Why was Boy Meets World trending on Twitter this morning? Maybe it’s because tons of teens and college students begin classes today; maybe it’s because ABC Family shows reruns of that beloved sitcom weekday mornings from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Either way, I’m not complaining. Fall is in the air, and the season always brings a hefty dose of nostalgia with it. (Find me a so-called grown-up who doesn’t secretly want to go school supply shopping, and I’ll find you a liar.)
And while it’s been 12(!) years since Cory, Topanga, Shawn, and their pals left the TGIF lineup, the show still looms large in Millennial memories. Thanks to reruns, YouTube (full episodes via ABC TV On Demand!), and obsessive Tumblrs like Boy Meets World Gifs, we never have to forget the gang from Philly or their rough road to adulthood, maturity, and fake Pennbrook University’s married student dorms. BMW’s signature mixture of goofy comedy and gooey melodrama helped separate it from the slew of sitcoms cluttering schedules in the mid- to late ’90s, and even today, its jokes and characters still resonate – though Shawn’s boy band hair hasn’t aged quite as well as Rider Strong himself.
In honor of the symbolic first day of school, let’s take a minute to remember our favorite Boy Meets World moments.
Do you still swoon when you think about Cory and Topanga’s first kiss – or their catastrophe-filled wedding? Have you taken to calling your spacy best friend “Plays-With-Squirrels” or practicing your own version of Eric’s epic Feeny Call? Did Season 4’s “Chick Like Me” really make you think, man?
Share your thoughts and memories in the comments, preferably while watching the episode I’ve embedded below. In honor of the occasion, it’s the first episode of season 2, appropriately titled “Back 2 School” (a.k.a. the one with Johnny Baboon).