Girl Meets World

Girl Meets World
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Theme music composer
Opening theme "Take on the World" performed by
Rowan Blanchard
Sabrina Carpenter
Composer(s) Ray Colcord
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 69 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Michael Jacobs
Producer(s) Frank Pace
Location(s) Los Angeles Center Studios
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Disney Channel
Picture format SDTV 480i
HDTV 720p
Original release June 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) – present (present)
Preceded by Boy Meets World
External links

Girl Meets World is an American coming of age television sitcom. The series made its debut on Disney Channel on June 27, 2014.

The series is a sequel to the sitcom Boy Meets World, which aired on ABC in its TGIF block from 1993 to 2000. The original series centered on Cory Matthews, including his growing relationship with Topanga Lawrence and their eventual marriage. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who portrayed Cory and Topanga, reprise their roles in Girl Meets World, which centers on the life of the couple's daughter, Riley Matthews. Her father has become a history teacher while her mother is a lawyer who gains part ownership of an old world bakery in "Girl Meets Popular". Other members of the Boy Meets World cast have either recurring roles or cameo appearances.


It has been several years since Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga Matthews (Danielle Fishel) moved to New York City. The series follows their daughter Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard) and her best friend Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter) as they navigate the challenges of life and school. Following along with them are their classmates, Lucas Friar (Peyton Meyer) and Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), and Riley's younger brother Auggie (August Maturo).


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)
June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)TBA

Cast and characters



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. Boy Meets World co-creator Michael Jacobs will develop the series and serve as its executive producer and showrunner. 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.[2][3] 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 show.[4]

On June 17, 2013, Disney Channel officially greenlit a series order for Girl Meets World, which began production that summer.[5] On January 23, 2014, the first-season order was increased from its initial 13-episode count[6] to 20 in order to make a full season.[7]

On May 2, 2014, a full trailer for Girl Meets World was released.[8] On May 21, 2014, the pilot episode became available as a preview to users of 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.[9] 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.[6][10] The second season premiered on May 11, 2015.

The third season of Girl Meets World was announced on November 25, 2015. [11] Production began in January 2016 and the 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.[12][13] Teo Halm was tapped for the role of Elliot in early March.[14]

Filming of the pilot began on March 20, 2013,[15] and concluded on March 22, 2013.[16][17] 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.[18] 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!"[19]

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 show.[20]

On March 12, 2014, it was announced that Lee Norris would reprise his role of Stuart Minkus.[21]

On March 18, 2014, it was announced that Rider Strong would reprise his role of Shawn Hunter.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24][25]

On April 7, 2015, it was announced that Anthony Tyler Quinn would reprise his role as Jonathan Turner.[26]

On June 5, 2015, it was announced that Matthew Lawrence would reprise his role as Jack Hunter.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]


Critical reception

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the show an 82% approval rating based on reviews from 17 critics, with an average score of 7.3/10. 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."[30] Metacritic gives the show a score of 64 based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[31]

The series premiere received positive reviews. Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast called it a "perfectly pleasant Disney Channel show".[32] 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".[33] Diane Warts of Newsday said the show, "does its job of bringing tween-based family viewing into the 2010s".[34] The series premiere garnered 5.2 million viewers.[35]

Similar to critical reception, viewer reception has also been positive for Girl Meets World. IMDb users have given the show a 7.1/10 rating from 7096 user reviews,[36] and has given the show a 8/10 rating from 133 users.[37]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Friday 8:30 pm 20 June 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) 5.16[38] March 27, 2015 (2015-03-27) 2.28[39] 2.74[40]
2 30 May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11) 2.05[41] March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) 1.70[42] 2.28[43]
3 17 June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03) 1.89[44] TBA TBD 1.77[45]


The series originally premiered in the United States on Disney Channel and in Canada on Family Channel on June 27, 2014.[46][47] It premiered on Disney Channels in Australia on August 25, 2014, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on August 29, 2014.[48][49] In South Africa and the Middle East, it began airing on November 15, 2014, on Disney Channel.[50][51] It started airing on Disney Channel in Canada on September 1, 2015;[52][53] the episode "Girl Meets I Am Farkle" premiered September 3, 2015, on Disney Channel Canada, before its initial airing in the U.S., on September 11, 2015.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Show Girl Meets World Nominated [54]
2015 Writers Guild of America Award Children's Script – Episodic and Specials Matthew Nelson for "Girl Meets 1961" Nominated [55]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Comedy Girl Meets World Nominated [56]
Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program Girl Meets World Nominated [57]
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor 15–21 Zachary Mitchell Nominated [58]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, August Maturo, Peyton Meyer 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]
BMI Awards Cable Television Music Award Shridhar Solanki and Matthew Tishler Won [63]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actor Peyton Meyer Nominated [64]
Choice Summer TV Actress Rowan Blanchard Nominated [64]
Choice Summer TV Show Girl Meets World Nominated [64]
Kids Choice Awards Mexico Favorite International Program Girl Meets World Nominated [65]
Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program Girl Meets World Nominated [66]


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