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Boy Meets Life - TV series of the 90s

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Boy Meets Life - TV series of the 90s

 

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A comedy-drama series originally run from September 10, 1993 to May 5, 2000 on ABC for 158 episodes of 22-24 minutes each divided into 7 seasons.

It featured the events and everyday life lessons of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), who grows up from a young boy to a married man.

Unlike other shows of the type, the show only depicted the character's life as he aged, following its star from childhood to young adulthood without missing a beat but as soon as he was a grown up it was canceled. But during the its run, it became an important member of ABC’s TGIF programming lineup.

It was the story of the intelligent and often mischievous Cory Matthews. When the show began, he was an 11-year old just trying to get along in school, something tough for most kids, but for Cory it was a double tough one as his teacher, Mr. Feeny (William Daniels), also happened to be his next door neighbor. Mr. Feeny never hesitated to give advice and squelch any of Cory's mischievous ideas. To make things even more complicated later in the show, he also had to deal with bullies like Harley, Joey and Frankie.

Cory’s family included parents Alan (William Russ) and Amy (Betsy Randle), big brother Eric (Will Friedle) and little sister Morgan (Lily Nicksay, seasons 1-2; Lindsay Ridgeway, guest star, season 3; regular, seasons 4-7). Shawn Patrick Hunter (Rider Strong) who lived in a trailer park was Cory’s best friend and a frequent co-conspirator in his schemes. Another important character was Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel), a free-thinking female classmate who would become a very big part of this boy's world.

As the young stars grew older, the show started replacing Cory’s schemes with stories about the attraction between Cory and Topanga. They eventually became boyfriend and girlfriend in season 3, and in a sign of how far Cory had come in his TV years, he and Topanga got married in November of 1999. By that time, the two childhood sweethearts had gone through middle school and high school and were struggling through college.

After seven seasons the series had done just about all the growing up it could handle and finally the boy met life. Cory and Topanga had come a long way. The show left the air at the end of the season in May 2000. Finally the boy would continue meeting other aspects of life but now with his new bride and in a new century.

This TV series was a good example of a millennial growing up and entering the 2000s as a young adult.

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