I’m a Girl Meets World fan. My kids aren’t old enough to watch yet but I still tune in to watch my favorite ’90’s couple. I absolutely loved Boy Meets World as a kid and it gives me the warm and fuzzies seeing Cory and Topanga again. In honor of the new show, which is having a big reunion episode on December 5th, I’m counting down the best episodes of Boy Meets World.
10) Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow (Season 4, Episode 2)
Also known as the “Topanga Cuts Her Hair” episode, it begins with Cory feeling awkward about his appearance and ending with Topanga realizing that she was more insecure than she realized. Topanga, in trying to show Cory that looks don’t matter, cuts off a large chunk of her coveted long hair. After a trip to the salon to fix it, she becomes even more beautiful which sends Cory on a tailspin as he thinks she is now too pretty to stay with him. Shawn speaks to her in the ladies room (how come my high school didn’t have a couch in the ladies room?) and makes her realize her vanity before it was too late. We also got introduced to the best detective theme song ever thanks to Eric and his version of Good Looking Guy when he was wallowing in unemployment pity on his parents couch.
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9) Me and Mr. Joad (Season 2, Episode 4)
When reading The Grapes of Wrath, Mr. Turner (still the coolest teacher ever) makes a promise that if everyone reads the book and has a class discussion then he wouldn’t have a test. Mr. Feeny disagrees and makes the test happened, which angers Cory. Drawing inspiration from the book, he organizes a strike. He is willing to get in trouble until Mr. Turner and his parents tell him and Shawn that kids can’t go on strike because they are not yet adults and their life now is better than struggling to make enough money to support their families.
8) Quiz Show (Season 4, Episode 19)
When Cory and Shawn are picked last minute to join Topanga on a long running high school quiz show, everyone thinks it’s a one time deal. However, they turn out to be a much needed ratings boost for the show leading to a complete overhaul. The newfound popularity leads to more and more time off of school, which worries Mr. Feeny as they are promoting pop culture facts on the program instead of actual knowledge. After Shawn blows a question that he should have know the answer to, the gang goes back to class and apologizes to Mr. Feeny. The lesson at the end was that being a pretty face only gets you so far in life without any smarts behind it.
7) Can I Help to Cheer You? (Season 6, Episode 18)
Eric had started becoming more and more the comic relief over the seasons but this episode really showed how big his heart was. He had joined the Big Brother program and was becoming good friends with Tommy, an orphan who started pushing for Eric to adopt him. At first Eric thinks it’s crazy but after being heartbroken over Jack and Rachel getting together, he started coming around to having a child. But upon hearing that Tommy’s potential adoptive family would offer him a better life, Eric tells Tommy that he can’t adopt him and bears the hatred of the little boy knowing that he would forgive him eventually.
6) A Long Walk to Pittsburgh: Part Two (Season 4, Episode 17)
Looking back on this episode as an adult, we can kinda sympathize with Amy Matthews when she thought that Cory and Topanga were moving too fast at 16 but at the time all I could think about was how happy I was when Cory opened that door and there in the pouring rain was Topanga, who ran away from home and convinced her parents to let her stay in Philadelphia. The episode was a great look at their relationship and also taught Cory that he should probably read the ending of Romeo and Juliet before he uses it in an example about long lasting relationships.
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5) Picket Fences (Season 7, Episode 10)
This episode was a turning point for Cory and Topanga. Tired of being in their run down dorm room, Cory tries to buy a house. The problem though is that they need Amy and Alan to co-sign the loan. They refuse, which causes a huge fight between Cory and Alan. They decide to try and fix up their apartment to spite their parents which turns into a learning experience where they realize that their bond grows stronger as they figure things out on their own. As a married couple, they could no longer rely on their parents to bail them out of trouble. They now needed to rely on each other. A lesson they kept to heart as they are still a united team on Girl Meets World.
4) Father Knows Less (Season 1, Episode 3)
This episode shows the great relationship that Cory and Alan always had. After he had to change their plans at the last minute, Alan wakes up Cory to watch a late night baseball game. The next day at school Cory was exhausted and fails a test. When Mr. Feeny refuses a make-up test that Alan requested, the two of them clash. Alan then realizes that he was teaching Cory a bad lesson by expecting the world to cater to you because you want to have fun and skip your responsibilities. Mr. Feeny really was a teacher to everybody.
3) City Slackers (Season 3, Episode 11)
When Mr. Feeny announces that he is giving up his cabin in the mountains, Cory and Shawn sneak up there for some last minute skiing. What they didn’t count on was no running water or electricity in the cabin and a surprise appearance from Feeny. After losing a valuable watch, they learn there is a lot more to their teacher then they thought. After digging through the septic tank all night, they retrieve the watch and make amends with Feeny, who then helps bail them out of trouble when they return home.
2) Everybody Loves Stuart (Season 6, Episode 7)
Ben Savage’s older brother Fred guest starred here playing Pennbrook’s favorite professor, Stuart. He gains the groups respect until he goes to Topanga’s dorm room and hits on her. When Cory finds out, he confronts Stuart which results in Cory hitting him. At Cory’s disciplinary hearing, things get intense with Mr. Feeny showing his love for the students by getting angry and yelling at Stuart. After the Dean heard everything, she gives Cory a one day suspension and tells Stuart that he’s not a real teacher and she was going to find out exactly what he was. This episode stood out as one where the group realizes that they grew up and are dealing with adult problems now.
1) Chick Like Me (Season 4, Episode 15)
This episode was ahead of it’s time in terms of the discussion about women’s rights that is going on today. Shawn, after Cory was inspired by the book Black Like Me, decides to dress up like a woman to see what it is like to walk in their shoes. Beyond the fact that Shawn passed for a pretty believable woman, he learned how it feels to be leered at for the way you dress and expected to act a certain way just because you are out on a date. A great episode that shows all the greatness of the show.
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Are there any episodes that are missing? List them below and tell why you love them.