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Boy Meets World – The Complete First + Second + Third Seasons (Lionsgate DVDs)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C+



Some series were THE BEST when you were younger; so in turn when it is released on DVD or Blu-ray we jump at the chance to own them.  This is a mistake that is fueled by inexperience and nostalgia.  As a reviewer I am here to guide readers and let them know, it is not all as good as we remember. Sure, there are plenty of series out there that we can name as classics, but Boy Meets World is not one of them; to put it simply, it did not stand the test of time.


Boy Meets World stars Ben Savage (younger brother of THE CLASSIC Wonder Years actor Fred Savage) as Cory Mathews, a pubescent 13 year old who is entering the 6th grade with friend Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong).  The series follows the boys on the exploits inside and outside of school, always under the watchful eye of teacher and Cory’s neighbor George Feeny (played by the all too perfect William Daniels).  The Cory/Feeny relationship blossoms throughout the series as Cory quickly realizes that Feeny’s hard exterior is actually there to guide the children and people in his life that he cares for.  The series also stars Topanga Lawrence (played by Danielle Fishel, now host of The Dish) who will later become Cory’s love interest on the series (and for good reason).


Whereas much of the series is original and humorous, for the most part is a cliché teen sitcom that features ‘lessons of the week’ and heart warming moments with a dash of ‘safe comedy.’  The parental figures on the series are played by William Russ (Allan) and Betsy Randle (Amy); with Cory’s older brother played by Will Friedle (Eric).  Eric is an odd duck as he was more believable as the cool, harsh older brother in the early seasons, but as time went on he became a goofy, idiotic character who was suppose to be the lovable, good-looking, moron.  Then again the whole series had that goofy element to it towards the end.


This series is a slightly worse version of Full House, that many of us have fond memories of, with plenty of those ‘Danny Tanner’ moments.  And like Full House the series just does not hold up for viewing all these years later.  I must admit I love the nostalgia and buying sets to collect dust on my shelf, looking at and saying remember when?  Overall, there are plenty of better series to watch and Boy Meets World is only so, so of a series; only to partake in when it reruns on television when you are home sick from work.


The technical features on these three seasons are nothing new as they are exactly the same as the sets previously released by Disney.  The picture is presented in an underwhelming 1.33 X 1 Full Screen that is washed and void of color, depth and detail.  The clarity is fine, but nothing better than a TV broadcast.  The sound is a simple 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo that comes from the front, which is fine for this dialogue driven series, but don’t expect anything impressive or immersive from such simple series.


The extras for each season are as follows:


Season One

Bonus Episode - From Season Four “Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow” with commentary

3 Audio Commentary Tracks with cast/crew that are very short and retrospective


Season Two

5 Audio Commentary Track with cast/crew, once again not all to invigorating or with replay value, 1 Picture-in-Picture, Commentary Tracks; same as without picture pretty much


Season Three

Boy Meets World Trivia Game



Overall, fond memories are where I leave the series and there is no real need to own this.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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