I loved Boy Meets World. I did grow up with it. It's one of the few shows out there that teaches us something. By being the one show everybody remembers the most for being a guide to life show, this is the show that stands out. A lot of sitcoms in the 90's were always trying to teach us something once in awhile but I think this show stands out as having been teaching kids something every episode. I'd like to call it a rare gem because it IS a special show. I know atleast one show that's out today in Canada and it is like this but from a girl's point of view and it came out a year ago and considering it's the first sitcom in a long time that teaches kids anything, I find that show to be a rare gem.
Topanga is definitely a great character, as well as Feeney. And I personally even thought Jack was. Jack is probably my favorite character. My ideal big brother consists of Jack. And I loved his sibling bond with Shawn. I liked Shawn and when I was in high school, I was a little bit like how he was in the last few seasons of the show. I used to write poetry like him, but I was also a bit of a downer like he was. But he is lucky he had friends like Cory and Topanga because I did not have people that would deal with that. And Eric, I think Eric and Shawn may be the funniest on the show for me. They are definitely fun to watch. Cory's parents I love more now that I'm an adult. Before I didn't have much thoughts on them except that I found they were good and smart parents. Now I love them! If it weren't for them, Shawn and Eric, I would not be laughing. And Cory was silly, and okay to me. But his relationship with Topanga was great!
But although I will be shunned for this, the show wasn't THAT perfect. The show taught us everything, but the show did not teach us to respect what other people like. Clearly it didn't. What also surprises me is that even after a show like Boy Meets World, the world is still getting worse: bullying, drugs, suicide rates, etc. Another flaw with this show is that sometimes there are things done in this show that, if this show was out today, it'd be talked about on IMDB. Like Eric planning on poisoning his sister Morgan and not caring if she lives through it. People laugh about it but if this was out today people would get angry and write about that on forums. But stuff like this is just overlooked now. Yet people will complain if another character not in Boy Meets World were to do this. Cory and Topanga's relationship is also overlooked. I know I said it was great but it's not just not perfect because they've fought and broken up a few times. There are things with the couple, the actions they took that's either unrealistic in today's world or something not good that's overlooked because people love the show that much. But it's people's opinions whether or not they'll acknowledge these flaws, no one is anything negative if they decide to overlook the flaws I'm about to mention. When Cory goes to Disney World to chase Topanga down and get her back, he follows her everywhere! In today's world if you do that, that's not considered love, it's obsession. You're not let off easy from following a girl around especially if you're holding a sign like Cory that says you'll chase the girl forever. Another thing that should be mentioned is Topanga running away from her parents to be with Cory. She gives up so much for him and if it was done with anyone else today, chances are their relationship would only last a short time and they'd be officially done, like when Cory and Topanga break up again after he cheats on her. In real life, when someone gives up so much for someone they love and that person ends up cheating on someone, their relationships never get fixed. Boy Meets World teaches everyone something but did it teach anyone that if you run away from your parents to be with someone you love when you're 16 or 17, you'll live happily ever after? If you didn't follow this show thinking it's okay to do this then you can clearly believe that fans of any other show have common sense not to do any bad thing any character can do. And does Cory ever give up anything in return? Only in the last episode. But the one thing that's really overlooked about the show is Cory's obsession with sex. Once he's engaged to Topanga, he starts to show how anxious he is for the honeymoon. If any other relationship consisted of a guy who was desperate to have sex with someone the wedding would've been off! But she's so okay with it, even after he explains to her in one episode why she's okay with his obsession. So okay with it that in one episode she allows him to see her butt. I'm so surprised no one was ever bothered by Cory for this. And it's not like Topanga was obsessed with sex like Cory was. Topanga actually loved Cory, but Cory, as proven twice when he goes to Disney World AND when he's getting married, shows just how obsessed he was with Topanga and lucky for them, because that sort of thing would not be accepted by girls. There are girls that hate nice guys like Cory because they use the whole being nice thing to their advantage.
But overall, Boy Meets World is still a good show. It's just not as perfect as everyone thought. It was a good story, the characters were good and we might even relate to them, but the flaws that would be complained about in any other show is ignored here. But I'll still give Boy Meets World five out of five stars. If you need a show to turn to help you through life, this is the show for you. It covers almost everything about life from the point of view of a boy who really doesn't know any better but kind of grows throughout the show. But definitely does by the end of it.