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Craig’s Review of Girl Meets World

Yep. Watched the Disney Channel for the first time in…well I have no idea. My kids are Nickelodeon fans, so we NEVER watch Disney. My son even asked “Why are we watching Disney Channel, and why is their logo so big on the screen?” I couldn’t really give him a great answer on the logo size, but I could tell him why we were watching.

The premiere of Girl Meets World, the 14 year past due sequel to Boy Meets World, the former ABC TGIF show from 1993 to 2000, happened on Friday Night. And while the debut was pretty good viewership wise, (premiering to 5.2 million total viewers — up sharply from the cabler’s most recent series launch (I Didn’t Do It‘s 3.9 mil, in January) but falling shy of last July’s Liv & Maddie debut (5.8 mil). GMW stands as the No. 1 series launch of 2014 among the youth demos of Kids 2-11 (drawing 2.3 million of ‘em), Kids 6-11 (1.8 mil) and Tweens 9-14 (1.7 mil) the show was a little flat to start with.

The show premise is simple. Pick up where Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) left off at the end of Boy. Now with a 12 year old daughter and 8 year old son, and Cory now is a teacher himself. At Daughter Riley’s school. With Daughter Riley’s harder friend (playing the old Shawn role from the original) Lots of quick too well rehearsed jokes and little actual plot. The story is Riley is going to find herself, meet the new cute transfer student, and show everyone she’s got this “World” thing down.

My review from the TVLine website was basically this. The show’s last 7 minutes were very reminiscent of the original, but the first 15 were muggy with lots of Cory/Riley rapid fire jokes, and a nerdy character “Farkle” was a bit too over the top. But the last 7 minutes, when Maya tells Mr. Matthews she has no one at home to help her with homework, much the way the original Mr Matthews, Alan, told Shawn they would be his family since he didnt have one, was perfect. No jokes, and no over acting. Actual real life people reacting in genuine ways.

And also Mr Feeny makes a strange cameo at the end, in a weird “maybe he’s dead, maybe he isnt” flashback. Again the last 7 minutes of the show was exactly what the show needs to be. And I think it will. Lauren and I were talking about this a couple of days ago, and I was unaware that the original production team of Michael Jacobs and April Kelly created and wrote this show too. I think it will get better as time goes on.

Plus, I aint gonna lie. They need to show more Topanga. Yum!

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