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Boy Meets World

Format: Sitcom, Teen drama, Dramedy

Created by: Michael Jacobs, April Kelly

Starring: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Will Friedle, Danielle Fishel William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Matthew Lawrence (Seasons 5-7), Trina McGee-Davis (Seasons 5-7), Maitland Ward (Seasons 6-7)

Country of origin: United States

No. of seasons: 7

No. of episodes: 158 (List of episodes)

Production

Executive

producer(s): Michael Jacobs, David Kendall (seasons 2-3) Bob Young (season 4), Howard Busgang & Mark Blutman (season 5) Bob Tischler (season 6-7) Running time: 22-24 minutes Broadcast

Original channel: ABC Original run: September 10, 1993 – May 5, 2000

 

 

 

 

 


Boy Meets World

Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the events and everyday life lessons of Cory Matthews, 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.



Boy Meets World

Synopsis

The story begins with Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter as two Philadelphia students who would rather be anywhere than in Mr. Feeny's sixth grade classroom. Cory’s older brother, Eric, is a very popular tenth-grade student. During the second season, when Cory and Shawn start high school, they meet Mr. Jonathan Turner, a non-conventional English teacher who is the sometimes-enemy of new principal Mr. Feeny. Shawn becomes cool and popular at school, but still keeps his friendship with Cory very strong.

Cory dates Wendy, but breaks up with her when she begins planning their entire life together. Shawn’s mother, Virna, deserts Shawn and his father, Chet, upsetting Shawn greatly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chet then leaves, and Shawn moves in with Mr. Turner. Cory begins dating Topanga Lawrence, a girl who, in the first season, was strange and mocked by Cory and Shawn, during the third season. The two had been close friends as children, but when they were seven, Eric told Cory that girls had cooties, which ended their close friendship. The couple breaks up later in the season, but they get back together a few weeks later, when Cory follows her to Disney World to win her back. Eric graduates high school, but takes a year off to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Cory and Eric then spend the summer on a road trip with their father, and when they return, their father, Alan, decides to quit his job and open a sporting goods store.

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Shawn’s mother returns, but leaves again. Topanga’s mother then gets transferred to Pittsburgh, which is over 300 miles from Philadelphia. The news devastates Cory who, convinced Topanga won’t actually leave, doesn’t say goodbye. Then, Topanga runs away from her new house and goes back to Philadelphia. Cory’s and his parents discuss the true meaning of love and Topanga’s parents decide that she can live with her Aunt Prudence until she graduates. 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 Pennbrook University. He moves into an apartment with Jack, who turns out to be Shawn’s half-brother. Shawn moves in with them, but he has nothing in common with Jack, which causes a lot of tension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A new student, Angela Moore, moves to Philadelphia and she and Shawn begin dating. Over winter break, the students go skiing on a school trip. Cory breaks his ankle and Lauren, a ski-lodge employee takes care of him. They two kiss, but Cory lies to Topanga about anything happening. When Topanga finds out that he lied, they break up. Cory, upset about the breakup gets drunk and arrested, along with Shawn. The two agree never to drink again, but Shawn breaks the promise and shows up to school drunk. With the help of Angela and Jack, Shawn realizes that alcoholism runs in his family and that he needs to stop drinking.

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Cory and Topanga reunite and attend 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 decides to move to Wyoming.

Topanga gets accepted to Yale, but Cory doesn’t 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 couples' 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 then starts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shawn, Topanga, Cory 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 and, despite Cory’s efforts, decide to stay just friends. Mr. Feeny returns to take some classes, but then is offered a teaching job at the university. During their freshman year, Stuart, one of their professors, hits on Topanga, causing Cory to shove him through a window. Cory is almost expelled, until the Dean realizes what the motivation for the shove was.

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Shawn writes a poem for a contest, but decides not to read it. Cory reads it without his permission, upsetting Shawn because the poem was about how he still has feelings for Angela. Shawn and Jack’s father, Chet, then comes to visit and tells the boys he will stay this time. Shawn doesn’t believe him and, during an argument, Chet has a heart attack and dies. Shawn, devastated about his father, goes on a road trip and decides not to go back to Philadelphia. Cory can’t convince him to come back, but Chet’s ghost helps Shawn to make the decision. Amy gives birth to a son, Joshua, but he is in an intensive care unit. The family is very nervous, but Joshua makes it through.

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Mr. Feeny has had a crush on the Dean since he arrived at Pennbrook and decides to ask her out. The couple eventually gets married. Jack and Rachel begin dating, so Eric moves out, but when Jack and Rachel break up, he moves back in. Topanga’s parents show up and tell her that they are getting divorced. Topanga, who is devastated, calls off her wedding to Cory because she doesn’t want to end up like her parents.

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Angela’s father shows up and Shawn tries to impress him so that he will put in a good word with Angela. Angela, however, doesn’t want to get back together with Shawn because she is afraid she will leave him like her mother left her father. They couple, however, reconciles. Cory and Topanga reconcile as well, and begin to re-plan their wedding. The couple finally gets married, after a huge fight between Shawn and Cory in the middle of the wedding. When the couple returns from their honeymoon, they realize they don’t know where they are going to live, because the dorms they had planned on living in are off-limits to married couples. They move into the married dorms, which are disgusting apartments, but Cory fixes up the apartment for them.

 

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The friends then get into a friendly war, with two teams – Cory, Shawn and Topanga against Jack, Angela and Rachel. However, when the war is taken too far, the friendships end. Mr. Feeny and Eric attempt to bring the friends back together, and after a flash into the future shows what life would be without each other, they friends reconcile. Topanga and Eric then decide to go on a diet, but Cory and Shawn misinterpret Topanga’s change in behavior and appetite as her being pregnant. Word gets out, and soon everyone thinks she is pregnant. She finally announces, at her surprise baby shower, that she isn’t pregnant. She and Cory discuss their want for children, but not until they are ready. Angela’s father shows up again, this time to ask Angela to go to Europe with him for a year. This news greatly upsets Shawn, but he tells her to go because he wants her to have time with her father, something he never had with Chet.

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Topanga gets an internship at a prestigious law firm in New York City, but decides not to take it for Cory’s sake. Cory decides to move to New York because he wants to be a supportive spouse. Eric and Shawn decide to move with the couple. Jack joins Rachel in the Peace Corps after Jack’s rich step-father stops sending him money. Before Eric, Cory, Shawn and Topanga leave for New York, they make one last stop in Mr. Feeny’s classroom, where he give them one last piece of advice for the real world.

 

 

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Characters

Cory Matthews - Ben Savage

Eric Matthews - Will Friedle

Shawn Hunter - Rider Strong

Topanga Lawrence-Matthews - Danielle Fishel (recurring Season 1; Starring in Seasons 2-7)

George Feeny - William Daniels

Alan Matthews - William Russ

Amy Matthews - Betsy Randle

Morgan Matthews - Lily Nicksay (Seasons 1-2), Lindsay Ridgeway (Seasons 3-7)

Jack Hunter - Matthew Lawrence (Seasons 5-7)

Angela Moore - Trina McGee-Davis (recurring Season 5; Starring in Seasons 6-7)

Jonathan Turner - Anthony Tyler Quinn (Seasons 2-4)

Rachel McGuire- Maitland Ward (Seasons 6-7)[1]

 

 

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Production notes

Continuity

The series features many continuity errors, including:

In season one, Cory, Shawn and Topanga are in sixth grade and Eric is in tenth grade. Each seasons lasts one school year, according to scenes from the show, but Cory, Shawn and Topanga are able to graduate by season five (when they should be in tenth grade). Eric, however, graduates during season three, when he should graduate.

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Shawn has a sister in the first season and a half-brother, Eddie, in the third season, but later it is stated that Jack is his only sibling.

Topanga's mother's name is Chloe at the beginning of the series, but Rhiannon at the end of the series. The age that Cory and Topanga were when they first met (everywhere from birth to age six) and how they met (parents were friends to meeting at a playground when Cory couldn't get off of the monkey bars) changes each time the issue is discussed.

In the first season, Amy is a real estate agent, yet in the second season she runs an art gallery.

 

 

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Theme music and introductions

Boy Meets World used five theme songs and a number of opens over seven years. The final theme, written and performed by Phil Rosenthal, 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).

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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, the opening credits for Season 1 were the same style, the ones for Seasons 2-7 are equivalent to the Season 2/4's Logo.

Boy Meets World was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions, Touchstone Television and distributed by Buena Vista Television.

 

 

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Stage settings

Boy Meets World was filmed almost exclusively on-stage. There were occasionally scenes filmed in outdoor settings, but these were few and far between.

The Matthews' House - full run

The House was primarily a four-room set-up, consisting of the Matthews' living room, kitchen, Cory and Eric's bedroom, and the backyard that adjoined that of George Feeny. There were also occasional scenes in Cory and Eric's bathroom and their parents' bedroom. The house was the main setting for the show, as most of the episodes spent at least some time here. Seasons 6-7 had many episodes without the house, and also without Alan, Amy, or Morgan.

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The Classroom - full run

While the classroom and school changed between seasons 1 and 2 and seasons 5 and 6, a classroom was always present in the show. Mr. Feeny taught in the classroom in season 1, Jonathan Turner also had a classroom from Seasons 2-4, after the events in the Season 2 episode "Me and Mr. Joad", Both Mr. Feeny and Mr. Turner taught in the classroom, but this changes when Mr. Turner's character is written off the show in the season 4 episode "Cult Fiction", and the setting of John Adams High School is changed significantly.

Mr. Feeny also had an office from Seasons 2-5. One scene in season 4 saw it being used as Dean Bolander's office. In seasons 5 and 6, both Mr. Feeny and Dean Bolander taught in the classroom, but in season 7, only Mr. Feeny taught there.

John Adams' Main Floor - Seasons 2-4

This was another multiple-room setting, containing Mr. Turner/Mr.Feeny's classrooms and the main hall. The door on the right that led off-stage has been used as the entrance to Mr. Feeny's office, both boys' and girls' bathrooms, the janitor's closet, or the guidance counselor's office.

 

 

 

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John Adams' Senior Floor - Seasons 5-6

This set began the trend of many expensive, short-use sets. This was the set adapted from the "Main Floor" set, and appeared to be almost the same as that set, except for the reversal of many items. Mr. Feeny's classroom was connected to the stage-right side of the main hall. The Senior Floor was seen in the opening scenes in the season 6 premiere episode "His Answer" because the episode starts where the Season 5 finale "Graduation" left off. After the "His Answer" episode, it was never shown or mentioned again.

Jonathan Turner's Apartment - Seasons 2-3 Jonathan Turner's apartment was introduced in Season 2, but became a main setting for the show in Season 3 after Shawn moves in with Jonathan, and was seen up until Shawn moved out of it late in Season 3. It would eventually be adapted into the college apartment Eric, Jack, and Shawn shared.

Jack Hunter's Apartment - Seasons 5-7

In the beginning of Season 5, Eric leaves home to attend Pennbrook University, and rents an apartment with Jack Hunter, who recently moved to town to also attend Pennbrook. At Chet Hunter's insistence, Shawn moves in with them, but the apartment would see a number of different occupants over the years.

 

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First line-up: Jack, Eric, and Shawn, in the 5th season.

Second line-up: Jack, Eric, and Rachel. At the beginning of Season 6, a few months before Shawn plans to move out of the apartment and into a dorm with Cory, Eric and Jack kicked him out to make room for Rachel. Shawn, upon seeing Rachel, takes this in stride.

Third line-up: Jack and Rachel. After Chet Hunter's death, Jack and Rachel begin dating, and Eric moves out a few episodes later.

Fourth line-up: Topanga, Angela, and Rachel. Eventually, Eric decides to return to the apartment, but at the same time, Rachel invites Angela and Topanga to move in. His chivalrous nature winning out over logic, Jack begrudgingly leaves. He and Eric return to fight the girls for the apartment a few episodes later, but lose.

Fifth line-up: Angela, Shawn, and Rachel. After Cory and Topanga get married in season 7, Topanga moves out, and Shawn moves in with Angela and Rachel. Rachel later moves out to assume the title as a Resident Assistant for one of Pennbrook's dorms, leaving Angela and Shawn.

Sixth Line-up: Shawn and Angela. After Rachel moves out, Shawn and Angela share the apartment in one or two episodes. Seventh and Final Line-up: Jack, Eric, and Shawn (Again).Permanent living decisions were finally made in the episode "Picket Fences". Angela moved in with Rachel in Cory and Shawn's old dorm room, Cory and Topanga moved into "The Married Couples Dorm", Shawn remained in the apartment, then Jack and Eric moved back in, the original occupants re-claim the apartment, this setting hardly appears after that moment.

 

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Chubbie's Famous Hamburgers - Seasons 2-5

"Chubbie's" became a mainstay for the Boy Meets World cast in season 2, as well as other John Adams High School students, and was often used for scenes. It was another multiple-room set, with a game room on stage right, and restaurant/bar on stage left, although the game room was used infrequently. Eventually the restaurant becomes a pirate-themed restaurant called "Peg-Leg Pete's" in a late season 5 episode "Things Change", and was written off the show.

Cory and Shawn's Dorm Room - Seasons 6-7

The dorm room that Shawn and Cory live in during Season 6 connects to the dormitory hallway. The room was used throughout the series, housing some occupants that do not live in the apartment. The dormitory hallway is seen very rarely, only in a few episodes in season 6, and is also connected to the co-ed bathroom which is seen in only 2 scenes in episode #6.4. Eventually, Angela and Rachel decide to move there in the Season 7 episode "Picket Fences".

The Pennbrook Student Union - Seasons 6-7

This replaced the John Adams High School hallway as the main school setting. It was the largest main set in the show by far, with a café on stage right, couches and a coffee table at stage center, a pool table behind it, miscellaneous items in back stage right, and a patio on stage left. All of these areas were used at least once during the show's run, Jack and Eric eventually worked there.

The 'Married Couples' Dorm - Season 7

This set was where Cory and Topanga lived after returning from their honeymoon. It was initially dirty and run-down in "Picket Fences", but Cory did a lot of work to renovate it (fresh paint, new furniture, etc.). The set has 3 sections: the dormitory hallway, a living room/kitchen area, and a bedroom. It was a central setting for a few episodes in Season 7, and was used consistently throughout the remainder of the show.

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WIXB News Station - Season 3; 2 episodes

The WIXB News Station was seen in 2 episodes, "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" because Eric wanted to apply for an internship to boost his grades; he got the job, but was fired in the episode "Stormy Weather" because he (briefly) dropped out of school, and only students were allowed to participate in the internship program.

Jefferson Elementary School - Season 1

The name of the Elementary School that Cory, Shawn, Topanga, and Minkus attended in the first season was mentioned as Jefferson Elementary but they were in the 6th grade during season 1. The Elementary School setting contained Mr. Feeny's Classroom, the hallway, and the cafeteria. This setting was adapted for the John Adams High School Main Floor for Seasons 2-4.

Pennbrook Hallway and Classroom - Season 5

The Pennbrook hallway was seen in the episode "It's Not You...It's Me", and the classroom was seen in the episode "How to Succeed in Business". The Pennbrook classroom would become Mr. Feeny's Classroom in Seasons 6-7.

'Matthews and Sons' Store - Season 4/7

This setting was a local sporting goods store that Amy bought for Alan after he quit his job at the supermarket, and he re-named it "Matthews and Sons" because of himself, Eric, and Cory. Alan is the manager of the store, and since Eric is not in college, he works there as a cashier. In one episode, when a mountain girl comes to work at the store, Eric then starts dating her. This was a recurring setting in Season 4, and it was seen in the Season 7 episode "I'm Gonna Be Like You, Dad".

Mr. Feeny's Office - Seasons 2-5

When Cory, Shawn, and Topanga started attending John Adams High School, Mr. Feeny became the principal, and later a teacher again, but was still principal, and he had an office. This also was shown as Dean Bolander's office in the Season 4 finale.

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Season 2

After Season 1 of Boy Meets World ended, the production team made some changes to the show, which would affect the show until the end. The changes made for the 1994–95 season included:

The target demographs were changed from family viewers to more teenage viewers.

The Opening. Seasons 2 and 3 had short openings to allow for more episode time.

The Logo. The BMW logo looks different than the one in Season 1; the Season 2 logo is not seen in Season 3, although it is seen in Season 4.

The Credits. The Season 2 style of the credits were equivalent to the style of the logo. The Season 2 style of credits is used until the end of the series.

The Background Music. Instead of using Season 1's Irish reggae music for Season 2, they used guitar rock for Season 2's opening and episode music mostly until Season 4. In Seasons 4–7, the rock music is used briefly.

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Philadelphia references

It is one of the few 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 always 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 Philadelpia, and his attempts to get into Swarthmore College—finally ending with Cory and most of the cast attending Pennbrook, an institution that appears to be a pastiche of Swarthmore, Penn, Saint Joseph's University, and other Philly-area colleges.

Pennbrook is also the name of a train station in suburban Lansdale on Philadelphia's R5 Line, as well as the name of a nearby middle school. In an episode in Season 4, while attempting to lure Shawn into an SAT review session, Cory coerces Mr. Feeny into mentioning that they have cake at the session from the "Westchester Bakery". There is no such bakery, but the borough West Chester exists west of Philadelphia.

Chubbie's Famous was an actual Philly cheesesteak location that actually did not have much sit down space, unlike the sound-stage set led many to believe. The actual landmark is very similar to Pat's and Geno's, two other Philadelphia cheesesteak landmarks. Shawn's father is featured in an episode, and it is mentioned that he is from Reading, a town in the Philadelphia area. Also when Cory is on the basketball team he has a game against Cheltenham, which is a suburb right outside of Philadelphia.

 

Click here to see a great Boy Meets World video clip.

 

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Running gags

In season four, Eric coins the "Feeny call" ("FEENAY! FEE-HEE-HEE-HEE-NAY!").

In later seasons, Cory occasionally calls Topanga "the wife". In the earlier seasons, characters such as Cory, Shawn, or Mr. Turner end an awkward situation by saying "Good night, everybody!", and walking out of the room.

Eric often confuses the words "niece" and "niche" Shawn and Cory always mention their love of cake.

Often if Topanga appears, or if she's done something semi-scandalous or unexpected, there's (usually by Cory and Shawn) a gasp and then a "To-PANGA!".

Eric calls Morgan "Weasel" constantly in seasons one and two. Harley almost always refers to Cory as "Baboon", going back to the first episode of season two when Harley nicknames him "Johnny Baboon".

Mr. Feeny is almost always gardening in his backyard, and available to give the Matthews family advice, but panic ensues by the family when he is not there. Cory's dad's tie is loose 95% of the time.

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Syndication

Boy Meets World reruns began airing on Disney Channel after the show ended in 2000, and have stopped airing because it was shown more than planned on Disney Channel's Summer Block. The Disney Channel edited episodes with mature content (i.e. sexual jokes) and does not show 3 episodes containing mature themes: "If You Can't Be With the One You Love...", "PROMises, PROMises", and "The Truth About Honesty". ABC Family also airs the show without editing content, but does not air several holiday-themed episodes.

The complete series is not aired on the Family Channel in Canada, either. In October 2007, ABC Family stopped airing Boy Meets World. This came as a disappointment to the fans of the show. Many fans have started web sites and petitions to bring the show back to the air waves. Since then, rumors have begun speculating that Boy Meets World would begin airing on Nick at Nite Fall 2008.

 

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DVD releases

The first three seasons are available now by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. However, ABC no longer has the rights to release the rest of the series but is expected to find another distributor soon to release the remaining seasons.

   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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