Girl Meets World

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.

Boy Meets World

So, I finally finished this show. Seven seasons of hijinks, laughter and life lessons through the eyes of Cory Matthews and his friends. This classic 90s series was what I grew up with. A phenomenal series that literally grew up with me. Before Harry Potter and growing up a wizard, it was Cory, Shawn and Topanga and growing up to be a decent, honest person. Although the show could be childish at times (obviously, being a children/teen show) it was still uplifting and enjoyable to watch as an adult.

The show is about Cory Matthews, a 13-year-old middle schooler, trying to figure out life and how to grow up. He has his best friend Shawn, a young troubled boy, who looks to Cory as the only solid and good thing in his life. And Topanga, at first, an odd little duckling who blossomed into a strong-willed and impassioned woman. Cory has strong influences in his life. Two caring parents who are always there for him. Mr. Feeny his constant teacher and mentor. Characters come and go in the show, but the resounding moral is friendship, family and doing good.

I really love this show. I think this sort of thing is what is lacking in television today, especially in teen shows. It was funny, but it had a lesson about life. And it wasn’t polarizing either. They were solid lessons about just being a good human being. When you watch the show you learn the lessons right along with them about acceptance, love and overcoming challenges. Unfortunately, Disney didn’t want to continue those lessons for today. They did continue the show with Cory and Topanga’s daughter years later in Girl Meets World; I watched it and it was good. It really should’ve been allowed to continue for today’s generation, but it was cancelled after three seasons, despite decent ratings.

Answer me 1988

I’m always so happy to find shows like this. The level was perfect. Great characters, great stories and good emotion. This show has such a large span. It ranges from young to old and is also great insight into the 80’s for Korea which I really thought was super interesting. The show was funny, emotional and had a mellow level of drama that kept it light and fresh.

The show is about a small street neighborhood and the families that live there. The show focuses on a group of high school kids who had grown up together and are now at the precipice of discovering who they are as adults. It also has a strong focus on the rest of their families, especially their parents. The show starts out at 1988 during the Olympic Games which was in South Korea at the time. Experiences are felt for the young group of first love, crushes, disappointments and discovering who they want to be. For the adults it’s about money, jobs, statuses and the close friendships they have with one another.

Honestly, this show is amazing. The fun comedy and stories just kept bringing me back for more and I’m so sad that it’s ended now. It’s probably one of the few times that I will say that 20 episodes wasn’t enough. The distinctive and interesting characters are really what made the show; their interactions with one another and their growth was just so fantastic. This show can also really be considered good for everyone. It’s equally focused on men and women; the young teens and those a little a bit older.