Teenage Wasteland

5 things I Learnt from ‘My So Called Life'

1. A boy shouldn’t be scared to walk down the hall holding your hand.

Am I the only one who squealed a little when Jordan and Angela walked down the hall hand in hand? My favorite part about this scene is that he didn’t care about if his friends would laugh at him, or what anyone thought of him. He held her hand because he liked her, and he wanted to! It’s pretty much impossible not to ship Jangela. I really like this one because I know how annoying it is when someone is embarrassed to be friends with you or be dating you.

2. Its totally cool having a gay best friend.

I really wish I had a friend like Rickie. Not only would Rickie be my favorite gay best friend who could stereotypically help my go shopping and give me advice on shoes, but he is a really strong-minded person. What boy in high school would have the guts to walk into a girls bathroom and hang out? What I really like about his character is that he wears makeup, he dresses fashionably and he acts like himself, not caring about what other people think of him. If there were a boy in my grade who was even remotely close to Rickie, we would be best friends. Possibly by force.

3. You’re probably not going to end up with your dream guy.

While Jordan Catalano was there for Angela 2% of the time, Brian Krakow is there for Angela 100% of the time. Angela is smart, and if she knows whats best for her, she would probably go for Brian later on. He’s super smart and a dork, but it’s petty obvious he’s loved her his entire life. Which leads me to believe that your dream guy isn’t always the guy you’re going to end up with. I hate to admit that my **favorite** male character on any TV show ever (JORDAN CATALANO) is probably not going to end up with Angela. I’ve accepted the fact that she’s going to marry Brian.

4. Don’t be friends with the drug and alcohol addicted girl.
I would not be friends with Rayanne Graff. I’m sorry, nope, not gonna do it for me. I think one of the biggest reasons why is because I would be constantly worrying about her. Its most likely because I have a panic disorder, and a stress disorder, and an anxiety disorder, but I would probably poop my pants thinking about if she’s alright 24/7. In the episode where she almost OD’d, I almost cried. I’m also not sure I’d want to be in that group of friends. You know what I mean.

5. Don’t drink or do drugs, because you’ll likely end up in the hospital with your stomach pumped.
Like I wasn’t already afraid of the day that I’m offered a beer at a party, or asked if I was interested in buying some weed. I’m now even more afraid of drinking and getting into drugs. After seeing the episode where Rayanne almost OD’d, I am 100% positive I am never doing drugs. Ever. I think it’s because I over-analyze things, but now I’m even less inclined to be stupid when I’m a teenager. Come on. Who wants to get their stomach pumped…? Definitely not me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.conifer Jessica Conifer

    i was a fan when it was originally on TV and so sad when it was canceled… I’m sorry the series is so short so people like us couldn’t get to know these people–who were so worth getting to know– better… especially since (i hate to say it but…) as far as I have seen, none of these actors went on to do anything much bigger than that show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18900644 Ramou Sarr

      No way, Jessica! Claire Danes aka Angela is nominated nearly every awards season and most recently won the Best Actress Golden Globe for Homeland. Jared Leto aka Jordan continues to be a hot little weirdo as the front man for 30 Seconds to Mars. Wilson Cruz aka Ricky is the obligatory gay best friend we all love. (And I admit to having higher hopes for him.) And AJ Langer aka Rayanne is on Private Practice. You’re welcome! Unless, of course, you were being facetious and I’m just a butt head.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000776842119 Kathy Stabe

      I wouldn’t say Ricky or Rayanne went on to be superstars, but they both have a career. As for Claire Danes and Jared Leto, they both went on to have very successful film and television careers. Jared stars in one of my favorite movies of all time, Require for a Dream (not appropriate for our 13-year-old authoress – wait until you’re in college, dear), has a fairly important supporting role in another favorite, Fight Club, starred in a number of other films too numerous to name here, and is now the frontman for a very talented and influential band, 30 Seconds to Mars. Claire now stars in Homeland on Showtime, an excellent series, but also made a good number of movies following MSCL, including the star-studded Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet – she played the lead opposite Leonardo DiCaprio – another excellent film.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Erick.and.Kayla.Dealba ErickandKayla Dealba

      So 30 Seconds to Mars is no big deal? lol And being in a movie with LEONARDO DICAPRIO is not a big deal either, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ustik2me4ever Melody Hice

    I was also a huge fan when it aired! It was so real and Angela was so relatable! I gave to disagree tho that non if them have done anything worth while since. Jared Leto is actually in a band (30 Seconds to Mars) that has done really well within their genre. Not to mention he’s dine some amazing movies. Claire Danes has done a bunch of great movies too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ustik2me4ever Melody Hice

    Dang auto correct! Sorry about all the misspelled words. Lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kaitlinfritz Kaitlin Marie Fritz

    I was just about to post the same thing, Claire Danes and Jared Leto are both still pretty famous, Claire Danes just won a golden globe a few months ago, or an Emmy? Either way they are both still very rellavent

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1016870032 Marie Medina

    You know why I like this post? Well several reasons, number one being that MSCL saved my life in high school, and number two being that I had exactly this same thinking strategy at 13! Which is awesome, but I would also like to warn you that you’re thinking is going to change and that’s OK. For instance, although you may think you would never want/be able to handle a friend like Rayanne, you’d be surprised at how friendships just happen, how they’re not always neat and clean and tied with a bow. I think Rayanne really needed Angela for a time, of course Angela (and everyone really) should cut relationships that begin to be detrimental to one’s mental health. But I wouldn’t look at Rayanne and say “well she’s obviously a troubled, drug addicted teen. Ew. Adios!” Those types of people have a lot to offer and got lost somewhere a long the way. They should be treated cautiously but never without warmth :) Also on the drinking front, I was a total straight edge throughout high school. The kids who drank freaked me out, but then I went to college and turned 21 and realized there are people who drink responsibly and have a good time without involving the hospital. So don’t pigeon hole yourself into NEVER doing anything quite yet, you’ll feel guilty and have to reason it out to yourself when you do. So just avoid that hot mess and say “Well right now I feel this way, but that is subject to change. And that’s OK.” Loved your article!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eastautumnpacificocean Colleen Sweeney

    I was 11 when the show was on the air, but being that age, I wasn’t into shows like that. Thanks to the handsome face of Jared Leto, I got into the show about 2 years ago, and I haven’t looked back since. I was totally Angela in high school, except I didn’t have a Brian or a Jordan (tears). I did have a Rickie, of sorts, although he still was posing as a straight guy, but he was the awesomest guy I knew (and I am still friendly with him).

  • http://www.facebook.com/indigochild9 Vicky Shazam

    yeah claire danes and jared leto are the most well-known from my so-called life lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002032404623 Robert Cook

    my so called life sucks. Not the ol tv show I was just sayin its like swimming in ice water wearing jeans. You kick just to keep your head above water and its so cold it hurts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000968484522 Brian Harrower

    my uncle wrote for this show! he actually won an emmy this year for friday parenthood, and we couldn’t be more proud of him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000968484522 Brian Harrower

      for parenthood*

  • http://www.facebook.com/JenniferandJustinCurtis Jennifer Justin Curtis

    Just wait till you can watch Felicity. Because that’s a show where she ends up getting her “dream guy.” :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/karebear76 Karin Wanserski

      Don’t spoil all of Felicity for her!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/feistyyy Keely Joleen Craik

    I effing love felicity!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1204586727 Angie Overton

    I <3 My So Called Life!!!!! I'm so happy to see that the you watch it, Mikaela!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/annette.hatch Annette Hall Hatch

    I watched this when it originally came out too. I was addicted to it. My mom & I watched it together. I had & still have a best friend like Ricky. I had the “Jordan” moment that I THOUGHT the dream guy was perfect…then we hit high school & he changed…dream shattered! As for Rayanne, she was my favorite. She paralleled me in so many ways. But never count out being that stable block in a wild-child’s life. You become the Yin to their Yang, and it is appreciated more than you will ever know. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000192573793 Izzi Triggs

    i dyed my hair like claire danes last year when i started to watch this show, my mom told me about it……the hair looked awful! <3 xxxx

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002849785160 Melissa Stewart

    I miss that show so much, really u

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002849785160 Melissa Stewart

    stupid everything. . . . . What I was gonna say is that I was so upset when they canceled it only after the first season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mustangace Edward Michael Stoddard

    What I learned from “My So Called Life?” I love Claire Danes!! She was wonderful in the movie “Startdust,” too – a love story. Watch that movie if you ever want to see Robert DeNiro play a role so not himself! He was just fabulous.

    Oh, Mikaela, nice blog post!! Good advice. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/wackyfacedme Angel Fernandez

    Team Brian! 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/zelina Zelina Garza

    great post. I had to google learnt to make sure I have been using the wrong word all along lol. Leanred* is the correct way so phew!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1656705018 Melissa Chambers

    I was such a big fan of this show and still love Claire Danes!

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