Boy Meets World

Common Sense Media says

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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, the show 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. 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?

TV details

Cast:Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bybeckys April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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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.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysupereader December 26, 2014
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

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 a man. Naturally, as he grows up, the show becomes more dramatic and less appropriate for young kids. For irresponsible or kids under the age of twelve, I would only recommend the first two seasons of this show considering that Cory and Topanga start making out (quite a bit) as they get older and they have discussions not for little kids to hear. Nevertheless I 100% recommend this show, watch it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlankBlankBlank January 16, 2015
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Good... But

I love this show. I started watching reruns, and I think it's a great show... but, it's inappropriate for kids. There is a lot of talk about sex and stuff, and I was shocked to find out it was a disney channel show. As the show progresses the topics become much more adult and risque, the first few seasons are mostly appropriate, but after the gang is in like their junior year, I would advise to not allow children to watch. There are also a few violent or sad episodes. One of the lead characters comes from a dysfunctional family, whom he doesn't get along with, this family deals with a lot of drinking and drugs. The same character experiences losing his father to a heart attack, after they had the biggest fight of their life. The Mathews Family almost loses their new born child, which is difficult for the whole group of lead characters. Both these episodes brought me to tears, there were also many semi-violent fights that broke out later in the series. Mature teens would probably do fine with it, although I would advise against anything younger. Happy watching!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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