For me to ever think I don't need a friend... like you in the world... just 'cause I'm a little older? That'd make me a lot less mature than I wanna be.

Joshua "Josh" Gabriel Matthews is a recurring character in Girl Meets World. Josh was also a minor semi-recurring character in Boy Meets World.

Joshua is portrayed by Uriah Shelton.


Josh is the teenage uncle of Riley and Auggie, and is the younger brother of Cory, Eric. and Morgan. He is the brother-in-law of Cory's wife Topanga. He was born prematurely in season six of Boy Meets World, and nearly died due to a respiratory infection.


Josh is described to be the cool uncle to Riley and Auggie.



Main article: Matthews Family

Cory Matthews

Main article: Cory Matthews
See also: Cory and Josh

Cory is Josh's older brother, whom he is fond of. They have a pretty close relationship. 

Topanga Matthews

Main article: Topanga Matthews
See also: Topanga and Josh

Topanga is Josh's sister-in-law.

Riley Matthews

Main article: Riley Matthews
See also: Josh and Riley

Riley is Josh's niece, who is 2-3 years younger.

Auggie Matthews

Main article: Auggie Matthews
See also: Auggie and Josh

Auggie is Josh's nephew. It has been said that Auggie looks up to him and Josh always tries to spend time with him.

Eric Matthews

Main article: Eric Matthews

Eric is Josh's older brother.

Alan Matthews

Main article: Alan Matthews

Alan is Josh's father.

Amy Matthews

Main article: Amy Matthews

Amy is Josh's mother.

Morgan Matthews

Main article: Morgan Matthews

Morgan is Josh's older sister who was mentioned in Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 2).


Maya Hart

Romantic Interest\Crush

Main article: Maya Hart
See also: Josh and Maya

Maya develops a crush on Josh, whom she nicknamed "Boing"; Riley is chagrined by Maya's interest in Joshua, even more so by Maya's remark that she may become Riley's aunt in the future. In Season 3's Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 2), Maya openly admits she likes Joshua, and he admits he likes her as well, but still has an issue with their near-three-year age difference (at the time, Joshua had just started college while Maya became a freshman in high school), so the two agreed to "play the long game", or continue to live their own lives but continue to be there for one another as friends, and possibly explore their relationship further when they get older.


  • Josh first appeared in Boy Meets World in the season six episode "My Baby Valentine."
  • Despite Josh being born on-screen on February 14, 1999, he is said to be 17 years old rather than 16 years old. However, his birth date has yet to be officially retconned.
  • It is possible that GMW may retcon his birth year from 1999 to 1998, similar to how Cory, Morgan, Shawn and Topanga were all aged by 2 years between season 3 and 4 of Boy Meets World.
  • His middle name, Gabriel, means "he who God protects".
  • He almost died shortly after being born prematurely.
  • Josh was portrayed by Daniel Jacobs in Boy Meets World and is now portrayed by Uriah Shelton. Josh is the first character so far in Girl Meets World to be portrayed by a different actor/actress than they were in the original series.
  • It is unknown if he went/goes to Jefferson Elementary and John Adams High like Cory, Topanga, Shawn, and Eric did. It is possible he attends the same school as Morgan did in her high school years, as it was never revealed that she went to John Adams.
  • Although he is in the 11th grade, he seems to be academically smart enough to be considered for an interview and orientation at NYU.
  • He was slated to reappear in the season 2 episode "Girl Meets the New Year"; however, due to his portrayer Uriah Shelton's motorcycle accident, he was subsequently written out of the story. Had he been involved in the plot, he would have told Maya how he felt about her & her crush towards him.
  • Due to the aforementioned incident, it is currently unknown as to whether Uriah Shelton had returned to set to reprise his role in the season 2 finale "Girl Meets Legacy". However, due to the fact that season 2 has wrapped filming and that it was filmed after "New Year", added with the fact that Uriah Shelton is recuperating, it is highly likely that Joshua Matthews was written out of that episode as well.
  • The writers have said that Josh plays a huge role in future episodes.[1]
  • He only appeared in one episode of season 2. - Girl Meets the Tell-Tale-Tot, due to Uriah Shelton's accident.
  • Josh's first appearance in season 3 is Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1).


Season 1

Season 2

Season 3


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