Top 7 Girl Meets World Episodes (So far…)
As one of the first sitcom sequels to one of ABC's original TGIF standards, Girl Meets World debuted in 2014 to much nostalgic and critical acclaim.
After only a few seasons Girl Meets World has not only lived up to its predecessor Boy Meets World, but some of the episodes have even surpassed the original while paying respect to the numerous lessons and plot-lines of the the original series that kept everyone watching from 1993 until its end in 2000.
Girl Meets World picks up where Boy Meets World left off where Cory and Topanga Matthews moved to New York City at the finale of Boy Meets World. The story begins with following their daughter Riley Matthews, her little brother Auggie, and her best friend Maya Hart as they enter junior high school where they meet their classmates Lucas Friar and Farkle Minkus.
Here are the top 7 episodes of Girl Meets World from seasons 1 and 2, so far.
Debate champion, Isadora Smackle, from a rival school seeks the affections of her nemesis, Farkle and turns to Riley and Maya for a makeover. This episode gains it's strength from the discussion of superficial beauty and establishes that there really are no clear cut answers.
After Riley's English teacher retires, a new teacher takes his place. Her unconventional teaching style inspires the students including Maya, but this soon causes trouble with the Principal and when Cory attempts to defend the teacher, his job becomes jeopardized as well. This episode is a stand out as how much an individual can affect others.
What starts out as Maya finding some money outside of Cory's classroom quickly turns into an assignment from Cory on examining each other's beliefs through reports on Thomas Jefferson and Joan of Arc. As the assignment creates tensions between the four, Cory steps in to provide them insight as to why beliefs are different and how listening to others helps them to understand their own beliefs. This episode marks one of the first open discussions on religion and belief Disney has introduced to the series with a very thoughtful approach.
Cory comes up with the idea of a forgiveness project for everyone to express their feelings on paper to someone they wish to forgive but when Maya decides to write to her father things take a different turn. Maya's confrontation with her father and acceptance of events make this not only one of the most emotional episodes but one of the best performances by Maya (Sabrina Carpenter).
While Riley is bothered that she has not been nominated for any awards at the upcoming Graduation and Awards night, she is more disturbed when Farkle is not present to receive his award. Riley, Maya and Lucas soon learn that Farkle is being bullied and Riley comes up with the idea to write their flaws on their foreheads. Another emotional and empowering episode that takes a different look at bullying and the uniqueness of individuals.
After the results of a school IQ test show Farkle to be a genius, the Minkuses hold a party for their son and Isadora Smackle comes to invite Farkle to transfer to the Einstein Academy however, later tests identify that Farkle may have Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. This episode is one of the most powerful as it explores the reactions to autism and even the shifting emotions and perceptions of those surrounding the diagnosis.
As Maya describes Riley's place of uniqueness as 'Rileytown,' it sets Riley on edge. While Cory's class are learning how to resolve conflicts, sensing something is wrong Maya confronts Riley and discovers someone has been sending her threatening text messages and bullying her for a few weeks. Easily one of the most powerful episodes so far that confronts cyber-bullying and the damaging effects it has.