BOY MEETS WORLD (1992-2000)
This is the first of “Claudia only” posts.
I first saw Boy Meets World in local syndication, at some point in the late 1990s. At this time, the show was still producing its first run on ABC, so I caught some of these newer episodes as well. Since the series ending, it has been syndicated on The Disney Channel, ABCFamily, and MTV2. Between local and national syndication, I managed to watch every single episode several times. Because of how I watched this show, I have never seen the episodes in a perfectly consecutive order. I am also thinking that since Girl Meets World is coming… well, as of publication date there is no premiere date set. It’s going to premiere in 2014 sometime, according to the most recent news. But it’s a perfect time to give Boy Meets World a detailed look. This re-watch gives me the opportunity to properly watch each episode of this wonderful and oh-so 90s show in its intended order!
Episode: Pilot (1×01)
Director: John Tracy
Teleplay: Michael Jacobs, April Kelly
Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris (credit only), Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Stars: Chauncey Leopardi, Cynthia Mace, Krystin Moore
Original Air Date: September 24, 1993
Both are brave for eating from the vending machines.
Establishing shot of school.
The show’s first line: Cory: ‘Good morning, Mr. Feeny.’ Bookends somewhat with series finale, but where nowhere near discussing that yet.
Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) chides Cory (Ben Savage) for eating junk food from the cafeteria’s vending machine, prompting a sassy at-least-I’m-not-eating-astronaut-food comeback from Cory. They banter a bit, with Mr. Feeny getting the last word (noted in The Wisdom of Mr. Feeny), then Cory and his milk sit down with random bowlcut kid (thankfully this show does not have a ton of actual bowlcut haircuts) and Shawn (Rider Strong). Bowlcut is sitting at Cory’s right hand, and Shawn is on Cory’s left. Is the whole “place of honor” thing switched around for southpaws?
Bowlcut is the sheep… or the goat?
Shawn’s character is apparently not quite anti-homework yet, because he has his textbook open. I know, weird, right? Their conversation is set to shuffle (could CD players do that back then? Mine sure couldn’t), the topics being, why Cory wouldn’t suck up to Mr. Feeny this year (“At least this way, I’m taking him with me”), a new teacher sitting next to Mr. Feeny at lunch, and how late into the late night talk show the boys managed to stay up. Well shoot, I was asleep by the end of the late night news every night, so I would’ve come in last in this contest. The school bell rings. “Four hours until lunch,” says Cory as the students leave for class.