Cory and Topanga are heading back to television. Popular teen comedy Boy Meets World ran as part of the "TGIF" ("Thank God It's Funny") lineup from 1993-2000 and centered on the life and lessons of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), from middle school to college. In November 2012, it was announced that Disney Channel was developing a Boy Meets World follow-up series, but this time told through the perspective of young married couple Cory and Topanga's (Danielle Fishel) daughter, Riley (Rowan Blanchard). Girl Meets World — reuniting Savage and Fishel— was officially ordered to series June 17 and will debut in 2014.
Family Matters, centered on a middle-class African-American family in Chicago, was a staple when it launched September 1989 on ABC's "TGIF" comedy block — staying put on Fridays (the sitcom kicked off the night at 8 p.m. for much of its run) until 1997, when it moved to CBS. Steve Urkel (played by Jaleel White) became a breakout character, with White making cameos in fellow "TGIF" comedies Step by Step and Full House. Since Family Matters, White has had a steady career with gigs on UPN's short-lived Grown Ups and guest appearances on established shows. Currently, White hosts Syfy's Total Blackout.
Full House, about a widowed father who enlists his best friend and brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters, debuted as part of ABC's Friday lineup in fall 1987 and was a mainstay on the "TGIF" schedule for its first four seasons. (It then moved to Tuesdays, where it remained for the rest of its eight-season, nearly 200-episode run.)Much of the cast has gone on to several key roles following Full House's huge success: Bob Saget provides the narration in CBS' How I Met Your Motherand John Stamos stars in USA's Necessary Roughness, to highlight key a few castmembers. (More on Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen later.)
Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
From Full House mastermind Jeff Franklin, Hangin' With Mr. Cooper — set in the Bay Area, like Full House — was originally on Tuesday nights when it debuted in 1992. But ABC moved the half-hour sitcom to its successful "TGIF" lineup in 1993, where it stayed for several years until Mr. Cooper was moved to Saturdays for the final season. While Mark Curry currently stars in Nick at Nite's See Dad Run opposite Scott Baio and Raven-Symone went on to the popular Disney Channel sitcom That's So Raven, Holly Robinson Peete went on to star in the NBC/WB's For Your Love, WB's Like Family, UPN's Love, Inc. and a stint co-hosting CBS' The Talk.
Perfect Strangers, which followed a midwestern American living with his cousin from the fictional Mypos islands, launched in March 1986 -- but it wasn't always under the "TGIF" banner, only moving to the evening in 1988. (It briefly aired on Saturdays in 1992.) Bronson Pinchot, who played Balki Bartokomous, moved to Step by Step after Perfect Strangers wrapped up in 1993. His most recent credits consist of this year's Kung Fu and Titties, 2012's Virgin Alexander and gigs on Shake It Up!, Hawaii Five-0, Chuck and the Young and the Restless.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Melissa Joan Hart, who had starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom Clarissa Explains It All from 1991-94, proved she could originate another role in the popular "TGIF" comedy Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which ran from 1996-2003. Hart, who currently stars in ABC Family's Melissa & Joey with '90s icon Joey Lawrence, played Sabrina Spellman, an American teenage witch who discovers she has magical powers on her 16th birthday and lives with her centuries-old aunts. Since then, Hart has used her notoriety to her advantage, competing in the ninth season of Dancing With the Stars, directing and writing a book.
Sister, Sister was one of the short-lived comedies on ABC's "TGIF" block: After debuting in 1994, the network canceled the comedy starring Tia and Tamera Mowry as twins separated at birth and adopted by a single mother (Jackee Harry) and a single father (Tim Reid) who meet again when the twins are teenagers. (It moved to the WB.) Still, the cast -- which included Marques Houston, RonReaco Lee and Deon Richmond -- has worked on a steady basis, the best example being the Mowrys, who co-star in Style's Tia & Tamera. Tia Mowry also starred in the CW/BET's The Game and toplines Nickelodeon's Instant Mom, while Tamera Mowry appeared in Lifetime's Strong Medicine. Harry appears in the Girl Meets World pilot.
Step by Step
Step by Step, which ran on ABC's "TGIF" block from 1991-97 before moving to CBS from 1997-98, follows two single parents -- each with three kids -- who get married after meeting one another during a vacation. Patrick Duffy, best known for playing Dallas' Bobby Ewing(he now reprises the role on the TNT reboot), played patriarch Frank Lambert, while Suzanne Somers portrayed matriarch Carol Foster. Duffy told THR in April that he was open to reuniting with Somers and the cast for a "two-hour special about where these people ... all come to over the years."
Two of a Kind
Who would have thought that Michelle Tanner would grow up to be business moguls? That's exactly what happened to Full House's Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role during the ABC sitcom's run. Following the end of Full House in 1995, the Olsen twins toplined the short-lived Two of a Kind, playing twins being raised by, again, a widowed father. The Olsens, who formed Dualstar in 1993 (they became co-presidents in 2004), have since created several high-end fashion lines (The Row, Elizabeth and James) and co-written a fashion book. In 2007, Forbes estimated their net worth at $100 million.
"Homeland's" Nicholas Brody became the latest casualty in a long line of shows -- from "M*A*S*H" to "ER" to "Walking Dead" -- that have offed main characters in the middle of a series run. View gallery