If Boy Meets World
focused exclusively on an average kid with no major worries, things might get pretty dull, but not every character has it as easy as 16-year-old Cory Matthews (Ben Savage). Granted, he wishes he had straighter hair and a smaller nose, but he has a good life, and he knows it. As his best friend, Shawn (Rider Strong), puts it, "There's two types of people in this world. People like you, who always manage to get by, and people like me that are lucky enough to have people like you in their lives."
While Cory and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) are still going strong, Shawn's life resembles a country song as his mother, Virna (Shareen Mitchell), returns to Philadelphia and his father, Chet (Blake Clark), gets an embarrassing new job--janitor at John Adams High. Cory's older brother, Eric (Will Friedle), also changes course when he goes into business with Mr. Matthews (William Russ), who switches from groceries to sporting goods (if Savage and Friedle look nothing alike, their rapport makes up for the lack of family resemblance).
Episode highlights include "An Affair to Forget," in which Cory and Shawn anticipate the "bromance" craze to come when a pretty girl threatens their friendship (in conversation, they talk like lovers from an old melodrama), and "Chick Like Me," in which Shawn dons a dress in order to experience the female point of view. If the fourth season gets a little corny at times, there are some genuinely touching moments between Cory and Topanga, and Boy Meets World always has its heart in the right place. Unlike previous Disney sets, the 22 episodes on this Lionsgate collection have never appeared on DVD before. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Cory is your average guy. He has a best friend from the other side of the tracks, a teacher that constantly keeps him on his toes, and a friend named Topanga whom he has trouble understanding. With the support of his parents and his brother Eric, Cory learns to cope with the roller coaster called growing up.