‘Girl Meets World’: Is It as Good as ‘Boy Meets World’?

When it comes to nostalgic television shows, Boy Meets World is at the top of many people’s list. For seven years, fans of all ages tuned in to see what Cory, Shawn, Eric, Topanga and the rest of the gang were up to. So, when Disney Channel announced a spin-off, Girl Meets World, viewers everywhere were skeptical.

Here’s a breakdown of the new show and whether it’ll bring back your favorite BMW memories.

The premise

The plot of the series is quite simple. Cory and Topanga are now married with two children, Riley and August. The show is set in New York City, where Cory and Topanga moved in the Boy Meets World series finale. Riley goes to John Quincy Adams Middle School, where Cory has taken a job as a history teacher, and Topanga has become a successful lawyer. Riley has two friends, Maya and Lucas, who are weaved into the narrative. The show follows the trials and tribulations that Riley faces through friends, family and school.

Girl vs. Boy

It’s difficult to duplicate a show, especially one loved as much as Boy Meets World. However, Girl Meets World does a great job of maintaining the same heartwarming effect as its forerunner. Audiences loved the original because it represented real-life issues such as broken family relationships, heartache, race, divorce — the list goes on. It didn’t sugarcoat these problems but instead represented them organically. The show offered up a certain wisdom (thank you, Mr. Feeney) that taught life lessons.

Girl Meets World is doing the same thing. Recently, the show explored Asperger’s syndrome through one of its supporting characters, Farkle Minkus. This particular episode emphasized how characters Riley and Maya show empathy and acceptance to hopefully spark a change in how society views people with autism.

The bottom line

Both shows navigate pressing issues and realistic problems in a way that is smart, meaningful and funny. Although GMW may not be able to top the original (nothing ever does), it still embodies the same characteristics that you once knew and loved. It also doesn’t hurt that the new show has had cameo appearances from BMW characters such as Shawn Hunter, Stuart Minkus and the legendary Mr. Feeney.