… would stop trying to be like Feeny at home and rather followed the awesome example his own parents set for him.
My crush on 90′s Will Russ aside, I always loved Alan as a character. Quite often in fiction aimed to young people, parents tend to be… problematic: they are either absentee, horrible or incompetent. Or some combination of the three.
Alan and Amy Mathews were never that. Why is Alan my fave? because he reminded me of my own father: someone who was fair and capable and present and with love for his children just pouring out of him.
He wasn’t domineering, he had good advice for his kids when they asked him, but he didn’t smother them. He made mistakes but owned up to them and tried to fix them. Alan was a great guy and a great father.
I don’t think Cory realizes that. Feeny was a great mentor and instrumental for Cory, Shawn, Topanga and Eric to be who they are; but he wasn’t A Father. Feeny loved the kids and helped shaping them, but they still had parents (or parent like people in the case of Shawn with both Turner and the Mathewses).