Yesterday the InternetÂ simultaneousÂ orgasmedÂ over the news that Ben Savage and Danielle FishelÂ would reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga in the Boy Meets World Â spin-off Girl Meets World. But unlikeÂ everyoneÂ else who grew up on TGIF, I’m not excited. And it’s not because I didn’t like the show. I loved the show. I may have been in loveÂ with the show.
I can honestly say that Boy Meets WorldÂ changed my life. At least duringÂ theÂ middle school years when I would refuse to go on sleepovers at houses where the person couldn’tÂ guaranteeÂ we’d be able to watch the newest episode. It’s the first show I obsessed over and it’s the first show I watchedÂ religiously.
After years of watching adults plan their lives around season premieres and season finales, I got it. I finallyÂ understoodÂ how someone could give overÂ theirÂ entire life for a show. Because inÂ exchangeÂ for planning your days around new episodes, you got to experience love andÂ friendshipÂ and fights. You got to see first kisses, first dates and first times. Ish, you got to see first times-ish. But as an eleven-year-old who thought sexÂ immediatelyÂ followed french-kissing, ish was enough.
I believed in Cory and Topanga’s love and I believed in Mr. Feeny’s wisdom. I laughed when Eric said something stupid and I cried when Shawn’s dad died. I literally rolled on the floor laughing when Eric got the Mr. Feeny doll. And I told my parents my life was over, OVER I TELL YOU, when the show ended.Â I’m not telling you all this to win some kind of Boy Meets World trivia contest. I’m telling you this so you can understand why I’m not going to watch Girl Meets World.
So let’s back up and get away from Boy Meets WorldÂ for a hot sec. Did you have a favorite movie as a child? I did. In fact, I had several. I rewatched them years later in hopes they would make me feel just as warm and fuzzy inside. But instead all I could think was how bad they were. Turns out the technology is Homeward BoundÂ wasn’t actually that good. It borders on obnoxiously awful. The movie consists of three animals walking around while someone narrates their thoughts. I wish I remembered it fondly, but now all I can think about is how cheesy it is.
That’s going to be Girl Meets World. Because guys, here’s theÂ horribleÂ truth. Boy Meets WorldÂ wasn’t good because it was good, it was good because we were 11. We’re not 11 anymore. We’re probably not as accepting of the fact that Topanga gave up Yale for Cory. And that she and Cory got married in college. IN COLLEGE!? That’s insane andÂ unnecessary. If you’re in love, wait until after graduation. Also Mr. Feeny had an immoral lack of boundaries. He followed a specific group of students from middle school to college. And he lived next door to two of them. Weren’t the morning “hey there neighbors!” enough for him.
And Eric. OMG Eric. He probably needed help. At least a little after school tutoring. How in the world did he attend the same school as Topanga? Did she completely drop her standards or did Eric get smart during Pembrooke entrance exam time. There are problems with the show that I let slide at 11. But I can’t let them slide at 25.
While you might read this and get angry with me at dredging up trivial issues from theÂ show, I’m telling you this all for your own good. Do not get excited for Girl Meets World. It will not meet your standards. Especially not the incredibly highÂ nostalgiaÂ standards you set in your head. It’s just impossible. Remember it for what it was and don’t Homeward BoundÂ yourself into believing thatÂ Girl Meets WorldÂ will be your new Homeland. You’ve changed, TV’s changed and your Friday nights have (hopefully) changed.
I’m not saying that they should cancel the show. I’m justÂ sayingÂ that we should let another generation of tweens enjoy it. And while they spend their nights watching the show and falling in loveÂ withÂ the characters, we can spend our nights watching videos like this.
It’s better this way, I promise.