When it was first announced, there was fair reason to doubt that Disney Channel’s sequel to ABC’s 1990s sitcom classic Boy Meets World was going to be any good. However, not only has Girl Meets World been well-received, after two seasons, it has (arguably) become a great TV show on its own terms.
Since its launch in the summer of 2014, the series has grown into something that’s gone beyond the confines of what is generally expected from Disney Channel’s original fare nowadays – and into something that harkens back to what made the multi-cam sitcom genre great, pre-Chuck Lorre (so to speak). Now, according to the Girl Meets World writers – mainly co-creator Michael Jacobs – the series is going to be stepping even further into Boy Meets World territory.
Here is the statement from the Girls Meets World Writers’ Room Twitter account:
The simple stories portion of our program is officially over. You have asked us to take on real issues. We are listening.— Girl Meets Writers (@GMWWriters) October 22, 2015
Perhaps the first thing the term “real issues” brings to mind is “very special episode.” You know these because they’re a staple of the mutli-cam genre. These are the episodes that deal with stories that may rub people the wrong way. Examples include Saved by the Bell’s drugs episode and that time Diff’rent Strokes famously tackled the issue of child molestation. Sometimes, these stories become TV classics. Sometimes they become memes. Thus far, based on the handful Girl Meets World has done, the former outcome seems more likely.
In season 2, two episodes really stand out as times that Girl Meets World has tackled “real issues.” The first was when Farkle dealt with the matter of potentially being diagnosed as autistic, and how his friends all learned to accept the branding doesn’t change any of the ways they feel about him. In the end, we learn the girl Farkle seems destined to end up with, Isadora Smackle, is actually the one on the spectrum – a moment that turns into something very sweet and heartfelt. In fact, these two words are what can also be said of the second example.
In another Girl Meets World episode, Riley faces a bully at school that’s doing the very modern thing of abusing her via text message and internet posting – leading to a moment where the abuser threatens to upload a video of Riley handing out fake awards to herself to everyone in the school. It ultimately culminates in Riley gathering the entire class together to watch her do the thing the video would have portrayed, thus taking the bully’s power away. The episode was sweet, sad and extremely confident – definitely one of the series best.
In short, “real issues” are something the series has already been tackling. Girl Meets World is, arguably, one of the best multi-cam series going because it doesn’t shoot for the broadcast network mandated laugh-per-minutes. When stories need to get serious – like they did during the three part “Girl Meets Texas” event – they get serious. If this means the show is going to start tackling more “real issues”, though, that news is more than welcome.
Girl Meets World airs Fridays at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel.
Source: Girl Meets World Writers’ Room
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