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Parents need to know that Boy Meets World follows its characters over several years, so what was once the story of a young boy in junior high in later seasons became about a young man in college. Consequently, those later seasons deal with more adult issues, including sex, partying, a childhood crush that blossoms into adult love, and a best friend who comes from an unstable home life. Family relationships remain in the forefront, with parents questioning and supporting at all the necessary moments. Both tweens and teens can gain insight from the realistic issues.
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What's the story?
BOY MEETS WORLD centers around Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) and his issues, theories, and relationships as he comes of age from junior high through college. His childhood sweetheart, Topanga (Danielle Fishel), and best friend, Shawn (Rider Strong), along with Cory's parents (William Russ, Betsy Randle) and older brother (Will Friedle), create a balance in this boy's world. Cory often seeks guidance from his neighbor and school teacher, Mr. Feeney (William Daniels), who manages to give advice that relates back to what Cory has been studying in class. With the comparison of homework to real life circumstances, Feeney articulates what all parents wish they could say when kids ask, "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" Cory and Topanga deal with a range of issues including sex, Topanga's family moving away, jealousy, and proving to their families that they don't want to date other people. Later in the series, the couple marries while still in college.
Is it any good?
The main characters are admirable for tween boys and girls. Topanga is an intelligent, strong-willed young lady, dedicated to her school work, friends, and Cory while still maintaining an independent personality. Cory is creative, thoughtful, and insightful, and his world consists of discovering the strength of relationships with family and friends.
Overall, Boy Meets World allows kids to explore realistic situations from the safety of their couches. Parents may gain insight into the confusion or concerns of their own kids while enjoying a look at what makes up this boy's world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how their own kids might relate to some of the issues Cory faces on Boy Meets World. Is Cory typical/average?
Cory's parents empower their son to make decisions and think through situations -- is this something your parents do? Why do his parents give him so much trust?
- Premiere date: September 24, 1993
- Cast: Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Perseverance, Self-control
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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