ABC News’ Amanda Keegan reports:
For fans of the hit sitcom “Boy Meets World,” Friday nights in the 1990s were not complete without Topanga, Cory, Shawn and even Mr. Feeny.
Just like their on-screen characters, the show’s stars all grew up and Entertainment Weekly brought them together again for its annual Reunions issue to dish on the fun they had making the show.
“They never let Rider and I do scenes together, because we would look at each other and start laughing,” recalled Will Friedle, who played Eric, the older, girl-obsessed brother of the show’s main character, Cory Matthews, played by Ben Savage.
“I think like over seven years we have had like five scenes together,” Friedle said, referring to Rider Strong, who played Cory’s best friend, Shawn Hunter.
Strong, 33, got married over the weekend to his actress fiancé in Oregon, one day after his co-star, Danielle Fishel, who played girl-next-door Topanga, tied the knot in Los Angeles.
Ben Savage attended Fishel’s wedding, fitting because the two are set to star as a married couple in “Girl Meets World,” the highly anticipated spin-off of “Boy Meets World” that will center on the life of the fictional couple’s 13-year-old daughter. The spin-off is just the latest example of how popular the ”TGIF” staple on ABC has remained long after it went off the air in 2000.
“I don’t think any of us anticipated that after the show went off the air it was going to gain in popularity,” Fishel said at the EW reunion. “People still seem to relate to it a lot, which is fantastic. Means we did something right.
“I think the themes in the show are kind of timeless,” Savage said.
The entire cast laughed about how the show’s “timelessness” and still-growing popularity have made them continued targets of the show’s fans.
“A bus load of young children spotted me, and they started yelling, ‘Mr. Feeny! Mr. Feeny,’” said William Daniels, who played the long-suffering teacher. “They came toward me, and I’m a coward. I ran! I ran all the way around the block!”
William Russ, the patriarch on the show, recalled how he has been stopped by fans at the most unlikely of places, including a 7-Eleven.
Rider said fans say the show helped them through the awkwardness of their junior high and high school years.
“You get all of the people that are in their mid-20s that come up and are like, ‘Oh I watched you,’ and ’I grew up watching you!,’” he said.
Children of the 1990s also remember the fashion of “Boy Meets World,” something the cast has not, or rather cannot, forget either.
“Our fashion was pretty horrible,” said Strong. “The dinosaur print shirts and the hoodies.”
“Our fashion was dated, fair enough,” agreed Savage.