‘Boy Meets World’ take two!

“We’re gonna have a child? Wait, we’ve only kissed. I mean, I knew I was a good kisser, but ‘wow,’” -Cory Matthews, Boy Meets World.


The popular 90s television show Boy Meets World is being remade with a whole new twist on the original storyline. The new sitcom is a sequel to the previous one that followed the life of a young boy named Cory Matthews. Matthews, who was played by Ben Savage, tells his coming of age story while living in a small town in Philadelphia. The different events and everyday life lessons that Cory faces as he grows up, are the main focus of each episode. The ABC show directed by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly, aired for seven seasons between the years 1993 to 2000. The series was such a success that it was later released as a DVD. People of all ages enjoyed the show and were sad to see it end after so many years on the air.


Disney Channel, however, has recently collaborated with ABC to bring back the show with a sequel titled Girl Meets World. The new series is centered around Cory’s pre-teen daughter, Riley, and her journey through life. According to TV Line, Riley’s development follows a similar pattern to that of her father’s in the previous series, who will still be portrayed by Ben Savage. Her mother, Topanga, will still also be played by the original actress, Danielle Fishel. Similar to her father, Riley will also be accompanied by a know-it-all older brother and an edgy best friend. Casting for these characters is still in process and unknown to the public. Shooting is said begin by February 2013, meaning by the end of 2013 or the start of 2014 we might all have a chance to catch a glimpse of the new stars of the show.


The general response by APU seems to be that everyone is eager and excited for the beloved show to be making its way back to our television screens. Many fans streaming in via the Internet have also gone into a frenzy over the new sequel.


Personally, I was a huge fan of the old series and am a bit skeptical of the new series only because I feel it won’t be as good as the first one. Many critics feel the same in that they are not very excited to see a new transition. Another reason why I am not as excited to see it is due to the direction modern shows take. It’s been more than a decade since Boy Meets World, but will the new one be as tasteless and vulgar as some of today’s shows? I think these are some of the questions on the minds of some individuals.


I’m not too worried, however, due to the fact that directors are sticking to essentially the same storyline and some of the same actors are being cast. I believe this will keep the meaning of the show sacred and attract more viewers. One character that I am anxious to see is Mr. Feeny, Cory’s history teacher. He played such a key role in the storyline and it would be a shame to see him go. I hope they include him in the show once again but now as the daughter’s history teacher.  This has the potential to make or break the show.


I appreciate this new idea of switching to a girl’s perspective and I hope the show will stick to being about the morals and valuable life lessons one learns as they mature into adulthood. I think the fact that it was such a relatable show for many drew in a big audience, especially teenagers. The show taught me several values that I carried throughout my life and I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. The funny, lovable show is appropriate for the whole family to enjoy. So tune in to Disney Channel and don’t miss the new series, Girl Meets World!