Mini Graphic T-shirt Haul

I’ve mentioned how my love for television is a force to be reckoned with. Well there’s another obsession I have. I love collecting graphic t-shirts. Shirts that say silly things, or have fun charcters on them. Now when you put those two interests together, I lend a new level to the term tv fangirl.

Over the past few weeks or so I’ve come across a few t-shirts that I just had to have. I caught some sales and just went for it!

Here’s my haul:

I saw this shirt last summer in a department store and it was like 20 bucks, I was busy shopping for other things, so I couldn’t afford to just buy whatever I wanted. However, I recently saw it in a thrift store for $6 and I knew it was fate. Topanga Lawrence is such a free and wacky spirit. My inner flower child just gets her, and I knew I had to sport the “Find Your Topanga” slogan for everyone out there who feels like they can’t own their weirdness. Find it and own it! ;D

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This next shirt was also $6 at that same thrift store and let’s be real Kelly and Zack were one of THE best 90’s power couples. If they don’t scream Relationship Goals, who does?  

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This shirt was $8 at the thrift store and I just had to! I love me some Brandon/Kelly/ Dylan drama. But let’s be real #DAVIDSILVER Was The Real STUD. 😉

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These next three I found at Kohl’s. I always find great t-shirts there. The first two I saw and died. WHERE WERE THESE WHEN I HAD MY VIEWING PARTY for the Netflix revival. You guys know how I love my Gilmores! These two were 2 for $20! (And you can probably still get them!)

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This last one was just an ode to my love for one of my favorite Disney movies/ princesses. Now all I need is to find a Pocahontas tee and I’m golden! 😉 It’s on sale for $14.99! (And you can probably still get it!)

I love these T-shirts. I love feeling like I can bring a little nostalgia back into my life.  I have such fond memories of growing up while watching these tv shows and movies. It’s nice to be able to wear that and keep that same feeling alive and with me.

*All images are my own.*

-<3-

 

TV Show Theme Songs/Introductions

You sit down on the couch, remote in hand.

And you turn on your favorite show.

You’re pumped and can’t wait to see if Ross and Rachel finally get back together.

But what makes all of that more sweeter?

The musical introduction of course!

The song you know by heart, and involuntarily bop along and sing to as it plays before you dive into the fictional world of your favorite characters.

I love television so much.

I love how you can be catapulted into a world of characters and experience their love and friendships throughout their journey. How you instantly feel like they become your family on that day, at that time. It’s like every week you can depend of them to make your day just a bit better.

And what I’ve learned about my love for television, is that the little bit of an intro matters to me. The song they choose- matters to me.

Because it has to reflect the show’s tone. And the images they place with it too. Of course theme songs are changed, modified, shortened, remixed, throughout the years. But still they set the tone for what’s in store for you and I for one don’t think television would be the same without them.

So let’s talk about some of my favorites- (in no particular order)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This song was my brother’s and my jam. When we were little every time we would watch the show, the song would come on and we’d just rock out. #IWhipMyHairBackAndForth Girls who wore one or more braids in their hair….you know what I’m talking about.

 

FRIENDS

What would life be like without this song? Unimaginable.  Friends. I’ll Be There For You. You know you clap clap clap when they do, admit it!

Beverly Hills 90210

This is one of the strictly instrumental theme songs out there, but I still get so happy whenever I hear it! Nostalgia.

The Fresh Prince of Bellaire

“In West Philadelphia born and raised….” Cue the rap props. If you know all the words to this song, dust off your shoulder cuz you are a bonified G. Am I right?

Living Single

Gurllllll…..that saxophone tho….

Charmed

Saved by the Bell

Boy Meets World

There were three different songs, each better than the last!

Sister Sister

The theme song and intro got a little sassier as the girls got into their older years. Haha.

Lizzie McGuire

She was my queen and therefore this was our musical thrown. I may or may not have been obsessed with her tie dye outfit. 😉

That’s So Raven

Nostalgia is so cozy! Ya nasty! 😉 The old school Disney channel was EPIC!

7th Heaven

“Where can you goooo, when the world don’t treat you right, the answer is homeeee that’s the one place that you’ll find…” come on now!

Oh hey Jessica Biel, how you doing girl!

Reba

This show is my jam, I watch everyday before work!

Gilmore Girls

Do NOT get me started on my girl Carole King. This song is perfection and it’s like drinking a cup of tea (or ya know coffee coffee coffee) on a cold winter night. It’s just like a big hug!

Full House

If you don’t know this feel good song, where have you been?

Family Matters

One Tree Hill

Gavin… oh dear Gavin, I thank you for this and for being the introduction to the show that single handedly shaped my writer’s soul. Hearing this song  now, takes me back to watching this story unfold nearly every week with my best friend at my side as we tried to navigate middle school, high school and even the early stages of college. 9 Years people, 9 years, that’s commitment.

The OC

Who else wants to live in California? They make it seem so nice. 😉

Seth Cohen is my spirit animal!

Degrassi

“Whatever it takes, I know I can make it through!” Positive Messages! You know before they hit you with a shit ton of teenage drama. 😉 #ILOVEDSHAWN

The Walking Dead

If you read my blog you may know that The Walking Dead and I have suffered a recent break up. After Glenn’s death our relationship just wasn’t the same and I needed my space. But any time I hear our song, it just brings me back. Another instrumental, but it is so damn eerie, and it is so damn good! Those violins get me every time!

So Little Time

I cannot even tell you how this song can transport me back into time. Put me on a beach in a long sweater and some capris. Girls you know what I’m talking about, watch that intro!

Gossip Girl

Simple, but so effective. Whispers Whispers Whispers. “That’s a secret I’ll never tell, you know you love me. XOXO Gossip girl.”

City Guys & Hang Time

These two shows may not ring a bell with anyone. But they were my Saturday mornings! I don’t even really remember what channel they were on, but I loved them and I still remember their theme songs until this day.

 

Hannah Montana

I may or may not have been a little older than the target audience, but yea I was still a fan! #NoShame

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Sabrina the teenage witch

(Last one was always my fav!)

The Nanny

The Golden Girls

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Theme songs are so important. I know that not all shows have them, or need to have them. But if they do, they have to be good, because years and years later they will stick with you and remind you of beautiful memories. As I wrote this post, the nostalgia was so sweet.

*I do not take credit for any videos, or music used.*

-<3-

In Love & Feminism

So growing up as a teenager in the millennium and being a product of the early 90’s I guess you can say that there was a pretty big number of female characters showcased on television that shaped the idea of romance for young girls and young woman everywhere. However, there was definitely a lesson or two placed behind the stories lines of these young women finding the great loves of their lives, while trying to figure out who they are at the same time. Here are some female tv characters I thought it best to shine a light on…in no particular order….here it goes…

CHILD-STARS-038“Topanga” Lawrence (Boy Meets World)

*Marries Cory Matthews

Topanga and Cory were destined to be together. They were childhood friends and gradually worked their way up to dating, fell madly in love and married early in college. Throw in a kiss with a few random strangers for the two, multiple breakups some for good reason some for no reason at all, an almost move for Topanga, and a whole lot of oppressed sexual frustration for Cory and you have it all. It was a beautiful story to watch unfold. A story about young love and friendship and how the combination of the two means everything. But every great love story comes with it’s flaws. Topanga is one of the most independent female characters on this list. Ever since she was a child, Topanga fought to be an original spirit. Well known for being the “Weird, Smart Girl” Topanga hit high school and became a babe…(always was gorgeous, but guys finally started noticing, and so did Cory).Cory-and-Topanga-married-cory-and-topanga-31416749-640-480 Throughout the series Topanga stands up for woman’s rights, stands up for them to be treated equally and respectfully. Expressing her opinions unafraid of what her male peers may say. Always serving as a positive view for young girls. She was the voice of a young girl in a show that was based on a young boy and his life lessons. It was Topanga who asked Cory to marry her. But she also gave up Yale to be with him. Throughout the love story of these two you will see them shift their independence, you will see them co-depend on their love as well. But in a nut shell Topanga was a character who knew she could stand on her own…she just chose not to. She chose to accept love into her life and to accept the bond of man that comes along with it. And she was a character that understand there is a way to be in love with a man and still respect her feminist values.

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*Marries Zack Morris

Kelly was the “IT” girl at Bayside High. She was the girl, guys fought over. Kelly and Zack were a slow build up…they dated then they didn’t, they kissed, then they didn’t. They were friends, then they fought. Only to be married later in Saved By The Bell; The College Yearstumblr_mxiii0YaoF1spkg1ho1_500. I wouldn’t say that they qualify as one of the greatest love stories of all time…but for 90’s sake let’s say they did. Cuz I freakin’ LOVED them together. It was clear they had chemistry and as an audience member, you rooted for them, you expected them to work out in the end. And no one likes to be let down. But if you ask me, it was fun to watch, but I didn’t see the strong woman finding her life long love. In fact Kelly wasn’t that role…Jesse on the other hand….she was more like it. With a mind strongly wired with feminism, she put men in their place and made player AC Slater shape the hell up.

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*Engaged to (but never marries) Brandon Walsh, Ends up with Dylan Mckay

Dylan

Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Another Kelly. Only difference…this one was blonde and just a wee bit damaged. While early years Kelly tried being bouncy and happy and painted Beverly Hills a sassy shade of perfect pink with her long legs, rich lifestyle and fun taste for fashion, on the inside Kelly was suffering in silence. As she got older things only got more complicated as the idea of choosing between the good guy Brandon and the bad boy Dylan became intensively overwhelming. Throw in a few cheating scandals on all ends, deaths, and personal struggles, and you have an Aaron Spelling Drama. To me Kelly never knew what she wanted. Although, as most girls her age…never do either. She was some what

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relatable. However, she was selfish at times, and didn’t always think ahead. Didn’t always think about how she could be affecting other people. She also broke a few hearts in the process, when constantly being pulled toward Dylan. A man who probably loved her but didn’t really deserve her in the long run. That’s why girls….date the Dylan, marry the hell out of the Brandon. The series leaves us with you thinking Kelly and Dylan end up together, but if you ask me Kelly never really got the true idea of love, or the true concept of feminism and standing up for yourself. In other words she was just a girl living in her own world. A very confused, uncertain world. But hey, I still loved her! She ended up being one of my favorites. haha. (BUT I loved her with BRANDON!)

mcx-rachel-green-0510-mdnRachel Green (Friends)

[More on Ross & Rachel’s relationship in another post coming soon…]

*Marries then divorces Ross Geller, has a baby with him years later and moves in with him, then moves out…but later ends up with him anyway.

Rachel and Ross…holy crap. Where the hell do I begin. This is one of the most back and forth, up and down, friends_episode238_337x233_032020061519side to side, diagonal love stories I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Throw in a shit ton of breakups masked with useless characters that served as suitable rebounds, all for them to end up together in the end. Rachel started the series as a dependent rich girl. Until she became a runaway bride, looking for a place to live and a shoulder to cry on, oh and the idea of needing a job for the first time in her entire life. But she did it, she did it all and she became a better person for it, and an amazing friend. Throw in Ross, a man who has been in love with her since the 9th grade. And Rachel although naive to his adoration for her for years, finally finds herself in love and pure bliss. Until she lands her dream job in fashion and is too busy to make time for her boyfriend, which only leads to fights, accusations and a momentary break from their relationship in which Ross sleeps with another RREwoman. When Rachel finds out, the road their relationship takes is a bumpy one. As lovers/friends, become foes and they can barely stand to be in the same room with each other. However, Rachel held her own. Spoke her mind, and although at times she could be a little ditzy and spoiled, and throw a dig and a joke here and there toward Ross, they eventually over came their drama and realized they belonged together. At the root, they were always friends. They along with their daughter were a family. And even though she was Paris bound, hours away from living a life long fashion infused dream, Rachel came back and chose love. A woman who can stand on her own, who could support her child, but chose to accept the love of a man named Ross. Sometimes, the greatest dream in the world isn’t worth a thing, if you don’t have someone to share it with.

Chloe_CarlsonChloe & Riley Carlson (So Little Time)

*Significant Other for Chloe- Lennon

Ah the Olsen Twins. Who wasn’t affected by these two? I mean come on! The most prominent memory I have of being obsessed with these two was their characters in So Little Time. Ashley was always my favorite and she played Chloe. She was the one with more of a love life, so let’s go with her. For starters we saw her over exert herself in trying to win over the attention of handsome fellows, TI4U_u1142358417making a fool of herself….(as all girls do at some point) but then she began to mature and realize she’s better than that. Chloe meets Lennon by accident and is rather annoyed by him…which in turn causes a unique balance of romantic comedy as they irritate each other and fall in love. Chloe is somewhat ditzy at times, loves fashion, enjoys a very privileged life, but has quite a big heart.(Hmmm she and Rachel Green would get along haha.) She may get wrapped up in guy drama at times, but knows how to balance her future and her feelings for Lennon. I think it’s safe to say Chloe’s way of dealing with guys had come a long way when the show ended.

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*Significant Other- Gordo (her best friend) shows signs of liking her all throughout the series, Lizzie finally picks up on it and kisses him in The Lizzie McGuire movie….Hallelujah!

Lizzie! OMG if I wasn’t completely obsessed with her, I don’t know what the definition of obsessed is. I wanted to dress like her, so bad. I can’t even tell you how many times I tried to style my hair like hers! She was just the coolest thing when I was in middle school, and it was amazing to be able to relate to a character who was my age. Going through things that we possibly were going through. Lizzie was an ordinary girl. She was someone who you could see yourself being friends with. However, there were things about Lizzie that I look back on and realize maybe she wasn’t the best role model at times. For starters she was obsessed with the most popular boy in class; Ethan Craft (why? I never understood his appeal but hey that’s just me). Next she was obsessed with being popular. And last but not least, she was completely naive to the fact that her adorable and kind hearted best friend Gordo was completely in love with her. There were several times where Lizzie got so wrapped up in trying to change how she looked, how she talked, what she wore, who she was to try and impress Ethan and fit in.And often times her friends and family would have to call her out on it. And granted I think that is a somewhat realistic concept, all girls have those moments of trying to strive for acceptance. And in hindsight, it was refreshing to see that not every girl on tv gets her way, not every girl gets the popular guy, or becomes popular herself. But instead she’sLizzie-and-Gordo-lizzie-mcguire-and-david-gordo-gordon-26542336-632-469 surrounded by caring family and great friends who always have her back. Who are always there to snap her back to reality when she started to lose who she was. Because when she was her kind hearted, free spirited self, she really did rock, and really shouldn’t change. So once you figured that out Lizzie, we were all very proud. There was always a lesson behind every crazy thing she ever did, and she always came out of it a little wiser, and a little more confident. Lizzie McGuire, flaws and all was EVERYTHING to young girls everywhere. And I wouldn’t have her anyway. At the root she was a brave girl, unafraid to put herself out there, unafraid of new experiences, and unafraid to stand up and do the right thing. Sometimes you have to make a fool of yourself to realize that you’re better than that. Hilary Duff is Queen.

20100716153346Raven Baxter (That’s So Raven)

There was a boy…I think his name was Devon. But let’s not pretend that was an epic love story. What I loved about Raven was her ability to stand up for what she believed in, even if it was hard. Even though her psychic abilities were farfetched and unrealistic, it was entertaining as hell. And Raven was quite the unconventional character, and a positive one at that. And can we just congratulate her on her curvacious figure…not every lead needs to be stick thin and have the “perfect” body media likes to plague us with.

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267778_1247527495842_fullBrooke Davis (One Tree Hill)

*Fell in love with Lucas Scott, got her heart broken and years later found her prince in Julian Baker and had baby boy twins 10 years later.

Brooke Davis….what can I say. If there is any one character who has been dragged through Love’s dirt repeatedly, it’s Brooke Davis. She starts off like many others; Rich, Beautiful, Loves shopping, and loves the attention she gets from guys even more. Coming from a broken home, with parents who barely give her the time of day, Brooke Davis is a girl who unknowingly has been searching for love and a family her entire life. In her first attempt, she falls hard, but gets her heart trampled on by Lucas Scott, as he cheats on her with her best friend Peyton. After many fights and a few vicious friendly exiles, her family going broke and moving away causing her to move in with Lucas’ mother, then later gets an apartment of her own, several attempts at mending a broken heart (Felix who?) Brooke dives into a new project. She starts an online clothing line, where she sells her very own fashion designs; clothes/bros.  Lucas and Brooke find themselves back together and in love until Peyton realizes she still has feelings for Lucas. (Do you hate Peyton yet?…cuz I did and still kinda do).

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L: Lucas & Peyton.
R: Lucas & Brooke.

Turning the Brooke and Lucas relationship upside down and causing Lucas to eventually down the line end up with Peyton, both characters eventually ride off into the sunset and leave the series for good. While, Brooke’s heart broken again she goes into business with a not so friendly face; her mother (whom is pictured for the first time in Season 5). While she lives a high life of fashion and fame in New York, Brooke realizes she’s missing something; a child. Her need to be a mother greatens and she moves back home to Tree Hill. She tries adopting, even though she is single and at the high point of her career, but is only granted a trial adoption, where she helps provide a home and a monetary assistance to a child from another country in need of surgery. Guy after guy comes and goes, but Brooke is focused on herself and her dream of becoming a mother. In walks a somewhat cocky, smooth talking, Julian Baker; Peyton’s Los Angeles ex. And we have a match made in hell….for a brief moment. Brooke finds Julian repellent, and seems to think he has come back to steal Peyton from Lucas. Well Julian’s motives appear to be less then kosher, we later see he was just there for business and to find the girl who completes his love story…Brooke 787127_1311861877774_fullDavis. Brooke and Julian are a wild ride. Very indecisive about the longevity of their relationship. Brooke has been plagued with reasons of doubt and mistrust and it hinders her out look on love and her relationship with Julian. But it all gets straightened out eventually and Julian does a lot of sacrificing to be with her; moving his life to tree hill to start a life with her. Brooke has quite the story line and granted it’s a lot of soul searching and insecurity but she also comes into her own and she realizes she’s stronger than she knows. She can make it on her own, and stubbornly would have, but those around her just wouldn’t let her. Love catches her in the end, and she gets the love, the family and the motherhood she’s always wanted. Oh Sophia Bush. I have such a mega girl crush on you! She kicks criminal ass on her new show Chicago PD.

Summer-Roberts-summer-roberts-22088886-236-317Summer Roberts (The OC)

*Fell in love with geeky Seth Cohen and married him years later.

The hidden virgin of Orange County, who was rich, privileged, ditzy, loved shopping and mani/pedis, trashy magazines gossip and a good party. (Why they never did a One Tree Hill/The OC crossover is beyond me, Summer and Brooke would have been besties!) Summer enjoyed the lifestyle but soon realized that after being the apple of sweet “geeky” Seth Cohen’s eye for so long, she was to her dismay returning his feelings. Summer is an interesting character…bossy to say the least and your stereotypical rich Orange County girl, with a twist. But she does a complete 180. Her bossiness doesn’t change much, as she’s a woman who fights for what she wants whether it’s the latest prada bag, or the fight for world peace. Summer loses her best friend in a horrific car accident and challenges her grief in college activism where she becomes who she was always meant to be. While breakups are inevitable, and other love interests had their turn, Seth proved to be the one for Summer. And as she fought for the good of the environment, Seth fought for her. And she soon realized it was ok to have both. While Summer headed off to join an activism group that would take her away from Seth for quite some time, he waited for her return, supporting her every step of the way. Now there’s a good man, supporting a strong woman.

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Ah good old television teen romances.

Unrealistic expectations aren’t they?

I’ve always said…

“television and movie romances crush a girl’s soul.”

And yet here I am 23 years old unable to stop myself from writing stories about love…about people falling in and out of love, about girls traveling through life trying to find out who they are and where they belong all while they have to decide who the right one is to bring along for the journey. It’s an age old story that has been told countless times, in different ways, with different faces and different love.

To finish my recently stated self quote…

“And yet one day, I hope to be one of those soul crushers.”

Allow me to explain.

Growing up watching the love stories of the girls turned to young women I mentioned above, unfold. I was always fascinated by the arc of a relationship and by how the female character would or would not remain her own person, and keep true to herself, her dreams, and her life before the guy. We’ve all seen the girl who drops all aspects of her previous life just to spend time with her boyfriend.

However, there is nothing more beautiful then seeing how two actors can bring a love story to life. To make you believe something and to make you feel something. To find a way to balance the dreams they want for themselves and the love they have for each other. If you can invest yourself in the story, that writer is doing something right. tumblr_m3mx0cUYjq1rqqidio1_500Brooke_x_Julian_(1)But it can also make you reflect on the idea that the boys in your life are seldom like the ones you fall in love with every week on tv. That’s where the term soul crushers comes in. But once you get past that feeling of lost hope, that your boyfriend is never going to measure up (haha…sorry boys) to Seth Cohen’s quirky adoration for Summer Roberts all his life or Julian Baker’s undeniable love for Brooke Davis, you realize Love is the root of every story.

I don’t care what setting it is. I don’t care if it’s the freakin’ zombie apocalypse and you have to fight to survive flesh eating monsters…I don’t care if a girl is trapped in prison and the flirtation from a cute guard helps her escape her current reality. There’s relationships that form, there is love there.glenn-and-maggie-glenn-and-maggie-33178254-500-242

Maggie found Glenn in “The Walking Dead,” and Daya found John in “Orange is the New Black.” Give me any tv show, give me any movie and I WILL find you a love story. A strong lead female character is an incredible thing to see being portrayed.

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Watching people fall in love is timeless. No matter the genre…comedy, drama, action, mystery….at the core, there will always be a guy who falls for a girl, and girl who falls for a guy. [Or hey it’s the 21st century, a girl who falls for a girl, or a guy who falls for a guy. We’re all people. I don’t judge.] Love is timeless. But so is Feminism. And they can easily hold hands, if you have a man who respects it.

End. Of. Story.

-<3-

Relive Your Childhood With Girl Meets World

Ok 90’s babies…listen up, because we have much to discuss.

As you may have heard the childhood memories maker series “Boy Meets World” that shaped the l345d5e710000_2_13466hearts of many of us; “Boy Meets World” has been reinvented and brought back into a new series spinoff “Girl Meets World.”

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For those who aren’t familiar with Boy Meets World, it was a story of a young boy named Cornelius “Cory” Matthews who with the help (and at times push from) his best friend Shawn finds his way tumblr_lxryzlm74L1qei0mto1_500through all the mistakes and ups and downs of being an adolescent. We watch Cory grow from a young boy, to a young man, and we get to see him go from thinking girls have cooties to falling in love with Topanga (What’s a Topanga?…get out just get out!); the weird girl who may or may not decide to shave her legs, and who draws red lipstick hearts on her face and tribal dances in Cory’s kitchen during their brainstorming for a school project. We watch as Cory balances all the different relationships in his life and we see the people and the life lessons that shape the man he is today.

 

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Um yes this is sitting pretty on their book shelf…

In the new series we follow Cory and Topanga’s family as they raise two children; Riley and Auggie. This story is about Riley’s journey into the world and how she will make it hers and step out of her father’s slightly taller shadow.10476262_509955329103952_2405926121138190096_n

I have to say when I heard about this I nearly combusted. I’m an extremely nostalgic person. And Boy Meets World was such a great show to grow up with that it made me super excited to relive that feeling. The buzz this show was and still is getting was crazy and only made the premiere even more of an anticipation. The interviews, the behind the scenes photos, the guest stars; It was like a giant flashback that I didn’t mind living in forever.

However, with that being said. There is something you need to understand going into this. Before even watching the pilot. You need to understand, Nostalgia is all well and good. But we can’t live in the past. Girl Meets World will not be Boy Meets World. And it shouldn’t try. What it needs to do is be it’s own show yet embracing opportunities for homage to where it all starting. And I have to say, in my honest opinion, I liked it! It was adorable. Granted being that it’s on Disney channel, the target audience is significantly younger then most of us 90’s babies are, and the writing has to remain a little more PG then it was on Boy Meets World. BUT it was fun to see Cory and Topanga as parents, did anyone else secretly feel like an Aunt. 😉 I had to tune in to see how they pulled this story together, and I’m glad I did.10406529_508571489242336_6260273196246744778_n

Girl Meets World premiered on tv on Friday, June 27th at 9:45. (Regular time: Fridays at 8:30 starting July 11th, *no new episodes the week of July 4th*)

As far as I can remember, when we last saw Cory, Topanga and the gang, Topanga had received an internship offer in New York, and she and Cory were off to New York to start their new lives as a tumblr_n28y5sldtt1r3z3gbo1_500married couple just out of college. Along for the ride were Eric and of course Shawn. While Rachel and Jack were off to the peace core. Whoever knows what happened to Angela. Haha. And left in Philly were the rest of the Matthews family; Amy, Allen, Morgan, and baby Joshua. [Click for goodbye scene.] And last but certainly not least, the very beloved, very insightful Mr. Feeny. Who before dismissing his class for the very last time, said something that will always stay with me “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.” As Topanga asks “Don’t you mean do well?” And he replies simply… “No. I mean do good.” It’s a scene that gets me Every. Damn. Time.

So with that picture in mind, fast forward 11 or so years later…til new aged Girl Meets World.

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***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Cory and Topanga are parents to Riley and Auggie, living in New York, where Topanga carries a briefcase and wears and blazer and Cory is best known as Mr. Matthews; John Quincy Adams’ U.S. history teacher, and also Riley’s worst nightmare since she’s in his class. And he’s trying to run her life, so she says.

The opening scene is between Riley and her best friend Maya. As they try and decide whether or not Riley can stand up to her father and tell him she wants to ride the subway by herself. Thinking she’ll know his answer, Riley and Maya decide they have a better chance of getting what they want, by sneaking out her bedroom window. (Cory and Shawn flashback? I swear they didn’t know what the front door was until they were about 15. haha)

Just as they do, Cory chases them back in, only to explain to her that the world is hers and let’s her go. It is here that we notice the instant dynamic of the show. Where Riley says to Maya…

“How long do I have to live in my father’s world?” -Riley

“Until you make it yours.”-CoryBen-Savage-_-Danielle-Fishel-Girl-Meets-World-300x194

“Will you still be there for me when I do?”-Riley

“Right here. We’ll be right here.”- *ENTER* Topanga

 

****The moment I almost cried, Oh the feels… the nostalgia got to me.****

Cory plays a protective father, striving to help his daughter Riley make the best choices for herself and we see a daughter who is trying to find her way and find who she really is. Riley is a good girl, always used to following the rules, but while her best friend Maya is a rebel, Riley wishes to be “cool” like her and goes on a mission to “reinvent” herself. Much like the dynamic between Cory and Shawn. Cory was always the more levelheaded, think before doing something stupid, while Shawn never thought. Maya is the female version of Shawn in this case. The rebel with a cause. It’s really cool to see this dynamic with two females in the roles. I think it causes for a different perspective and doesn’t re-tell the story Cory had to tell.

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Girls are going to experience everything differently, they are going to feel differently about things. They are going to go through certain things, the boys never did, or never understood. P.S. it’s Girl Meets World and I think Topanga should have more lines as she is the original Girl. Because after Cory was the Boy in Boy Meets World he became the Boy in Boy Meets Girl and well, Topanga wastumblr_me0x4d75kX1r0z3hjo1_1280 that Girl. Topanga held the responsibility to portray the girl’s perspective in Boy Meets World. She was independent and made choices that were her own. Despite giving up Yale to be with Cory, Topanga never made her life all around a boy, she knew there were other aspects to life. She never NEEDED Cory, she knew how to survive without him, she just Wanted him. There is a difference. And when the opportunity to move to New York came, she took it, with Cory supportively by her side. And let’s face it Topanga (the mom) is way more suitable to deal with Riley’s up and coming teenage girl, mood swings then Cory (the dad) will be. And I believe Riley and Maya have a better understanding of the term “woo her,” than Cory and Shawn ever really did.

Speaking of Wooing. Enter Farkle. Farkle is the new Minkus of the group. Spoiler alert, I believe he’s gmw4Minkus’ son…BUT besides the point Farkle is the very smart, very much in love with Riley and Maya. He definatley will try his hand at wooing. We’ve already seen a few attempts at flirting. The same way Minkus was infatuated with Topanga, Farkle is infatuated with Riley (and Maya.) The friend dynamic between Topanga, Cory, and Shawn, seems like it’s going to be relived through Farkle, Riley, and Maya.

GIRL-MEETS-WORLDEnter Lucas. Riley’s cute “subway boy”, who turns out to be a new student in her history class, who she has her sights on. Riley much like Cory has a lot to learn about flirting. *Thumbs up*…doesn’t count Riles. Just ask your father. While Maya much like Shawn, is going to be the trusty friend flirting guide.

 

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While most of the time I was kind of expecting “Uncle” Shawn to pop up, I realized it made sense that he didn’t. Not in the first episode at least. When trying to brand a new show, and make it it’s own, having the initial dream team of Cory and Shawn in a show entitled Girl Meets World, may just squash all the efforts of Riley and Maya’s friendship.

The show also follows Cory and Topanga’s life; raising their children. So the way they did it made sense. They had to set the stage for the story that will be told. However, knowing that Farkle is Minkus’ son (the audience doesn’t know just yet, but I’ve read it) and seeing that Riley is Cory and Topanga’s daughter, I half expected Maya to be Shawn’s daughter but I’m not sure how likely that is.  However, I wouldn’t put it past the creators to have Shawn pull a Mr. Turner and become a badass motorcycle riding, mentor to Maya. Hell Shawn did like to write, maybe he can teach English. 😉 Although seeing how Shawn moved to New York with Cory and Topanga at the end of Boy Meets World, Shawn is a must for a guest star. And from what I’ve seen Shawn, Amy, and Allen are to be in future episodes. Uncle Joshua has also been rumored to have been cast, so that should be super fun to see.

Eric was missed dearly as well. But the few seconds Cory’s son Auggie had on screen was enough to convince me that Auggie inherented his uncle Eric’s sense of humor. He was totally aloof and made absolutely no sense, and he had me cracking up. Which leads me to believe that Riley and Auggie’s relationship could possibly mirror Cory and Eric’s, except this time Riley’s the older sibling.

What we did get that was a true token and treat to fellow Boy Meets World fans like myself came towards the very end…as Cory and Topanga graced Riley with her very own Metro Card to ride the train herself….10245307_486535888112563_93080846331486668_n

“You trust me with this?”- Riley

“You showed us we can.”- Topanga

Riley goes and comes back and her parents are waiting for her as she gets of the train.

“You guys waited to come pick me up?”-Riley

“We told you we’d always be here for you.”-Topanga

Behind the scene there’s a huge poster with Mr. Feeny on it that reads “It’s cool to stay in school” tumblr_n5y6w8ctOG1qic8ixo3_250and then Mr. Feeny himself appears (in what I can only suspect is in Ghost form) as he says-

“Well done, Mr. Matthews.”- Mr. Feeny

Then after a smile and nod from Cory he disappears.

And I was a goner….it was such a slight homage and yet it was enough for me to want to tune in every week, to see what else they’ll have for us.

I hope they do this throughout the series, as if Mr. Feeny serves as his conscience. He did say in the final episode of Boy Meets World, that Mr. Feeny would always be with them. And well, it’s amazing to see that he is.

What I loved most about the episode were the small hints back to Boy Meets World. They were pretty subtle, but they were there. Aside from the ones I’ve already mentioned, there were a few others…

Farkle falls asleep and mumbles in his sleep just like Cory and Shawn used to do.

Cory uses his class (and his parenting style) to teach valuable life lessons, about being who you are and making the world your own. Much like his parents and Mr. Feeny did with him.

Cory calls his students by last name…for example, Maya Hart..is Ms. Hart in his History class. And gives his students the class room floor whenever they have something to say. Much like Mr. Feeny used to do in his HISTORY class. Talk about following in the footsteps of greatness.

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They used the same transition music they used to use in Boy Meets World. Listen closely!

Riley and Maya stage a no homework rebellion, similar to when Cory and Shawn rebel against the idea of taking a test in Mr. Turner’s class when he said there would be no test if they just read the book. However, while Riley followed along in Maya’s plan, she secretly still does the homework for both herself and Maya. Proving that she knows the difference between right and wrong and where to draw the line. While Cory went right along with most of Shawn’s crazy anecdotes. And suffered the consequences later on, which usually lead to the grounding of a lifetime and a lot of groveling. Riley gets her own Metro card and more freedom for being who she is and knowing her limits.

I think eventually Girl Meets World needs to be switched over to abc family, right now it’ll do ok on Disney. Riley is still so young. But if the series lasts til she gets older, I think it’s going to be a little difficult to tell certain stories on a network like Disney. The original Boy Meets World used to air on abc. And although it never crossed a line, I think a lot of the appeal of the show was the idea that the humor was a bit risky within reason and the show actually dealt with serious life lessons and issues kids and teens and adults face. On a network like Disney, Riley’s story won’t be able to get as far as Cory’s did. So being that abc family is abc 7’s sister network, it would just make more sense. abcfamily is home to many shows with a young audience yet they have a little more freedom to tell stories and express issues a little more aggressively and maturely. 10375157_508879882544830_4291745016359880317_n

With all that being said. Godspeed, Girl Meets World. It’s the same creators as Boy Meets World, so I have a great deal of faith! As a 90’s baby who til this day still laughs hysterically at Eric’s Feenayyy call, tears up when Shawn has difficulty telling Angela he loves her, and who is still looking for the Cory to her Topanga, I still tune in to watch the BMW reruns and will continue to see where Girl Meets World takes the newest Matthews Family installment next. And remember kids…

Dream. Try. Do good.

Girl Meets World airs Fridays at 8:30 on Disney Channel.

P.S. Who else caught that Jackee Harry guest star spot…

a.k.a “Lisa” from Sister Sister, Holy 90’s!

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