So this might be Disney’s best show ever. It’s not the usual fluff so many kids’ shows are known for; Girl Meets World shows you that not everything is easy and the best way to survive life is to learn and lean on friends. This is a good lesson, one that viewers of any age can take away from. So why aren’t you watching?
Much like its predecessor Boy Meets World, this series sequel tells the story of a group of tight knit friends as they traverse the confusing (and sometimes scary) road through adolescence. Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard) is the daughter of original series’ characters Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) and Topanga Lawrence-Matthews (Danielle Fishel). She’s a bright (though ditzy) and bubbly girl who always sees the best in situations and people; she’s an eternal optimist and determined to never let anyone or anything take away her happiness. Her best friend, Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter), is a headstrong and fiery girl (and huge troublemaker) with deep seeded trust issues, especially when it comes to relying on anyone not related to the Matthews. She lives upstairs with her mother (Cheryl Texiera), an actress/waitress who herself has come to distrust others.
Lucas Friar (Peyton Meyer) is the stalwart, smart jock on whom Riley has developed a hugecrush on. He’s a good guy with some anger-management issues in his past, though those seem only related to his protectiveness of his friends. His best friend is Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), son of Boy Meets Worlds’ Stuart Minkus (Lee Norris) who’s in love with Riley and Maya equally. Farkle, like Lucas, is protective of his friends, going so far as to stare down three bullies in defense of them. He's also scary smart and plans to rule the world. Farkle is the best part of the show (but I'll go into that in a different post). Auggie (August Maturo), Riley’s brother, is a hyperactive, precocious boy with his own budding “romance” with the mean girl next door, Ava Morgenstern (Ava Kolker).
Along with the new cast, we’ve been treated to guests spots by other former Boy characters; Mr. Feeny (William Daniels), Eric Matthews (Will Friedle), Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), Joshua Matthews (recast with Uriah Shelton) among others. It’s a nice way of telling fans they remember the original - a show that shaped and entertained so many – the same way Girl does for a new generation (as well as the previous, if they’re smart enough to give it a chance).
Each episode typically involves the friends dealing with some sort of issue that Cory (as their history teacher) always has a lesson planned to help them out of. The show doesn’t rely on adults telling the kids how to fix things; instead, it gives them the tools and allows them to figure it out on their own. There’s no preachy-ness; Girl Meets World doesn’t assume anyone’s stupid and even though Cory tends to have a final thing to say on the episode’s theme(s), it doesn’t feel like he condescending.
Unlike so many other shows aimed at youngsters, these characters actually feel real; you care when they’re hurt or sad and actually feel good when they figure it out and are happy again. That’s due to the cast and crew doing an excellent job of bringing the stories to the screen; youcare. And of you pay attention, you learn something. Whether you little or big, seeing the world through these characters' eyes allows you a chance at a new perspective and that’s something that can make anybody a better and happier person. So give this show and chance, no matter your age. After all, you’re never too old for some Disney – and Disney Channel is no exception.
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