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Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World season 1 intertitle.jpg
Season 1 intertitle
GenreSitcom
Created byMichael Jacobs
April Kelly
StarringBen Savage
William Daniels
Betsy Randle
Will Friedle
Rider Strong
Danielle Fishel
Lee Norris (season 1)
Lily Nicksay (seasons 1-2)
William Russ
Anthony Tyler Quinn (seasons 2-4)
Alex Désert (season 3)
Lindsay Ridgeway (seasons 3-7)
Matthew Lawrence (seasons 5-7)
Trina McGee-Davis (seasons 5-7)
Maitland Ward (seasons 6-7)
Theme music composerRay Colcord (seasons 1–4)
Phil Rosenthal (seasons 5–7)
Composer(s)Ray Colcord
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes158 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael Jacobs (entire run)
David Kendall (seasons 2–3)
Bob Young (season 4)
Howard Busgang
Mark Blutman (both; season 5)
Bob Tischler (seasons 6–7)
Location(s)John Marshall High School
(3939 Tracy Street, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California)
Walt Disney Studios
(500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)Michael Jacobs Productions
Touchstone Television
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runSeptember 24, 1993 (1993-09-24) – May 5, 2000 (2000-05-05)
 
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Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World season 1 intertitle.jpg
Season 1 intertitle
GenreSitcom
Created byMichael Jacobs
April Kelly
StarringBen Savage
William Daniels
Betsy Randle
Will Friedle
Rider Strong
Danielle Fishel
Lee Norris (season 1)
Lily Nicksay (seasons 1-2)
William Russ
Anthony Tyler Quinn (seasons 2-4)
Alex Désert (season 3)
Lindsay Ridgeway (seasons 3-7)
Matthew Lawrence (seasons 5-7)
Trina McGee-Davis (seasons 5-7)
Maitland Ward (seasons 6-7)
Theme music composerRay Colcord (seasons 1–4)
Phil Rosenthal (seasons 5–7)
Composer(s)Ray Colcord
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes158 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael Jacobs (entire run)
David Kendall (seasons 2–3)
Bob Young (season 4)
Howard Busgang
Mark Blutman (both; season 5)
Bob Tischler (seasons 6–7)
Location(s)John Marshall High School
(3939 Tracy Street, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California)
Walt Disney Studios
(500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)Michael Jacobs Productions
Touchstone Television
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runSeptember 24, 1993 (1993-09-24) – May 5, 2000 (2000-05-05)

Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the events and everyday life-lessons of Cory Matthews (played by Ben Savage), a Philadelphian who grows up from a young boy to a married man. The show aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 on ABC, part of the network's TGIF lineup. The entire series has been released on DVD, as well as on iTunes.

Contents

Synopsis

Grade School

The first season of the show begins with Cory Matthews and his best friend Shawn Hunter, two average sixth-graders who come from different backgrounds. They do not care about schoolwork, despite the efforts of Mr. Feeny, their longtime teacher. Their primary interests are in sports, though later on Shawn and then Cory begin to express interest in girls. This season focuses specifically on Cory's relationships with the other characters in the show. He begins to understand his parents more and respect them for all that they do for him. His relationship with his older brother Eric becomes confusing as Eric's constant obsession with girls is foreign to Cory and he becomes more protective of his little sister, Morgan. Cory and Shawn's friendship endures real tests for the first time, and Cory must often choose between doing what Shawn wants him to do and what is best for Shawn and their friendship.

High School

During the second season, Cory and Shawn start high school and meet Mr. Jonathan Turner, an unconventional English teacher. Although they initially view Mr. Turner as cool, they soon realize that he is a teacher first, hence why Cory called him "Feeny with an earring." Throughout the second season, Cory and Shawn try a variety of ways to become popular with their classmates. In doing so, they almost get into fights with the school bullies and even get in trouble with their school principal, Mr. Feeny. Eventually, Shawn becomes cool and popular at school, but still keeps his friendship with the less popular Cory. Shawn’s mother, Virna, deserts Shawn and his father, Chet, which upsets Shawn greatly. Chet then leaves to find Virna. After this occurred, Shawn lived briefly with Cory and his parents but soon figures out that it was just not the right fit for him. Later Shawn moves in with Mr. Turner. Cory tries at some points to begin a relationship with Topanga, but this is mostly because he does not want to be left out of the dating game. Sensing this, Topanga is wary of his advances, and despite the mutual attraction, the two do not date during this season.

During the third season, Cory finally admits that he wants to ask out Topanga, but cannot work up the courage to do it. Consequently, his best friend Shawn asks her out. Although Cory was hurt, he soon realized Shawn set the whole thing up so he could unite Cory and Topanga and make Cory confess his feelings for her. He tells her how he feels, and they become boyfriend and girlfriend. Later in the third season, Cory and Topanga are worried that their relationship has hit a rut, and decide it would be best to break up while they are still able to keep the friendship. They get back together a few months later, when Cory follows her to Disney World to win her back. Eric spends this season desperately trying to make up for his first three years of slacking off in high school. He makes progress, but it is not enough; he is not accepted to any universities as of his high school graduation. He decides then to take a year off and figure things out, beginning with a summer road trip. After finding out in the season finale that Cory feels estranged from him, Eric invites Cory along for the ride. Shawn nearly makes several life-changing blunders this season, but Cory and now Mr. Turner help him to make the right choices. Cory endures several tests of character this season - everything from being credited with a great deed which he did not deserve, to being insistently pursued by another girl while he is with Topanga. Sometimes Cory makes the right decision, sometimes the wrong one, but he learns from each.

The fourth season opens with Cory and Eric's return from their road trip. In this season, Eric finds himself confronted with life after high school. After having a couple of jobs and meeting people that teach him some interesting lessons, Eric decides to retake the SAT and give college another try. Alan decides to quit his job and open a sporting goods store, with Eric as his partner. Topanga’s mother is transferred at her job to Pittsburgh, which is over 300 miles from Philadelphia. The news devastates Cory, but Topanga runs away from her new house and returns to Philadelphia. Topanga’s parents decide that she can live with her Aunt Prudence in Philadelphia until she graduates. Shawn's mother returns for a brief period, but then leaves again under unknown circumstances at some point between season 4 and season 6.

Later that school year, Mr. Turner gets into a severe motorcycle accident in which he almost dies. The next year, Eric moves out of his parents’ house and begins college at the fictional Pennbrook University (a pastiche of local Philadelphia schools including Saint Joseph's University and the University of Pennsylvania). He moves into an apartment with Jack, who turns out to be Shawn’s half-brother. Shawn clearly shows his hatred toward Jack after he refuses to live with him because he did not like the fact that Jack never called or checked to see if Shawn and his dad were doing okay. (Shawn eventually discovers that Jack never received any of Shawn's letters or he would have come to see him immediately). However, after being convinced by his father and others around him, Shawn moves in with them, but he has nothing in common with Jack, which causes a lot of tension. A new student, Angela Moore, moves to Philadelphia and begins to date Shawn. Over winter break, the students go skiing on a school trip. Cory sprains his ankle and Lauren, a ski-lodge employee, takes care of him. The two kiss, but Cory lies to Topanga, and tells her nothing happened. When Topanga finds out that he lied, they break up. Cory, upset about the break-up, gets drunk and is arrested, along with Shawn. The two agree never to drink again, but Shawn breaks the promise and shows up at school drunk. With the help of Angela and Jack, Shawn realizes that alcoholism runs in his family and that he needs to stop drinking.

Topanga forgives Cory after encountering her own kiss with an old friend from grade school. She realizes no kiss means more than the ones she shares with Cory. Cory and Topanga reunite and attend the prom together, where they are named King and Queen. On prom night, Cory's mother Amy announces that she is pregnant. Mr. Feeny decides to retire at the end of the school year and move to Wyoming- however, he soon returns from retirement and goes back to teaching. Topanga is accepted to Yale, but Cory does not want her to leave him. At graduation, Topanga tells Cory that she decided not to go to Yale because she wants to be with him — then she proposes. The couple's parents are upset that they got engaged so young, but Cory and Topanga decide to elope. However, at the last minute, they decide that they want to get married “the right way,” in front of family and friends.

College

Shawn, Cory, Topanga, and Angela join Jack and Eric at Pennbrook. Rachel McGuire, a new student from Texas, moves in with Eric and Jack, causing tension as both boys have crushes on her. Angela and Shawn break up due to his claim that they should meet new people, and, despite Cory’s efforts, decide to stay just friends. They eventually are brought back together by way of Angela's father during his visit to the college, recruiting students for his R.O.T.C. program of basic training in the army. Mr. Feeny returns to take some classes, but then is offered a teaching job at the university. During their freshman year, Stuart (played by Ben Savage's brother Fred Savage), one of their professors, makes inappropriate (and unwelcome) sexual advances towards Topanga, causing Cory to shove him through a glass door at the Student Union. Cory is suspended, but for only one day; the Dean believes that Stuart had crossed the line. Mr. Feeny and the Dean eventually gain feelings for one another and begin dating.

Cory and Topanga face a major blip in their marriage plans when Topanga’s parents go through a divorce and she decides to call off the wedding. She breaks up with Cory completely and tells him that she doesn’t believe in love. Topanga is convinced that she is doing what is best for herself and for Cory, until her mother comes to explain everything, and tell her that love is worth the risk.

Shawn and Jack's father dies of a heart attack, and Jack reacts by admitting feelings for Rachel. They start dating, which causes problems for Jack and Eric. Eric decides to move out of the apartment so that he doesn’t get in the way of Jack and Rachel, and we later find out that he sleeps in Mr. Feeny’s car. Shawn goes on a road trip to deal with his father's death, saying he won't come back. He does return however when Cory's brother Joshua is born prematurely and has a small chance of survival. Shawn receives a letter from his mother confessing she is not his biological mother. Shawn unsuccessfully searches for his biological mother. Alan offers to adopt Shawn, but they decide that it isn’t necessary because Shawn is already part of the family.

Shawn and Cory have challenges in their relationship throughout the season, particularly on the day of Cory’s wedding. Shawn admits that he is no longer Cory’s best friend, and gives him away to Topanga. Cory and Topanga get married and move into a shabby apartment for married couples on campus. They struggle for a while, wondering why their parents refuse to help them. They eventually make it a wonderful home, and realize that they are capable of doing things on their own as a married couple. The group is growing up - they have to start thinking about what to do with their lives. In one episode, the newer friends get involved in a prank war with the originals (Jack, Rachel, and Angela vs. Cory, Shawn, and Topanga). The friends are almost completely torn apart, until Eric brings them back together and reminds them of the importance of their relationships.

In the series finale, Cory, Topanga, Shawn and Eric all head to New York, where Topanga was offered a dream internship at a law firm. Jack and Rachel join the Peace Corps in Guatemala.

Characters

Main

Cory is played by Ben Savage
Shawn is played by Rider Strong

Recurring

Episodes

SeasonEp #First air dateLast air date
Season 122September 24, 1993May 13, 1994
Season 223September 23, 1994May 19, 1995
Season 322September 22, 1995May 17, 1996
Season 422September 20, 1996April 25, 1997
Season 524October 3, 1997May 15, 1998
Season 622September 25, 1998May 14, 1999
Season 723September 24, 1999May 5, 2000

U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Boy Meets World on ABC.

Note: U.S. network television seasons generally start in late September and end in late May, which coincides with the completion of the May sweeps.

SeasonRatings RankViewers
(in millions)
11993–1994#37[1]8.4[1]
21994–1995#36[2]11.5[2]
31995–1996#48[3]10.1[3]
41996–1997#41[4]8.7[5]
51997–1998#55[4]11.6[4]
61998–1999#58[6]10.9[6]
71999–2000#73[7]8.7[7]

Production notes

Theme music and introductions

Boy Meets World used five theme songs and a number of opens over its seven year run. The final theme, written and performed by Phil Rosenthal,[8] remained for the fifth through seventh seasons, though the visuals changed from Seasons 5 to 6 to include Trina McGee-Davis as Angela Moore (when she moved from guest star to regular cast member in season 5) and Maitland Ward as Rachel McGuire (added as a regular cast member in season 6).

ABC Family was the first network since ABC to show all the accurate introductions for all seven seasons. For the syndicated and Disney Channel broadcasts, a slightly modified version of the season 4 theme is used for seasons 1–3. The title sequences for the remainder of the series (seasons 4–7) were kept intact.

Philadelphia references

It is one of many television shows to take place primarily in the Philadelphia area, and makes multiple local references. These include Cory's love for the Phillies and Morgan's often wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jacket. Eric mentions that he and his father always talk about the Eagles, 76ers, Flyers, and Phillies, the four major sports teams in Philadelphia, and his attempts to be accepted into Swarthmore College — finally ending with Cory and most of the cast attending Pennbrook, an institution that appears to be a pastiche of Penn and Saint Joseph's University. In the episode "Starry Night," Cory and Topanga visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a Van Gogh exhibition.

Syndication

Currently, Disney-ABC Domestic Television (sister company to Touchstone Television, now ABC Studios) handles the syndication rights to the series.

Boy Meets World reruns began airing in off-network syndication on September 8, 1997 and continued until September 2000. After the show ended in 2000, Disney Channel acquired the rights to air the series, lasting from 2000–2007, leaving season 7 as the only season that did not air on off-network syndication. However to the consternation of some longtime fans of the show, many episodes aired on Disney Channel were edited for suggestive content deemed inappropriate for the channel's 7-14 year old intended target audience. When Disney Channel first aired the series, they aired every episode, however due to some of the episode's content and complaints from parents, Disney Channel omitted three episodes from re-aring on the channel again, they were "If You Can't Be with the One You Love..." (season 5), "Prom-ises, Prom-ises" (season 5) and "The Truth About Honesty" (season 6).[9]

ABC Family also aired the show from 2004 until August 2007, in a way inheriting the rights to the show from Disney Channel, but ABC Family did not air the Disney Channel versions of the episodes, instead it ran different syndicated prints which restored portions of scenes Disney Channel did not show during its run on that network (though small portions of certain scenes from episodes during the earlier seasons were cut due to time constraints), incorporated each season's corresponding opening title sequence and even used the original versions of the season one teaser scenes that featured the opening titles after the teaser, bringing them back in line with the original ABC telecasts (prior syndicated versions of season one episodes had the cast and creators' names shown during the teaser scene). It was announced on April 1, 2010 that ABC Family had re-obtained the rights to Boy Meets World, and would begin airing it at 7 a.m. (ET/PT) on weekdays beginning April 12, 2010; the series replaced Sister, Sister.[10] The series also began airing on MTV2 in November 2011.[11] The series also syndicates on ABC Spark the Canadian version of ABC Family.

In Brazil, the show was aired by SBT (terrestrial television) and Disney Channel Brazil (cable television) to the year 2005.

DVD releases

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (as Buena Vista Home Entertainment) released the first three seasons of Boy Meets World on DVD between 2004 and 2005.[12] Because the sales figures did not meet the company's expectations, no further seasons were released. As of 2009, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print.

On August 4, 2008, it was announced that Lionsgate Home Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series. They subsequently re-released the first three seasons on DVD on September 7, 2010, with the same special features from the original releases.[13] Season 4 was released on December 7, 2010.[14] Season 5 was released on May 3, 2011.[15] Season 6 was released on July 5, 2011.[16] Season 7 was released on October 4, 2011, completing the series' run on DVD.[17] Ultimately, Lionsgate was able to release all seven seasons in almost a year's time on November 22, 2011. All seven seasons of the series are available for download at iTunes Store.

DVD nameEp#Release dateBonus features
The Complete First Season22August 24, 2004
Re-release: September 7, 2010
Bonus Episode from Season 4: Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow (Disc 3) & Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew
The Complete Second Season23November 23, 2004
Re-release: September 7, 2010
Bonus Feature: "Fear Strikes Out" Video Commentary (Disc 2) & Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew
The Complete Third Season22August 23, 2005
Re-release: September 7, 2010
"The World According to Boy" Pop Quiz - Answer these quiz questions correctly and you'll graduate from John Adams High with honors (Disc 3)
The Complete Fourth Season22December 7, 2010
The Complete Fifth Season24May 3, 2011
The Complete Sixth Season22July 5, 2011
The Complete Seventh Season23October 4, 2011
The Complete Series158November 22, 2011

Awards and nominations

2000 - Favorite Television Friends - Ben Savage & Rider Strong (Won)
2000 - Favorite Television Show (Nominated)
1999 - Favorite Television Show (Nominated)
2000 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Guest Starring Young Performer - J.B. Gaynor (Won)
1999 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Guest Starring Young Actor Jarrett Lennon (Won)
1998 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Performer - Ben Savage (Nominated)
1997 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Leading Young Actor - Ben Savage (Nominated)
1997 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Supporting Young Actor - Rider Strong (Nominated)
1997 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Supporting Young Actress - Danielle Fishel (Nominated)
1996 - Best Performance by a Young Actor: Guest Starring Role TV Series - Justin Thomson (Won)
1996 - Best Performance by a Young Actress: Guest Starring Role TV Series - Erin J. Dean (Nominated)
1996 - Best Performance by a Young Actress: TV Comedy Series - Danielle Fishel (Nominated)
1995 - Best Performance: Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series - Jason Marsden (Nominated)
1995 - Best Performance: Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series - Will Friedle (Nominated)
1994 - Best Actress Under Ten in a Television Series or Show - Lily Nicksay (Nominated)
1994 - Best New Television Series (Nominated)
1994 - Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Television Series - Ben Savage (Nominated)
1994 - Best Youth Comedian - Rider Strong (Nominated)
2000 - Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series - Danielle Fishel (Nominated)
1998 - Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series - Danielle Fishel (Won)
1998 - Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series - Ben Savage (Nominated)

References

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