40 Amazing Facts From Behind The Scenes Of Boy Meets World
By William David Wilson
What ’90s teen didn’t love Boy Meets World? The hugely popular sitcom, which centered around two best friends in school, really took America by storm in its heyday. But there are some juicy details that the producers might prefer you didn’t know. From banned episodes and stolen clothes to on-set romances, here are 40 behind-the-scenes nuggets that will surprise and amaze you!
40. How Lempke became Minkus
Lee Norris lit up Boy Meets World as the bookish Stuart Minkus. But did you know that he almost went by another surname? Yes, Stuart Minkus was almost Stuart Lempke, until the creators discovered something odd. Indeed, despite the unusual moniker, they learned there was already a Stuart Lempke in Philadelphia, where the series is set. What were the chances?
39. Baby brother bother
Remember Joshua Matthews? Well, he entered the Boy Meets World universe during the sixth season, being born in the episode “Resurrection.” But did you know that the younger sibling of Eric and Cory was portrayed by a number of different babies? And that the final one to play him was Daniel Jacobs, the young son of the show’s creator? It’s true! Interestingly, Daniel – who had already appeared briefly as a different character – wasn’t meant to be in the finale. But the cast child actor was interrupting filming instead of staying silent. So, Jacobs phoned his wife, and Daniel was carted in as a replacement!
38. Teen heartthrob trouble
Probably the most-loved character on Boy Meets World is Shawn Hunter. Well, that would almost certainly be the verdict if we were only polling teenage girls in the ’90s, anyway. But the actor who plays the school’s bad boy and leather-jacket-wearing hunk, Rider Strong, was not keen on that status and the inevitable hassle that came with it. He later told Cosmopolitan magazine, “I was never super-comfortable with it, to be honest. I’m not a shy person, but I’m not the guy who wants to get his picture taken and wants to be front and center.”
37. Canyon choose a name for this character quickly please?
You probably watched Boy Meets World and at some point thought to yourself, “What an unusual name Topanga is.” We did too! So why was that name chosen? Well, the actress who played her, Danielle Fishel, spilled the beans to Entertainment Weekly magazine. She revealed series creator Michael Jacobs was driving down the highway “when production called and said, 'We need a name for this character!' Fishel then said, “He happened to be driving past Topanga Canyon, so he said, ‘Topanga.’ He says that if they had called him two miles later, I would’ve been named Canoga, which is the next exit.” How cool!