“Boy Meets World” was the tale of a boy meeting a friend, then meeting a girl.
The popular coming-of-age sitcom ran for seven seasons on ABC through 2000, showing the exploits of Cory, Shawn, Will, Topanga and their families and friends. And, of course, there was Mr. Feeney.
The series captured the voice of the pre-cellphone generation of the 1990s and helped countless teens deal with the awkwardness of their high school years.
Ben Savage (Cory Matthews), Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), Matthew Lawrence (Shawn’s brother, Jack Hunter), Lily Nicksay (Cory’s sister, Morgan), Trina McGee (Angela Moore), Betsy Randle (Cory’s mom, Amy), Maitland Ward (Rachel McGuire) and Jacobs sat down for a chat with “Good Morning America” correspondent Rachel Smith to reminisce about the show.
A few beloved cast members were notably absent: William Daniels’ character Mr. Feeny and Danielle Fishel‘s character, Topanga Lawrence (a big cardboard cutout sat in for her).
“Who dated behind the scenes?” Smith asked, adding that there were rumors that Savage and Fishel had dated in real life. Their characters, Cory and Topanga, fell in love and eventually tied the knot.
“She’s always been a wonderful friend. I love Danielle to death. That’s all I can say,” Savage, 32, replied.
There might have been no news about off-screen relationships, but the character Shawn definitely had a romance with his hair.
Strong, who played Shawn, said his hair had to be straightened.
“Yes, they used a curling iron. I looked like a Muppet, let’s be honest,” Strong, 33, said.
His character, a notorious ladies’ man, fell for Angela, played by Trina McGee-Davis.
“It was a lot of controversy at the time, you know, because we really didn’t mention the fact that I was black and he was white,” McGee-Davis, 43, said of the TV relationship.
Savage said the show “touched on themes that people could relate to: relationships, growing up. It really sparked something in people.”
The youngest cast member was Nicksay, who played Morgan, Cory’s original little sister.
“I feel like I have a foot in both worlds, kind of. A part of a show, but also an audience member,” Nicksay, 25, said.
“It’s just a wonderful legacy.”
That legacy was built in part by Mr. Feeney, played by Daniels. Daniels’ character was revered for his life lessons.
Daniels was “very proper … the cast always believed that Bill was British,” Jacobs said, prompting laughter from the wider group.
Daniels was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Boy Meets World” welcomed fresh faces in later seasons, including Shaw’s brother, Jack, and Rachel, the lady torn between Eric and Jack.
“It was really tough for me,” Maitland Ward, 36, who played Rachel, said. “The triangle between them was so much fun.”
The group laughed as they looked back on their time together, but they’re also looking ahead to the pilot of “Girl Meets World,” the highly anticipated Disney Channel spinoff that follows the life of Cory and Topanga’s 12-year-old daughter, Riley.
Cory and Topanga are the only characters who’ll appear in the spinoff, but Jacobs said the show would figure out a way to have other characters from the original appear in “Girl Meets World.”