Today is the 20th anniversary that Boy Meets World premiered on ABC. I was eight years old when Cory Matthews and his lessons about life were introduced to me and I have to say that I wish more shows were like this. Maybe it was because I was a total ’90’s kid and I’m just really reminiscing about my childhood but I was a huge fan of this show. Especially now looking at the shows of today and what our children are watching. I can’t imagine I will ever see Danielle Fishel twerking on a man twice her age. I sound like a cranky old lady whenever I talk about the shows geared toward teens today (“When I was your age we had real television!”-that is a phrase I have actually uttered to my cousin on occasion), but seriously, I do wish there were more shows like this geared toward the younger generation. The show always brings up a furor of bright-eyed excitement whenever it is mentioned to people my age. Considering it was never a huge ratings plug or an award show dominating powerhouse, it was still one of the most beloved shows of the 1990’s.
The show was very simple in its approach, a young boy learning about the world. It worked at the time because in 1993 we didn’t have cellphones and iPads to distract us from the words that Mr. Feeny was conveying. We focused on the show and it’s characters. Boy Meets World also had realistic family situations. They had parents and siblings who were actively involved in the main characters lives, they didn’t just show up for thirty seconds, say some witty one-liner and then disappear for episodes on end. They got mad, they yelled and they had their own lives and plotlines they did not revolve around Cory and his friends. Alan Matthews grew disenchanted with his twenty year career as a grocer and he and wife opened a sporting goods store together, which lead them both to be happier. Eric Matthews spent most of high school goofing off and he learned the hard way the consequences of those actions when he did not get into any of the colleges he applied to. He worked hard and re-applied next year and got into Pennbrook. Those are realistic and valuable life lessons for any age.
The heart of the show was Mr. Feeny. I think all of us wish that we had a teacher who was that actively involved in our educations and lives. Someone who cared about who were were as people and how their guidance could help us in the future. Whenever I’m on Facebook, there is usually a few memes that pop up with some sage advice from Mr. Feeny. His words hold true twenty years later. I still watch repeats of the show when it’s on and find that the show is still relevant and still holds up to todays standards. This makes me excited for the continuation series Girl Meets World that is coming next year. A new generation can learn about Feenyisms and their parents can try to comptemplate seeing Topanga Lawrence-Matthews using an iPhone to contact her teenage children. (I know that my brain will take a few seconds to process that image). I am curious what has happened over the thirteen years to these characters, (Is Eric still crazy? What happened to Jack and Rachel after the Peace Corps? How is Shawn now?) I’m just hoping that my excitement doesn’t get overshadowed by my now non-existent childhood exuberance over watching the show the first time around. I may not be eight years old anymore, but watching those character again can hopefully take me back there for a little while.
What was your favorite part of Boy Meets World?