In case you are unaware, there is a new TV show on the Disney Channel called Girl Meets World. It is, as you may have guessed, a spin-off of much beloved TGIF show Boy Meets World that ran on ABC from 1993 – 2000. The series is set in New York City where Cory and Topanga now live, happily married with two children. It centers around their oldest child, Riley, who is in the seventh grade at John Quincy Adams Middle School (named for John Adams High School where her parents went).
The show, only two episodes in, clearly follows the same general outline as the original series. At the center, one kid from a ridiculously happy nuclear family, the troubled best friend from a broken home with absentee parents, the school teacher who teaches life lessons with a little bit of history thrown in, and even the overly confident super nerd with one weird name. The new show also promises guest stars from the original show. William Daniels (Mr. Feeny) appeared in the Series Premiere. Lee Norris (Stuart Minkus) will be seen in a shortly upcoming episode. And this picture was recently released:
So get excited for this in an upcoming Holiday episode which will include William Russ (Alan Matthews), Betsy Randle (Amy Matthews), and Rider Strong (obviously Shawn Hunter). Other familiar faces are also promised (proposed) for later in the season as well as the series including the long awaited return of Mr. Turner.
The show is clearly intended for younger viewers as you can see it on the Disney Channel, but as our generation is known for its over attachment to nostalgia, they are clearly catering to the fans of the original series. Like shows for younger audiences in the 90s, each episode is trying to teach kids a greater life lesson. The guest stars are coming, which is clearly for those of us who loved the show growing up and not for the new audience who has no idea who Mr. Feeny is. And, thankfully, Cory has not changed one bit.
The series premiere was cute, but the references to the “world” were a little overbearing at times. Pilots are always difficult as they are trying to establish an entire series in 30 minutes. The second episode was completely adorable and harkened back to the days when Cory was still trying to figure out how to talk to girls and Shawn was still trying to figure out how to get Cory to talk to girls. It’s sweet and brings back memories of one of the most beloved shows of our childhood. At least check it out.
Here are a couple of trailers to show you just what I have been talking about.