Girl Meets World

Common Sense Media says

Spin-off series has multigenerational appeal, OK lessons.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than educate.   

Positive messages

Riley's coming of age isn't without its stumbles, but she's fortunate to have loving parents who try to balance their concern for her safety with the space she needs to "make the world her own." She rebels in little ways (sneaking out of the house, not doing her homework), which the show justifies as part of the growing-up process, but she also shows that she has a good head on her shoulders and is a loyal friend. The fact that Riley is so influenced by bad-girl Maya (she tells her, "I think too much, and you don't think at all. Let's not think.") smacks of negative peer pressure, but there are some instances in which Riley has a positive effect on Maya. 

Positive role models

Cory and Topanga are devoted to each other and their kids, and, when they err, they do so on the side of caution for Riley's safety in particular. Maya can be a negative influence on Riley, encouraging her to test the limits of her parents' rules, rebuke authority, and disregard rules. On the other hand, Riley often proves that, given some freedom, she can make responsible decisions for herself. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language

Rarely "stupid."

Consumerism

The show is inspired by the '90s hit sitcom Boy Meets World

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Girl Meets World revisits the main characters from the '90s sitcom Boy Meets World. Here Cory and Topanga are the parents of Riley, a tween who's trying to learn life lessons alongside her bad-girl bestie (sound familiar?) and under the caring guidance of her teacher, who just happens to be her dad. As such, she makes some questionable decisions in the spirit of mild rebellion -- mostly led by the aforementioned BFF -- in her quest to make the world her own. Instances of negative peer pressure usually exist to teach a positive lesson of some sort, but younger kids may not make the connection between cause and effect. Expect some flirting between teens and plenty of scenarios that wouldn't fly in your kids' reality, but there also are some heartwarming moments between friends as well as parents and kids. 

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Kids say

What's the story?

GIRL MEETS WORLD chronicles the coming of age of 11-year-old Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), a studious girl who's discovering boys and her own limits under the watchful eyes of her parents, Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel). Riley's best friend, Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), is always by her side to guide (or misguide, as is often the case) her way through the ups and downs and to add some spice to Riley's life. Then there's Lucas (Peyton Meyer), the new class cutie who seems smitten with Riley, and Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis), a know-it-all classmate with dueling crushes on both Maya and Riley. Riley's desperate to spread her wings, find herself, and conquer the world, but that's no easy task when your parents have high expectations for you and your dad isn't only your dad, he's also your teacher.

Is it any good?

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Disney revisits familiar sitcom territory in this spin-off of the wildly popular '90s series Boy Meets World, which followed Cory's teen years and eventual marriage to Topanga. Now, more than a decade later, they're the role models for young Riley as she learns the same kinds of life lessons they muddled through in the original. The show clearly hopes to appeal to two demographics: now-grown Boy Meets World fans who can relate to some of Cory's parenting uncertainties, and the younger crowd who will want to follow Riley's ups and downs. Of course, in some cases, these could be parents and kids who can watch together.

For a project attempting to woo such different groups of viewers, Girl Meets World manages pretty well. Cory and Topanga aren't the only familiar faces you'll see as the series evolves, but these reunions never overshadow the modern-day story of Riley, which is predictably pristine fare that doesn't tackle anything really serious. What it does instead is present a loving family structure whose members value honesty and communication, even when their views differ. What's more, it makes an effort to show development in many of the characters, including Cory; who loosens the reins on his young daughter as she proves her maturity; and Maya, who sometimes allows herself to be influenced by Riley rather than the other way around. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Riley's reality compares to yours. Does hers seem to be an average lifestyle? Can you relate to her problems? How might you solve them differently than she does?

  • Kids: Have you ever felt pressured by a friend to do something you didn't want to do? Is it hard to say "no" in situations like those? How do other people's expectations affect yours? To what degree is it important to feel accepted by your peers?

  • Communication is important to Riley's relationship with her parents. Kids: Is honesty always the best policy? How does it feel when you get what you want by being dishonest?

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Teen, 14 years old Written byericasto February 18, 2015
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9
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I love it! But I have not seen BMW

After Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sonny With a Chance, That's So Raven and Good Luck Charlie, the standards for Disney TV shows are set very high. This show has come the closest to meeting the standards of those great shows and the actors are not bad (much better than the other shows)! While I'll admit, the main character, Riley, has an overly perfect family, life and personality, the show contains valuable (sometimes cheesy) lessons. Riley's best friend, Maya, is imperfect which somewhat balances everything out. There is a normal amount of flirting, contrary to popular belief, and the show is cute and I think it is very entertaining. Currently, it is my favorite Disney show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byImani88 February 1, 2015
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12
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Honestly, it's not good...

While I understand that the show is trying to follow the loved "Boy Meets World" series which explains its storyline, this show is really boring. While it is different from all the other Disney shows, its originality doesn't make the show better, in fact, it seems to make it worse. Both the girls are very pretty on the show, however that is all they seem to have going for them because the acting isn't believable. The messages that the show has seem to be too cheesy, plus the messages are usually dumb and only seem to teach youth to make everything overly dramatic. The show's comedy is non-existent, and the script is unrealistic which makes the characters interactions with each other seem forced. Now I've read a lot of other reviews, and everyone seems to think that there is too much flirting. I actually disagree with this. When I was in middle school I was that awkward skinny girl that rarely spoke. With that being said, even I flirted with boys in the seventh grade. It's not wrong to show flirting between boys and girls, it's actually the most realistic thing about the show. Kids in the seventh grade should be able to watch some flirting on tv and it be fine. I was never allowed to watch Disney shows till high school because my mom wanted to shelter me from the shows, but I wish she hadn't because I could have learned a little bit about interaction with peers that is acceptable. Instead, like i said, I was awkward. Now the clothing...yes the clothing is very unrealistic. Kids wore jeans and tees in the seventh grade....when girls dressed up it would be jeans and a nice shirt. Same for guys. There are middle school dances, however no one was brave enough to actually dance... But that was only at my school. People that attended schools around my hometown actually had formal dances, just because my school only had dances where people only wore school clothes and stared at each other, doesn't mean the Dances on GMW are unrealistic. The show has potential, but it seems like between the casting and script, it was a job lazily done by the producers. The show never makes any sense every time i turn it on. I actually looked up "what is the idea of Girl Meets World" For some explainations but I ran across this page instead. I wouldn't recommend this show simply because it seems terribly put together and none of the episodes make sense. The acting is forced, and the characters are unrealistic. The overall lesson of each episode is always cheesy. The show itself if truly terrible.
Teen, 16 years old Written byMiss January 20, 2015
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8
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Girl Meets Failed TV Show.

Disney: You wowed us with wizards, humored us with Hannah, and made us grin with Good Luck Charlie. These are the only shows that I like. Let me just say that now, Disney just has the same pretty little girls who wear too much makeup and must change their outfit 5 times a day. My sister watches this show all the time, and honestly I don't know what she likes about it. I watched "Girl meets forgotten" a few days ago. Let me just say: they are spoiled. My mom grew up on a farm where she had to wake up at 4:00 just to get all of her chores done, and these spoiled brats have trouble peeling potatoes. Is this really what we should be showing kids? The jokes are lame, and I basically just have to listen to the laugh track to figure out if it's supposed to be a joke or not. Some of the actors are okay, but I don't like the way it portrays families. The mom always cooks and cleans, the dad just asks her to do stuff, and Auggie is seriously making my 5 year old brother want to grow up faster. The girl is just spoiled. I'm not happy with the amount of boy interactions either. Way too much there. I mean- it's okay to have a crush in 7th grade, but the flirting makes them sound like high schoolers- also, I don't think that they just wear stage makeup. All in all, don't show this to your kids unless you want to punish them. Also, after watching Girl meets forgotten, I asked my sister a lesson she learned, and she said "Uhh...That kids these days are spoiled rotten?" Her words not mine. Even the kids aren't getting anything out of this show.

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