Our adolescent years are not easy, as anyone who is or has gone through those years knows/remembers. The emotional experience of growing up, learning about the world, and who you are often come out of hard lessons and difficult experiences.
The classic (at least in my mind) 1990ssitcomBoy Meets World (1993 to 2000) followed Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) as he slowly changes from a boy to a young adult. Along the way, he deals with love, loss, heartbreak, etc, and learns that the simplicity of childhood does not last forever.
I don’t know about anyone else, but this show is one of the best of my generation. I grew up with Cory and feel a kinship with this character. Granted, it was television and not exactly reality. That being said, I can look back at BMW and parallel my preteen/teenage years with Cory and company.
Nostalgia is a funny thing. It can take you back to who you were at the moment in time. But there is also an element of understanding how the passage of time can change your perspective.
The new podcast Pod Meets World stars three actors from the 1990’s sitcomBoy Meets World. In the same vein as Zack to the Future, Danielle Fishel (Topanga), Rider Strong (Shawn), and Will Friedle (Eric) talk about their memories of making the show, watching it through adult eyes, and interviewing their costars.
This podcast is so much fun to listen to. I remember watching it as a kid and loving the program. Growing up with these characters, the experiences of my teenage years was perfectly reflected through Corey’s eyes. It was the perfect mixture of reminiscing and having the understanding of now being an adult.
What made me feel quite old was the episode with William Russ, who played the father. At the time of the show, Russ was the same age that Strong is now. Where have the last thirty years gone?
Do I recommend it? Yes.
New episodes of Pod Meet World are released every Monday and Thursday.
The pilot starts 14 years after the first series ended. Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) are now living in New York City with their two kids, Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and Auggie (August Maturo). Topanga is a lawyer and Corey teaches junior high school history. Riley and her best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) are Corey’s students.
I enjoyed the pilot, if only for sentimental value. My generation grew up with Corey, Topanga & Co, so it’s kind of surreal to see them as adults with children as their own.
Will I watch? I haven’t watched Disney channel in years and I don’t get Disney anymore in my cable package, so probably not. But for the tween set, I can see this show taking on a life of its own separate from Boy Meets World.
And if any adults want to watch (and I know you want to), the pilot is on Itunes.