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26 Things You Didn't Know About Boy Meets World

Updated October 10, 2019 22.9k votes 3.9k voters 4.7m views26 items

List RulesVote up the little-known Boy Meets World facts that surprised you the most.

Part of the classic TGIF programming block on ABC, Boy Meets World aired from 1993 to 2000 and was in syndication as long as 2014. (You can now watch episodes on Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon Prime.) Chances are, you loved this show. Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) was relatable and funny, Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong) was everyone's bad-boy crush, and Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel) was a strong female character who young girls could look up to. But what else is there that you don't know about Boy Meets World?

Why was it called John Adams High, and what happened to the actor who played Joey "The Rat" Epstein? Which famous TV actors were once just kids on the show, bickering with Cory and Shawn by the lockers? This list is full of Boy Meets World trivia to fill the TGIF-shaped void in your life (or at least the parts that Girl Meets World hasn't uncovered).

You watched Cory, Shawn, and Topanga grow up before your eyes. Upvote the behind-the-scenes facts you didn't know about Boy Meets World.

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    Jack Hunter Is Younger Than Shawn

    Jack Hunter Is Younger Than Shawn
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    Or at least the actors are. Matthew Lawrence (Jack) is actually two months younger than Rider Strong (Shawn).
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    The Cast Had A Favorite Episode

    The Cast Had A Favorite Episode
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    The season five episode that ended up being a cast favorite was "And Then There Was Shawn," which was inspired by '90s horror films. Jennifer Love Hewitt guest-starred and the cast reportedly could barely get through the scenes because they were laughing so hard.

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    Topanga Made It Big In Hollywood

    Topanga Made It Big In Hollywood
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    In "I Am Not a Crook" (season 2), Cory and Shawn run for class president. Or at least they do at first. They both end up dropping out, leaving Topanga to run unopposed, and win. For her efforts, she was rewarded with an executive producer credit for the episode. 

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    Topanga Was Never Supposed To Be A Main Character

    Topanga Was Never Supposed To Be A Main Character
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    Topanga was originally a fringe character, to be used as a foil for the main characters, but she was too popular for her own good and became one of the stars.

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