25 Inimitable Men 16/25
Shawn Hunter (Boy Meets World)
If you’re one of those people who finds themselves crying over fictional characters, then you’ll probably remember the first time you realized you’re attached to one. I’m not sure about anyone else, but Shawn Hunter was that character for me — the person I couldn’t always quite understand when I was younger, but the character I wanted absolute, indescribable happiness for. Boy Meets World took all of its characters through life changing journeys, but no one had as great of a development as Shawn Hunter — the boy very few believed in but the one filled with endless potential. Shawn’s persona as the cool guy was easily something that could make girls swoon, but as seasons progress and we learn more about how damaged he truly is, that’s when Shawn’s heart becomes the most attractive part of his being. His bravery, steadfast loyalty, and wisdom have stood out greatly throughout the seven seasons making him one of television’s most flawed, incredibly realistic, inimitable characters in existence.
25 Inimitable Men 4/25
George Feeny (Boy Meets World)
At some point in all our lives we all wished we had a teacher like Mr. Feeny, and maybe we were fortunate enough to know one in our time. George Feeny is a character unlike any other — a character who’s managed to inspire us in ways no other TV figure could have. In a way, he was a mentor for us all — “Believe in yourselves, dream, try, do good” has become a motto we follow as well. But apart from how he’s inspired us off-screen, it’s how he’s behaved on-screen that’s made the character incomparable. George Feeny wasn’t just a teacher, but he was the kind of friend young people don’t realize they could ever have or need. The kind of friend who’s in more ways a mentor, but one who sets an example for a what a friend should be — kind, loyal, accepting, and encouraging. As human beings, we learn a great deal of truth from our families, but when we’re challenged to be brighter in school, there’s a different kind of growth that takes place. And for a number of students in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia’s fictional school of John Adams High, Mr. Feeny served as inimitable inspiration.
25 Nearest and Dearest 7/25
Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter (Boy Meets World)
There are best friends and then there are these two. Years later, and they’re still the most incredible depiction of best friends to exist. Boy Meets World is an incomparable series, and it has been from the moment we all watched it when we were kids. But upon looking back, I’ve often remembered this friendship most fondly — perhaps even more than Cory and Topanga’s. Which don’t get me wrong, I love them with every fiber of my being and they’re featured in the 25 Love Stories portion of this little project, too. However, the way Shawn and Cory accepted and loved one another has left me in awe. Loyalty is the key to maintaining any relationship, and theirs was always steadfast — taking care of one another in the darkest times and having the best of times together. But also, today, it’d feel a bit like I was cheating if I also didn’t pay homage to Riley Matthews and Maya Hart’s — who’ve created their own little sisterhood mirroring Shawn and Cory’s beautifully.
25 Love Stories 20/25
Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence (Boy Meets World)
For as much as I hate the childhood best friends to lovers storyline, I’d be absolutely ridiculous if I didn’t adore Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence for everything that they are. Boy Meets World has set our expectations for love far too high since we were kids, but the reality is, while not everyone marries their first love, Cory and Topanga embody a healthy, wonderful relationship at its absolute finest. And contrary to Cory’s belief in later seasons, the two weren’t in love from the sandbox — now that’s unrealistic. Like most kids in middle school, they explored possibilities of a relationship, but they couldn’t fully understand the depths of what made love enchanting and remarkable. Nevertheless, when they finally gave their developing crushes a go, Cory and Topanga grew together in ways not many kids do: although they aren’t similar in character, at the core where it matters, their morals align.
A special review, for an immaculately special TV episode.
If I’m being perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting to like Girl Meets World. I wasn’t even going to give it a chance because how could it possibly measure up to the greatness we’ve been exposed to in Boy Meets World? How could it come close to the series so many of us have grown up with? I’m proud to have looked past my ridiculous expectations because giving this series a try was one of the most wonderful decisions I’ve made. We could all use a little happy and cheesy fun from time to time. There will never be a series that could possibly top or come close to Boy Meets World, everyone knows this; however, “Girl Meets Rileytown” is an episode unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Whether you’re a fan of the series or not, I fervently encourage you to give this episode the chance to bring a little light into your life.
Riley Matthews, like all of us is a tiny little weirdo with a world inside her head. And when we’re younger, it’s not always easy to love each and every one of our quirks — especially when we’re mocked because of them. Girl Meets World is full of incredibly gifted stars and this episode gave each of them the opportunity to exhibit a wide range of emotions. I was and still am completely speechless.
We live in a frighteningly negative world where it’s somehow “cool” to be careless and mean. Passionate people are perceived as bizarre and differences aren’t celebrated enough. I hope those who’ve watched this episode allow themselves to be inspired because if we don’t take care of each other and ourselves, we’ll all fall apart.
February 17, 2015
Series: Boy Meets World
Episode: “Things Change” (5×23)
Otherwise known as the episode Cory Matthews has a difficult time letting go of the fact that things are changing. And Eric Matthews later learns that Mr. Feeney is retiring. “There’s going to be a lot of changes in your life, Cory. It’s not the changes that matters, it’s how you react to the changes. That’s what makes you are.”
So how do you react to changes? It seems that the most any of us can do when the changes in our lives have left us overwhelmed is to take it day by day. To understand that there’s nothing wrong with the unknown. There’s nothing wrong with not having it all together. There’s nothing wrong with taking things slow, being upset, being happy, and being confused. I’ve always believed that what Eric Matthews meant with the quote above is that as human beings, we must always remain true to ourselves no matter what occurred around us.