Shawn Hunter Is The Best 'Boy Meets World' Character, And You Can't Deny It

Shawn Hunter Is The Best 'Boy Meets World' Character, And You Can't Deny It

OK, aside from Mr. Feeny.

Shawn Hunter is the only character to appear in all 158 episodes of Boy Meets World other than the main character Cory Matthews. The '90's coming-of-age sitcom followed the boys through pre-pubescent problems up until they are young men during the coming-of-age genius series.

Shawn came from a broken home which caused him to act recklessly from time to time but it also gave him such a big heart-- even if he acts cold (it's an act; he's a big ol' softy). Cory comes from a very nurturing, yet overbearing household. He is one to play it safe but has his head in the clouds. Shawn and Cory have a friendship that keeps each other grounded.

Shawn was the focus of many heart-wrenching episodes. His mother deserted him as a child and his father didn't stick around for very long whenever he did make an appearance. Shawn sometimes uses this upbringing as an excuse to get into trouble but he struggles with his identity due to his lack of parenting. His only role models are found at school or in Cory's neighborhood.

I always resonated with Shawn because he relies on the people around him for support. Like myself, he was "raised by a village," rather than his parents. My favorite Shawn line is, "everywhere I go, I'm a guest." Shawn just wants a home. My younger self understands.

Too often Shawn feels as though he should just give up on himself. He once tells Cory "I know where I'm gonna end up. Just let me get there now." A line that will always break my heart because you can see how broken his spirit is.

Shawn was the star of some of the show's most impactful episodes, three of which occurred during the show's fourth season.

In "Dangerous Secret," he housed a girl who was being abused by her father. He is shown being so gentle and protective of the girl. Even though the nature of his family didn't plant his nurturing soul, he still grew up with one.

In "Chick Like Me," my favorite cultural issues episodes, Shawn dressed up like a girl to get inside information for Cory's newspaper article.The idea was to see if he would be treated differently as a girl. Shawn agrees to have dinner with a male classmate in his disguise. On the date, the boy gets handsy. Shawn gets visibly upset when the boy gives an uninvited back rub and touches his knee, a great line about an ugly truth:

Topanga: Maybe you sent him a signal?

Shawn: The only signal I sent him was to stop!

The boy, unfortunately, continues to put unwarranted moves on Shawn-turned-Veronica. This leads to another powerful dialogue:

Gary: Yeah, I can tell by the way you're dressed.

Shawn: I just wanted to look nice.

Gary: [puts his hands on Shawn/Veronica's shoulders] Well, you do.

Shawn: I said, don't touch me.

Gary: Okay, don't like to be touched.

Shawn: Did it ever occur to you that I might be a nice girl?

Gary: No, what I thought was that you'd be into guys! Well, I guess you're not, I guess you prefer girls.

And luckily Shawn takes care of business.

In "Cult Fiction," Shawn nearly joins a cult and causes his friends to worry deeply about him. This episode is almost comedic because of the cheesy "Centre," where Shawn receives unlimited hugs and affection. The leader of the cult quickly brainwashes Shawn until Cory's dad defends Shawn and refuses to allow the cult leader to take advantage of him. This episode is especially heartbreaking because you see how quickly Shawn is willing to accept love since he is not used to receiving it.

Shawn is easily one of the most empathetic characters on the show. He teaches the audience some of the more important lessons the show has to offer; despite his run-in with dark plotlines. Although, those tragic or frustrating trials Shawn faced are some of the more realistic and authentic. He is quick to help other people (especially Cory and Topanga, whose relationship he admires) and will always be there for his best bud, Cory.

And, gosh, he's so adorable!

And romantic.

And humble.

I am so grateful that Shawn Hunter lives on in Girl Meets World. He deserves a happy ending.

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I'm Begging You, If You're Going To Watch One TV Show, Please Watch 'One Tree Hill'

"What's more important? What we become or how we become it?" I'm not totally sure, but I attribute both to One Tree Hill.


Many people are shaped by something that happened to them. Perhaps they were shaped by their family, or the situation they grew up in. I can attest to many different situations and aspects of my life shaping me into the person I am today, however, I never thought I would say a TV show helped change my life and became part of what made me who I am today.

One Tree Hill, created by Mark Schwan, was a long-running series about two brothers who start out as rivals when the pauper-type brother joins the school's basketball team. Eventually, the brothers hash it out to become friends and this show follows them, and all of their friends, through their town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, while they endure heartbreak, loss, success, real-life problems, and ups & downs of all sorts.

A lot of people in the past have questioned my love for the show, saying my constant viewing and the fact that I have seen the lengthy nine-season show probably more than eleven times through is obsessive, however, I say it is therapeutic. Don't let the length of the series scare you, it is worth every minute.

At the end of season nine, which only has 13 episodes, you'll probably be sobbing that it's over and begging for more. The fact that the creative genius behind the scenes and the cast really created something special that made people want to watch for nine seasons is incredible. 2003-2012 was a magical time where One Tree Hill aired on TV and it was a time many of us wish we could get back.

I'm sure so many people would love to know why us "One Tree Hill" fans are just so connected to the show and the reason being is that the characters are the most relatable characters. They experience real-life events (with TV magic twists of course). One particular episode actually sticks out to me to this day.

Season four episode 13, "Pictures of You." This episode has the students come into class a few weeks shy of graduation when the teacher gives them an assignment: they can go anywhere they want throughout the school and take a picture of their partner (the teacher gave them digital cameras to use) that shows their true self. They had to pick their partners out of a classmate's hat and they all took incredible pictures of each other after a day of self reflection. Some of the pictures were definitely a little risqué for the modern high school, however, it gave us this iconic Brooke Davis moment that reminded us that "what's under the clothes" matters and that we shouldn't label people based on anything:

From this to school shooting awareness, conversations about losing a family member, strained/abusive familial relationships, narcotics and alcohol abuse, and having to grow up faster than a kid should, "One Tree Hill" hits all the marks on a relatable teen show. I fell in love with the show for this. I feel as if everyone should divulge into the greatness "One Tree Hill" has to offer because it is just so important to see the messages the series portrays. The show also has humor, action, romance, and so much more you just cannot ever get enough of. So, I highly recommend "One Tree Hill" as your next binge, rewatch, or just as your go-to, feel-good show.

"One Tree Hill" is no longer running on the CW Network and was taken off of Netflix (petition to put OTH back on Netflix anyone?), but thank goodness Hulu answered our prayers and added the spectacular series to their streaming service. I have to give my best friend, Meaghan, a shoutout for giving me her Hulu password the day "One Tree Hill" was added to Hulu.

So, if you've ever wanted to start "One Tree Hill," this is your sign. Get on Hulu, give it a go, and thank me later when you fall in love with Luke, Nathan, Brooke, Hayley, and Peyton.

And as always, Go Ravens!

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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