The most influential teacher in my life was Mr. George Feeny, from the most influential sitcom of my life, Boy Meets World. That’s not hyperbole and it’s not a knock on any of my former educators. It’s just that no single teacher taught me as many life lessons as the beloved character, perfectly played for more than 7 seasons by the incomparable William Daniels in the role of a lifetime (my life, that is). His entire reason for existence (as both a fictional character written that way and in his chosen place within that universe) was to educate children and help them blossom into well-rounded, healthy adults. He was invested, he made an effort, he cared. And that translated to us watching on TV, during every TGIF block and through numerous rerun viewings in syndication through the years.
As we approach the 25th anniversary of the first time we witnessed “Mr. Matthews” sitting in Mr. Feeny’s class, it feels appropriate to revisit and review the entire series, all 158 episodes. Let’s reflect on the show, the stories told, lessons learned, and how the world of sitcoms (and the actual world) have evolved during the past quarter century.
As someone who’s seen every episode of the coming-of-age sitcom literally hundreds of times (again, not hyperbole), I feel uniquely qualified to guide us through this journey. Seeing how this is also my feature and I’ve got access to Hulu and the entire series, I’m undoubtedly the most qualified candidate. So let’s go back to a time when this boy meets world, boy meets world; wandering down this road that we call life (and what we’re doing), and follow along as we relive the shenanigans of Cory, Shawn,Topanga, Eric and the rest of the gang!