You’re all probably sick of me talking about this show by now, but I still have more feels to share so deal with it.
Here’s why My So-Called Life is so formative: It depicted teen angst in a way that felt relatable, not alienating or petty. It wasn’t seen as a mockery like it usually is. It’s so easy to act as if teens’ feelings are just silly and naive, but that’s just not fair. Even now, a few years out of my teens, I can find myself asking the same questions Angela did. Who am I? Why did I say that? Will this person even know that I exist? That’s a part of growing up, and it’s cool that before cryptic Tumblr posts about how sad we are were around, there was a show that showed us how normal those feelings were.
This show was just ahead of its time. It tackled slut-shaming, being queer and even the big, scary, complex world of female friendships in a way that felt real, not like a Very Special Episode kind of show.
Before I go off an an even longer tangent, here are 10 things from My So-Called Life that changed my (so-called…sorry) life. From Rayanne’s style to Jordan Catalano’s eyes, the bases are definitely covered.
Angela And Sharon's Awkward Ex-FriendshipSee, here's the thing that they don't prepare you for in high school: those friendships that you thought would last forever suddenly coming to an end. I'm pretty sure we've all been there or, if you haven't, you will be. While Sharon was definitely less exciting than Rickie and Rayanne, I can't help but feel a lot of empathy for her. Her best friend wanted to become a new person without her and that hurts. Sharon had a great line about this, actually: "Why do girls have to tear each other down?" Good question, Sharon. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Angela's Inner MonologueAngela is the queen of teen angst and thinking too hard about everything and I love her for it. We're all like that when we're teenagers and there's nothing to be ashamed of. Even her most psuedo-intellectual lines were at least a little thought provoking and relatable. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Hating Brian KrakowOkay, look. I get that Brian had feelings for Angela and boo hoo blah blah blah. I don't care. This dude was a prick. He didn't understand how to treat people and he even started a about Angela's sex life. Also, this guys is the definition of a Nice Guy. He thinks he is owed Angela's affection just because they've been friends forever. Let's be real, he's probably claim to be friend zoned and would cry about it on Reddit. Whatever, Brian. Cool hair, though. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
That Time When Rickie Claimed To Bring A Gun To School To Protect Himself From HatersA gun went off at the high school and nobody knew the source...but Rickie claimed it was his so that homophobic d-bags who couldn't handle his bisexuality didn't mess with him. As grim and drastic as it seems, it isn't hard to empathize with. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Jordan Catalano's EverythingThat hair, those eyes...enough said. Bye. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Sharon's Boobs Getting A Whole Lot Of AttentionHigh school boys suck, especially when they make lists of the hottest sophomore girls and proceed to use that list to shame and demean the girls they claim are so hot. The list deemed Rayanne as having the most "slut potential" and Sharon...well, straight-laced, meek ol' Sharon was given the honor of having the "best hooters." Needless to say, she felt awkward about this and I can't say I blame her. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Rayanne Getting Too Turnt Up At Her Own PartyRayanne has some problems, most of which likely stem from having a cool but neglectful mother and having absolutely no boundaries. Nothing proves this point better than the episode when Rayanne throws a party and gets so drunk and high on ecstasy that she is thrown into the hospital. Was it a little melodramatic? Eh, maybe, but there are plenty of teen girls in the same situation as Rayanne, so it's not exactly that hard to believe. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Rickie's HomelessnessAfter getting into a fight with his abusive uncle, Rickie finds himself living in the streets. This continues to be a huge problem for LGBT teenagers and it is a sad but important commentary on how little things have changed on that front since 1994, when this episode aired. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Rayanne's StyleEveryone on that show was wearing the latest and greatest in early '90s fashion, but Rayanne's look was out of this world. Her style was so all over the place and she rocked it with no fear. Goals. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Whatever Was Going On With Angela And JordanTheir relationship was such a mess and all over the place and sort of a thing but also sort of...not much of a thing? No wonder Angela is confused all of the damn time, this Jordan was hard to get a grasp on. Source: My So Called Life/ABC
Have you watched My So-Called Life? What stood out to you about the show? Tell us in the comments!