As a childhood fan of the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World, I was extremely excited to hear about a potential spin-off featuring original and new cast members titled Girl Meets World. Then I learned that it was being spearheaded by the Disney network. Disney has always been hit or miss for me. Growing up, I used to love watching Disney channel shows such as Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire and That’s So Raven, but the network started losing its knack for higher quality content somewhere between 2007 and 2014. Still having an immense appreciation for Disney original movies such as Frenemies, Geek Charming and even the recently released Zapped, I know age has nothing to do with my new-found disdain for there sitcom style shows. They’re just legitimately lacking. Canned jokes, completely unrealistic scenarios and a deficiency in substance has made a lot of the newer live-action Disney content hard to watch. Unfortunately, Girl Meets World fits right in with the rest of Disney’s less than digestible programming.
The premise is promising but poorly executed. The series follows Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), the pre-teenage daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews, as she navigates the challenges of life. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who played Cory and Topanga respectively in the original series, reprise their roles in this series, as will other members of the original cast. While I was excited to witness former Boy Meets World veterans reprise their roles as a throwback to my childhood, Girl Meets World is not even half as good as the original. Riley Matthews and her troublemaking best friend Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter) have a decent chemistry but the subject matter is tired, recycled and generally lacks the heart of its predecessor. Using the same jokes we’ve already seen on Boy Meets World seems almost as unnecessary as the spinoff itself. The debut scored exceptional ratings for the Disney network and was most likely the result of curiosity from former Boy Meets World fans. As the season progresses, I’m interested to see if the hype will die down or if the show (hopefully) gets better. Unlike fans of the original show, I expected Girl Meets World to be different and wasn’t looking for a continuation of Boy Meets World. I was looking for better youth-related content from Disney and didn’t find it. If you’re a fan of the original show, don’t get your hopes up. Disney has officially ruined the franchise.