They’re Really Bringing Back “Boy Meets World”

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By now, you’ve probably heard that the Disney Channel is planning a sequel series to Boy Meets World that will purportedly focus on Cory and Topanga’s daughter. This brings up a lot of questions, like:

Which set of actors who played Topanga’s family will they use? Will they continue to recast and retcon her parents? Remember how they used to be hippies? Then later they got divorced and Topanga stopped believing in love and almost moved to Pittsburgh?

Remember the episode where Shawn dressed up as a girl for the school newspaper and learned a lot about how tough it is to be a girl? As a girl, did that make you feel more understood? Do you think Rider Strong considers himself a feminist?

Did you feel a little strange about how attracted you were to Rider Strong in drag? Don’t. It’s okay. Sexuality is a fluid thing.

Also, how great was Ben Savage’s delivery for the line “My hosiery is bunching” in that episode?

Did the excitement you felt upon hearing the news remind you that it’s been a really long time since you were truly happy?

Did you know that in the late 90s, Rider Strong had a website where he published his own poetry? How much of it did you print out and memorize?

Which was the best theme song? Someone has compiled all of them into one video here. For me it’s a tossup between the one where they all jump in the convertible and the high school one where everyone dumps water on Cory and Topanga.

Remember how Adam Scott played cool-guy bully Griffin Hawkins after Harley disappeared? Did you know he also appeared in an earlier episode as a guy who drops his band equipment off at Cory’s table?

He hasn’t really aged, right? Why does he look the same?

Do you think Griff will have a cool-girl bully daughter who will give Cory and Topanga’s kid a hard time?

Do you think they’ll bring back Linda Cardellini to drum up some mid-season tension about Cory and Topanga’s marriage?

This quote seems appropriate somehow: “Let us roll all our Strength, and all/Our sweetness, up into one Ball/And tear our Pleasures with rough strife/Through the Iron gates of Life/Thus, though we cannot make our Sun/stand still, yet we can make him run.”

Could they find a way to make Peter Gallagher guest star, somehow? I don’t know. I just feel like anything is possible right now.

In high school, Cory and Shawn briefly worked for the mob. Will their underworld connections come back to haunt them?

Given that Cory and Topanga will now have been married for almost thirteen years and have never been with anyone else, how often do you think they still have sex? Once a week? Once a month?

William Daniels is 85. I don’t want to think about this any more than you do, but odds are they’re going to eventually air a Very Special Episode about the death of Feeny. Will you be able to handle that?

Are there any female Savage children who would be able to continue the near-stranglehold that family has on coming-of-age shows?

Did you see Shawn’s dad on that episode of Community? Did you find yourself getting a little choked up to see someone you thought was dead?

How many episodes on the original series centered around time-traveling? At least three, right? There was the time Cory was transported back to the 50s because of a toaster oven and had to prove he wasn’t a communist, the one where Cory lost his memory in World War II, and the one where Topanga stumbled into a noirish 1940s alternate reality right before the series finale. Were there any others?

Mr. Turner died, right? He died.

Let’s keep this conversation going all day in the comments.

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    • the human dreamsicle

      12-13 years on, has Cory completed his transition to Jewish grandmother? Is Topanga really into that?

      Is Shawn “Uncle Shawnie” or “Papa” to Topanga’s “MOMMMMM” and Cory’s “Ugh jeez Dad”? Because it’s an objective fact that Cory and Shawn have ruined each other for all others. They can’t even go to beautiful, scenic Paramus with other people. ( )

      How could anyone argue that REAL-LIFE STILL MARRIED AND WONDERFUL couple Michael McKean and Annette O’Toole *weren’t* the best version of Topanga’s parents?

      Are we all developing ideas for a Parks and Rec crossover about Ben Wyatt’s secret life before he was a teen mayor? Or maybe that brother he mentioned in one episode is, in fact, his brother of unfortunate hair choices, Griff Hawkins?

      Will someone finally tell Mr. Feeney to sit down, John, sit down?

      BASICALLY, I love this article and if no actual tv show comes out of it, I’m okay with this beautiful thought experiment.

    • Kindergarten Everyday

      But what about Eric? He gradually made the descent into full- blown stupidity. What will he be doing? Bartending? Running an etsy business? Living off of his parents and smoking weed?
      But wait, remember when Fred Savage guest starred as the sexually harassing college professor? Best crossover ever.

      By far, my most tragic BMW connection was seeing Alan Matthews as a racist parent in American History X. How do you get over something like that? Answer: you can’t. Every time I watch the Matthews eat dinner, I keep expecting Alan to lapse into a hate speech about Rodney King or affirmative action.

    • AmbienceChaser

      Did Mr. Turner die? He did, right? Or no? They never mentioned it again!

      But wait, I think he didn’t. Because I remember when that one nerdy kid came back and Shawn and Cory were like, “Where have you been?” and the kid pointed towards the cameras and said, “Over there.” And Cory and Shawn looked uncomfortable and said, “Oh, we don’t go over there.” And the kid said, “Well, bye!” And as he walked through the 4th wall he shouted, “Hey, Mr. Turner!”

      • Mallory Ortberg

        TRUE – the kid was Minkus, who disappeared when the gang graduated to high school – but of course, we don’t see Mr. Turner in that scene, and his last appearance was in that episode where Shawn almost joined that cult. He was in a coma! He was non-responsive! Then he disappeared entirely. Is it more likely that he made a full recovery and returned to teaching (but for some reason never reappearing in the gang’s lives)? Or that he died and no one was able to truly come to terms with it, including Minkus? I don’t know, I really haven’t given it much thought.

    • Cyndi-Lou

      this scares me. I don’t know how I feel about this. I grew up with BMW and LOVED the college years and thought that it wrapped up nicely. Though on the Disney Channel….. seems like its going to be too colorful and cheesy. The great thing about BMW is that everyone knew somebody like Cory’s family/friends. I hope they keep the show’s real life honesty instead of Disney’s fantasy outrageous/overly cooky family life

    • madtown

      Does anyone else recall that Shawn, for one episode, had a sister, Stacy? In the episode where Cory becomes self-conscious of his “Brillo-head” situation, he and Shawn decide to straighten his hair. Shawn calls Stacy when they begin to doubt the solution is working. Where did she go? Perhaps her departure was the real reason Verna ran off and left Shawn and his dad alone in the trailer…?

      • Rayray

        Much like Topanga’s sister, Nebula, who was also only mentioned in one episode

        And Verna didn’t even leave Shawn and his dad the trailer, she drove off in it…I actually just saw that episode yesterday…hah.

      • madtown

        That’s right! At least we got to see her in person, albeit briefly. She must have been so bitter to have been completely left out of the wedding…

    • Play With Squirrels

      I refuse to accept a Boy Meets World future where Cory hasn’t left Topanga for Shawn. Because I’m pretty sure that’s where the series was headed.

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    • Kati

      My questions: Will Matt Lawrence as Shawn’s older brother (I can’t remember his character name) make a reappearance? Will Rachel? Is Matt Lawrence still as hot as he was on that show?

      But this show was great. If they bring it back, they have to do it justice, or else they’ll have a whole lot of angry people at their door.

    • GingerBrown

      Cause Topanga would make a great Disney role model after her spread in Maxim.