Boy Meets World

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Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 24, 1993
Finale May 5, 2000
Creator Michael Jacobs
April Kelly
Network ABC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Michael Jacobs Productions
Touchstone Television
Seasons 7
Episodes 158
Origin USA

Boy Meets World is a coming of age sitcom about the life of Cory Matthews, a teenage boy growing up in a Philadelphia. The series is most oftenly compared to The Wonder Years due to its star, Ben Savage, being the younger brother of Wonder Years star Fred Savage. The series debuted on September 24, 1993, during ABC's TGIF block of primetime television.

The format of the series is typical for sitcoms, but its humor attempts to reach both children and adults. Children find humor in the shows farcical and blatant comedy, while adults tend to find value in its self-reference, attention to continuity and occasional subtle breakage of the fourth wall.

However, the realism built up by the show slowly unraveled as time went on and the show became more and more of a farce. Critics of the show typically point to the moment when the character of Eric Matthews suddenly changed from a fairly serious person to a simple source of comic relief. The series ended after seven seasons on May 5, 2000.

A sequel based on the series, titled Girl Meets World, which premiered on June 27, 2014, features Cory and Topanga's 12-year-old daughter, Riley, as she and her best friend Maya Hart, face 7th grade.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Ben Savage Cornelious "Cory" Matthews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
William Russ Alan Matthews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Betsy Randle Amy Matthews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Will Friedle Eric Matthews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Lily Nicksay Morgan Matthews 1 2
Lindsay Ridgeway 3 4 5 6 7
Rider Strong Shawn Hunter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
William Daniels George Feeny 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Danielle Fishel Topanga Lawrence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Lee Norris Stuart Minkus 1
Anthony Tyler Quinn Jonathan Turner 2 3 4
Alex Desert Eli Williams 3
Matthew Lawrence Jack Newman 5 6 7
Trina McGee-Davis Angela Moore 5 6 7
Maitland Ward Rachel McGuire 6 7
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Ethan Suplee Frankie Stechino 2 3 4 5 6
Blake Soper Joey Epstein 2 3 4
Danny McNulty Harvey "Harley" Keiner 2 3
Adam Scott Griffin Hawkins 3 4 5
Blake Clark Chet Hunter 4 5 6
Jason Marsden Jason Marsden 1 2
Bob Larkin Janitor Bud 1 2 3 4
Bonnie Bartlett Dean Bolander 6 7

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One September 24, 1993 May 13, 1994 22
Season Two September 23, 1994 May 19, 1995 23
Season Three September 22, 1995 May 17, 1996 22
Season Four September 20, 1996 May 2, 1997 22
Season Five October 3, 1997 April 15, 1998 24
Season Six September 25, 1998 May 14, 1999 22
Season Seven September 24, 1999 May 5, 2000 23

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season September 7, 2010 3 purchase
The Complete Second Season September 7, 2010 3 purchase
The Complete Third Season September 7, 2010 3 purchase
The Complete Fourth Season December 7, 2010 3 purchase

External Sites