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Happy Birthday, Ben Savage! Let's celebrate your age...and 'Boy Meets World'

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Image Credit: Everett CollectionLast week, I started to feel a little old once I discovered my first love Jonathan Taylor Thomas had turned 29. But apparently I spoke too soon. My ’90s nostalgia alarm went off yet again today when I learned that Cory Matthews — er, I mean Ben Savage — turns 30 today! I wonder how old that makes Mr. Feeny?

Anyway, since Boy Meets World was one of my favorite shows growing up, I have seen each episode more times than I can count (and I’m starting to question my life choice of not yet owning any of the seasons on DVD). I always felt like Cory, Shawn, Eric, Topanga, and later Jack, Angela, and Rachel really were the friends who would always stand by me. So to honor Ben on his 30th birthday, I present you with a few of my favorite episodes from the gone (but far from forgotten) Boy Meets World:

  • Cory’s Alternative Friends (season 1): Cory and Topanga get partnered together for a class assignment. Topanga draws on her face with lipstick, and they (spoiler alert!) share their first kiss.
  • City Slackers (season 3): Cory and Shawn sneak away to Mr. Feeny’s cabin. But the best moment of this episode is brought to us by Eric, who claims he’s a grand master pool player to impress a girl. Eric challenges Frankie, but they’re both terrible. Cue (heh) an awesome montage of them missing shot after shot. It’s what I think of every time I pick up a pool stick.
  • Shallow Boy (season 4): Eric takes a happy musician out on a date. After he breaks up with her, she writes “Shallow Boy.” Her new, edgy sound lands her song on the radio. (An ode to Alanis, perhaps?)
  • And Then There Was Shawn (season 5): The gang gets locked inside the school during detention, but a killer is on the loose. Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Jennifer Love Fefferman in this horror movie spoof. Do you remember who the ‘killer’ was?
  • Seven the Hard Way (season 7): After a series of pranks in the previous episode causes a rift in several friendships, Mr. Feeny steps in to save the day. We get to see what the future looks like for the group if they part ways. Definitely not fun! But having Eric come back with his new name “Plays With Squirrels” makes up for it.

I don’t have the time to list all of the classics, so what are your favorite episodes? And does this make anyone else miss ABC’s TGIF classics? I definitely long for the days of a Boy Meets World, Family Matters, Step By Step, and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper primetime lineup. Sound off in the comments, PopWatchers!

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