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‘Girl Meets World’: First Episode Brings On ‘Boy Meets World’ Nostalgia

Thu, May 22, 2014 4:06pm EDT by HL Intern 2 Comments

Calling all children of the ’80s and ’90s! ‘Girl Meets World’ doesn’t premiere until mid-summer, but we’ve seen the first episode, here at! So how is the premiere? Well, we can’t stop thinking about ‘Boy Meets World’ — and we love that! We break down the five biggest similarities between the new series and the 90’s classic, plus, click to WATCH the trailer.

When we found out there was going to be a Boy Meets World spin-off, our inner child squealed of happiness. After watching the premiere episode of Girl Meets World, we still squealed, even in our adult age! Read on for the five reason we’re reminded of the Disney Channel class, but be warned: you’re about to go down memory lane!

Riley & Maya Are The New Cory & Shawn

The friendship between Cory (Ben Savage) and Shawn (Rider Strong) never let Boy Meets World viewers down, and you’ll feel the same exact way about Cory’s daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her bestie Maya (Sabrina Carpenter).

Riley is the daughter of Cory and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) — we’re still not over that their parents! — but she definitely takes after her dad. She is cautious, innocent and desperately trying to be cooler than she really is.

“I want to be exactly like you. I think too much and you don’t think at all,” Riley tells her wild child counterpart Maya.

If Riley is Cory, then Maya is very much like Shawn. Maya is wild, fearless, and adventurous. Together, the girls form a balanced friendship — Maya gets them into trouble and Riley gets them out of trouble. In the first episode, Riley struggles with not feeling as cool as Maya. Although, she eventually realizes that their differences are the reason they need each other as best friends.

Mr. Matthews Is The New Mr. Feeny

Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) was Boy Meets World‘s lovable mentor for the students, especially Cory and Shawn. And now Cory is, well, Mr. Feeny!

Cory’s role in that type of relationship flip flops in Girl Meets World because he is now the mentor to Riley and Maya, as the girls’ teacher!

Spoiler alert: Mr. Feeny might even have a short cameo at the very end of the first episode. (Yes, we are jumping for joy, too!)

Tween Crushes Reign Over Middle School

Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World both have attractive love interests — which makes for very awkwardly nervous main characters!

In the early years, Cory would be very nervous around his crush Topanga. Little did he know Topanga would be his future wife!

We see the same thing happening in Girl Meets World with Riley’s crush, Lukas (Peyton Meyer), who is the new kid in town and has all of Riley’s attention — and all of her dad’s attention too.

It’s nice to see Cory in a strict-father role and not just the happy-go-lucky dad role. The close relationship between Riley and Cory is evident from the first few minutes of the episode. We love this daddy’s girl!

Cory And Topanga’s Chemistry Is Still Undeniable

Although, Topanga does not appear in the episode as much as Cory, when she’s there, she’s a very loving mother, just how we expected her to be.

Topanga and Cory share a sweet moment where they hug and exchange a few words. The chemistry that was between the two on Boy Meets World is still as powerful as ever.

We love this duo, but how on earth are they already parents?! We’re they just snooping around the school halls together?

Riley And Her Brother Are The New Cory & Eric

In the first episode, we’re briefly introduced to Riley’s little brother (aka Cory and Topanga’s second child), Auggie.

He is around 5 or 6 years old and is already showing similarities to Cory’s brother, Eric Matthews (Will Friedle). Auggie seems like the loose-cannon sibling that Eric played so well in Boy Meets World.

Overall, Girl Meets World is the perfect family coming-of-age sitcom, and we’re now ready for a serious Boy Meets World marathon.

Girl Meets World premieres on the Disney Channel on June 27.

We want to hear from you, HollywoodLifers, are you excited to watch Girl Meets World? Let us know below!

— Noelle Trainor

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