The Boy Meets World spin-off will air in 2014. It shouldn’t.


Since plans were announced to make a spin-off of the 90s TV staple Boy meets the world, many young adults have been eagerly awaiting the latest attempt to feed their premature nostalgia. The original show – which premiered in 1993 on ABC’s TGIF programming block and ran for seven seasons – followed Cory Matthews (and his family, friends, and teachers) from his rough college days to at University.

Almost 15 years after the main characters say goodbye, Cory and his sweetheart-turned-wife, Topanga, have a daughter, according to the Powers unwilling to leave the show. This girl is at the center of the series’ new incarnation, aptly titled Girl meets the world. And after months of location and cast updates, including a recent reunion of several of the original cast, Disney has officially resumed the series. It should be released sometime in 2014.

I was squarely in the target age group for Boy meets the world by the time the show hit its stride – and now I’ve probably seen every episode at least three times. So I was not surprised to see all the ecstatic reactions to Girl meets the world news in my Facebook news feed. Sure we all want to see what happened to Cory, Topanga, Eric and Mr. Feeny. Or so the thought goes.

But I find it all a little depressing. People of my generation revel in our “glorious” pre-teens as if we are now active members of AARP. Simply search Google for “kids of the 90s” and marvel at the websites and videos encouraging people between the ages of 20 and 27 to get lost in the cultural landscape of just a few years ago. I admit succumbing to such fodder every now and then, nostalgically reminding myself of the characteristics of my youth (my first ‘pet’, a Tamagotchi; the camp-themed classic, Say hello to your shorts). But then I realize the sad absurdity of obsessing over the good old days when I’m still 20 years old. And actively researching the spin-off of a 20-year-old show is where I draw the line.

I loved Boy meets the world growing up, and I’ve even caught myself seeing a few reruns over the past few years when I ran into them on TV. Thanks to a charming cast of characters including Cory’s best friend Shawn Hunter and Mr. Feeny, the lovable sage who guides his favorite students through the ups and downs of their lives in and out of the classroom, the Early episodes still stand as one of TGIF’s best deals in the 90s. Yes, it was sappy at times; there was always a lesson to be learned; and some of the characters (notably Eric, Cory’s older brother) have become cartoonish to the point of irritating buffoonery. But Cory, played by Ben Savage (the younger brother of another young actor who had his own hit coming-of-age series), was the heart of the series, with a sweet charm that he retained. for several seasons.

But the last few years when the team went to college have been strained at best, with Cory and Topanga getting married and becoming servants – and, sadly, a little boring. At the end of Boy meets the world, the show was way past its expiration date, never regaining the new spark that had existed in previous seasons. It probably doesn’t matter to the creators: Girl meets the world Already has an edge for the Disney Channel because of its integrated audience of young parents no doubt eager to put on a show they adored to a new generation of kids who surely have no idea who Cory or Topanga is.

For what it’s worth, Rider Strong, who played Shawn, also seems reluctant to fall back into the past; he will not be a regular on the new show. (Although there’s a chance he’ll make a few guest appearances.) And while I admire the choice to capture a female perspective this time around, I don’t think I’ll want to see Cory and Topanga as parents 20 years later, Either. Let today’s kids have their own shows. It is high time to move on.


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