“I love you all. Class dismissed.” It’s been more than 21 years since these final words were spoken by William Daniels as Mr. George Feeny in the series finale of “Boy Meets World”. On Saturday at Los Angeles Comic-Con, fans were delighted to see the return of the some of the series most beloved stars. Moderated by Londyn Jackson, the panel featured Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), Will Friedle (Eric Matthews), William Daniels (George Feeny) and as a special surprise, Daniels’ real-life wife Bonnie Bartlett (Dean Lila Bollander-Feeny) took to the stage.
The panel was nothing short of a pure trip down memory-lane as the cast all shared stories of how they were brought on, how they contributed to the direction of the show, and even shared some of their favorite moments from the series. Strong shared that the role of Shawn was initially much smaller and that the producers had originally wanted the character of Cory (Ben Savage) to have two best friends. After about 3 episodes of this the second best friend was scrapped and Shawn was given all the lines. Friedle reminisced and humorously shared that even though the show got pretty unrealistic at times, there were so many moments that stood out to so many kids. One episode he referenced in particular was when his 19-year-old character Eric wishes to adopt an orphan boy, Tommy. Even though Eric was not financially or emotionally equipped to raise a child, the episode has spoken to so many friends about what it truly means to be a role model.
In a similar vein, the panel took a turn to honor Daniels, whose character of George Feeny is arguably one of the greatest fictional role models of all-time. Bartlett shared (at the expense of a visibly modest Daniels) that so many people write to him and tell him at conventions that they became a teacher because of Mr. Feeny, or that they became historians because of Mr. Feeny’s teachings.
The panel came to a fitting conclusion with Daniels repeating his famous line from the series end, saying “I love you all”.