Girl Meets World: Cory and Topanga Returns

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Will Girl Meets World live up to its testosterone pre-counterpart? | Source

Boy Meets World Cast: Then and Now

The cast of BMW, then and now.
The cast of BMW, then and now. | Source

Boy Meets World

If you grew up in the 1990s you'd remember the ABC Friday night block called TGIF. In the beginning, for four seasons - after ABC's Family Matters concluded - Boy Meets World captivated television audiences. Boy Meets World ran for seven seasons on the television network, ABC from 1993-2000.

Boy Meets World was a coming of age family television sitcom that centered around a young boy named Cory Matthews on his misadventures in life from a preteen to a married man. If you followed Boy Meets World you know that Topanga was Cory Matthew's childhood sweetheart who he grew up with and married in the last episode of Boy Meets World.

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Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard)

Girl Meets World

Boy Meets World has an upcoming Disney spin-off called Girl Meets World that follows Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) and Topanga Lawrence's (Danielle Fishel) daughter, Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard). The spin-off is set to premiere June 27 at 9:45 p.m. ET on Disney Channel.

The series will follow thirteen years old Riley and her best friend, Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) as they start the seventh grade in New York City - where Cory and Topanga moved in the finale of Boy Meets World. Ben Savage is now a teacher and Danielle Fishel is going to be running the local and hip smoothie shop where the kids hang out.

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Ben Savage (Cory Matthews)

Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) then and now.
Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) then and now. | Source

Cornelius "Cory" A. Matthews

Cornelius A. Matthews - known as Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World (BMW) - was played by Ben Savage. At the beginning of BMW, Cory Matthews was a twelve years old sixth grader who is into sports and average preteen interests, but by the end of the series, Cory has turned into a funny married man with great life values.


Topanga Lawrence-Matthews (Danielle Fishel)

Topanga Lawrence-Matthews

Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel) started off as a weird little outsider girl who grew up to be an intelligent overachiever. Topanga started out as a comic relief and ended being one of the main characters and Cory's childhood sweetheart turned wife.

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Boy Meets World Series Synopsis

In the first season of Boy Meets World, it revolves around Cory's relationships with his family and school mates. He also begins to show a love interest in Topanga Lawrence, albeit he publicly denies it venomously.

The second season of BMW starts as Cory and his best friend, Shawn (Rider Strong), begins high school. In this season, Cory and Shawn try to become popular and almost get into fights with the school bullies. Eventually, Shawn becomes part of the popular crowd, but still maintains his friendship with Cory. After Shawn's mother leaves and his father goes after her to find her, Shawn moves in briefly with Cory's family until their English teacher decides to take Shawn in. Cory tries to make advances towards Topanga, but despite the mutual attraction, they do not date in the second season.

In the third season, Cory finally admits his feelings for Topanga, but he can't muster the courage to ask her out, so Shawn does. It's revealed that Shawn only asked Topanga out so he could trick Cory into telling Topanga his true feelings. For a few months Cory and Topanga break up because they both felt as if they've hit a standstill in their relationship. Cory follows Topanga to Disney World to win her back and they wind up back together. Cory's brother Eric (Will Friedle) invites Cory on a road trip at the end of this season after Eric isn't accepted into any colleges.

The fourth season starts with Cory coming back from his road trip with Eric. After Topanga's mother is transferred to another job 300 miles away, she runs away and comes back to Cory. Topanga's parents decides that Topanga can live with her aunt until she graduates.

In the fifth season of Boy Meets World Cory and Topanga break up after Cory lies about kissing a ski-lodge employee. Cory gets drunk with Shawn and gets thrown in jail. Afterwards, Cory vows never to drink again, but Shawn struggles with alcoholism. After experiencing a kiss from another guy, Topanga realizes the only kiss that matters was one from Cory and she forgives him. Topanga gets accepted to Yale, but decides to stay with Cory - and then she proposes. Cory's parents aren't happy about the couple being engaged so young, so they decide to elope, but at the last minute they decide to have a standard wedding with their friends and family there to witness it.

Season six starts as Cory and the gang begins college. Cory is suspended for a day for shoving one of his professors (played by Ben Savage's real brother, Fred Savage), through a glass door for making sexual advances towards Topanga. Season six broadens the story line of the other protagonists in the series.


Meet the Girl behind Girl Meets World Pilot: Rowan Blanchard

Boy Meets World Little Known Facts

  • In the first season, Shawn references his sister, who assists in straightening Cory’s hair in episode four, “Cory’s Alternative Friends.” However, Shawn’s sister will then disappear from the show entirely and no mention is made of her again. Topanga also mentions her having a big sister named Nebula that never made a cameo. But don’t worry: she’s probably hanging out with Judy from Family Matters and Chuck of Happy Days in Missing Sibling TV Limbo. BMW’s Minkus, who disappears when Cory gets to high school, is still there making punch, but Cory’s little sister, Morgan, got to come back after spending a season in limbo. She coyly dismisses her disappearance by saying that it’s the “longest timeout [she’s] ever had.”
  • Cory claims that he’s had Mr. Feeny as a teacher since the first grade. This is impossible: his first year with Feeny was the first year of the series, when he was in sixth grade.
  • Shawn also has a mysteriously disappearing half-brother, Eddie, who appears in the third season episode “The Pink Flamingo Kid.” After showing up to steal a bunch of stuff and remind Shawn he’ll never be better than the trailer park, he’s gone by the next episode. However, he reappears in the fifth season with a new name, Jack. Maury Sterling (who played Eddie) would be replaced with 90s girl panty-dropper Matthew Lawrence.
  • Topanga was named after California’s famed Topanga Canyon, a bohemian gathering point known for music festivals like Topanga Earth Day and Topganda Days Festival. One of the writers from BMW was trapped in traffic near Topanga Canyon and decided its name and vibe would be perfect for the “unique” character.
  • Five different actors play Topanga Lawrence’s parents throughout the show. Her mother, Rhiannon, is first played by Smallville’s Annette O’Toole (aka Mrs. Kent) but then replaced with Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross, which is hilarious for anyone who has seen Melrose Place. Her father, Jedediah, will be played by Peter Tork of The Monkees, Christopher Guest regular Michael McKean and Mark Harelik.
  • The show also used five theme songs.
  • In a cute in-joke, Topanga gets to be a producer for one episode. The second season episode “I Am Not a Crook” sees Cory and Shawn run for class president, but due to tensions between the two of them, both will drop out at the last minute. (Friendship!) Because of the void in the race, Topanga runs unopposed and wins. The show rewards her with a credit listing that states: “Executive Producer: Topanga.”


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Anaydena 3 years ago from Arlington, TX, USA Author

I am very excited to see the new show and I really do hope that it lives up to it's predecessor.


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Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

I loved Boy Meets World as a kid! I am excited to share the new show with my daughter. She is right about the right age to appreciate it.

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