Picture this, it’s a Saturday night in 1993 and there is a new show premiering on It’s Saturday Night! An ABC TV block where new shows were aired. You sit down and watch the opening to find that there is a show about a normal family, centering on a preteen and his friends and their awkwardness. This show is Boy Meets World. A show that would become a mainstay at ABC and dominate the TGIF block for 7 seasons.
Boy Meets World starring Ben Savage as Cory Matthews tells the story of the Matthews family, with older brother Eric(Will Friedle) who is a 10th grader, Cory a 6th grader, and Morgan (Lily Nicksay) around the ages of 4-5 with their parents Amy(Betsy Randle) and Alan(William Russ). The Matthews family lives next to Cory’s 6th-grade teacher, Mr. Feeny (William Daniels). The show centers on Cory and his struggles through school with his best friend Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong). Along the way, they will add middle school characters Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel) and Stuart Minkus (Lee Michael Norris) to round out the cast for season one. Cory’s middle school years only last through season one as all the characters are aged up at the start of season two.
Boy Meets World, the first season is very cute and has many heartwarming moments. It also is very awkward. This makes sense because we are talking about middle school students. The show is still finding its footing in the first season. There are some standout episodes, for example, Cory’s Alternative Friends, where we see the start of Topanga and Cory’s relationship. The B Team, which goes through normal middle child syndrome, and Boy Meets Girl, which talks about hormones and is another great Cory and Topanga moment.
Is it cringe? Yes! Is it painfully awkward? Yes! But overall it is a very cute show. The later seasons are better, but the freshness of this show is great. The characters change throughout the seasons, so it is nice to see where they start and actually see the evolution of Cory Matthews. You can see that they didn’t really know who he was going to be, as with Topanga and Shawn.
There are heartfelt and sentimental moments, but they didn’t lean into them as much as they will in the later seasons. You could tell that they were trying to find an alternative for people that were not Full House, another popular program. Full House was full of sentiment and heartfelt moments. Boy Meets World, though it has them, will always have a joke to back it up. There is some outdated technology and terminology that would make it hard for someone today to understand. For example, in B Team, Cory is home alone for hours and can’t get a hold of his parents (no cell phones) and then has to ask Mr. Feeny to take him to his basketball game.
Overall, it is a nice show but is not the best season. There are ups and downs, but middle school is hard to portray on television. It skirted around issues and was just very safe.
Does it Hold up:⭐⭐⭐With the cringe factor and the outdated technology this season does not hold up. It was 1992 when they filmed this. A lot has changed in 30 years.
Nostalgia Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐It was very nostalgic. The things that made it cringe also make it nostalgic. You can remember the clothing, the hairstyles, and the corded phone! It is great to take you back to the 90s.
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