Last week, I hosted a screening event of old sitcom episodes from ABC’s ’90s TGIF lineup. Of all the shows we watched, the crowd was predictably most enthusiastic for Boy Meets World, singing the theme song and recalling specific jokes from an episode that aired 16 years ago. The pilot premiered in 1993 but remains fresh in everyone’s minds (syndication helps) because it was a show that we connected to, one of the last great coming-of-age sitcoms that was both funny and heartfelt, and because we really, really love nostalgia. There was never a question about whether Girl Meets World would eventually exist, only the question of when it would come to fruition. Now the question is whether or not it can stand on its own.
“It’s not your world yet. It’s still my world,” Cory (Ben Savage) tells his daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard, who wasn’t even born when Boy Meets World ended) in the premiere’s cold open. Girl Meets World wastes no time establishing where it came from. It’s acutely aware that the majority of viewers ...
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