Lasting seven seasons, Boy Meets World aired from 1993 to 2000 and charmed its way into fans hearts. Following Cory Matthews and his friends, the show introduced a young boy navigating his way through life’s various challenges in an attempt to become a knowledgeable adult ready to take on the world. Following the characters from middle school through college, the show wasn’t afraid to delve into tough subjects that most series at the time were hesitant to mention. Along with dealing with relationships and the usual preteen awkwardness, Boy Meets World tackled mature themes. Sometimes, characters questioned their moral compass as they tried to determine whether popularity or friendship was more important. Others, seeking to take control of their lives, were left to make hard decisions in an attempt to grow up before they were truly ready.
Despite the show’s determination to depict the harsh reality of teenage life, Boy Meets World remained dedicated to preserving each characters’ innocence. No matter how hard times got, Cory and Topanga’s love remained true and friendships continued to remain strong. Knowing they could rely on each other and keeping true to Feeny’s teachings to “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do Good”, the characters were able to determine their own paths and lead successful and fulfilling lives. Praise for the show eventually led to a spin-off series in 2014 called Girl Meets World which followed Cory and Topanga several years into the future, raising their two children under the same teachings they learned.
15. TOPANGA’S PARENTS
One of the most glaring inconsistencies in Boy Meets World is Topanga’s parents who are played by multiple actors and given new personalities throughout the series. In Season 1, Jedidiah Lawrence, played by Peter Tork, is a guitar-playing hippie who owns a bookstore. Later on, her parents are reintroduced as a bitter couple on the verge of divorce and are portrayed by Michael McKean and Annette O’ Tool.
In “For Love and Apartments,” Cory travels to Pittsburg to visit Topanga’s parents only to discover her mother has kicked Jedidiah out for falling for another woman. This time, the couple is played by Marcia Cross and Mark Harelik. Even more confusing is the fact that Topanga’s mother went by multiple names; first Chloe, then Miriam, and finally Rhiannon.
14. THE “OTHER” TOPANGA
Before she was played by Danielle Fishel, the character of Topanga was played by an entirely different actress. The role was originally given to Marla Sokoloff but was recast due to the actress’ inability to take direction. Fishel was then allowed to re-audition for the part and earned the opportunity to become a reoccurring character on the show.
Fishel made her first appearance as Topanga in the episode “Cory’s Alternative Friends.” Forced to align himself with the geeky misfits of his class after a hair mishap leads to him becoming a social outcast, Cory meets Topanga during a protest against the firing of the school librarian. Handcuffing themselves to the lockers, Topanga finds herself impressed by Cory’s bravery and kisses him, leading to their lasting romance.
13. TOPANGA’S MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES
First introduced as a “flower-child” feminist, Topanga sought to overthrow the patriarchy and challenge those with authoritative power. Once determined to bring peace and harmony to the world, the character underwent a drastic personality change later in the show and became an academic overachiever and the voice of reason in an attempt to lessen Cory and Shawn’s immature antics.
As she matured, Topanga became increasingly aware of her appearance and began to fall victim to her insecurities. After cutting her hair to prove to Cory that looks aren’t important, she panics over her rash decision and immediately seeks a salon where she’s given a glamorous makeover. In Season 7, she becomes concerned about her growing weight and begins dieting, leading Cory to believe she’s pregnant.
12. SHAWN’S DISAPPEARING SIBLINGS
Topanga wasn’t the only one who suffered from family inconsistencies. During the show, Shawn became the victim of two missing siblings. His sister Stacy, briefly mentioned in the episode “Cory’s Alternative Friends,” never made a live appearance. His step-brother Eddie, however, makes a single appearance in “The Pink Flamingo Kid” as resentful of Shawn’s living situation with Mr. Turner.
Shawn’s only sibling to have a lasting impression on the show was his half-brother Jack. Introduced in “Brothers” as the more successful member of the Hunter family, his relationship with Shawn is strained until they bond over the death of their father. After moving in together and attending the same college, Jack becomes close friends with Cory’s older brother Eric.
11. MISSING MORGAN
Originally played by the adorable Lily Nicksay, Morgan Matthews was the lovable, tea-party hosting, younger sister of Cory. Being only four years old when the pilot episode was filmed, Nicksay grew tired of being on the show and “was not very happy” about being committed to such a role. Reaching a mutual agreement between her parents and the show’s producers, Nicksay left the series and was replaced by Lindsay Ridgeway in Season 3.
More outspoken than her counterpart, this version of Morgan was focused on being the center of attention and wasn’t afraid to voice her often harsh opinions. Following her long absence from the show, she broke the fourth wall by commenting her disappearance was “the longest time-out” she’d ever experienced.
10. MIA MINKUS
In the early seasons of Boy Meets World, Stuart Minkus was introduced as the stereotypical nerd who sought to be the smartest kid in class. After being “willed away” by Cory and Shawn at the end of “I Dream of Feeney,” the character didn’t make another appearance on the show for four years.
Minkus’ last appearance on the show was during the Season 5 episode “Graduation” where it was revealed he had spent the majority of his time in another part of the school and expressed his discomfort at having been forgotten by the main cast. In Girl Meets World, he’s introduced as the father of Farkle Minkus and the successful CEO of Minkus International.
9. TURNER’S MOTORCYCLE INCIDENT
While attending John Adams High, Cory and his friends become students of Mr. Jonathan Turner. As a more laid-back teacher compared to the other school staff, Turner was able to communicate with his students in a much more genuine way and developed a father-figure relationship with Shawn.
In “Cult Fiction,” he suffers a terrible motorcycle incident and his fate was left unknown for many seasons; the character only being briefly mentioned in the episode “Graduation.” Fearing the character had been written off the show, fans were pleased to learn Turner had made a full recovery on Girl Meets World, having married the nurse who looked after him following his accident.
8. SAME ACTORS, DIFFERENT ROLES
Along with characters being played by different actors, Boy Meets World was also known for having the same actors play numerous roles. Willie Garson played three roles during his time on the show: Market Giant’s assistant manager, a man named Mervyn who later applies for a position at the store, and the minister who ends up marrying Cory and Topanga.
Another actor is Daniel Jacobs who played the youngest Matthew’s son Joshua. Born during the episode “My Baby Valentine,” he manages to have a tremendous growth-spurt and appears as a toddler in “Boy Meets Real World.” Before becoming Cory’s youngest brother, the actor made an appearance as the kid who can “see dead people” Cory and Topanga meet in the hallway during “The Honeymoon is Over.”
7. BANNED EPISODES
Despite being meant for a preteen audience, Boy Meets World wasn’t afraid of delving into mature themes. Due to such adult subject matter, Disney Channel banned three episodes from being replayed on their network: “Prom-ises, Prom-ises” which focused on Cory and Topanga wanting to take their relationship to a new level, “If You Can’t Be With The One You Love…” which depicted underage partying, and “The Truth About Honesty” which showed Shawn and Angela trying to understand their urges.
However, some episodes with suggestive content were allowed to remain. In the episodes “Chick Like Me” and “What a Drag!,” some of the male characters disguise themselves as women. In “Cult Fiction,” Cory and his parents attempt to defend Shawn from the temptations of a cult.
6. SKIPPING YEARS
First introduced as characters in the sixth grade during the 1993-1994 school year, the show skipped a few years and showed the group starting eleventh grade in 1996. Following the math, that means the class would graduate in 1998, as stated in “Graduation.” However, in “Pre-Class Reunion,” Feeny mistakingly implies they’re the Class of 2000.
Eric and Jack are also victims of this altered timeline. In Season 5, the two are entering college around the time Cory, Shawn, and Topanga are beginning high school. In “Seven The Hard Way,” it’s believed Eric and Jack have graduated while the others would be sophomores in college. If correct, that means Eric and Jack were in college for only three years, which seems highly unlikely given their poor academic track record.
5. ERIC’S LOWERED INTELLIGENCE
By no means was Eric the brightest of the group, but he certainly wasn’t the dumbest–at least in the beginning. During the show’s early years, Eric was the self-absorbed older brother trying to set himself on the path of academic success. He surpassed his first score on the SATs by 200 points and tutored the dim-witted jock struggling to maintain an above C average to remain on the basketball team.
As the series progressed, however, Eric’s intelligence went downhill at a rapid pace and he became instantly downgraded to the show’s main comic relief. His immaturity reached extreme levels during “Seven The Hard Way” where, in an imagined future, he becomes a philosophical hermit named “Plays with Squirrels” who’s happily married to a moose.
4. INCONSISTENT JOB HISTORIES
While Cory, Topanga, Shawn and the rest of the gang were busy trying to figure out their adult lives, it appears the Matthews’ household couldn’t get theirs straight. Alan, the patriarch of the family, makes multiple allusions to the fact that he served in the Navy although he contradicts himself in “Family Trees” when he served as a cook during his time in the Coast Guard.
Amy, the stay-at-home wife, delved into various positions during her time on the show. First presented as an art museum employee, she suddenly switches to becoming a real estate agent. At one point, she even decides to return to school in “How to Succeed in Business,” joining Eric’s creative writing class before settling back into her role as the dutiful homemaker.
3. THE MATTHEW’S HOUSE
A topic that’s continued to confuse fans, leading to a massive Twitter war and a lengthy discussion during the cast reunion, is the layout of the Matthew’s house. In regards to the yard– the site of Cory seeking Feeny’s advice from across the fence and the creation of Eric’s infamous “Feeny-Call”– no one can figure out if it’s meant to be on the side of the house or in the back.
In the episode “Brotherly Shove,” the yard is replaced with a family garage which Cory and Eric are meant to clean out, later getting rid of their childhood mementos during a garage sale. During some episodes, the layout was complete with a driveway and basketball hoop where Alan would play with his sons.
2. CORY AND TOPANGA’S RELATIONSHIP
Another aspect of the show that’s continued to baffle fans is exactly when Cory and Topanga’s relationship began. One version has their first kiss from “Cory’s Alternative Friends” as the moment they fell in love. It’s later contradicted when Cory states he fell for her while catching fireflies as children and then again when he declares the moment came during their time as toddlers on the playground.
There have also been instances where Cory hasn’t proved to be the best partner despite fans insisting the pair to be “Relationship Goals.” While constantly pressuring Topanga to be more intimate with him during their relationship, he also wasn’t faithful. After cheating on her with Lauren in “Heartbreak Cory,” he was tempted again in “Learning to Fly.”
1. DAUGHTER DILEMMA
This one may have been due to simple absent-mindedness but it appears the writers behind Girl Meets World had forgotten important details when creating the spin-off series. Taking a giant leap into Cory and Topanga’s future as a married couple, the series presents the pair as the parents of teen daughter Riley and young Auggie.
True fans of Boy Meets World will notice that the name of their daughter doesn’t match the one she was given toward the end of the season. In the episode “Seven The Hard Way”, the cast reunites after seven years for Fenny’s retirement party. Cory and Topanga are introduced as a bickering married couple and talk to the others about their daughter, named Beverly Glen, not Riley.
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