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five reasons i’m unsure about ‘girl meets world’

Whenever something from the 80s, 90s or any other semi-awesome decade is remade, there are the inevitable cheers and jeers. You’ll have some that love anything that allows them to step into a portal back to their youth or at least a different, possibly less stressful time. Others, the cynics, generally hate remakes or anything that has the potential to tarnish their golden memories.

Outside of the Battleship remake, I tend to welcome nostalgia with welcome arms. So yes, my initial reaction to Girl Meets World, the Boy Meets World “sequel”, was one of excitement…but slowly, apprehension set in. Do I really want to see what Cory and Topanga are like once the harsh reality of “world” knocked them out of their naive little love bubble? What if Cory and Shawn’s bromance didn’t last the test of time (and adulthood)? Eric got really, really dumb by the end of the series’ run, and although that was funny when he was in college, the sad 30-something uncle schtick could will get old, fast. Sigh. As if all that wasn’t reason enough…

  1. Cory Matthews will be a history teacher at his daughter’s (Riley) school. Wait…history…and teaching?! The only plausible reason for this is that Mr. Feeny’s obsession is a 2-way street, and Cory decided to follow in his former mentor’s footsteps.
  2. The show will be on Disney. There goes any hopes that the remake would touch on subjects that were all but ignored on the original. Yes, I mean SEX.
  3. The likelihood of Shawn returning is incredibly unlikely.
  4. So far, I’ve heard no mention of Joshua Matthews, Cory’s little brother who wouldn’t be all that older than Riley and could/should be part of all this. I fear this is just an omen of how hard the show will ignore basic continuity.
  5. Speaking of continuity errors, I will never forget or forgive how Boy Meets World rewrote the romantic history of Cory and Topanga. How is this relevant to the new show? Well, at some point little Riley will mention how her parents met or what they were like as kids, which will undoubtedly be inaccurate. The lies just continue.

Also, I didn’t find the moral messages of Boy Meets World all that disturbing, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about someone who did.

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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disney channel rewind

Nickelodeon gets a lot of credit for its older programming while the Disney Channel is best known for its ability to generate profitable starlets and franchises…but what about the shows? Before anyone had even heard of a Waverly Place and high school musicals were only relevant to actual high schools, there were still a few solid reasons to turn to Disney (preferably on Saturdays and afternoons). I was just moving outside of Disney’s target audience when most these shows first ran, but I watched them nonetheless.

#1 – The Famous Jett Jackson

I have no problem admitting that Lee Thompson Young as Silverstone/Jett Jackson was my main reason for falling in love with this show. I never understood why Kayla and Jett didn’t get together or how such a simple theme song could be so ridiculously catchy. This was also when I first realized that making a movie was the Disney Channel equivalent of letting you know a show was cancelled.

#2 – That’s So Raven

I actually still watch Raven’s extra over-the-top hijinks thanks to Netflix. While they were so desperately trying to keep her appearance Disney-safe (I still take issue with those pantsuits, bedazzled or not), I was busy falling in love with yet another made-for-TV boy band, Boyz in Motion.

#3 – Phil of the Future

This show centered on a family who had time traveled from the futuristic 2121. As with most things on the Disney Channel, you had to understand that nothing about this show was realistic and simply appreciate the humor….and Ricky Ulman (Phil).

#4 – Flash Forward

Tucker and Becca are best friends and through flashback footage we get to see them at 5-years old and as their present day, 8th-grader selves. It sounds a lot more intricate than it was, but they were older than me at the time so everything that happened to them was cool and adult. I wish everything had flashbacks, coupled with voice-overs, the world would be so much more fun.

#5 – Even Stevens

Shia LeBouf may be the obvious reason to like this show now, but back then the draw for me was Louis Stevens’ best friends. Alan Twitty was cute and played in a band (swoon inducing), while Tawny Dean showed how crappy it can be having guys for best friends and what it’s like to be an outsider (Disney, of course, made sure she was goth as well to really drive that point home visually).

Honorable Mentions:
Lizzie McGuire
Bug Juice
Kim Possible

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