Girl Meets World has already disappointed me, and I’m not holding my breath for it to get any better

I’m not a negative person. Typically, I’m the first to spot a cloud’s silver lining and the spark from lightning that lights up the rainforest in a good way. But Girl Meets World, in its premiere episode, made me cringe enough to turn the TV off as soon as the ending credits rolled and decide no, this was not worth my time.

It’s a valiant effort, taking a much-loved sitcom (Boy Meets World) and building a reincarnation, complete with actors from the original. When I first heard about the possibility of Girl Meets World, I was excited. I grew up watching BMW and, in recent years, enjoyed its early-morning reruns playing in the background as I worked the loner opening shift at a deli in upstate New York.

BMW presents life as it is for the majority of the population: one day after another, trying to figure out relationships, family, school, and what to do with this thing called life. Fame isn’t on the characters’ radars — Cory, Shawn, Topanga, and the rest of the gang have bigger fish to fry, namely tomorrow’s homework, Shawn’s trailer park family, and Topanga’s fear of love and commitment because of her parents’ divorce. Held up beside today’s shows — especially those Disney produces for a similar demographic — BMW tackles much bigger issues and aims not only to entertain, but also to inform. Each episode is replete with life lessons, courtesy of Mr. Feeny.

I think that’s why there was so much excitement about bringing BMW back as Girl Meets World. Again we’d have a show that not only makes us laugh, but also makes us think and grow and makes our nieces and nephews and children think and grow. Yes, please, make GMW a thing.

So much potential.

But one twenty-minute episode, and I’m already disappointed. Let’s ignore the garish colors and the subway car that’s oh-so-fake (not to mention, too clean).

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4 thoughts on “Girl Meets World has already disappointed me, and I’m not holding my breath for it to get any better

  1. simplysweetrose says:

    I am disappointed to hear GMW is not worth watching. I grew up watching BMW (still do on occasion) and loved as you said it best the “extraordinary ordinary.” That is what made the show relatable. What are we teaching our children…that we have to be famous to be important?! So aggravating!!

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    • meredithsell says:

      Thank you for commenting! And yes, the message of fame equaling success is one that especially bothers and concerns me. There is a special value to doing work for a few people and being recognized by those few people. You don’t have to be a household name — in fact, it’s more likely that the work you do is negligible if you are a household name. I appreciate a good plumber more than someone who can reach high notes.

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  2. The Hashtag Generation says:

    I agree. GMW was trying way too hard. It was super cheesy (the continuous reference to “this is your world now” was annoying), and the kid actors are nowhere near as talented as Ben Savage and Rider Strong were when they were the same age. Also, what 12-year-olds have such flawless hair and makeup?

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