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Pilot Inspector: Re-Meeting Boy Meets World

On Friday, Disney will attempt to revive TGIF when the anticipated Boy Meets World sequel series Girl Meets World debuts. But while the idea of revisiting Cory Mathews (Ben Savage) and Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel) is millennial catnip, when was the last time any of us actually watched Boy Meets World?

Yes, we have fond memories of celery and undapants, but can we definitively say the show is everything our collective nostalgia hyped it up to be? Does the wholesome sitcom really deserve a large-scale reboot or does its pilot play as painfully dated 21 years later?

Girl Meets World's Ben Savage: "We're telling a new story"

Armed with the original Boy Meets World pilot, which premiered Sept. 24, 1993, on ABC, Joyce Eng and Sadie Gennis decided to find out.
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Girl Meets World's Ben Savage: "We're Telling a New Story"

Like his Boy Meets World alter ego Cory Matthews, Ben Savage was a little hesitant stepping into a (slightly) new world.

"The idea for Girl Meets World had been floating and bubbling for a couple months before I actually got a call about it [and] once I got an official call ... I didn't say yes right away," Savage tells TVGuide.com. "I think there was a little bit of hesitation because we just wanted to make sure that if we were gonna come back and we were gonna do something with the show, that we wanted to do ...
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Rider Strong and More Boy Meets World Alums to Appear on Girl Meets World

More Boy Meets World alums are stopping by Disney Channel's upcoming series Girl Meets World.

Rider Strong, who portrayed Cory's best friend Shawn, and Betsy Randle and William Russ, who played Cory's parents, will reprise their roles on the spin-off.

Which TV shows should reunite?

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Credits

Year Title Description
2008 The Ex List TV Show Series, Actor - Jimmy Bloom
2003 Mister Sterling TV Show Series, Actor - Tommy Doyle
1998 American History X Movie, Actor - Dennis
1997 When Danger Follows You Home Movie, Actor - Detective Barnes
1993 Boy Meets World TV Show Series, Actor - Alan Matthews

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