“Girl Meets World”: Disney Channel’s “Boy Meets World” Spinoff

Let me start by saying this: I have never watched an episode of Boy Meets World. That being said, it doesn’t mean I don’t know the well-known couple that star in the classic 90’s sitcom.

Married with a newly teenaged daughter, Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), and an adorable toddler, August “Auggie” Matthews (August Maturo), Cory and Topanga Matthews (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel) are no longer battling their own way through life. The pair now guide their daughter and her best friends through middle school, and the ups and downs of growing up.

The show opens with best friends Riley Matthews and Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter) in Riley’s bedroom. It’s quickly obvious that the two are complete oppisites: Riley is a good kid and Maya has a rebellious streak.

Maya has finally convinced Riley to sneak onto the subway with her when they are caught by Riley’s father, none other than Cory Matthews. Soon after, Topanga enters the bedroom catching them in the act as well.

After a speech about making the world her own, Cory allows to Riley to leave with Maya. As the episode progresses the audience meets the other essential characters of the show.

There’s Lucas Friar (Peyton Meyer), a charming boy from Texas who remains unbothered by Maya’s jeers–Ranger Rick and Huckleberry being among her favorites–and seems to have a crush on Riley. Though, Lucas and Riley confess to liking each other and go on a date, his “little game” he plays with Maya hints at a connection between the two of them as well.

Moreover, there’s Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), the genius son of Boy Meets World‘s Stuart Minkus. Farkle is the group’s genius, often taking over the class’s discussions and lessons, and stating he will one day dominate the world with both Riley and Maya as his brides. Farkle loves both of the girls dearly and expresses his love in spontaneous rants, selflessness to ensure their happiness, and acts of loyalty.

In the first episode, the purpose of the show is clear. This is another attempt from Disney to push the cliche messages of hope, friendship, family, the importance of communication and understanding.

Somehow, this series surpasses the cliches as Cory teaches his daughter and her best friends history lessons through the use of the current events in their life. The bond between the four friends is crystal clear as they overcome obstacles that test their patience, values, and care for each other.

I watched the series on Netflix because I was looking for some background noise as I worked on summer assignments. It wasn’t long before I dropped everything and settled into my bed and focused all of my attention on the screen.

Riley and Maya reminded me of myself and my own best friend. Sometimes we are completely different ends of a spectrum, but we still love each other. I picked little moments with Riley and Maya that resembled moments I’ve had with her, or scenes where I felt our personalities were reflected in the main characters. Their “opposites attract” bond isn’t forcefully showcased, but rather subtly implied through jokes and parallels.

Maya and Lucas were the ones to completely captivate me from the moment their little game began. Their chemistry is undeniable and some might say Maya is just plain rude to Lucas, but the way Maya teases Lucas, and Lucas replies with a witty remark instead of getting annoyed, therefore angering Maya because she can “never break him” or “get to him” is humorous and relatable.

Whenever they have a staredown or Maya attempts to mess with Lucas, I am reminded of a special relationship I hold with one of my friends. Just like Maya, I look for trouble with him and I can’t help but try with all my power to annoy him.

Overall, Girl Meets World is the perfect match for a quiet weekend when you want to have some alone time or want quality time with a best friend of your own.

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