There was a Boy Meets World reunion that excited many ’90s kids everywhere when beloved characters from the sitcom met once again on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World. Friday’s episode of GMW reunited fan favorites’ for its holiday episode.
The Christmas special featured original cast members from the classic show of Boy Meets World including Mr. and Mrs. Matthews (Williams Russ and Betsy Randle) and Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), best friend to BMW’s Cory Matthews (Ben Savage).
Titular character of GMW, Riley (Rowan Blanchard) finally got to meet her dad’s ace, Shawn, after much anticipation and excitement from audiences. Although the episode, titled Girl Meets Home for the Holidays excited youngsters, it was more of a reunion special for original watchers of the 90’s coming-of-age comedy show.
Boy Meets World premiered on ABC in 1993 and ran seven seasons before its final episode ended in 2000. The comedy featured a junior high school boy, a young Cory Matthews, as he navigated his way through life. Audiences got to witness Cory, Shawn and Cory’s now-wife Topanga (Danielle Fishel) as they grew into young college students.
Fourteen years after BMW ended, there was online chatter about The Disney Channel spinning the ’90s hit into a modern-day version of the show. The internet buzzed knowing that original cast members Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel would return, this time playing parents to 12-year-old Riley (Blanchard). Savage also plays Blanchard’s history teacher.
In an interview with Time magazine, Savage says that his return to the show began as a series of conversations with GMW producers and fellow cast mates. He says he knew GMW would be different, Boy Meets World for a new generation of children.
According to Savage in the Time article, Girl Meets World still has some of the original bones from Boy Meets World, including Executive Producer Michael Jacobs, who along with a few writers and crew members from BMW returned to maintain the tone of the franchise. Audiences should also see cameos from past cast members in the new series. Expect to see various Boy Meets World reunion’s that will excite more than a few ’90s kids.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jacobs says what brought him back to the show spawned after taking a look at current television. He says he was not looking to recreate the Disney model of a girl aspiring to be an entertainer of some sort or a girl living in a supernatural realm. Jacobs says GMW is a great comedy because it’s about a young girl just living a normal life.
Although GMW is a hit, Jacobs says the show has a lot to live up to in regards to reactions from viewers of BMW. He says in the THR article that he knows older audience members are tuning in to see their favorite characters return in some way and it’s something he cannot ignore due to instant and direct responses from social media. It’s a balance of meeting the needs of the franchise’s old and new viewership.
While preteens everywhere enjoy Girl Meets World for the smart, cute and funny antics, the Boy Meets World reunion will excite ’90s kids at heart. It was recently announced that Season 2 of GMW will feature Eric (Will Friedle), Riley’s Uncle and brother to Cory, as well as the moral compass of the original Boy Meets World and teacher, Mr. Feeny (William Daniels).
By Keeley Ibrahim
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