16. In a cute in-joke, Topanga gets to be a producer for one episode. The second season episode “I Am Not a Crook” sees Cory and Shawn run for class president, but due to tensions between the two of them, both will drop out at the last minute. (Friendship!) Because of the void in the race, Topanga runs unopposed and wins. The show rewards her with a credit listing that states: “Executive Producer: Topanga.”
17. The show features some truly random before-they-were famous appearances. My Big Fat Greek bride Nia Vardalos shows up as an adoption agent in Season 6, future Mr. Leslie Knope Adam Scott appears as a bully in Seasons 2 and 3, and American Beauty Mena Suvari appears in Season 3 to hit on Cory. Future Buffy actresses Charisma Carpenter and Julie Benz also make guest appearances. Even better, Brittany Murphy played Topanga’s annoying best friend during her sophomore year of high school, who conspires with Shawn to end two seasons of teenage erotic tension and get Cory and Topanga together. We will always have B-Murph to thank for that.
18. However, I saved the best for last: Blake Soper played Joey “The Rat” Epstein, one of the flunkies for the neighborhood bully, Harley (who was replaced by Adam Scott’s Griff Hawkins). Soper, who also acted in Salute Your Shorts, would later go by Blake Sennett — when he was the lead guitarist for the indie rock band Rilo Kiley. Sennett formed the band with childhood friend Jenny Lewis, herself a child actress. Lewis had starred in Roseanne and Troop Beverly Hills. Lewis’ second solo record was produced by Johnathan Rice, a singer-songwriter who also starred in Boy Meets World. Lewis and Sennett broke up in 2001 (after dating for five years) and Lewis is currently dating Rice. That’s what I call a serious Boy Meets World fan.