Teenage Wasteland

What Happened in ‘My So-Called Life', Season 2

A lot of my favorite shows have been cancelled after the first season. Secret Circle, Nine Lives of Chloe King, The Gates… “The show that makes me sad the most, though, is My So-Called Life. If any of you did not know, My So-Called Life is THE best show in existence. This is no argument. It’s not an opinion. It’s a fact. It’s better than Teen Wolf, Roswell and Vampire Diaries. This may come as a surprise to you guys, considering I get way too emotionally attached to any fictional supernatural forbidden romance (and you know this), but yes. MSCL is the best TV show ever and nothing will ever change my mind.

I have no idea why they cancelled My So-Called Life. Actually, I do. But I don’t understand it. My goal for this year is finding a way to travel back in time to 1995 so I can give 15-year-old Claire Danes this letter.

Dear 15-year-old Claire Danes,

My name is Mikaela Foster and I’m 13. I heard that you are thinking about quitting My So-Called Life. Let me ask you a simple question: WHY?!?!? Look, I get that you have schoolwork, and school is the number one priority always. But you can do both.

You get to make out with Jared Leto. Haha, let me repeat that!! JARED LETO!! Plus, what 15-year-old gets to be the star of the best show in existence? You must know that your show is the best show in existence and always will be. Please reconsider your choices, Claire. I love you.


I really hope I get this letter to her 15-year-old self. Maybe I could change her mind.

A few weeks ago, I was re-watching the season and I thought to myself, what would have happened in season 2? And then the idea came to me. I can make up what happened in season two and share it with all you MSCL lovers.

The season would start off with Jordan and Angela together. Angela is 16 now, and as she matures she realizes that besides from the fact that he’s hot, Jordan can’t read or write, he is super quiet with almost no personality and he’s not the smartest tool in the shed. His looks even start to bore her, so she dumps him. He spends the rest of the season learning to write and read so he can win her back.

You know that thing called puberty? Yeah. Brian went through it. He went through it WELL. Brian is super hot now, maybe even hotter than Jordan, and Angela realizes that she’s in love with him. Even though Brian recognizes that she only starts to develop feelings for him when he’s attractive, he goes for her. This makes Jordan even more determined to win her back, and when things start to get more serious between Angela and Brian, Angela discovers she still has tiny tiny feelings for Jordan. She takes a break from him to figure herself out, and when Jordan reaches out to her, she hooks up with him.

Am I starting a “Team Brian” and “Team Jordan” thing here? I hope so.

Angela regrets hooking up with him and she made things super awkward. Nice going, Angela!! Angela ends up choosing Brian at the end of the season, even though Jordan learned to write and read for her. It’s okay, though! I WILL DATE YOU, JORDAN CATALANO! AS LONG AS YOU LEARN TO READ AND WRITE FOR ME!

Rickie comes to terms with his sexuality and comes out of the closet. Everyone at school bullies him about being gay, and slowly Rickie’s confidence and self-esteem drops. He becomes depressed and starts harming himself. Angela and Rayanne don’t notice his change because they’re too busy with their own boy problems. One day, Rickie gives up and decides to try and commit suicide. A boy named Zane reaches out to him and tries to save him. He also tells Rickie his story: He too was bullied for being gay, but he decided to join a group of LGTB teens for help. Rickie ends up joining the group too. And falling in love with Zane.

EEP! All of you have to be shipping Zickie right now.

Angela’s Dad, Graham, starts the restaurant with Hallie. Patty, Angela’s Mom, starts to get even more suspicious that Graham and Hallie are having an affair. She starts spying on him and her, and once she found out he wasn’t cheating, he catches her spying. He lost all his trust in her, and is sad she would have thought he would have cheated, so they temporarily split up. THEY GET BACK TOGETHER AT THE END OF THE SEASON, THOUGH!! SPOILER ALERT.

It’s actually not a spoiler alert. Because it’s never going to happen. :'(

Like Brian, Danielle has also gone through puberty, and is now 13. Being in seventh grade is pretty crappy. Trust me, I would know. The worst thing about 7th grade is the fact that kids are starting to get into drugs and drinking. With Danielle’s parents separated and Angela focused on Jordan and Brian, she’s alone. She started looking to her new friends for comfort, and those friends were…. stupid. They got her into drugs, drinking… Danielle even got arrested at one point for shoplifting. Angela and Patty are completely clueless. Rayanne, on the other hand, who is 100% clean, notices that Danielle is struggling. She had struggled with the same things too before coming clean. Rayanne helps her stop all those bad things, and they become really close.

Rayanne. You wouldn’t believe what happens to her in the second season! She’s 100% sober, and has started a whole new life. She’s doing things that actually help others, like helping Danielle. What has inspired all this positiveness? Well, there’s this hot new British exchange student at school named Charles. Charles and Rayanne fall in love, date all through high school, and end up getting married (when they’re older)!!!! The awesome thing about Charles, though, is that he’s royalty. After marriage, Charles and Rayanne move to England to live in his family’s CASTLE. Cool, right?

Oh, wait a second. THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!! A.J. Langer, the actress who plays Rayanne, actually did marry Charles Courtenay, AKA Lord Courtenay. He is the son of the Earl of Devon. So, yeah… Rayanne is royalty.

That’s it for season 2! What do you think happens in season 3? Leave me a comment below, or talk to me on my Twitter or tumblr! Thanks for reading!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546080230 Brienne Jamie

    My So-Called Life is a must see for any teen. I began dying my hair red to be like Angela Chase in the 8th grade and I haven’t stopped since.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500208498 Cella Blunck Bowidowicz

    Did you get the Zane character from Degrasse ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506585130 Colleen Sweeney

    I am having a hard time believing that Brian will ever actually get hot. Jordan, he might or might not have learned reading and writing to win Angela back. But I foresee that Sharon and Angela will become even better besties after the whole “Rayanne slept with Jordan” saga.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=136700117 Tonya Gaddis Johnson

      Look up Devon Gummersall (Brian) on IMDB. He’s not bad! Its possible! haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001540598045 Jessica Pena

    You just made my day! I decided to watch the season again and just yesterday I finished the final episode. All day I was a bit irritated. Like I had read a really good book and the final chapter was missing. I want to know how it ends and I never will. Oh well. But this article made me chuckle. Its similar to how I imagined it would end. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506546309 Sandra Rodriguez

    This is the best show ever, I remeber watching the pilot and getting hooked. The dvd box set actually has a section from the writer on where she had planned on taking the characters in season two. Also the reason the show was cancelled was because of the network feeling it was to risky. Also Brian does get better looking, especially in Felicity as the pink guy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655132354 Victoria Ramirez

    omg i wish there had been a s2 and all of this had happened.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1259218577 Liliana Delgado

    hey, did you remember Popular? canceled after first season too … :'(

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500213559 Tany Monteiro

      It was cancelled after the second season!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510541941 Jennifer Ross

    But Devon Gummersall was still not that attractive when he did Felicity 4 years later. One season isn’t long enough to make Brian a hottie. Also I hate Brian Krakow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=43100368 Kelly Shultz

    Ok, so I love your season 2! Don’t get me wrong there, but I thought you might like to know that after the show was cancelled they put out a paperback that picks up where the show left off. It was my only consolation after the great loss of Jordan Catalano in my life. You can get it used on Amazon.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687108154 Isaac Turner

    Secret Circle & Nine lives of Chloe King = Robbed of a second season

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=110500546 Kaitlin Walden Hogan

    Fully agree that most of my favorite shows get cancelled after season 1 and then get put on netflix to torture me. I still mourn the 9 lives of Chloe King. Way better than the books. But MSCL was def the worst. The issue was that teen girls weren’t a lucrative audience for prime time television like they are now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566973711 Erin Fitzgerald

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566973711 Erin Fitzgerald

    My favorite shows also get cancelled after one season (sigh, yet Jersey Shore has been on air for three years. I’ve yet to see an episode.), and my first experience with that was MSCL. I was 15 at the time, so you can imagine how I could, like, totally, like, reLATE and stuff. I was madly, madly in love with Jordan Catalano and wished I could have taught him to read. Anyhow, I was devastated. But I love your second season–and I hope your time machine/letter to Claire Danes plan works.

    p.s. I loved the Secret Circle books when I was a teenager, was probably the only adult to watch the show, and was likewise, and again, disappointed that it was cancelled. Grrrrr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=24611607 Annie Allen

    I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I’m only now watching MSCL at age 25. Haven’t finished it yet, but season 2 sounds great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1556290330 Emily Fogel

    You are a brilliant human being! Thank you so much for this! I cried endlessly when I finished the first season and found out (from Yahoo answers of course) that the show had been cancelled after season uno.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000669515006 Bronwyn Woolhouse

    AHH! You are so righ, this is the best show in existence! Season two would have been the best thing in the enitre world!! Your writing was so good, who knows that could’ve happened :)

  • Victoria

    You lost me a “dumping Jordan”…. nope, she would need about 2 more seasons to do that and even then it would be a lifelong journey of trying to let him go. Come-on… you don’t dump Jordan 😉

  • Bryan Hyland

    it is odd you would say that my so called life is the best when there are so many great tv shows past and present both syfy and comedi and and others ..big bang theory ,burn notice, stargate sg1, farscape, flash, arrow, supernatural, firefly, daredevil, I would have to say the best running show is big bang theory right now

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