October 29, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a C-

Ben Savage, younger brother of The Wonder Years‘ Fred and eerie little star of last season’s Wild Palms, displays a slick professionalism in Boy Meets World (ABC, Fridays, 8:30-9 p.m.). In this trite show about the family and school life of an average 11-year-old, Savage’s crack timing only makes his glib punch lines seem that much more unconvincing. Wasted in the cast are St. Elsewhere‘s William Daniels, as Savage’s prickly teacher, and William Russ, so strong in the short-lived Middle Ages, as Savage’s bland dad. C-

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