Sticking their noses in other people’s business: 16 TV Cyranos

You know Cyrano de Bergerac even if you don’t know Cyrano De Bergerac. The protagonist of Edmond Rostand’s century-old play—based loosely on the life of an actual French polymath—is a canonical figure, his romantic plight, panache, and prodigious proboscis immortalized in countless stagings, adaptations, and lit-class…

Daddy’s finally home: 14 deadbeat TV dads who made good

From Fresh Prince to Cheers to Dawson’s Creek, the deadbeat dad is a trope TV has gone back to time and time again. Since this Sunday is Father’s Day, we decided to put a positive spin on this depressing TV tradition: the deadbeat dad who made good. Sometimes they have perfectly good reasons for abandoning their…

Like its main character, Girl Meets World yearns to escape a parental shadow

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For a segment of Girl Meets World’s audience, the new sitcom must necessarily compete with its predecessor. A gentle, slyly savvy show that was the introduction to multi-camera sitcoms for plenty of viewers born in the ’80s and ’90s—and based on recent TV comedy trends, possibly the last show in that format any of…

Boy Meets World meets adulthood in the first footage from Girl Meets World

The first teaser trailer for Girl Meets World is here, and while it definitely features Danielle “Topanga” Fishel and Ben “Cory” Savage, it mostly highlights the acting (and luxurious locks) of their on-screen daughter, Rowan “Riley” Blanchard. That makes sense, considering it’s about the Girl who meets World—and it’s…

Samuel L. Jackson meets Boy Meets World meets slam poetry on The Tonight Show

The TGIF sitcom Boy Meets World had a long and fruitful relationship with the poetry world, from trenchant commentary on why poetry readings make good makeout spots to collegiate experiments in poetic expression to the multi-episode “Shawn moves in with the Matthews family” arc written by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.…

Yes, Minkus will appear on, disappear from Girl Meets World

Breathe easy, Boy Meets World fans looking forward to Girl Meets World (even though you’re adults who’ve met the world several times over). Yes, Lee Norris will reprise his one-season role as class nerd Stuart Minkus for the Disney Channel’s Boy Meets World sequel. The news comes courtesy of E!, posted alongside a…