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Series: Girl Meets World
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 will 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.


The show provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: As far as the kids go, the name Farkle really stands out next to names like Riley, Maya, Lucas, and Auggie. There's also Topanga from the original series, but her name averts the trope simply because it's implied that it was the result having been raised by two hippie parents.
    • Farkle was intended to be his last name but that was changed when they made him Minkus' son.
  • Alpha Brat: Girl Meets Sneak Attack introduces Missy, who really goes out of her way to antagonize Riley over Lucas. Granted, any girl has a right to chase after any boy, but Missy earns her Alpha Brat hall cred by openly flirting with Lucas right in front of Riley and Cory - and later, seeking Riley out to rub her nose in it right in front of Maya. What really caps off Missy's ascendance to Alpha Brat status is Maya's response after her Naughty Gloating:
    (Missy walks up to Riley's locker, where Riley is hiding inside)
    Missy:"Oh, there you are.(beat) I've been looking for you. You're not upset with me, are you? Because I didn't hear that you and Lucas were together or anything."
    Riley "We're not."
    Missy: Hmn, yeah - that's what I thought. So, if you're not, then it's not a problem if I ask Lucas out, because he's really cute - don't you think?"
    (inside the locker, Riley visibly winces)
    Maya: "I loathe you."
    • ...and her reaction when Lucas turns her down for a solo date, after she nixes a group date with Riley, Maya and Farkle:
    Missy: "What are you talking about? Nobody's ever turned me down - in my life!"
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Messing with Riley, for both Corey and Maya. It's Played for Laughs with Cory as he does his Papa Wolf thing, but the real thing for Maya (as Missy may soon discover).
  • 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".
  • Childhood Friend Romance: The Generation Xerox vibe is in full force for Corey, 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.
  • Coming of Age Story: The pilot makes several allusions to Boy Meets World being one, and seem to be setting up that Girl Meets World will do the same thing.
    Riley: How long do I have to live in my father's world?
    Cory: Until you make it yours.
  • Composite Character:
    • Cory combines the roles of his father, Mr Feeny & Mr Turner from the original series (Father, mentor to the kids, and young teacher still learning his craft) with his own Character Development from Boy Meets World.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • 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-Universe Shipping Goggles entry.)
  • Cool Uncle: Joshua Matthews, Cory's younger brother. It probably helps that he's only a few years older than his niece.
  • Disappeared Dad: In 'Girl Meets Father', Maya says that her father has a new family.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Take on the World", performed by Sabrina Carpenter (Maya), with Rowan Blanchard (Riley) doing the backing vocals.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • 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.
    • 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 Corey'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 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: "Yeow."
    (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' 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.
  • 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.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • 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.
  • Held Gaze: Strongly and hilariously averted by a Dangerously Genre Savvy Maya in Girl Meets Boy, when she repeatedly resists Farkle's attempts to get her to look into his eyes as she reads aloud from a book on human interaction while - in another part of the library - Riley and Lucas have their first real conversation.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Girl Meets Boy", Maya turns out to be a pretty talented artist, something that surprises both herself and Farkle.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: So far, every episode title begins with Girl Meets....
  • Insult Backfire: In Girl Meets Boy, Maya tries to insult Lucas about his rural background, but he brushes it off with a touch of cowboy charm - from May's reaction, he slightly annoys her Snark Knight leanings.
    Maya: "It kills me that I can't get to you."
    Lucas: (smiles; tips imaginary hat) "Sorry, ma'am."
    • A beautiful IB comes at the end of Girl Meets Sneak Attack:
    Missy: "Grow up."
    Riley: "Not..." (smiles at her friends) "...yet."
  • In the Blood: Riley seems to have inherited Corey's compassionate nature, and Topanga's fiery tendencies - but only when she feels that she has something to fight for.
  • I'm a Man, I Can't Help It: Beautifully subverted by Lucas in Girl Meets Sneak Attack, when he tells Missy that he can't go on a date with her - but thanks her for showing him her leg.
  • Large Ham: From the pilot, as well as the commercials, it's seems Ben Savage hasn't missed a beat.
    • He has some serious (albeit pint-sized) competition in that department from Farkle:
    Farkle:"The future - you can't escape it. (throws arms into the air) "I am Farkle!"
  • 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.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Feeny —> Cory —> Riley
  • Meet Cute: Riley and Lucas' meeting on the subway train. Full stop.
  • Metaphorgotten: Farkle, while explaining how he could possibly like Riley and Maya at once.
    Farkle: Maya is the night, dark and mysterious. The night has always been a mystery to me... because I go to bed at 7:30.
  • Morality Chain: The role that Riley tells her parents that she's going to have in Maya's life. Cory also acts as this (in a lesser manner) for Maya.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • 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; Corey and Topanga's high school was named for John Quincy's father, John.
    • The plot of the pilot is fairly similar to the Boy Meets World episode, "Me and Mr. Joad", but with the Civil War instead of The Grapes of Wrath.
    • The classroom and lunchroom sets are nearly exactly the same as the ones on BMW.
  • Parental Abandonment: Strongly implied about Maya, who mentions that she has no one at home to help her with homework.
  • Papa Wolf: A Lighter and Softer version that Corey pulls off in a hilarious manner (but not as far as Riley is concerned)
  • 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 reported to appear in three episodes.
  • Running Gag: Farkle taking over Cory's class to offer his thoughts on the current discussion.
  • Sassy Black Woman: The woman on the subway in Girl Meets World (the pilot, or course) who has running commentary both times we see her.
  • Smug Snake: Missy has the (dis)honor of being the very first one of the series.
  • The Snark Knight: Maya. It's part of her being a Type A Stepford Smiler (due to her home life, possibly).
  • Spin-Offspring:
    • Riley & Auggie Matthews, the children of the Official Couple from Boy Meets World.
    • Farkle Minkus is the son of Stuart Minkus, a character from the first season of the original.
  • Sequel Series
  • Shipping Goggles: In-Universe. Corey has these in relation to Riley and Lucas - but to be fair, with the Generation Xerox vibe that the show has, it's not a stretch at all.
  • 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.
  • Tempting Fate: Riley starts the morning in Girl Meets Sneak Attack with an attitude that Tastes Like Diabetes - no wonder the bulldozer in the pink sweater was waiting for her at school.
  • Third-Person Person: Farkle, on occasion. Seems to come with the ego.
  • 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 "(holds up 6 fingers) Gets to tell (holds up 5 fingers) what to do"
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Lucas reacts as such when he learns Farkle's full name in one of the promos.
    Lucas: Your name is "Farkle Minkus?"
    Farkle: Don't wear it out.
    Lucas: I don't know how you could.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: A Metrocard appears in the pilot, but the term is trademarked; Cory gets stuck calling it a New York City subway pass instead.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: As part of her Alpha Brat wardrobe, Missy tries to turn Lucas' head with a Grade C outfit.

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