Riley: How long do I have to live in my father's world? Cory: Until you make it yours.
Take on the world.
A Sequel Series to Boy Meets World, produced by Disney and original creator Michael Jacobs, which premiered on June 27, 2014. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga, with 12-year-old Rowan Blanchard playing their daughter Riley—who will, presumably, meet the world. Completing the family is August Maturo as Riley's younger brother, Auggie.William Daniels will also return as Mr. Feeny in at least the pilot episode; Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), William Russ (Alan Matthews), Betsy Randle (Amy Matthews), Lee Norris (Minkus) and Danny McNulty (Harley) have also been confirmed to return for guest appearances, and you can usually find hints as to who else might be coming back at the official twitter page for the writing staff.And yes, the show got renewed for a 2nd season.
The show provides examples of:
Adorkable: Riley exploits this trope in "Girl Meets Popular" (with Farkle and his friends) but also mocks her father for it (in a stealthy Shout-Out to his youth on Boy Meets World).
Riley: (slams down party invitation on top of Cory's desk) "BOOM!"
Cory: (Looks the invitation over) "You got invited to something?"
As far as the kids go, the name Farkle really stands out next to names like Riley, Maya, Lucas, and Auggie.
Cory and Topanga were this before the original show etched her name into the culture as that particular character's name..
Aesop Amnesia: Just one episode after being reminded of the importance of listening in class, Maya carries on a conversation with Riley during Cory's lesson, just the same as she always does. (Though Riley did start the conversation, Maya showed no problem continuing it.)
All-Natural Snake Oil: In "Girl Meets Crazy Hat", Farkle is able to get away with saying his muffins are made out all organic ingredients because they are made entirely out of sugar.
Smackle defeats Farkle at every debate tournament they have. Unusual for this trope, it doesn't seem to bother him. In fact, he doesn't want to win unless his opponent is at their best.
Amoral Attorney / Good Lawyers, Good Clients: The B plot for "Girl Meets Popular" involves Topanga struggling with the question of which side of this line she's going to be on, when the law firm she works for is trying to force the local neighborhod Ukranian bakery out so a soulless froyo franchise can move in.
And Starring: Danielle Fishel receives a "With" credit. Whilst Ben Savage doesn't receive an And Starring of his own, he instead takes second billing in the credits, much like William Daniels did as Mr. Feeny throughout Boy Meets World.
Riley:(dressed up in a way-overdone geek girl outfit): I'm extremely popular with five people.
Topanga: Is one of them you?
Artistic License - Law: Just because a loophole exists in the bakery's rental contract that would allow the rent to be raised (see "Friends" Rent Control below), that doesn't give the invading frozen yogurt chain the authority to do so (unless they are the owners of the building, but they would probably already have a store there if that were the case.) Now, that doesn't stop them from making an offer on the place, but it does mean that coming from anyone other than the building owner, the threat of raising the rent is empty.
Bag of Holding: Maya's tiny middle school locker can apparently hold all her books, a guitar, and a cotton candy machine... somehow.
Don't forget that Riley can fit comfortably inside her own locker, as well.
How Cory reacts in "Girl Meets Boy", when Riley and Lucas end up as partners on their assignment.
This is how Riley and Maya react in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", when Farkle begins to take off his bathrobe during art class (where he's modeling for the students).
Book Ends: In "Girl Meets The Truth", how Riley and Maya 'always end up in situations like this'.
Brainy Brunette: Both Topanga and Riley fit this trope. Farkle and his father, Stuart Minkus, are male versions of this trope, as well.
Break Her Heart To Save Her: The essence of Katy Hart's parenting, as she wants Maya to be a better person than her and is trying to push her away and better herself through her art, rather than stay around her and end up at the same social level.
Brick Joke: Riley tells Evelyn Rand (in "Girl Meets Crazy Hat") that she puts holes in the garbage bag she wears so that she won't be tossed into the trash (and Maya mentions that its happened once already). A couple of minutes later, as the kids are about to leave, a sanitation worker walks by the bench they're sitting on and tosses Riley into his garbage bin without a second glance.
"Girl Meets Maya's Mother" shows that Cory still takes his mashed potatoes far too seriously, as seen in "Fishing For Virna".
"Girl Meets The Forgotten" shows that Lunchlady Geralyn & Janitor Harley know the kids who attend the school & consider them to be "their" kids, just as Lunchlady Brenda was shown to in "Fishing For Virna".
The awards given to Maya and Farkle in "Girl Meets Flaws" were named the "Griff Hawkins Totally Cool Award" and the "Joseph T.R. Epstein (Joey the Rat) Confidence Award."
Call Forward: "Girl Meets 1961" reveals that Riley, Maya, Lucas & Farkle all had a Great-Grandparent living in New York in 1961, and that they all met on December 14, 1961. Whilst they didn't stay connected, Maya's Great-Grandmother May Clutterbucket is revealed to be the explanation for the name of Riley's mother, Topanga; and Riley's Great-Grandmother Rosie McGee had a similar "Chick. Down here I'm a chick." exchange with Farkle's Great-Grandfather Ginsburg to one Riley had in the pilot.
The Cameo: In the pilot, posters of Mr. Feeny are seen in the New York subway. At the end of the episode Cory imagines him next to one saying "Well done, Mr. Matthews".
Cannot Spit It Out: This trope drives "Girl Meets Boy", in that Riley can't really talk to Lucas (they text constantly) and has to learn how to actually work past the barrier of her own insecurity in order to have an actual conversation.
Childhood Friend Romance: The Generation Xerox vibe is in full force for Cory, who can see this already in a possible future for Riley and Lucas. What really sells this is how he laughs off Farkle's crush on Riley, but (in "Girl Meets Boy") he gets visibly flustered when Lucas gets paired with Riley on an assignment, and he alludes to his own story with Topanga as he talks to Maya about watching over her.
The show's set in New York rather than Philadelphia like the original, as the original show ended with Cory & Topanga moving there.
Topanga is now a lawyer, having graduated from NYU Law School after her getting a scholarship there was the impetus for the move to New York.
In "Girl Meets Boy", Cory tells Maya to keep on eye on Riley and Lucas. When Maya tells him they're just friends, Cory tells her "Yeah I know that story. I lived that story." (See the In-UniverseShipping Goggles entry.)
In "Girl Meets the Forgotten", Harley Keiner (now the janitor at John Quincy Adams) refers to Cory as "Baboon" at the end of the episode.
Cool Uncle: Joshua Matthews, Cory's younger brother. It probably helps that he's only a few years older than his niece.
Cruel to Be Kind: Lucas initially refused to join Farkle's muffin business where they sold muffins made of pure sugar, but then agreed when Maya reminded him he owed his mom $100 for the money she paid to make his (Lucas's) organic muffins.
Declaration of Protection: If Riley is Maya's Morality Chain, then Maya is Riley's guardian. Messing with Riley means that you will have to answer to Maya. Best demonstrated in "Girl Meets Popular", when Maya is worried about what happened to Riley at Farkle's party:
Maya:(in barely contained Tranquil Fury) What'd you do with my girl?
Disappeared Dad: In "Girl Meets Father", Maya says that her father has a new family. "Girl Meets The Truth" shows that this has affected her deeply (to the point where she comes over and cries to Riley because her dad doesn't send her things).
"Girl Meets Maya's Mother" also shows how this has sharply affected the relationship between Maya and her mother.
Inverted in regards to Farkle. He's mentioned that he lives with his mother, and Minkis' visit to see him on Career Day (during "Girl Meets Maya's Mother") has the flavor of a Visit by Divorced Dad (also inverted in that Minkus and Farkle visibly care deeply for each other).
Maya has a classic ECM in the cafeteria, when Cory shows up to play Papa Wolf after he sees Lucas take a seat next to the girls.
Riley: Dad, you have a choice here. You can either understand that this is just a boy talking to me in the cafeteria- Cory: I'm going to do whatever you say next. Riley: This is so innocent- Cory: Honey - fathers don't see anything as innocent! We see it as - what's the opposite of 'innocent'? Maya:(waves her hand) Right here! (Cory grimaces as he waves back)
A sadder ECM for Maya occurs when Maya tearfully admits to Cory she doesn't have anyone to help her with homework.
This also foreshadows Katy Hart's's ECM (during the events of "Girl Meets Maya's Mother"), when she tells Riley that she wants more for Maya than to be just the daughter of a waitress, because people (in her view) usually stay at the same level as their parents.
Cory gets his ECM for the series as soon as he appears: Riley and Maya try to sneak out through the window - and Cory, knowing that they'd try it, is waiting to corral them right back inside. The ECM comes not from corralling them back inside, but from Cory's wanting Riley to go ahead and take her first steps into the world with his blessing, instead of trying to sneak out before she's ready.
Topanga's ECM for the series (which establishes her as an Almighty Mom) comes in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack", when Maya and Farkle arrive for school:
Topanga: (sets a bowl on the table) "Maya - oatmeal."
Maya: "No, thanks, Mrs. Matthews."
Topanga: "Oh - I wasn't asking."
(Maya heads for the table and sits down)
Missy's ECM is in her conversation with Riley and Maya at Riley's locker, where she deliberately tries to hurt Riley by waving a potential relationship with Lucas in her face - and shows off her fearlessness of Maya by doing it right in front of her.
Lucas's ECM seems to be the way he blows off Missy in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack". He's a gentleman towards Missy, but doesn't put up with her bad attitude, doesn't want to grow up too fast... and more than anything else, is aware of Riley's feelings. No wonder you can see Maya warm to him in that scene.
Even Nerds Have Standards: Farkle, the class nerd, reacts with disdain when Riley brings up that she thought that he would end up with Back-of-the-Class Brenda, a girl with an antiquated sense of fashion.
Exact Words: Knowing Maya's feelings about not having a father and wanting the locket because of the photo of a family (mother, father and daughter) inside, her words to the little girl she returns the locket to reach Tear Jerker levels:
Maya: "Never lose this."
Maya promises to stop calling Lucas "Ranger Rick" for a week. She immediately starts calling him "Ranger Roy":
Lucas: Let me guess... "Ranger Roy" is filling in for "Ranger Rick"?
Maya: All week.
Fiction 500: Stuart Minkus (through his company, Minkis International) fits the trope, as does the law firm that Topanga works for.
Fake Guest Star: Corey Fogelmanis as Farkle, for the first few episodes. He was then given an "Also Starring" credit after the opening titles.
"Friends" Rent Control: The Matthews apartment has a nice-sized living room, the kids each have their own bedroom as well as the parents'. Since the nearest subway station is Bleecker St., it's in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan. This is justified by Topanga being a lawyer.
It's also made explicit in "Girl Meets Popular" that there is rent control in their building: the nice bakery downstairs has a contract that says the rent will not be raised... until a froyo shop that wants to move in finds a loophole in the contract to try and raise the rent to unaffordable levels to force them out.
Future Loser: A non vindictive version; Harley Keiner, Corey's old Bully from the original series, ended up growing up to become the school's Janitor. Harley himself reflects that spending his youth screwing around and alienating everyone didn't leave him with many options as an adult. On the more positive side, he and Cory have actually become good friends into adulthood; Cory was the one who got him the job.
Janitor in a New York City public school is a union job with decent pay and benefits.
Genre Savvy: All the characters seem aware of the fact that they're in a young adult coming of age sitcom. Riley is often annoyed how her dad's history lessons seem to be a metaphor for each episode's dilemma.
Riley:(Opens a present Cory gave her and pulls out a chalkboard.) "The Trojan Horse"?
Riley: This isn't a present! This is one of your life lessons wrapped up in a class lesson wrapped up in a box of nothing!
Hilariously subverted in "Girl Meets Crazy Hat", where for once Cory's history lesson has nothing to do with Riley's personal problems
In "Girl Meets Smackle", Smackle says to Lucas, who is sitting beside her, "Are you sitting next to me because you want to be my mate?"
In "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", Minkus returns as Farkle's father. Farkle apparently has been telling him that Riley and Maya are in love with him. Maya takes it a bit too far after Riley tells her to "just go with it":
Maya: "Yes, we have a dream to one day become Mrs. Farkle Minkus and have lots of baby Minki"
In "Girl Meets Maya's Mother" during the opening scene in the art class:
(Farkle enters the class wearing a bathrobe)
Farkle: "Why draw fruit? Let's draw a real work of art. (beat) That's right - check out forty-eight pounds of nasty!"
Riley and Maya: (as Farkle starts to open his robe) "NO!"
(Riley covers her eyes as Farkle whips open his robe - revealing that he's wearing an old-fashioned man's swimming outfit underneath)
In "Girl Meets Flaws," Cory and Topanga are expressing how excited they are to be home alone without the kids, and Cory starts kissing Topanga's neck.
Topanga: Oh, good. I still like it.
Give Geeks a Chance: With the 'Farkle in the nest' drawing Maya did in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", it seems as if Maya may play out this trope.
Granola Girl: Topanga temporarily goes back to her Granola Girl roots in "Girl meets Popular". Bonus point for a Boy Meets World clip with Cory and Topanga's first scene.
Riley is essentially a gender-flipped version of Cory, down to having a best friend very similar to her father's.
Riley's younger brother Auggie appears to be a mix of the older three Matthews siblings - he has Eric's Cloud Cuckoolander statements, Morgan's bright eyed outlook & innocence from when she was little, and a young female friend like Cory did with Topanga.
Joshua Matthews, from early descriptions, seems to have grown up to be very similar to Eric prior to his becoming the Plucky Comic Relief in the latter seasons of the original show.
Farkle is a less dorky-looking Minkus, right down to having crushes on Riley & Maya that mirror his father's own crush on Topanga. He also has his dad's brains.
Happy Birthday to You: They go the substitute song route, particularly wincingly since the kids come together spontaneously to sing it with no Lampshade Hanging at all, and it's not even the usual Disney one that they might conceivably have all heard.
Hidden Depths: In "Girl Meets Boy", Maya turns out to be a pretty talented artist, something that surprises both herself and Farkle.
The fact that Maya shares that moment of discovering her artistic talent with Farkle also may foreshadow deeper feelings for him, as does her actually making an drawing that focuses on her immediate feelings towards him (that he needs to be protected).
Also, Lucas's love for animals and the realization that he might want to become a veterinarian (as shown in "Girl Meets Boy"). There's also the wonderfully subtle manner, in "Girl Meets The Truth", that Lucas is shown to have a belief in God.
There's also the way that Cory and Topanga's relationship hasn't really changed from their Boy Meets World days - especially since it's outright stated that Topanga makes farmore money than he does, and the way Topanga talks to both her boss and Minkus shows that she has serious clout, as well. It says a lot about the depths of their love and respect for one another, and the environment that their children are growing up in.
While Farkle is shown to be fairly nice on the surface he was shown in "Girl Meets Crazy Hat" that when it comes to business he values profits over everything else including quality control.
They haven't made a point of it yet, but Farkle's a good climber - he was able to get to the top of the rope in the gym and stay up there for an unspecified (but long) stretch of time, and having appeared at Riley's window means he has to have gotten up the fire escape which typically ends one story above ground level. He's more athletic than you'd think for a Hollywood Nerd.
Geralyn & Harley's entire appearance in "Girl Meets The Forgotten" - particularly in how they both illustrate that even though the kids may not notice them or appreciate their work as the Lunch Lady or Janitor, they know all the kids and take pride in their work.
Hypocrite: In "Girl Meets The Truth", Maya tells Riley that she shouldn't be afraid of telling others the truth, but then she lies right to her face about where she got a beautiful locket and gets offended when Riley tells her that she should return it.
Farkle displays this surprisingly mature attitude in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack."
Katy Hart has this attitude to justify her behavior towards Maya.
Identical Grandson: Subverted in "Girl Meets 1961". Riley's great-grandmother, Maya's great-grandmother, Lucas's great-grandfather and Farkle's great-grandfather are all played by the same actors as their descendants during the 1961 scenes, but a shot of their group photo at the end of the episode shows that this was for the audience's benefit and they actually looked differently.
Maya's consistently failing attempts to mock Lucas's Texas background are rapidly approaching Running Gag status. For example, in "Girl Meets Boy", Maya tries to insult Lucas about his rural background, but he brushes it off with a touch of cowboy charm - and from Maya's reaction, he slightly annoys her Snark Knight leanings.
Let Her Grow Up, Dear: Handled nicely by Topanga in "Girl Meets The Truth", as she makes sure that both Cory and Riley understand what her growing up entails for both. Also doubles for a Crowning Moment of Funny in "Girl Meets Popular", when Maya takes Topanga's place over the issue of Riley going to her first 'boy/girl party'.
Lighter and Softer: In a way - whilst the show is definitely not as serious as the later seasons of Boy Meets World, it is more in-line with the tone of the show's early seasons.
Local Hangout: The Ukrainian bakery on the ground floor of the Matthews' apartment building, though only after Topanga buys into the place a few episodes into the first season.
Mandatory Line: The brief (though heartwarming) scene of Riley showing Topanga the origins of her name in "Girl Meets 1961" was definitely one of these for Danielle Fishel - it was her only scene in the episode.
A poster of Mr. Feeny is seen in the New York subway with the phrase "It's cool to stay in school". This mimics one seen in the season 3 BMW episode Train Of Fools, where a similar poster of Feeny is seen on a Philadelphia subway car with the phrase "I want you to stay in school".
Riley attends John Quincy Adams Middle School; Cory and Topanga's high school was named for John Quincy's father, John.
The classroom and lunchroom sets are nearly exactly the same as the ones on BMW.
In "Girl Meets Popular", Topanga said that it's time to "do good". Seems like she remembered Mr. Feeny's last lesson.
Not Important to This Episode Camp: Peyton Meyer (Lucas) missed one episode, and August Maturo (Auggie) has missed three. Ironically, Corey Fogelmanis (Farkle), who is not listed in the opening credits, has appeared in every episode to date.
Old Shameinvoked: Harley has this attitude regarding his behaviour as a teenager.
Recurrer: Shawn Hunter is confirmed to appear in at least two of the first season's 21 episodes. Reports indicate that Cory's youngest brother (and Riley's uncle) Joshua will appear in several episodes. Harley Keiner is also confirmed to appear in two episodes.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Cory doesn't rail against the eccrenties of his students, he just goes with it and incorporates them into the lesson plan. He is however not a pushover. When Maya accidentally sets off the sprinklers he gives her detention like any teacher, leaving it up to principle for any further dispicline: however he does note that Riley should've stopped Maya from doing so, but he can't punish her for that.
"Reason You Suck" Speech: Cory gives one to Riley in the pilot, after she asks to be given detention along with Maya who set the sprinklers off.
Cory: You didn't do anything, and because you didn't do anything your best friend is now in very deep trouble.
Role Reprisal: Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel in particular, but most of the original cast have some sort of a presence.
Running Gag: Farkle taking over Cory's class to offer his thoughts on the current discussion.
When something unpleasant is about to be discussed in the Matthews household, the person on the receiving end is told 'Good luck'.
The window in Riley's room basically acting as another doorway for the Matthews' apartment.
Maya's constant attempts to mock Lucas over his Texas heritage and trappings - and the way those attempts constantly fail (to Lucas's amusement and Maya's annoyance).
Often when Farkle runs into Riley and Maya:
This exchange is played with in "Girl Meets World: Of Terror" when Farkle frightens them both with a Halloween mask.
Sassy Black Woman: The woman on the subway in the pilot who has running commentary both times we see her. Since this is Jackee Harry, this is to be expected.
Evelyn Rand (from "Girl Meets Crazy Hat"), the art teacher (from "Girl Meets Maya's Mother") and Geralyn (from "Girl Meets The Forgotten") also fit here, as well. Man, the show just loves this trope.
Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Averted with Harley Keiner, former tormenter of Cory during his time at John Adams High. Harley's since become a kindly janitor, and holds Cory in much higher esteem than he did when they were teenagers.
Squee: In the pilot, when Lucas decides to join the lunch table they're sitting at, Riley and Maya do a rather... interesting variant of one that's condensed into half a second.
Stealth Pun: Riley and Maya's middle school is named after John Quincy Adams the son of John Adams, with John Adams High being the high school Cory & Topanga attended.
In "Girl Meets The Truth", Cory's joke that the chicken in Topanga's dinner came from Auggie's dinosaur book fits current scientific belief that the descendants of the dinosaurs that survived the Yucatan asteroid strike are avian creatures - birds.note Although he does point at the "pterodactyl" which paleontologists do not consider part of clade Dinosauria despite being frequently lumped in with dinosaurs in media and kids' educational books.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Inverted and played with, in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother". Although Riley had to prod her to do it, Maya's comment to Stuart Minkus about hoping that one of them would marry Farkle and have lots of kids someday is oddly specific. This really comes into focus because the show's established that Maya really wants to be part of a happy, complete family - and with the nervous way Maya reacted when the art teacher commented that her drawing (of Farkle in a bird's nest; he was the model for the art class) was how she viewed the subject. Maya's comment (when Farkle asked if he was a bird to her) that he needed to be protected also adds to this, as does the fact that Farkle was probably the first person that she revealed her artistic talents to (back in "Girl Meets Boy"). Riley's telling glance at Maya also shows that Maya put a lot more into her comment than necessary.
Technology Marches Oninvoked: The aesop of "Girl Meets Boy" is that whilst technology will continue to advance & make communicating easier, we shouldn't forget about actually interracting with people. Cory even lampshades how much technology has advanced since he was a kid in the early seasons, pointing out to the class that social media & smart phones are, despite being around for the majority of the kids' lives, are still new inventions.
When Riley gets invited to a party in "Girl Meets Popular" she proceeds to rub it in Maya & Cory's face, and refuses to acknowledge the relevance of Cory's class discussing the Sword of Damocles to her current situation. Not only does it blow up in her face, both Cory & Maya are witness to it & take great pleasure in seeing it happen.
That Makes Me Feel Angry: Smackle smacks of this, at least at the start of "Girl Meets Smackle". She says both "I am sad" and makes crying noises while retaining an entirely neutral expression in her entire first scene.
Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: In "Girl Meets Sneak Attack", Auggie (who's 5) makes friends with a girl (who's 6) who makes it clear she only wants to be friends with him solely so she can tell him what to do. Claiming "This many (holds up 6 fingers) Gets to tell this many (holds up 5 fingers) what to do."
True Companions: Riley and her family are this to Maya, whose own family is in shambles.
Truth in Television: Both Cory and Topanga working in order to make ends meet for a family living in NYC. Also, Topanga's wistful desire for a little bit more 'alone time'...
The independent, 'latchkey kid' vibe that Maya has, along with the willingness to give up and move on easily when she feels that things are about to go bad for her. Both are consistent with kids of a bitter divorce who live with a single parent that now has to struggle to make ends meet. This was confirmed in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", which introduced Katy Hart as a failed actress & struggling waitress who is having a difficult time connecting with Maya.
Two Lines, No Waiting: A common scenario so far is the "Cory and the kids at school" A plot alongside a "Topanga and Auggie at home" B plot.
Two-Teacher School: Cory teaches History, but also seems to run every club and extracurricular activity at the school. Miss Kossal, the art teacher, and Coach Gleason, the PE teacher, have each only been seen once. But then, this is true to the spirit of Boy Meets World & it would be stranger if this ''didn't' apply.
Vitriolic Best Buds: One-sided between Maya and Lucas: She regularly snarks at him and makes fun of his Texan heritage. He usually just takes it with a smile and will sometimes even play-up his "cowboy" image to show her that it doesn't bother him. Despite this, they are friends and Maya even describes this aspect of their friendship as "our little game."
Wise Beyond Their Years: Played with in "Girl Meets The Truth". Auggie points out that Cory should have been nice to Topanga despite his feelings about the chicken dinner - but when Cory, Riley and Maya all ask him questions relating to their current problems, he reminds them that he's only five years old.
World of Ham: Does the main character, her father, and one of her best friends who appears in a lot of scenes being colossal hams count?
Writers Cannot Do Math: Possibly in Girl meets 1961. There's the questions of whether Topanga's mother should have been born at this point. It's implied that the great grandparents are young adults (despite being played by the principle actors) with Ginsberg sporting facial hair and running a business. This makes it a little more plausible, however of all the actors that played both Cory and Topanga's parents only Marcia Cross who played the second version of Topnaga's mother was born after 1961 with Peter Tork who played the first iteration of Topanga's father being in his early twenties at that point.