The series is a sequel to the sitcom Boy Meets World, which aired on ABC in its TGIF block from 1993 to 2000. The original series centered on Cory Matthews, including his growing relationship with Topanga Lawrence and their eventual marriage. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who portrayed Cory and Topanga, reprise their roles in Girl Meets World, which centers on the life of the couple's daughter, Riley Matthews. Her father has become a middle school teacher while her mother is a lawyer who gains part ownership of an old world bakery in "Girl Meets Popular". Other members of the Boy Meets World cast have either recurring roles or cameo appearances.
It has been several years since Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga Matthews (Danielle Fishel) moved to New York City. The series follows their daughter Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard) and her best friend Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter) as they navigate the challenges of life and junior high school. Following along with them are their classmates, Lucas Friar (Peyton Meyer) and Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), and Riley's younger brother Auggie (August Maturo).
Cast and characters
- Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews
- Ben Savage as Cory Matthews
- Sabrina Carpenter as Maya Hart
- Peyton Meyer as Lucas Friar
- August Maturo as Auggie Matthews
- Danielle Fishel as Topanga Matthews
- Corey Fogelmanis as Farkle Minkus
In November 2012, it was reported that Disney Channel was in the early stages of development of a follow-up series titled Girl Meets World, which would center on Cory and Topanga's 12-year-old daughter Riley. Boy Meets World co-creator Michael Jacobs will develop the series and serve as its executive producer and showrunner. On November 26, 2012, it was confirmed by Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel that they would be reprising their roles as Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence-Matthews in the series. In February 2013, it was announced that Michael Jacobs had reached out to all of the former Boy Meets World cast members to take part in the new show.
On June 17, 2013, Disney Channel officially greenlit a series order for Girl Meets World, which began production that summer. On January 23, 2014, the first-season order was increased from its initial 13-episode count to 20 in order to make a full season.
On May 2, 2014, a full trailer for Girl Meets World was released. On May 21, 2014, the pilot episode became available as a preview to users of the various Watch Disney Channel mobile and television apps, which require TV Everywhere authentication to watch. Following the TV premiere of the pilot, the episode Girl Meets Sneak Attack was made available via the apps. On June 13, 2014, the pilot was made available for free on iTunes.
The third season of Girl Meets World was announced on November 25, 2015, with production to begin in January 2016 and premiere in spring 2016.
Auditions began in mid-November 2012 for the lead roles of Riley Matthews, the daughter of Cory and Topanga, Maya, a witty friend of Riley's who has a troubled past, and Elliot, Riley's older brother. By the end of January 2013, Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter were cast as Riley and Maya, respectively. Teo Halm was tapped for the role of Elliot in early March.
Filming of the pilot began on March 20, 2013, and concluded on March 22, 2013. Rider Strong and Will Friedle made a surprise visit to the set, sparking rumors of a return, or at least a cameo appearance, in the upcoming series. Maitland Ward also made a visit to the set and was asked about the return of her character, Rachel McGuire. Ward said, "I can't really share any show info, but it would be fun if the old gang got back together again!"
On October 5, 2013, Teo Halm announced on Twitter that he was no longer involved with the series. A report by TVLine suggested the series was undergoing creative changes after the pilot and his character was ultimately written out of the show.
On December 3, 2014, it was announced that Will Friedle would reprise his role of Eric Matthews, beginning with the second season, along with William Daniels reprising his role as George Feeny in a larger role.
On April 1, 2016, it was announced that Reginald VelJohnson would guest star in an episode as a police officer, a nod to VelJohnson's previous role in a different TGIF sitcom, officer Carl Winslow of Family Matters.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||20||June 27, 2014||March 27, 2015|
|Special||April 17, 2015|
|2||30||May 11, 2015||March 11, 2016|
|3||TBA||June 3, 2016||TBA|
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the show an 82% approval rating based on reviews from 17 critics, with an average score of 7.3/10. The site's consensus states: "Though not quite as comical, Girl Meets World sweetly shares the nostalgia of its predecessor, Boy Meets World, with its young audience while providing positive moral values for today's youth." Metacritic gives the show a score of 64 based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The series premiere received positive reviews. Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast called it a "perfectly pleasant Disney Channel show". Rob Owen of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said it was "a cute half-hour that capably introduces new characters and sets the table for the new series". Diane Warts of Newsday said the show, "does its job of bringing tween-based family viewing into the 2010s". The series premiere garnered 5.2 million viewers.
Similar to critical reception, viewer reception has also been positive for Girl Meets World. IMDb users have given the show a 7.1/10 rating from 7096 user reviews, and TV has given the show a 8/10 rating from 133 users.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers|
|1||Friday 8:30 pm||20||June 27, 2014||5.16||March 27, 2015||2.28||2.74|
|2||30||May 11, 2015||2.05||March 11, 2016||1.70||2.28|
|3||5||June 3, 2016||1.89||TBA||TBD||1.88|
The series originally premiered in the United States on Disney Channel and in Canada on Family Channel on June 27, 2014. It premiered on Disney Channels in Australia on August 25, 2014, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on August 29, 2014. In South Africa and the Middle East, it began airing on November 15, 2014, on Disney Channel. It started airing on Disney Channel in Canada on September 1, 2015; the episode "Girl Meets I Am Farkle" premiered September 3, 2015, on Disney Channel Canada, before its initial airing in the U.S., on September 11, 2015.
Awards and nominations
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Show||Girl Meets World||Nominated|||
|2015||Writers Guild of America Award||Children's Script – Episodic and Specials||Matthew Nelson for "Girl Meets 1961"||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Comedy||Girl Meets World||Nominated|||
|Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Program||Girl Meets World||Nominated|||
|2016||Writers Guild of America Award||Children's Script – Episodic and Specials||Mark Blutman for "Girl Meets I am Farkle"||Nominated|||
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||Girl Meets World||Nominated|||
|Artios Awards||Children’s Pilot and Series (Live Action)||Girl Meets World||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Show||Girl Meets World||Pending|||