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CORY & TOPANGA

A true power couple of the 90s… Cory & Topanga from “Boy Meets World.”

If you remember growing up with the life lessons of Cory Matthews (played by Ben Saveage) you’ll have remember his journey wasn’t complete without his sweetheart Topanga Lawrence (played by Danielle Fishel). Boy Meets World aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000.

Cornelius A. “Cory” Matthews is the main character of the show. In the early seasons of the show he is portrayed as a slacker who is intelligent and capable, but does not pay attention in class. Throughout the later years his “slacker” tendencies diminish, and instead he seems more neurotic. 

From season 2 onward, Cory openly expresses his feelings for Topanga. It is explained in ‘A Long Walk to Pittsburgh’ that although he teased her during the first season, “she was the girl [he] sat up at night thinking about.”

Despite his strong feelings for Topanga, he still has strong attractions to other women and has been unfaithful to Topanga on a few occasions. He had his first kiss with Topanga in season 1 episode, ‘Cory’s Alternative Friends’ and in the 7th season they got married.

Topanga Lawrence Matthews is Cory’s girlfriend and later wife. Like many characters in the show her personality changes as the show progresses. However, her change is probably the most drastic. From the first season to the second, she changes from an eccentric hippie with interests in the supernatural phenomena to a calm and collected, mature teenaged girl.

Topanga’s only romantic relationship for the duration of the show is with Cory. She proposes to Cory during their high school graduation and they marry during their sophomore year of college.

Throughout the relationship, Topanga is generally the realist to Cory’s idealist. When her parents get divorced, she is plagued by doubts and insecurities about their own relationship.

I was more of a “Shaun & Angela” fan and I loved how they’re romance blossomed and seemed so much more realistic than Cory & Topanga’s relationship because they actually had real problems and real break-ups.

However Cory was the main man of Boy Meets World and as much as his ‘unconditional love’ for Topanga made me gag Disney kept shoveing that sugar-coated moon pie fairy tale romance down my throat giving me but no option but to eat it up.

SHE’S ALL THAT

A disgustingly predictable teen-romcom with all the clichés and a dash of Freddie Prinze. 

She’s All That is a 1999 film directed by Robert Iscove and is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. It was one of the most popular teen films of the 1990s and reached #1 at the box office in its first week of release.

The film has received mixed reviews by critics, with rate of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and Top Critics rating the film with 25%.

Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as a high school hottie who makes a bet with a fellow classmate that he can turn geeky Rachel Leigh Cook into a Prom Queen. Problems arise when hot shot Prinze becomes involved and in love with the transformed Cook.

 

Most of the criticism is directed to the now infamous choreographed group dance scene at the prom near the end of the movie.

Many felt it was completely unrealistic that all of these student would be so perfectly in synced with their dancing.

However many fans disagreed and argued that the dance scene fits in perfectly with the film, and is often rated among a handful of other choreographed dance scenes in a comedy as one of the best.

We’ve all seen it before… artsy weird girl gets made over transcends in highschool popularity, kicks Queen B off her thrown and gets hot jock to fall in love with her… Happily Ever Whatevs!

The staircase scene (Rachael Leigh Cook walking down in the red dress) will continue to be parodied by 90s kids while playing Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me” in the background.

MACARENA

I use to hang my head in shame everytime the dance floor broke out into this piss-poor excuse of a choreographed dance.

Macarena is a Spanish dance song by Los del Rio about a woman of the same name. Appearing on the 1994 album “A Mi Me Gusta”, it was an international hit between 1995 and 1996 and continues to have a cult following.

It was ranked the “#1 Greatest One Hit Wonder of all Time” by VH1 in 2002.

 

The song uses a type of clave rhythm. The song ranks at #5 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100.

It also ranks at #1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs.

It is also Billboard’s #1 dance song and one of five foreign language songs to hit #1 since 1995’s modern rock era began.

As much as the Macarena made me gag (especially the Christmas version – released 1996) it still deserves props and a rightful place in the 90s hall of fame.

DOC MARTENS

Combat boots withs swag.

Dr. Martens is a traditional British footwear brand which also makes a range of accessories – shoe care products, clothing, luggage, etc.

In addition to Dr. Martens, they are known as Doctor Martens, Doc Martens, Docs or DMs.

The footwear is distinct because of its unique air-cushioned sole (dubbed Bouncing Soles), upper shape, welted construction and yellow stitching.

They are one of the most popular and well-known footwear brands in the world, and are iconic to the fashion industry.

Skinheads started wearing them and by the late 1980s and by the early 1990s they were popular among punks, some New Wave musicians and members of other youth subcultures.

 

NOW AND THEN

Such a cute film x

Now and Then is a 1995 film starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffman, Demi Moore, Ahsleigh Aston Moore and Rita Wilson.

It has been referred to as a female version of the 1986 film, “Stand By Me.”

Four childhood friends gather together to prepare for the birth of Chrissey’s baby. While together, they reminisce about when they were kids in 1970.

The film was released on October 20, 1995 and was a commercial success.

Teen girls wanted to see this for one thing. To sneak a peak at Devon Sawa’s ass.

SAVED BY THE BELL

It’s the show that turned Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Amber Thiessen into teenage heart throbs.

It was the Gen Y’s answer to Glee minus the random breaking out into song.

Saved By The Bell was a US sitcom set at Bayside High School. The series is a re-tooled version of the 1988 series Good Morning, Miss Bliss which was itself later folded into the history of Saved by the Bell. The series followed the exploits of several students along with their principal.  

The Baysiders were made up of the usual suspects:

  • Cool kid trouble maker Zach Morris
  • The jock AC Slater
  • Resident nerd Screech Powers
  • Teen dream Kelly Kapowski
  • Gossip queen Lisa Turtle
  • Feminisit & straight A student Jessie Spano

The show brought fame to the SBTB kids however many were typecast for many years to follow. No surprise there.

The show often incorporated dramatic elements into episodes by dealing with real teen issues such as friendship, drug use, driving under the influence, homelessness, financial issues, divorce, graduation, college, sibling rivalry, bullying, death and environmental issues.  

The show’s popularity allowed for two spin-off series: SBTB: The College Years, a prime time series which followed several of the original characters’ college experiences and SBTB: The New Class. 

The series also spawned two TV movies and a short-lived comic book series. Although it received extremely negative critical reception, it became the highest-rated show on NBC.

Is there nothing TV can’t teach us? SBTB opened the doors for more risque shows like 90210, Dawson’s Creek and The OC to introduce young target audiences to critical moral matters.

SBTB had me rooting for Slater and Jessie to live happily ever after.

After the piss poor attempt of a movie about Zach & Kelly’s Hawaiian wedding I knew it was the end of the era.

Especially the fact that Elizabeth Berkley only had a few scenes due to her big screen commitment to Showgirls which flopped. No surprises there.

GO BAYSIDE!