Cast Reunions: See Costars Then And Now
'Boy Meets World'
The struggles and successes of Cory Matthews, Topanga Lawrence, and Shawn Hunter captivated children and adults alike throughout the ‘90s. The former child stars provided a much-welcomed shot of nostalgia when they reunited in 2013 for the ATX Festival, and now, we can still see Cory and Topanga on the Disney show Girl Meets World, which has brought back many Boy Meets World alums as guest stars.
The Taylors quickly became one of America’s most beloved TV families in the ‘90s, thanks to the success of the sitcom Home Improvement. After the show ended, the only cast member to remain largely in the public eye was Tim Allen, but the stars have seemingly stayed in contact, as both Patricia Richardson and Jonathan Taylor Thomas guest starred on Allen’s current show, Last Man Standing. In 2011, EW got the cast back together for the reunions issue.
The movie adaptation of the Roald Dahl book about a genius little girl with telekinetic powers became a hit in 1996, and made child star Mara Wilson famous. Matilda's real-life and on-screen couple Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are still acting, and Wilson has become known for her writing and social media activity. They stars made headlines when they all got back together in 2013 in honor of the Blu-ray release of the movie.
That '70s Show
In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, all fans cared about were the ‘70s — at least when it came to teen-centric stoner sitcoms. Most of the cast of That '70s Show went on to great careers: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis became superstars and eventually married each other, Laura Prepon landed a huge role on Orange Is the New Black, Wilmer Valderrama scored other major roles as well as a string of celebrity girlfriends, and Topher Grace and Danny Masterson are still acting steadily. Still, the superstar cast made time to come together and belt out their show’s theme song in 2013.
The Wonder Years
Following in the family tradition, Fred Savage had a costar reunion much like his younger brother, Boy Meets World star Ben Savage. Fred's show, The Wonder Years, gave a similar look into the life of a boy growing up, but was set in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The cast got back together for a star-studded selfie in 2014.
Drake & Josh
Nickelodeon’s Brady Bunch-inspired story about a pair of goofy stepbrothers may have ended in 2008, but the eponymous stars Drake Bell and Josh Peck have remained close ever since. Both of them met up with creator Dan Schneider and on-screen little sister Miranda Cosgrove for a reunion picture in 2014.
The cast of Battlestar Galactica, the recent re-imagining of the classic 1970s sci-fi series, reunited over beer and ribs back in 2013. Tahmoh Penikett was kind enough to share a photo with the fans, transporting the crew so far from outer space.
That's So Raven
When Disney Channel brought former Cosby Show child actress Raven-Symone to the forefront of her own sitcom, we were all better for it. Raven had an undeniable knack for making the perfect facial expressions and nailing comedic rhythm. That’s So Raven ended in 2007, but Raven, Anneliese van der Pol, Orlando Brown, and Kyle Massey all met up in 2015 on Symone’s new show, The View, to talk about the good old days.
Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle was a fresh take on sitcoms when it came out in 2000 — a genius child struggling to thrive in a dysfunctional family. Only Bryan Cranston went on to find a role more famous than the one he had in the sitcom thanks to Breaking Bad. The whole family, minus Erik Per Sullivan who played Dewey, reunited for a picture in 2012.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Before starring in Fresh Prince, Will Smith was a rapper with a lot of financial troubles and little acting experience. His starring role in the hit sitcom, however, set him on the path to becoming one of the world’s most famous actors. In addition to Smith's stardom, the rest of the cast has a special place in the hearts of the fans who still watch reruns of the ‘90s classic. The whole Banks clan reunited in 2011.
The early ‘90s sitcom about a teenage girl growing up in a family with her two brothers and often-absent father remains a classic. Stars Joey Lawrence and Mayim Bialik went on to find further success in television, and the cast got together again for a selfie in 2014.
Friday Night Lights
The hit TV drama about a small-town high school football team in Texas captured a nation for five seasons. In 2013, Scott Porter got together with some of his Panthers teammates for a reunion photo that he shared on Instagram.
The quaint WB drama may have only lasted 4 seasons, but it lives on in the hearts of the show’s devoted fans. Part of the cast got together for an impromptu reunion back in 2013 and shared the joyful picture on Twitter.
When it comes to Canadian teen soap operas, nothing beats Degrassi. Before Aubrey Graham was superstar rapper Drake, he was teen Jimmy Brooks on the long-running drama. Earlier in 2015, he met up with a few of his old classmates for a mini reunion.
High School Musical
No, you won’t see Zac Efron or Vanessa Hudgens in this adorable reunion pic, but the rest of the main cast of the hit Disney Channel movie, as well as director Kenny Ortega, are all smiles in a photo that Ashley Tisdale shared in 2015.
School of Rock
Jack Black’s 2003 comedy about a middle school class-turned-rock band is still one of his most beloved films. Black, Miranda Cosgrove, and the rest of the cast got together in 2013 for an adorable Instagram shot.
The West Wing
For seven seasons, The West Wing was the name in primetime political dramas. Much of the cast has performed in other well-known shows or films, but The West Wing was something special. The stars got together earlier in 2015 for a little reunion, and Dule Hill was kind enough to capture it with a selfie.
It’s been over a decade since we stopped following the life of a bubbly blonde teenager who likes to express her thoughts with an animated mini-me. Hilary Duff, Jake Thomas, and Lalaine reunited for a night of bowling and reminiscing in 2015.
Back to the Future
The 1985 teen sci-fi hit spawned two sequels and a nation-wide obsession with DeLoreans. Marty McFly visited the futuristic land of 2015 in the film, and in actual 2015, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson got together for a photo at London Comic Con.
The 1999 cult classic about a sexual wager between teens included the star-studded cast of Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Selma Blair, among others. Earlier in 2015, the leading ladies from the film had a girl’s night, and were gracious enough to document the reunion with a post on Instagram.
‘90s children everywhere grew up watching the Tanner family as they handled life’s troubles with both humor and hugging. Now, much of the cast is coming together to make a sequel show, Fuller House. John Stamos, Dave Coulier, and Bob Saget reunited in 2015 to celebrate the birthday of their former costar Lori Loughlin, and took a picture on Instagram to prove that the Jesse/Becky love is still alive.
One Tree Hill
One of the WB’s most beloved teen dramas, One Tree Hill let viewers into the lives of Lucas, Nathan, Brooke, Peyton, and the rest of the kids in Tree Hill, North Carolina. The show ran for nine seasons before concluding in 2012, but the cast is still close, as we can see from a candid Instagram Sophia Bush posted with a handful of the show’s cast at a bar in 2015.
The squeaky clean family drama about a minister and his seven children delivered after-school morals for a solid 11 seasons. In 2014, the Camden family (minus Ruby and the twins) met up for dinner and snapped a photo.