Over 20 years after coming to a close, Boy Meets World stars Rider Strong and Danielle Fishel detail the one storyline they were very uncomfortable with. For most of its run, the ABC family sitcom was notable for its central pairing of Topanga and Cory (Ben Savage). Fans got to witness the couple from their earnest beginnings to the point that they eventually became parents in their own right for the spinoff Girl Meets World. Along the way, the pair experienced some major milestones and a few setbacks.
One such milestone occurred during “Prom-ises, Prom-ises,” the Boy Meets World season 5 episode in which Cory and Topanga decide to have sex for the first time on the night of their senior prom. It was a significant development for Boy Meets World, one that saw the couple decide to wait a little longer until they felt the time was right. Still, despite the relatively light resolution, the lead-up to it was actually quite difficult behind the scenes.
On a recent episode of Pod Meets Worlda Boy Meets World rewatch podcast hosted by Fishel, Strong, and fellow co-star Will Friedle, the trio took to answering listener questions. When asked about the senior prom episode, which was banned by Disney Channel due to its subject matter, the Shawn actor revealed that he expressed concerns to series creator and executive Michael Jacobs but that he was ignored, while Fishel producer agreed and admitted that the storyline made her feel very uncomfortable. See what Strong and Fishel shared below:
Strong: “The fact that we would not bring up Cory and Topanga using condoms or having a discussion about birth control at all, and yet the entire episode was about will they or will they not… I remember just being so upset, and I brought it up, I remember talking to Michael about it and saying: “Can we talk about this? Maybe you generationally don’t understand that, but we were growing up in the era of AIDS, this is something that we have to talk about. When you are discussing losing your virginity, you discuss how you’re going to do it and how to be safe about it.”
Fishel: “I remember also feeling very uncomfortable the whole week for similar reasons, but I don’t have specific memories other than just, kind of, ickiness about the week.”
What Boy Meets World Stars Have Said About The Show’s Flaws
There have been lighter moments on the Boy Meets World rewatch, such as when Fishel admitted to having a crush on Strong during filming the beloved sitcom. But the podcast is notable for the degree to which its hosts are willing to be candid about moments in their show that were very far from ideal. The actors have spoken out about how “creepySome of the intimate scenes in the series felt, with Fishel also having talked about the pay gap between her and the show’s male co-stars, and how Jacobs had threatened to fire her.
It’s a contrast to other podcasts, which are oftentimes noted by pleasant recollections and try to remain relatively free of controversy. While the actors appreciate their time on the 1990s staple greatly, they’ve also been able to examine it with a critical lens. This was evident when Trina McGee, who played Angela on Boy Meets World, appeared as a guest for the podcast and spoke candidly with the hosts about why she wasn’t a part of the finale, having been told that the cast all went to Jacobs to say that they didn’t want Angela as part of the last episode. It was honest and offered a window into some of the issues that can emerge between longtime co-stars, and it will be interesting to see what other unpleasant stories emerge as the podcast continues.
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