2014 on Disney. The spin-off was also created by Micheal Jacobs and April Kelly, though in my opinion, it didn’t have the same feel and effect as Boy Meets World did. I feel that Girl Meets World felt very “censored” compared to Boy Meets World; it just seemed more childish and less serious.

Boy Meets World follows a young boy named Cory Mathews. Other prominent characters are Cory’s Mom and Dad, Cory’s sister, Eric Mathews (Cory’s brother), Shawn Hunter (Cory’s best friend), Topanga Lawrence (the weird girl in Cory’s class), Stuart Minkus (the nerd in Cory’s class), and Mr. Feeny (Cory’s teacher). When the show starts, Cory and Shawn are in sixth grade; they’re learning about life and preparing for high school. Mr. Feeny doesn’t really seem too fond of Cory and Shawn because they don’t pay attention in class and like to mess around.

As the series progresses, you see Cory and Shawn grow up and learn many lessons. Mr. Feeny always gives them advice and helps them through things. You can also see the growth of friendships and relationships, but you also see the downfall of some. When the series ends, Cory, Shawn, and Topanga are ending college.  Thus, you see them through all of high school and college. This show feels like real life with a good rollercoaster of stories and emotions.

The cast of Boy Meets World, is an extremely talented group of people. They truly brought the show to a new level, and really did grow up with the show. The main cast of the show consisted of Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels, Will Friedle, and Danielle Fishel. There were many other actors throughout the show, and they’re also very talented. I’m very grateful for the cast this show had because they truly knocked it out of the park for it. If you want to hear more about this cast and more cast stories, you can listen to Rider Strong, Will Friedle, and Danielle Fishel’s podcast called Pod Meets World.

This show brought me so much happiness while also making me cry at points. I think this show does a good job of showing the ups and downs of life. One unique thing that I didn’t know until after watching the entire show is that the show is set in Cory’s perspective. Thus, as the show goes on and Cory grows up, you see characters change, or you see certain parts of a character. This is because the way Cory is seeing these characters changes, or how much Cory’s around certain characters’ changes.

I also think this show covers many mature concepts and handles them very realistically. It’s good to talk about the things this show did to show kids watching that these things do happen, and it’s okay. Some of the topics the show discusses are death, cults, addiction, abuse, sexual assault, peer pressure, cheating, vanity, heartbreak, and the ups and downs of love. I would definitely recommend this show to people. I think many different people can and will enjoy this show. It’s definitely one that many people will never forget. You can watch this entire series on Disney+.