Boy Meets World

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
A boy deals with friends and girls in classic tween sitcom.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 66 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Cory consistently seeks advice from his parents and teacher/neighbor. Characters learn and demonstrate self-control and perseverance.


As Cory and Topanga's relationship continues, sexual discussions take place, but still in a family-friendly format.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybeckys April 9, 2008

What planet are they from again

This show is to much drama.I gave it 1 star only because of eric when he was younger that is. They made him really dume as they went on instead of being cool li... Continue reading
Parent of a 1 and 4-year-old Written bybonifay2001 March 23, 2009


I think they could make some new shows with the old cast and call it something else, since they wouldn't be boys in school anymore!!
The show was so good,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysupereader December 26, 2014

Addicting show!!!

Boy Meets World is great, no wonder it has seven seasons. This show is about Cory Mathews (starting as) an eleven year old boy and his life as he grows up to be... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheatergirl24 May 16, 2020

Not good for little kids

This show does have good messages and role models, but it also has violence, swearing, drinking and drugs, and sex.

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?

  • How do the characters on Boy Meets World demonstrate self-control and perseverance? Why are those important character strengths?

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