17 Dark Stories From Behind-The-Scenes Of 'Boy Meets World'
Boy Meets World is one of the most memorable TV sitcoms of the '90s. Who can resist Shawn and Cory's epic bro-mance or watching Topanga and Cory's relationship grow from puppy love to real-deal marriage? The beloved show is still syndicated on TV over 10 years after the series aired its final episode in 2000. Much like fellow '90s teen sitcom Saved By The Bell, the show didn't go without its fair share of controversy. Dark Boy Meets World stories depict a reality that's a stark contrast from the characters' lives at John Adams High School.
Behind the scenes stories from Boy Meets World show an unstable environment where child actors were hired and fired faster than the cast could keep up with. There were bad haircuts, DUIs, and even a couple misdemeanor crimes (that thankfully went unnoticed by the network). When the show ended in 2000, viewers were left with a number of character inconsistencies, questions, and disappearances.
This collection of crazy stories from the set of Boy Meets World and weird Boy Meets World facts will shock longtime fans of the series. For instance, what if Topanga wasn't as wholesome as we originally thought?
Danielle Fishel Got A DUI
In 2007, seven years after Boy Meets World ended, Danielle Fishel was arrested for drunk driving. The arrest occurred in the wee hours of the morning in Newport Beach, CA.
Danielle Fishel Was Second Choice For Topanga
It's tragic to think about Topanga as anyone other than Danielle Fishel, but the part was originally given to someone else. According to Fishel's memoir, Normally This Would Be Cause For Concern, the original actress was let go for being unable to follow directions. She wrote:
I remember David Trainer, our exceptionally gifted director for the first two seasons, giving her notes on how to improve her performance. She seemed to have trouble there. He’d give her a note telling her to change something, and she’d do it the exact same way again. I felt like a little kid in a classroom; I wanted to raise my hand and say, 'Can I try?' Even at twelve, I knew that was unprofessional, so I kept my mouth shut. On set the next day, she wasn’t there. They had let her go, and the executive producer, Michael Jacobs, needed to find a new girl to play Topanga.
Fishel landed the role after scoring a second audition.
So Many Child Actors Were Fired From The Show, The Cast Made A Joke Of It
Cory was originally supposed to have a second best friend, but none of the actors seemed to work out. One was fired after the next. Because Cory's second best friend always sat in a specific seat in the cafeteria, it was dubbed "the death chair" by the rest of the cast.
Eventually, the writers just gave up on filling the role.
Shawn's Sister Mysteriously Disappeared Because Of Another Cast Member Being Fired
It may seem kind of shocking for a character to completely disappear, but apparently, the writers of Boy Meets World flipped the script when they let another actor go. In the episode "Cory's Alternative Friends," Shawn calls up his sister Stacy. In later episodes, Shawn doesn't have a sister at all. So, what actually happened to her?
It's all because an actor got fired. Cory was meant to have another best friend in addition to Shawn. Once the actor who played Cory's other friend was fired, Rider Strong took that character's lines. That friend had a sister but it was later decided Shawn would not.
Eric And Alan Matthews Were Also Fired
For some reason, Boy Meets World had trouble finding actors that were a fit for its characters. The show not only recast Topanga and couldn't decide on Cory's missing BFF, but they also recast Eric and Alan Matthews after the pilot episode. Originally, Eric and Alan were played by Harry Barandes and Matt McCoy.
They were replaced with Will Friedle and William Russ respectively.
Rider Strong Stole Shawn's Iconic Leather Jacket, Then Someone Stole It From Him
There's no denying that Rider Strong looked amazing in Shawn Hunter's iconic leather jacket. It suited him so well that he swiped it from Disney when he left to attend school in New York. Strong continued shooting Boy Meets World while attending classes, and his beloved jacket was stolen out of his car.
It was never supposed to leave the set, so to avoid getting into hot water, he replaced it with a look-alike. Disney execs never knew the difference.