Ah, man. All the feels for this show. I really thought that I was going to hate the show, but it really became this great continuation of the Boy Meets World phenomenon. The first few episodes were really hard, then it aged like a fine wine and really struck a chord with my heart. It breaks my heart that it was cancelled after only 3 seasons when it actually had really good ratings and had a high volume of people watching it (curse you Disney).
It’s been a little over 15 years since Cory and Topanga went off to start their lives in New York City. They have two children, Riley and Auggie. Riley is a combination of her parents, completely optimistic, a little odd, and a complete ray of sunshine. She has a best friend, Maya; a troubled young woman who relies on Riley to keep her hopeful. Together they balance off one another. Riley’s father, Cory, is her middle-school home room/history teacher. In class, he teaches Riley, Maya and their other friends, Farkle and Lucas life lessons as they go through new and sometimes difficult changes growing up.
It’s really hard to not love the show. They balanced well what made Boy Meets World great and made it appropriate for a new world. Although it ended before its time they wrapped up well the storylines of everyone with hope and optimism, including characters from the old show. It showed some difficult situations that you really don’t see in Disney shows anymore; they weren’t afraid to ask difficult questions. It’s just disappointing that they weren’t able to ask more. We don’t need more Miley Cyrus for our youth; we need the shows that grow with them and help them learn to traverse life’s challenges. As the show grew, the characters expanded as well. They changed and evolved to become more. Some grew up, some learned to overcome pain from the past, some found hope for their future. And it really spoke to a lot of different aspects of life. I want to just blab about the great discoveries the characters went through, but it’s something you really need to see for yourself. It’s not just about growing up though. It’s about facing challenges and change. It’s about discovering our heritage and who we are. It’s about so many great things in a really wholesome family show that is a credit to its forebear, Boy Meets World.