Whitney Troxel


Dependable, Primary, Intermediate, Rowan Blanchard, Ben Savage, Sabrina Carpenter, Disney, Coming Of Age, Middle School, Self-Confidence, Self-Discovery, Friendship

Document Type

TV Show Review


Daughter of Cory and Topanga, Riley Matthews is not allowed to ride the New York subway by herself. After her parents catch her and her best friend, Maya Hart, trying to sneak out the window, Cory and Topanga give an impassioned speech that it’s time for Riley to discover who she is and make the world her own. They then give Riley permission to ride the subway. Riley becomes inspired by Maya’s know-how of the subway and its people, including a cute boy they meet named Lucas. She decides she wants to become just like Maya and starts mimicking her opinions and behavior. This ends up getting them both in trouble in history class, taught by Cory, when they are told to write an essay on something they would fight for. Maya decides to fight for no homework, which leads to accidentally setting off the fire alarm. Knowing how angry Cory is with Maya, Riley fights for their friendship and learns that the best thing she can do for her friend is to be herself.