Girl Meets World Is Happening, But Where Is Rider Strong?

Rider Strong

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We already told you guys about the totally awesome, amazing, fantastic, wonderful news that a Boy Meets World spin-off is happening, and (just in case you couldn’t tell), I’m still super excited about it. I watch reruns of Boy Meets World on the regular and I still mourn the day it was taken off the air.

But when I first heard about this spin-off series, Girl Meets World, I was a little dubious. The second it was announced that it was in the works, everyone was like “OMG my childhood” but I was like, “What if the show doesn’t include any of the original actors?” and I was sort of bummed about that possibility – until now. Because – drumroll, please – Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel have officially signed on to reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga. Does this make this spin-off that much better? Oh, yes. Does it mean that I will obviously be tuning in? Definitely.

After I did my little happy dance at the thought of seeing two of my favorite television actors reunite on screen as, hopefully, a more mature couple than they were in high school, I thought about something. Because, hold on, where is Rider Strong? You know, the adorable actor who played the equally adorable and charming Shawn Hunter? Not to sound weird, but Shawn was my favorite part of Boy Meets World. Yeah, Cory was awkwardly cute, but he sort of annoyed me sometimes. Sure, Topanga was my girl crush before I knew what a girl crush was, but I couldn’t daydream about her as my boyfriend, you know? And, yeah, Mr. Feeny was totally my voice of wisdom throughout life, but, well… he’s no Shawn Hunter.

I mean, I’m still going to watch Girl Meets World, but it would easily be one million times better if Rider Strong joined the new cast. In case you guys were wondering, he is even hotter than his teenage self. Oh, and something that makes him even sexier? He graduated from Columbia University as an English major. He’s just basically my dream man. No big deal.

Since BMW, Rider has had a few small parts in TV shows and movies (like Cabin Fever), but right now I feel like his schedule could be relatively open and he should use his time wisely by reprising his role as Shawn Hunter. Then he should convince William Daniels (Mr. Feeny) and Will Friedle (Eric!) to come along with him. And then Girl Meets World would be perfect. Like a show that was created from my happiest of dreams.

Are you excited for Girl Meets World? Who do you wish would join the new cast? Are you a fan of Boy Meets World? What ’90s show do you want to see a spin-off to? Tell me in the comments! 


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  • Tayy

    This is all good and I loved that show as much as the next girl however often times child actors don’t like to reprise their roles that made them famous. They want to prove to hollywood that they’re versatile and can be many kinds of characters and that their breakout character wasn’t just a bout of luck. Child stars often have a hard time getting work for fear they are too one toned. Still fond of the idea of Girl Meets World.