A Closer Look at Shawn Hunter’s (Almost) Adoption on Boy Meets World


Casual fans of Boy Meets World sometimes mistakenly recall a storyline in which Shawn Hunter gets adopted.

However, Shawn Hunter does not get adopted in Boy Meets World.

Alan and Amy Matthews offer to adopt him, but Shawn rejects.

Below, Circa98 dives deeper into Shawn’s adoption and guardian storylines:


Alan Matthews Offers to Adopt Shawn in Season 7


Alan and Amy Matthews offer to adopt Shawn Hunter in Season 7, Episode 12: Family Trees. However, Shawn rejects their offer and instead chooses to visit his father’s grave, who’d passed away in the previous season.



Mr. Turner Gives Shawn a Home in Season 3


Despite providing Shawn with a home for most of Season 3, Mr. Turner never adopts Shawn. In addition, Turner never officially files to become Shawn’s legal guardian despite speaking with a lawyer about the process.

Chet Hunter returns to Philadelphia toward the end of Season 3, at which point Shawn moves out of Turner’s place for good.



Shawn Tries to Move in With His Uncle Mike


Shawn intends to live with Uncle Mike later in Season 3. However, when Shawn visits his trailer park after some time away, Uncle Mike’s trailer is gone.

In the same episode, a cop finds Shawn sleeping outside and brings him into the police station, where he runs into his father, Chet, who is finally returning home.


Chet and Virna Were Shawn’s Only Legal Guardians


Throughout the Boy Meets World series, Chet and Virna Hunter are Shawn’s only legal guardians. Chet is Shawn’s biological father, and Virna is his stepmother.

Shawn lived with The Matthews and Mr. Turner at different points in the series, but they never filed for legal guardianship.

In Season 3, Episode 20, I Never Sang for My Legal Guardian, Shawn Hunter gets upset after learning that Mr. Turner had failed to file for legal guardianship.

Mr. Turner claims that he never got around to filing the papers, which makes Shawn feel like his life is not as important to the English teacher as it should be.


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