My So-Called Life

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - Don't go, now! Don't go! Fade up on a sleeping Angela "Give" Chase, who starts awake and stares all disoriented into space as Angela VO tells us, "In the dream I keep having about Jordan Catalano, I'm trying to...

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Brilliant But Cancelled: Dramas That Were Axed Too Soon

Brilliant But Cancelled: Dramas That Were Axed Too Soon

From My So-Called Life to EZ Streets to Deadwood we look back at the smart, clever dramas that were ripped from the airwaves before their time.

RECAPS, WEECAPS, AND MORE

Latest Episode

1-19
Recap

Choose Their Own Adventure

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - Would Angela have stayed with Jordan, or dumped him for Brian? Would Graham have bailed on Patty? Would Rickie have gotten a boyfriend? Would we have cared about Danielle, ever? We'll never know. And so it is that of the most beloved cult programs in TV history takes its hallowed place in Permanent Hiatus.

01.24.1995 A

Sars

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Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

1-18
Recap

You looked under Hallie Lowenthal's hood?

Weekend - Patty and Graham go away for the weekend, with disastrous results for everyone. Well, except Marla. And Danielle VO.

01.18.1995
06.30.2001
B-

Sars

1-17
Recap

Too Hot For TV

Betrayal - Remember in the pilot, when Angela said that if yearbooks documented what really happened, it would be a really depressing book? Well, the same goes for the video yearbook. And the school play.

01.11.1995
03.17.2001
B+

Sars

1-16
Recap

So...Graham is who, Menelaus?

Resolutions - As the rest of the main characters make and break resolutions, Rickie continues on his journey to find a home, and everyone learns valuable lessons about honesty, caffeine withdrawal, and the effects of Brad Pitt on the adolescent libido.

01.04.1995
03.13.2001
B

Sars

1-15
Recap

People get so stressed over this holiday stuff!

So-Called Angels - They experience actual symptoms of depression, or whatever! Like, total hopelessness and despair! Wendola watches the Christmas Episode and discovers there's nothing so cathartic as a good sob-fest. Then again, she hasn't called the Teen Help Line.

12.21.1994
11.26.2000
A

Wendola

1-14
Recap

On The Wagon

On The Wagon - Rayanne sits up and says eagerly that she feels, "like, really good," and she picks up a paddle toy from the table next to her and starts playing with it. "This is kind of a dangerous time," Mrs. K tells her gently. Rayanne doesn't seem to hear her.

12.07.1994
12.07.1994
D

Sars

1-13
Recap

And it fits into this empty place in your heart

Pressure - While Angela tries to nimbly sidestep Jordan's attempts to get her into bed, Graham has less success getting out of the way of the Hallie Lowenthal Train when she tells him she wants to open a restaurant with him as the chef. Also, Sharon lends Angela a sex tape, which ends up being passed around to most of the characters on the show. And everyone gets to meet Jordan except Patty -- even Brad the fiancé.

11.30.1994
12.01.1994
B+

Key Grip

1-12
Recap

Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem - In between lip-smacking goodness, Angela manages to catch her breath long enough to say, "I'm missing my Geometry review. Luckily it's optional."

11.16.1994
11.16.1994
D

Key Grip

1-11
Recap

Life Of Brian

Life Of Brian - What a nightmare. Brian already makes a lot more sense.

11.09.1994
11.09.1994
D

Key Grip

1-10
Recap

Other People's Mothers

Other People's Mothers - But Rickie and Angela aren't really listening to the mustard theory, because they are busy noticing the beer that Rayanne has in her hand, which suggests that it's not the fridge itself, but rather what people take out of it, that is truly revealing.

11.02.1994
11.02.1994
D

Key Grip

1-9
Recap

Halloween

Halloween - Angela reminds her mom she's sleeping -- "At Rayanne's, I know, I said you could, don't ask me everything ten times," says Patty, triumphantly. I guess we're supposed to be impressed that she can be as obnoxious as her two children. The kids leave, probably to go find a new mom.

10.26.1994
10.26.1994
D

Key Grip

1-8
Recap

Strangers In The House

Strangers In The House - As the Xylophone of Advancing Plot awakens, we cut to My So-Called High, where Angela and Brian and Sharon and the rest of their class are all taking a test.

10.19.1994
10.19.1994
D

Key Grip

1-7
Recap

Duh squared

Why Jordan Can't Read - Jordan sings Angela a song; she thinks it's about her, but it isn't. Jordan makes plans with Angela; she thinks it's a date, but it isn't. Angela plays catch with Brian; she thinks she knows everything, but she doesn't.

10.05.1994
10.06.1994
B-

Sars

1-6
Recap

The Substitute

The Substitute - We've all seen Dead Poets Society, right? Well, slap about fifty pounds of hair on Robin Colcord's back and it's "O Captain, My Captain" time.

09.28.1994
09.28.1994
D

Wing Chun

1-5
Recap

The Zit

The Zit - Angela stares at Brian, as if we're to think she's watching him watching Sharon's boobs, but really she's looking toward "Air" Jordan Catalano, seated behind and one aisle over from Brian. Angela unwittingly feeds her zit by running her dirty, middle-of-the-school-day fingertips over it.

09.21.1994
09.21.1994
D

Wing Chun

1-4
Recap

Father Figures

Father Figures - Graham tells Rayanne that "Hypnotized By Food could be [his] Indian name." Okay, he's a maybe philanderer. Still -- heh.

09.14.1994
09.14.1994
D

Wing Chun

1-3
Recap

Guns And Gossip

Guns And Gossip - Angela unfolds the note and glances up as Kennedy intones, "Knowing that here on earth, God's work must truly be our own." Suddenly there is a gunshot. Everyone in class starts; a couple of people cry out in surprise.

09.07.1994
09.07.1994
N/A

Wing Chun

1-2
Recap

Dancing In The Dark

Dancing In The Dark - Strangely, none of her classmates has exactly gone to the trouble of sending out a press release to notify the world that Angela wasn't paying the educational film her full attention.

08.31.1994
08.31.1994
D

Wing Chun

1-1
Recap

Pilot

Pilot - Before starting this recap, Sars and I discussed whether I should recap the show as if I didn't know who anyone was, but I do, so I won't. Work with me.

08.24.1994
08.24.1994
D

Wing Chun

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