Ben Savage Talks Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, and Saying Goodbye to Childhood

By Scott Neumyer

If you’re a child of the 1980s (or even the early ’90s), you already know the name Ben Savage better than most other people on the planet. Brother of The Wonder Years star Fred Savage, Ben made his very own cultural impact on a little show with a big following: Boy Meets World. Premiering in 1993 as part of ABC’s insanely popular “TGIF” lineup (post-Full House years), the series ran for seven seasons and guided many an ’80s child through their teen years while making stars out of young cast members like Savage, Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and Will Friedle. Parade sat down with Cory Matthews himself, Ben Savage, to discuss the Boy Meets World: The Complete Collection DVD (in stores November 5), his new series Girl Meets World, and watching his “wife” walk down the aisle with another man.

Is Girl Meets World something that you had been hoping would happen for a long time?
No, I don’t know if that’s the right description. I think that everyone had kind of moved on after Boy Meets World and was doing their own stuff and engaged in their own projects. Everyone was busy and then there had been talk of maybe a reunion or a sequel over the years, but nothing really came of it. Things started to happen and, all of a sudden, it became a real thing.

Will it be accessible for people who have never seen Boy Meets World?
It’s important for people to understand that it’s not going to be picking up where Boy Meets World left off. We’re trying to create a show for a brand new generation of kids to grow up with and learn from and enjoy. I hopethat some of the fans who grew up with us, and who might be a little older now, aren’t expecting to turn it on and see Boy Meets World all over again. We’re basically going all the way back to season one, episode one, scene one, and take one of Boy Meets World. Only, this time, it’s from a girl’s perspective.

It stands on its own.
It stands on its own. Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t going to be a lot of nuggets from Boy Meets World. I’m in it. Danielle [Fishel] is in it. We have Michael Jacobs helming the show, and he wrote every episode of Boy Meets World. It’s going to have a lot of the same flavor as Boy Meets World, but with different storylines, and I have kids in this one.

Is it weird to be on that side of the equation this time?
It’s kind of fun. They have the hard work now. We just get to be the parents.

Rider Strong isn’t officially part of the show, but I have to imagine we’ll see Shawn at some point, right?
I can’t give anything away, but I would say that you’re going to see a lot of the characters from Boy Meets World and I think our fans will be happy when they see what we’re doing.

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