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'Boy Meets World' recap: The adventures of Cory Matthews begin

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Pilot” | Aired September 24, 1993

Editors’ Note: As our excitement for the upcoming spinoff series Girl Meets World builds, John Hanlon will recap the original series that ran from 1993–2000, reminding us why we fell in love with Cory Matthews, Topanga Lawrence and Shawn Hunter in the first place.

“Good morning, Mr. Feeny,” are the first words Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) speaks during the pilot episode of Boy Meets World. The show opens in the school cafeteria of John Adams High School in the Philadelphia area, where Cory is an 11-year-old sixth-grade student and the wry George Feeny (William Daniels) serves as his curmudgeonly teacher.

The pilot revolves around the concept of love, which is consuming young Cory’s mind. After a sarcastic encounter with Feeny, Cory shows his love for his best friends — whom he later refers to as his brothers — as they compare notes on who was was able to stay up later watching television the night before. Cory’s friends are the beloved Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong) — a fan favorite who stays on the show until the end— and Nicholas (Chauncey Leopardi), who never appears again. Oh, love is such a fickle thing.

In his English class, Mr. Feeny — who lives next door to the Matthews family — teaches about love via the classic novel Romeo and Juliet. Instead of paying attention in class, Cory listens to the Phillies baseball game over his headphones, which he argues serve as his hearing aid when Feeny confiscates them. Feeny wants his students to learn about what he calls “the all-consuming power of love and the inevitability of its influence on each of our lives,” but Cory doesn’t care about the concept.

Cory even begins to hate the idea of love when his older brother, Eric (Will Friedle), cancels their planned outing to a Phillies game because of it. The Phillies are approaching the playoffs, so Cory is disappointed when he learns that Eric would rather go to the game with Heather, one of Eric’s popular female schoolmates whom everyone in his class wants to date. Cory complains to his parents about the situation — they’re are unsympathetic to his plight — and argues that he earned one of Eric’s tickets.

“I slept with him for 11 years,” he says, referring to their shared bedroom.

With his family unmoved, Cory relocates to the family tree house — sleeping there for the first time ever. From his perch, he witnesses Feeny setting out a fine dinner for him and a date before the professor receives an abrupt phone call and removes the second plate from the table. His date has canceled on him, Cory believes.

At detention that Friday, Cory talks to Feeny about the negative impact of love. Cory argues that his older brother had abandoned him because of love, and Feeny’s own heart had broken when he put too much emphasis on the concept. Feeny rejects the argument, noting that Cory and his whole family only exist because his parents fell in love. Love has its downside, but Feeny believes it’s worth fighting for.

As the episode winds down, Cory — who is caught stealing underwear from his bedroom by his mother (Betsy Randle) — recognizes that priorities change. Eric may have abandoned Cory in this situation, but Cory learns that he had abandoned his father (William Russ) years earlier when he opted to throw the football around with his friends rather than his dad. Cory moves back into the house and, after hearing about Eric’s botched date, he even encourages his brother to ask her out again. Concluding the episode, Cory sits down to have tea with his younger sister, Morgan (Lily Nicksay), who serves her beverages with the imaginary ingredients of “sugar, milk and ketchup.” Cory also learns that Feeny’s botched dinner wasn’t a date at all. He was planning to have dinner with his sister, who canceled at the last minute. When the episode ends, though, Feeny looks for love himself and invites his fellow teacher Evelyn (Cynthia Mace) to dinner.

Like Nicholas, Evelyn is never seen again on the program.

Love is such a fickle thing.

Life lesson: Priorities change, but love will always remain (except if your name is Nicholas or Evelyn).

Memorable Quote: “I’m a kid. I don’t understand the emotional content of ‘Full House.’” — Cory on Feeny’s attempt to teach him about the emotional content of Romeo and Juliet.

Note: Topanga (and Stuart Minkus) are noticeably absent in this episode about love. Neither of those supporting characters has been introduced yet.

What did you think about the pilot episode of Boy Meets World? Do you think Girl Meets World can live up to the show? And where do you think Nicholas went?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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