Page semi-protected

Girl Meets World

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World Logo.png
Created byMichael Jacobs & April Kelly
Theme music composer
Opening theme
"Take On the World"
  • Rowan Blanchard
  • Sabrina Carpenter
ComposerRay Colcord
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes72 (list of episodes)
Executive producerMichael Jacobs
ProducerRandi Barnes
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20–24 minutes
Production companies
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture formatHDTV 720p
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseJune 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) –
January 20, 2017 (2017-01-20)
Related showsBoy Meets World (1993–2000)

Girl Meets World is an American comedy television series created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly that premiered on Disney Channel on June 27, 2014. The series ran for three seasons consisting of 72 episodes, airing its final episode on January 20, 2017. The series is a spinoff of Boy Meets World and stars Rowan Blanchard, Ben Savage, Sabrina Carpenter, Peyton Meyer, August Maturo, Danielle Fishel, and Corey Fogelmanis.

The series centers around the life of Riley and her friends and family, particularly their school life, in which Cory is their history teacher. Riley shares a strong relationship with her best friend Maya Hart, who assists her in learning to cope with social and personal issues of adolescence. Several Boy Meets World cast members reprise their roles in the series.


It has been several years since Cory and Topanga Matthews moved to New York City. The series follows their daughter, Riley Matthews, and her best friend, Maya Hart, as they navigate challenges of life and school. Following along with them are their classmates Lucas Friar and Farkle Minkus and Riley's younger brother Auggie.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120June 27, 2014 (2014-06-27)March 27, 2015 (2015-03-27)
SpecialApril 17, 2015 (2015-04-17)
230May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11)March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
321June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)January 20, 2017 (2017-01-20)




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. The original idea for the series was developed by Corey Marsh, an executive director at Disney Channel, who approached Michael Jacobs, co-creator of Boy Meets World, to produce a similar series for a new generation of children as executive producer and showrunner.[2] The idea was to create a modern version of the show from a different perspective to the original.[2] 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.[3][4] 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 series.[5] On June 17, 2013, Disney Channel officially greenlit a series order for Girl Meets World, which began production that summer.[6] 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.[7] On May 2, 2014, a full trailer for Girl Meets World was released.[citation needed] On May 21, 2014, the pilot episode became available as a preview to users on 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.[8] On June 13, 2014, the pilot was made available for free on iTunes. On August 6, 2014, Girl Meets World was renewed for a second season by Disney Channel.[7] The second season premiered on May 11, 2015.[9] The third season of Girl Meets World was announced on November 25, 2015.[10] The third season premiered on June 3, 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.[11][12] Teo Halm was tapped for the role of Elliot in early March.[13] Filming of the pilot began on March 20, 2013,[14] and concluded on March 22, 2013.[15] 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.[16] 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!"[17] 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 series.[18] On March 12, 2014, it was announced that Lee Norris would reprise his role of Stuart Minkus.[19] On March 18, 2014, it was announced that Rider Strong would reprise his role of Shawn Hunter.[20] 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.[21] On February 3, 2015, it was announced that Trina McGee would reprise her role as Angela Moore and Blake Clark would reprise his role of Chet Hunter.[22][23] On April 7, 2015, it was announced that Anthony Tyler Quinn would reprise his role as Jonathan Turner.[24] On June 5, 2015, it was announced that Matthew Lawrence would reprise his role as Jack Hunter.[25] 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.[26] On July 28, 2016, it was announced that Lily Nicksay and Lindsay Ridgeway, both of whom portrayed Morgan Matthews, would appear in the season three finale.[27]


On January 4, 2017, the series' writers stated on their group Twitter account that they were informed by Disney Channel that the series would not be renewed for a fourth season.[28][29] Viewers of the series led a fan campaign appealing to Netflix to renew the program, noting that as the characters aged, the show was beginning to outgrow Disney Channel's target demographic.[30] Jacobs expressed "I don't think Girl should have been cancelled" and stated he would be interested in continuing the series, revealing that the process was in its "beginning stages" with "interested platforms".[31][32] The cancellation of the series sparked attention in the media. Janelle Okwodu of Vogue reported that the announcement "sent shockwaves through social media—in part because it meant one less realistic depiction on-screen of what it is to be a young woman".[33] Of the series, TVLine reporter Andy Swift suggested that it "maybe shouldn’t have been canceled so soon into its run",[34] and Brandon Katz of Forbes commented "the series laid out countless positive moral lessons for its young viewers".[35] Bustle reporter Sabienna Bowman described the program as a "landmark show", stating, "Girl Meets World captured the hearts of the bright, socially aware generation who have grown up in the age of social media", while commending how it dealt with issues centered around young women.[36]

After four months of searching for a viable network, on May 3, 2017, co-creator Jacobs confirmed that he was unable to come to an agreement with any outlet to continue the show, thus effectively ending the series.[37]


The series originally premiered in the United States on Disney Channel and in Canada on Family Channel on June 27, 2014.[38][39] The series premiered on Disney Channel in Australia on August 25, 2014, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on August 29, 2014.[40][41] In the Balkan countries, Greece, the Middle East and Africa, the series began airing on Disney Channel on November 15, 2014.[42] The series started airing on Disney Channel in Canada on September 1, 2015;[43][44] the episode "Girl Meets I Am Farkle" premiered on Disney Channel in Canada on September 3, 2015, which was before its initial airing in the U.S. on September 11, 2015. In India, the series premiered on October 30, 2017 on Disney International HD.[citation needed]



Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the series an 83% approval rating based on reviews from 18 critics. 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."[45] Metacritic gives the series a score of 64 based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[46] The series premiere received positive reviews. Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast called it a "perfectly pleasant Disney Channel show".[47] 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".[48] Diane Werts of Newsday said the series "does its job of bringing tween-based family viewing into the 2010s".[49]


Viewership and ratings per season of Girl Meets World
Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 20 June 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) 5.16[50] March 27, 2015 (2015-03-27) 2.28[51] 2.74
2 30 May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11) 2.05[52] March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) 1.70[53] 2.28
3 21 June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03) 1.89[54] January 20, 2017 (2017-01-20) 1.64[55] 1.70

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Show Girl Meets World Nominated [56]
2015 Writers Guild of America Award Children's Script - Episodic and Specials Matthew Nelson for "Girl Meets 1961" Nominated [57]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Comedy Girl Meets World Nominated [58]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program Girl Meets World Nominated [59]
2016 Writers Guild of America Award Children's Script - Episodic and Specials Mark Blutman for "Girl Meets I Am Farkle" Nominated [60]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Girl Meets World Nominated [61]
Artios Awards Children's Pilot and Series (Live Action) Girl Meets World Won [62]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Show Girl Meets World Nominated [63]
Kids Choice Awards Mexico Favorite International Program Girl Meets World Nominated [64]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program Girl Meets World Nominated [59]
2017 Writers Guild of America Award Children's Script - Episodic and Specials Joshua Jacobs & Michael Jacobs for "Girl Meets Commonism" Nominated [65]
Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Children's Program Girl Meets World (Season 2, Season 3) Nominated [66]
Humanitas Prize Children's Live Action Matthew Nelson for "Girl Meets the Forgiveness Project" Nominated [67]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show (Kids) Girl Meets World Nominated [68][69]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program Girl Meets World Nominated [59]


  1. ^ Sabrina Carpenter; Rowan Blanchard (May 19, 2014). Take On the World (Girl Meets World Theme) – Sabrina Carpenter, Rowan Blanchard. Disney Channel. Archived from the original on November 17, 2021. Retrieved February 15, 2018 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ a b Adele Jennings (September 11, 2014). "Interview with Disney Channel's Girl Meets World Stars Cory and Riley". Daily Mirror. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Ben Savage [@BenSavage] (November 26, 2012). "I'm going to be a father! Well, on TV at least. The Boy Meets World sequel is officially happening!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 5, 2013 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Danielle Fishel [@daniellefishel] (November 26, 2012). "Trying this again! Girl Meets World" (Tweet). Retrieved February 5, 2013 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Terri Schwartz (February 1, 2013). "Michael Jacobs on Girls Meets World: We want any Boy Meets World cast member who wants to come back". Zap2it. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  6. ^ Nuzhat Naoreen (June 17, 2013). "Girl Meets World Gets the Green Light from Disney". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Cynthia Littleton (August 6, 2014). "Disney Channel Renews Girl Meets World for Season 2". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Girl Meets World: Girl Meets Sneak Attack". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  9. ^ Alex Stedman (April 8, 2015). "Girl Meets World Season 2 Premiere Date: Disney Sets May Premiere". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  10. ^ Linda Ge (November 25, 2015). "Girl Meets World Renewed for Season 3 on Disney Channel". The Wrap. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  11. ^ Kate Stanhope (January 28, 2013). "Pilot Season: Boy Meets World Spin-Off Casts Cory and Topanga's Daughter". TV Guide. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  12. ^ James Hibberd (January 31, 2013). "Boy Meets World Spin-Off Casts Riley's Best Friend". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  13. ^ Lesley Goldberg (March 4, 2013). "Girl Meets World Casts Cory and Topanga's Son". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  14. ^ Gina Carbone (March 20, 2013). "Girl Meets World Starts Filming Pilot! Check Out the Set". Wetpaint. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  15. ^ Amy Crooks (March 23, 2013). "Photos: Girl Meets World Cast". Dis411. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  16. ^ Eileen Reslen (March 21, 2013). "Rider Strong and Will Friedle Swing by the Girl Meets World Set". MTV. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  17. ^ "Interview with Boy Meets World Actress Maitland Ward". BMW Sequel. May 9, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  18. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (October 6, 2013). "Girl Meets World Cuts Cory/Topanga's Teen Son". TVLine. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  19. ^ Vlada Gelman (March 12, 2014). "Girl Meets World Cast: Lee Norris Returns as Minkus". TVLine. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  20. ^ "Girl Meets World: Rider Strong Reprises Boy Meets World Role". The Hollywood Reporter. March 18, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  21. ^ Bill Bradley (December 3, 2014). "Eric Matthews and Mr. Feeny Are Coming to Girl Meets World". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  22. ^ Leanne Aguilera (February 3, 2015). "Girl Meets World: Shawn Hunter Will Reunite with Angela and His Dad in Season 2". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  23. ^ Michele Corriston (June 5, 2015). "Boy Meets World's Shawn and Angela Will Reunite on Girl Meets World". People. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  24. ^ Andy Swift (April 7, 2015). "Girl Meets World: Anthony Tyler Quinn Returning as Mr. Turner in Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  25. ^ Crystal Bell (June 5, 2015). "Boy Meets World Creator Teases Matthew Lawrence's Emotional Girl Meets World Episode". MTV. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  26. ^ Chris Harnick (April 1, 2016). "Girl Meets World Stages Epic TGIF Reunion with Family Matters Favorite". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  27. ^ Andy Swift (July 28, 2016). "Girl Meets World Stages Massive BMW Reunion". TVLine. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  28. ^ Andy Swift (January 4, 2017). "Girl Meets World Cancelled". TVLine. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  29. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (January 4, 2017). "Girl Meets World Canceled: Disney Channel's "Boy Meets World" Spinoff Won't Return for Season 4". Variety. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  30. ^ Noelle Devoe (January 6, 2017). "Heartbroken Girl Meets World Fans Are Begging Netflix to Save the Show". Seventeen. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  31. ^ Linda Ge (January 12, 2017). "Girl Meets World Showrunner on Show's Future: There Are Interested Platforms". The Wrap. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  32. ^ Andy Swift (January 12, 2017). "Girl Meets World Boss: There Are Talks Underway to Continue the Series". TVLine. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  33. ^ Janelle Okwodu (January 5, 2017). "Why the Cancellation of Girl Meets World Is Really Bad News for Women". Vogue. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  34. ^ Andy Swift (January 6, 2017). "Girl Meets World Says an Early Goodbye to Fans with Hour-Long Special". TVLine. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  35. ^ Brandon Katz (January 5, 2017). "Girl Meets World Cancelled by Disney, but Why?". Forbes. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  36. ^ Sabienna Bowman (January 7, 2017). "Girl Meets World Has Become a Landmark Show for a New Generation of Fans". Bustle. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  37. ^ "Girl Meets World Is Officially Dead". E! News. May 3, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  38. ^ "Girl Meets World to Premiere Friday, June 27, on Disney Channel". Zap2it. May 2, 2014. Archived from the original on May 3, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  39. ^ "Girl Meets World Will Be on Family for Canada". BMW Sequel. May 22, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  40. ^ "New Series: Girl Meets World!". Disney Australia. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  41. ^ "Ben Savage on Boy Meets World Spin-Off: "I didn't want to hurt original"". Digital Spy. August 29, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  42. ^ "Disney Channel Programming Highlights". My Newsroom. November 6, 2014. Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  43. ^ "Get Ready Canada! Disney Channel Arrives on September 1!". Corus Entertainment. August 11, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  44. ^ "It's #HereForReal Canada! Corus Entertainment Launches Disney Channel in 10 Million Households". Corus Entertainment. September 1, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  45. ^ "Girl Meets World Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  46. ^ "Girl Meets World Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  47. ^ Kevin Fallon (June 26, 2014). "Boy Meets World Fans Will Hate Girl Meets World". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  48. ^ Rob Owen (June 25, 2014). "Disney's Girl More Family Oriented than ABC Family Debuts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  49. ^ Diane Werts (June 25, 2014). "Girl Meets World Review". Newsday. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  50. ^ "Friday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals". The Futon Critic. June 30, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  51. ^ Mitch Metcalf (March 30, 2015). "Top 25 Friday Cable Originals & Network Update: 3.27.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 1, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  52. ^ Mitch Metcalf (May 12, 2015). "Top 100 Monday Cable Originals & Network Update: 5.11.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on May 15, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  53. ^ Mitch Metcalf (March 14, 2016). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.11.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  54. ^ Mitch Metcalf (June 6, 2016). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.3.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  55. ^ Mitch Metcalf (January 23, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.20.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  56. ^ Amanda Kondolojy (July 17, 2014). "Second Wave of Nominations for Teen Choice 2014 Announced". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  57. ^ Patrick Hipes (December 4, 2014). "Writers Guild TV Nominations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  58. ^ "Teen Choice 2015". Fox. June 5, 2015. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  59. ^ a b c "Girl Meets World Emmy Nominations". Emmys. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  60. ^ "2016 Nominees and Winners". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  61. ^ Joi-Marie McKenzie (March 13, 2016). "Kids' Choice Awards 2016: The Complete Winners List". ABC News. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  62. ^ Ross A. Lincoln (January 21, 2016). "The 31st Annual Casting Society Arios Awards: Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  63. ^ Maya Eliahou (June 9, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016--Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E!. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  64. ^ "Kids Choice Awards Mexico 2016". Mundo Nick. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  65. ^ "2017 Writers Guild Awards Nominees". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  66. ^ "People v. O.J., Stranger Things score Producers Guild Award nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  67. ^ "'Arrival,' '13th' & 'Hidden Figures' Among 2017 Humanitas Prize Finalists". Deadline Hollywood. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  68. ^ "2017 Kids' Choice Awards". Nickelodeon. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  69. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List". E! News. March 12, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.

External links