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Boy Meets World



A boy deals with friends and girls in classic tween sitcom.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 24, 1993
Cast:Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong
Network:Disney Channel
Topics:Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
Character strengths:Perseverance, Self-control
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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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 like he started out to be. Has nothing to do with real life not even real life is that much drama. Borring. Get on my nerves.
Parent Written byMrCrocodile May 3, 2013

It's Good But Not Perfect

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.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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, I think this would be the only show that could get away with continuing. Pick up where they left off. I am in love with the show and watch it on DVD A LOT!! p.s. you can get ALL seven seasons online. I LOVE BEN AND I LOVE THE WHOLE CAST!!!!!!!!!!