Boy Meets World was a coming of age sitcom that charmed audiences for 7 seasons in the mid to late 90s. The show aired its first episode on September 24th, 1993. It released its final performance May 5th, 2000. Boy Meets World was produced by Touchstone Television and Michael Jacobs Productions and went out as part of the ABC network’s TGIF lineup.
The show was considered a family room hit. From Boy Meets World‘s 2nd to 6th seasons, it bounced between 10.1 to 11.5 million viewers in the United States, excluding a slight dip in viewership in season 4. After its run on ABC, the show went through syndication appearing on both ABC Family and the Disney Channel up until 2007.
Boy Meets World chronicles the day-to-day life of Cornelius “Cory” A. Matthews. The story follows his life in a Philadelphia suburb from middle school all the way through college. Learning life lessons is a constant theme throughout the show, even though the subject matter changes dramatically as the characters age.
Cory and his best friend Shawn begin the show in the 6th grade. The two boys are far more interested in sports than grades, and their teacher Mr. Feeny is always on their back to study. Over time Cory grows close with the class outcast, Topanga, he learns more about his girl obsessed brother, Eric, and comes to respect his parents. All of these characters remain constant during the show’s seven seasons.
Boy Meets World famously tackled interracial relationships in the later seasons with Shawn pairing off with an African American girl named Angela. The move was generally well received, and notably better appreciated than the simultaneous interracial relationship appearing on Ally McBeal.
The success of the program gave many of the actors such as Ben Savage (Cory) and Will Friedle (Eric) wide recognition and other entertainment roles. In recent years Danielle Fishel has done modeling work, including posing in Maxim Magazine.
A spin off to the show entitle Girl Meets World is set to air in 2014, following Topanga and Cory’s daughter. Both Savage and Fishel are confirmed to be reprising their roles.
Anthony Tyler Quinn