By Maria Judnick
It’s easy to list off the most memorable moments in TV history: “Who shot JR” on Dallas, M*A*S*H and Cheers’ final episodes, even Charles and Diana’s royal wedding. But, for millennials, the final episode of Boy Meets World absolutely must be added to that list. No BMW fan in their late 20s or early 30s can recall, without tears, the moment when Mr. George Feeny, teacher and mentor, offered his final weekly advice before dismissing his beloved students into the wider world: “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good."
Boy Meets World’s seven year run from 1993-2000 came at a time in my life when I was just as awkward, geeky, and endearingly naïve as the young Cory Matthews. And while I cared about the drama between Cory and Topanga and Shawn and Angela, laughed at Eric’s antics, and, later, rolled my eyes along with Jack and Rachel, I mostly tuned in to see Mr. Feeny. While I was lucky enough to receive guidance from loving, supportive parents (who also both happened to be teachers), I still marveled at Feeny’s ability to learn from any situation.
With a mentor like that, it's no surprise that, 14 years and one revamp later, Cory has grown into the mentor’s role and become a teacher himself in Girl Meets World (which premiered June 27th). The first episode featured Cory assuring his daughter Riley that he will be there as she navigates her world in New York City. But, to the delight of this viewer and fellow teacher, Mr. Feeny still mysteriously appears at the end of the episode to offer Cory his approval. While the season’s sneak peek promised new schoolwork, new challenges, and new discoveries, here’s hoping Cory remembers lessons from Philadelphia’s favorite educator like these:
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