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Top 5 “Boy Meets World” Episodes

Girl Meets World debuts tomorrow night on Disney channel.  But before we step into the world of Cory and Topanga’s young daughter, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the couple and their friends during the original series.

Here are my top 5 Boy Meets World episodes…Well top 6 (this was a VERY hard list!!!).

6. Cult Fiction

Feeling that something is missing, Shawn joins a cult that promises not to judge him. But when Mr. Turner is in a motorcycle accident, Shawn learns it’s the real relationships with people who care about him that matter.

“I don’t want to be empty inside anymore”- Shawn Hunter


Best Moments: After showing him what a “real” hug is from someone who cares about you, Cory forces Shawn to stay with an unconscious Mr. Turner in the hospital room.  There Shawn breaks down and gives a heartfelt monologue, praying that Mr. Turner survives.  We also see just how much the supposed “loner” is loved by the people in his life.

5. Everybody Loves Stuart

Stuart is the cool, young professor that everyone likes. But the tables turn when he makes a move on Topanga in her dorm room, causing a violent reaction from Cory.

“Is it okay if I rip off your head and roll it down the hallway?”- Mr. Feeny


Best Moments: A hilarious, dramatic courtroom entrance by Eric Matthews followed by more proof that Mr. Feeny is the best teacher ever.  Though this episode was at times a little awkward, given the sexual harasser was played by Ben Savage’s older brother, Fred Savage; it’s one that pushed the boundaries of a regular Disney family sitcom.

4. Chick Like Me

Shawn dresses up like a girl to experience a girl’s point of view; and it’s not what he expected.

“Why is everybody staring? What are they looking at?”- Shawn Hunter


Best Moments: We find out that a female version of Shawn is just as hot as the male version.  And we are treated to multiple laughs from the entire episode as Shawn and Cory feel the insecurities of a woman.

3. Last Tango In Philly

Cory and Shawn don’t want to go dancing, so the girls go with two handsome co-workers. The ensuing jealousy only angers Topanga and Angela, and now the boys have a problem. They just want to make their girlfriends happy, but can’t quite figure out how.

“From the beginning of time, men have been idiots.”- Eric Matthews


Best Moments: Meeting Nunzio for the first and last time, “of this I am sure.”  And an unforgettable dance number by all the male characters, who get up on stage and shake their booty to the music of Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff.

2. The Happiest Show On Earth

Cory and Topanga still have feelings for each other, but she’s seen him with so many other girls that she can’t trust him. When Topanga wins a trip to Disney World, he realizes there’s nothing left to do but follow her, and win her back.

“I mean, we did break up for a reason, right?”- Topanga Lawrence
“So we could get back together.”- Cory Matthews


Best Moments: It’s hard to pick just one Cory and Topanga central-focused episode. Their first kiss was epic, and as they got older their break ups, make ups, engagement, marriage, and many other mile stones can never be forgotten.  But their first make up in Disney World wasn’t just sweet, it was magical.

1. And Then There Was Shawn

Locked inside the school during detention, the group is terrorized by a shrouded, skeleton-masked figure. In this fun and frenzied horror movie spoof, the teens must discover who the killer is if they want to escape with their lives.

“Oh my God! They killed Feeny!”- Eric Matthews


Best Moments: There are countless one-liners, a constantly screaming Angela, and a great homage to the “classic” rules of horror flicks.  Jennifer Love Hewitt makes a notable guest appearance as “Jennifer Love Fefferman,” sparking a sneaky jealous Topanga to lurk behind her as she flirts with Cory.  This episode is better than most of the scary movie spoofs made today.

Top 5 Best Shows on ABC’s TGIF

Like most kids in any decade, Fridays were always the days I felt most anxious to be let free from school.  But growing up in the 90’s, the anticipation wasn’t from the thoughts of finally sleeping in the next morning or going outside to play with friends.  No, instead every Friday I eagerly awaited getting home, sitting in front of the TV, and watching new episodes of ABC’s Friday night line-up!  Also known as TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Funny).  In honor of the upcoming Boy Meets World spin-off, Girl Meets World, I have decided to look back, and recognize my top 5 shows that aired on the popular program.

5. Full House (1987-1995)

This was an extremely campy show about a single dad who recruits his best friend and brother-in-law to help raise his 3 daughters.  Even though it wasn’t always the best writing and unfunny jokes were supported by laugh tracks, they still attempted to tackle some tough issues like, DJ’s eating disorder and the usual peer pressures of smoking/drinking.  But with such a star studded cast, including the Olsen twins’ first break out roles, it was impossible not to fall in love with all these characters.

4. Family Matters (1989-1998)

Steve Urkel is probably one of the most annoying characters to this date.  His “Did I do that?” catchphrase still makes me cringe.  Despite all this, the writers somehow managed to have us root for him.  A part of us always wanted him with Laura, and we desperately wanted the Winslows to accept him as a second son.  And with the father’s occupation as cop, Family Matters  allowed audiences to see a different type drama and sometimes the most suspenseful episodes out of the line-up.

3. Step By Step (1991-1998)

Here’s a story of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls…oh wait, I mean two lovely girls and brainy son.  So maybe Step by Step didn’t follow The Brady Bunch’s exact formula with their kids, but it was basically the modern version of the show.  Surprisingly enough, that decade made for a much more entertaining family.  Realistically, it wouldn’t be all sunshine and rainbows when two single parents marry and want their teenage children to treat each other like family.  Needless to say, there would be a significant amount of fighting, which this sitcom was not afraid to show.  We got to enjoy watching these kids go from hating each other, to gradually caring for one another other as siblings.

2. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003)

It’s crazy to think that a show about a teen witch would become one of the longest lasting series on TGIF.  So long in fact, that it moved Sabrina’s adult years to The WB.  But the show was truly its best when it was on ABC.  I think what made Sabrina a hit, was the fact that Melissa Joan Hart was so relatable.  She was a “normal” girl trying to fit in.  She had all the same problems any teenager would deal with in high school: A mean girl, tough teachers, a secret crush, etc.  It was just fun watching her solve those problems with magic.  I guess we could all live vicariously through her and only wish we had those powers.

1. Boy Meets World (1993-2000)

Boy Meets World isn’t in first place because its new spin-off.  In fact the, only reason anyone is watching that potential disaster is because we all want to see Cory and Topanga as parents.  That and we also hope to see all the other original cast members make guest appearances.  Boy Meets World easily takes the top spot because it was and still is a GREAT show.  The acting was solid, the writing was smart, and it was genuinely funny.  To this day you can still laugh when you hear Eric say “Feeny? Fa-fa-fa-fa-feeny!”  Growing up to a sitcom like this one, I can truthfully say it had an impact on my childhood.  They hit issues that most family kid shows wouldn’t even mention today: Divorce, death, abuse, true love, and so much more.  We can only hope that the Girl Meets World, set to air June 27th, will at least try to touch on some honest age appropriate topics.  So basically nothing like what Disney channel has been producing.  And please don’t give Cory Matthew’s daughter a recording contract!

Honorable Mentions: Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Dinosaurs, Two of a Kind