What’s Your Most Memorable “Scary” Episode of a TV Show?

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Many TV shows have a Halloween/meant-to-be-scary special episode. Most in fact. I love theme episodes. I think they’re fun and when done right, sets apart good TV shows from great TV shows. When writers can incorporate the current story line into something completely different it shows the strength and quality of the writers.

Thinking through the most memorable “scary” episodes, I immediately think of the Boy Meets World episode – “And Then There was Shawn.” It’s by far the my favorite theme episode of any show. And I know it is for many others.

[Full disclose – it wasn’t aired around Halloween time (it was aired in February), but it was the shows only attempt at a “scary” episode.]

tumblr_lke8h9pj1m1qcjucpo1_500I grew up on Boy Meets World, and thankfully this past year the show has returned to mainstream pop culture for a little while. This particular episode, from season 5, focuses on one character’s (Shawn) difficulty in witnessing two other character’s (Cory and Topanga) breakup. In doing so Shawn dreams of killing off all his friends as he blames himself for their breakup. It’s campy, and ridiculous, and pure fun, and simultaneously calls out many horror film classics. A little bit like the entire show as a whole.

When I asked my little brother, Andrew, if he remembered this episode, he said that it scared him so badly the first time he left the room while we were watching and couldn’t watch it until a few years later. (He was like, 8 years old.) My memory is seeing Ben Savage squeal and run away like a little girl.

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What are other memorable scary episodes from TV shows? Do any bring up nostalgic feelings like this one does for me?

And if any one would like to, you can watch the full episode here.

What’s Your Most Memorable “Scary” Episode of a TV Show?

When Girl Meets World, Prepare Yourself Mentally

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Few season finales have almost made me cry like the finale of “Boy Meets World,” which neatly wrapped up one of the greatest sitcoms of the 90’s (and possibly ever). Fourteen years later, Disney decided to create a spin-off/sequel to this much beloved show called “Girl Meets World,” which released its first promo trailer this week.

The show aims to tell the coming of age story of Riley Matthews, daughter of previous series’ leads Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga Matthews (Danielle Fishel). The presence of Savage and Fishel as series regulars, as well as other expected cameos from the “Boy Meets World” cast, will no doubt incentivize fans of the original show to watch this new one and drag their kids along for the ride.

(A rather humorous image pops into my head of the countless adults without children like myself who will be watching the Disney Channel for the first time in decades just to catch the series premiere.)

Expectations for the upcoming show have been fairly positive so far, yet I remain as skeptical as always. I so desperately want this sequel show to be as funny, charming and endearing as its predecessor, but the pessimist in me says that Disney will royally screw the pooch in the end. Maybe I feel this way because the show holds such a special place in my heart — or perhaps it’s because Disney is still airing crap shows like “Dog with a Blog.” I hope I’m wrong.

Win or lose, I’ve mentally decided to employ a technique that I refer to as “leaving the book at the door,” which I typically use when I watch movies/TV shows based off of books/comics. The basic idea for this technique is to help me judge movies on their own merits while avoiding the easy pitfall of harshly critiquing them because they don’t follow the same story line that the books laid out.

Tweaking this technique a little, I’ve decided to watch this show while avoiding what will likely be a burning temptation to judge it based on its predecessor. Truthfully I think more people should make use of this technique whenever they watch a sequel, spin-off or adaptation of any kind – It would save everyone from the frankly ridiculous comment “The sequel ruined the original for me,” along with all the other derivatives such as “The season finale ruined the whole show for me.”

So to the cast, directors and producers of the upcoming “Girl Meets World,” I wish you the best of luck. I’ll be watching expectantly for a great show that I can one day enjoy with my own kids, who will likely grow up in a world more like the one portrayed in this new spin-off than in the original.

If it doesn’t work out though and the show crashes and burns, I’ll still have seven seasons of “Boy Meets World” that will forever remain untainted by a poorly executed follow-up. I hope those fans of “How I Met Your Mother” will take this same advice into consideration as they now have the announced “How I Met Your Father” spin-off/sequel to look forward to sometime in the future (If they ever make a spin-off to “Friends,” I can only assume they’ll call it “Enemies” or “Bullies” since producers are really into this “opposite titles” thing).

As we wait for the as yet unannounced air date of the new show, enjoy this GIF of the “Feeny Call,” brought to you by Eric Matthews (Will Friedle).

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When Girl Meets World, Prepare Yourself Mentally