Starting seventh grade can be a challenge, but for Riley Matthews there's an added complication; her history teacher is also her dad! But with her best friend Maya at her side, along with friends Lucas and Farkle, they're ready to take on the world.
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The reason I put such a low rating (even though I absolutely LOVE this show) is because Amazon has failed me and everyone else who purchases this. Cheated us too. There are actually many episodes that were left off and not included. In addition to the many scenes quickly realized were missing from the episodes they DID include! It's sad to see such a poor quality on such a great quality website like Amazon.com...
Well...it's certainly not "Boy Meets World", but I've always enjoyed Michael Jacobs creative efforts, going back to the original "Charles In Charge" (before syndication)! Nevertheless, it is, as expected, intelligent, genuinely thought-provoking TV. Something 98% of TV has gotten away from, as if making audiences think is a sin. Thank you Michael Jacobs and April Kelly for being bold enough to put this show together.
One negative: Corie being his daughter's teacher is hard to swallow as being too, too convenient! It induces laziness on the creative mind. Corie can still be too silly to take seriously as a teacher or a parent. It creates an atmosphere of "Who's really in charge. In "Boy", the audience always knew Corie's parents were in charge or Mr. Feeny was certainly in charge in school. That was very very necessary and reassuring to the audience.
I'm very confident this concept and it brilliant creators will only improve...AND I CERTAINLY WANT TO BE THERE FOR THE RIDE!!
I grew up on Boy Meets World so I'm a weird adult watching this kids show and reviewing from that perspective. I love it and will continue to watch it because it's so insanely similar to Boy Meets World. Corey and Topanga's daughter is a dork who has a troubled, cool friend who climbs in her window. Minkus' son is their nerdy friend. Corey is their teacher and each week revolves around a life lesson they're learning in class. I also LOVE that *so many* of the old characters are on here or at least make guest appearances- Shawn, Shawn's dad, Corey's parents, Eric, Angela, Harley, Minkus, Feeney, etc (Don't remember exactly which show up in the first season and which are in the beginning of the second). They bring back enough flashbacks to keep me excited and nostalgic and a bunch of old jokes that I'm sure makes the kids who watch wonder what the heck is going on. It's SUPER cheesy and the acting isn't exactly always Oscar worthy but I think the acting is getting better as the series goes on.
Overall, this is a cute show that brings me back to my childhood. I love seeing how Corey and Topanga ended up. I look forward to later seasons and hopefully some familiar guest stars.
My only complaint is that it is a Disney Channel show. There is a certain aspect to each of their shows that throws me a little. It is like they are trying too hard to appeal to both adults and kids at the same time. The original show, Boy Meets World, started off a little kid-ish and ended up growing with its audience. I don't see that happening with this show as Disney Channel stretches out seasons without an overall storyline. A normal season has 22 episodes; this show has half of that in it's premiere season over a 4 month period. Rather than having a mid-season break, like most shows, they just started season 2, which only has 7 episodes after 3 months. I'm not to hopeful that it will be around for long.
As other reviewers have said, these episodes are shortened - the last minute or so of each episode is cut off for some reason. Sometimes the best moments of an episode are the last couple of minutes (see Episode 5, where Corey's heartfelt apology to Topanga is cut off after the first ten seconds!). Also, $15 is pretty steep for half a season of episodes. Wait until the fall to get a subscription to the Disney streaming service which will hopefully carry all four seasons.
(The show itself is wonderful and magical and super cute, five stars!)
I actually like this show a lot, but was surprised to realize that "season 1" is only half of the first season, at least as it is aired and numbered on television. The show is really good, and has multiple episodes with members of the old cast such as Shaun and Fee-hee-hee-heeney (Mr. Feeny). These are, in my opinion, the best episodes. The farther you get into the show, the better it becomes. I would recommend skipping this "first season" and simply buying the second two as both seasons are of better quality than the first.
For the record- the show deserves 5 stars. The online amazon compilation, which I bought, is what I am giving three stars here.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2014
Yes, it's not Boy Meets World, BUT it's strong on it's own. Cory's daughter is precious and has such a personality. I really admire how she seems to actually respect her parents. I kind of think that they make Cory and Topanga too silly sometimes, which shouldn't always be the case with parental figures. haha what gets me is that they aren't even trying to make Cory seems like an impartial teacher, all the other students in the class must feel so out of the loop.