I recently completed my 879th trip around the universe that is Boy Meets World. I grew up on the show. This was my first time watching it through in 2-3 years. When I was in college, I would watch it all the way through once per semester. It is my favorite show of all-time and every time I watch it, that sentiment gets reaffirmed.
From start to finish, it nails all of the problems you will face as a child, teen and young adult. It is far-fetched in some ways, but still relatable. Ultimately, it is a show that you can always watch and take something new from. I love the ability to jump viewpoints from all the characters on the same problems.
In addition to nailing all of life’s trials and tribulations, I love how the show constantly breaks the 4th wall of television by making fun of itself and times so much so as producing an entire episode about Eric getting a job on the show itself.
Here is just a small sample size of what I love about that show because this could go on much longer than it already is.
Cory and Topanga = The GOAT of TV Show Relationships
The first and most obvious reason is the love story of Cory and Topanga. This was before the fad of combining names to form a couple. Although the continuity of their love story isn’t always there, it is still amazing.
I love the journey the show takes us on with their story. They faced hardships, heartbreaks and rough patches that are relatable in many ways. I, too, married my high school sweetheart and experienced most of my firsts with her. So there are many aspects of their relationship where I have/had similar feelings.
Best Moment: Cory Fights For Topanga
When Topanga’s parents moved her unexpectedly to Pittsburgh to what we later find out is to run from their own problems to save their marriage, it killed her and Cory. They didn’t want to spend time apart.
Amy (Cory’s mom) thought it would be a good idea because they are “too young and don’t understand love.” That was when Cory dropped this bomb on Amy…
“Look, I haven’t been with Topanga for 22 years, but we have been together for 16. That is a lot longer than most couples have been together. When we were born, you told me we used to take walks in our strollers together around block. When we were two, we were best friends. I mean, I knew everything about this girl. I knew her favorite color. I knew her favorite food. Then we got be six and Eric made fun of me because it wasn’t cool to have a best friend that’s a girl or even know a girl. So for the next seven years, I threw dirt at her. I like to call those the lost years. Then when I was 13, mom, she put me up against my locker and she kissed me. She gave me my first kiss. She taught me how to dance. She was always talking about these crazy things and I never understood a word she said. All I understood was she was the girl I sat up every night thinking about. When I’m with her, I feel happy to be alive like I can do anything, like talk to you like this. That’s what I think love is, mom, when I’m better because she’s here.”
Funniest Moment: LET ME TOUCH SOMETHING!
During the wedding episodes, Cory and Topanga take us through the journey of wedding planning. They get to the Honeymoon. Of course Cory only has sex on his mind as they are both still virgins. Topanga starts rattling off things they can do, which leads to Cory to showing that he is only interested in sex on the honeymoon. He shouts a hilarious rant in the middle of the student union…
You know what’s sick everyone? We have been in a relationship for 17 years. And do you know what I’ve gotten in all the time? LET ME TOUCH SOMETHING!
Biggest Heartbreak: The Lauren Love Triangle
Cory goes on the ski trip with his class and sprains his ankle getting off the bus. He winds up talking to lodge worker Lauren all night. Instead of hitting the slopes the next day, he plays out his injury to stay and talk to Lauren. The two wind up kissing. Lauren slips a note in his bag. Topanga finds it and knows everything.
Eventually, Topanga insists he go out with her. Cory obliges which is of course is a trap. He doesn’t know that. Topanga leaves him despite the date giving him clarity that he made a massive mistake despite having fun with a potential new love interest.
To make matters worse, the show does a good job of making you like Lauren so you’re sitting like…FUCK! What am I supposed to think? Topanga is awesome but so is Lauren. Even Amy, Shawn and all of Cory’s closest talk about how much they like her.
Of course this leads to the ultimate fallout. Topanga goes on a date with another guy and everyone including Shawn thinks it’s over. Cory tells him it is an interesting feeling. Shawn says “to know it’s over?”
Cory responds “to be the only guy in the world who knows it’s not.”
Once again, Cory knows he’s meant to be with Topanga which of course gives me goosebumps every time he says it.
What happened between them is super relatable because it is easy to fall into the trap of liking someone else when you are younger. In high school and early in college, I was so damn insecure about myself. Not necessarily about my relationship, but I needed friends. I needed attention etc. It was always easy to call the quits. In fact, one of my best friends who went to school out of state would always ask me if Mallisa and I were together or broken up when he would come back home for the summer or holidays. For the first 2 years of college, new people, new world, new friends and different priorities led to many disagreements, arguments and break ups. Those are our “lost years.”
But the important lesson form the love triangle is that all relationships are a choice that we make every day. There will always be temptation. It is only physiologically natural to want what we can’t have. However, it is important to wake up each day with a conscience choice to be there for the one you love.
George Feeny – The GOAT of TV/Movie Teaching
Mr. Feeny is my favorite TV show character and it is not even close. I love his wisdom and that he knows how to walk the line between teacher and friend. He is the teacher I wish I had growing up. No offense to those who I did have because there’s a reason I still have contact with several from them. Watching it as an adult, every life lesson Feeny is still so damn valuable.
His teachings went beyond the classroom and beyond the scholastic subjects like math, english and history. He taught his students about family, challenges, being yourself and so many other wonderful takeaways.
Best George Feeny Moment: Class Dismissed
In the finale of the show, Cory, Shawn, Eric and Topanga make one final stop to the classroom where it all began to tell their old friend bye before leaving for New York. They insist he teach them one more thing and the famous words came out.
Dream. Try. Do good.
Feeny’s Top 3 Lessons:
3. “Guttenburg’s generation thirsted for a new book every six months. Your generation gets a new webpage every six seconds. And how do you use this technology? To beat King Koopa and save the princess. Shame on you. You deserve what you get.”
Two words. Meme sharing. Put a statement or words on a picture and people will take them as facts without checking. This is first and foremost my biggest pet peeve of social media. It is even more ironic when the people who scream about fake news share this crap. I have literally messaged and texted friends screenshotting their posts and telling them what they posted is factually wrong.
For example, one of the biggest and most misleading is a side by side of Obama’s employment numbers next to Trump. The graphic depicts the numbers to look horribly in favor of Trump. However, what the person who created it didn’t put was the numbers were from July 2010 and July of 2018. Both numbers reflect a year and a half after reaching office. Obama took over during the worst recession since The Great Depression. Donald Trump Jr. shared it along with a bunch of Trump supporting Facebook community. As the President says, you are fake news.
We can’t even use the technology at our fingertips to enlighten ourselves. This show was made in the 90s and early 2000s before the emergence of smart phones. It is pure madness.
2. Friendship, for example, is a real gift. It’s given with no expectations and no gratitude is needed, not between real friends.
I value friendship because I believe your inner circles are important for helping you through life. I have a handful of people I can count on for advice or to lift me up when I am down. I have been very fortunate in that regard.
In turn, I will do the same always. I don’t need recognition or gratitude when I do something nice for people. I do it because I want to.
Feeny said this to Cory when he tried to give Shawn his basketball for Christmas because Shawn’s family didn’t have money for presents. Cory expected Shawn to thank him for it. It was a gift given out of pity and not out of friendship. You can always spot the difference.
1. “You see Mr. Matthews, education is not about obscure facts and little test scores. Education is about the overall affects of years of slow absorption. Concepts, philosophies, approaches to problem solving. The whole process is so grand and all-encompassing that it really can’t be threatened by the occasional late-night no-hitter. It is important that a boy spend time with his father.”
When Cory fell asleep for a test after Alan woke him in the middle of the night to catch the Phillies no hitter, Mr. Feeny wouldn’t allow him a make up test. Alan tried to take blame for it, however, Feeny would not budge on letting Cory retake it. Alan and Feeny had a discussion about what is more important and both eventually said the other was right. That was when George told Cory this at the end of the episode due to his confusion on both his dad and Mr. Feeny backing down on their stances.
Education goes beyond the classroom and beyond the first 18-24 years of your life. Not everything has a right or wrong answer. This is especially true when it comes to philosophy, parenting and politics among other things. However, it is our job to continue learning new ideas and methods. Sometimes life will throw you hard decisions and you have to decide whether potential consequences or risk are worth it.
Unfortunately as kids, we see the world as black and white. But in reality, there are so many shades of gray.
Eric as Comedic Relief
Eric Matthews is easily one of the best comedic reliefs in TV show history. Early in the show, he was a good looking, girl chasing, cool older brother. As the show develops and Cory grows, Eric seems to become dumber and dumber. He eventually becomes the lovable dumbass we all laugh at.
How can you not love the Feeny call? FEE-HEE-HEE-NAY
One of the things that I think really made his character special is despite being an idiot, he also is the glue that holds the friendship together many times including the prank war between Cory, Topanga and Shawn v Rachel, Angela and Jack
I love that his very last line in the show is talking to Mr. Feeny and says “I don’t know what is going to happen to me. But I am going to be a good person who cares about people. And I have you to blame for that.”
If that isn’t coming full circle for his character, I don’t know what is.
From Mr. Turner to Eli Williams to Alan Matthews to Morgan Matthews to Harley Keiner to Stuart Minkus to Frankie Stechino to Joey The Rat, Boy Meets World had no shortage of great secondary characters.
It was truly one of the most underrated elements of the entire series. To be fair, Boy Meets World did a terrible job of writing them off, but they also addressed it with sarcastic humor by breaking the 4th wall as I mentioned before.
For example, Minkus was a staple in Season 1 and never heard from again until graduation when he fussed about Topanga earning one more A than he did. When he did, Cory and Shawn asked him where he had been all these years. He said “over there” pointing to the other side of the school. Cory and Shawn said they never go there. Minkus walks away and screams “Hey Mr. Turner! Wait up!” since you know, they wrote him off after his motorcycle accident and no one knew what happened.
Another great way they re-introduced Morgan after not being around for 3 and a half seasons, she claimed she was in her room for a “very long time.” Not only did she all of a sudden reappear, she was older and was casted by a completely different actress. Side note, both roles were freaking amazing. Morgan was always the biggest savage of the show.
What made those secondary characters so great was the fact that some of the major episodes had them as staples to the plot line. For example, Joey and Cory compete for a spot on the wrestling team.
Boy Meets World Over Everything!
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