The BEST Episodes of My So-Called Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

"My So-Called Life" is a realistic mid-nineties teen drama series that takes a look at a 15 year-old girl and her trials and tribulations with being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents and school.

The Substitute

#1 - The Substitute

Season 1 - Episode 6

Liberty High deals with the issue of censorship when a substitute English teacher encourages students to write liberal poetry for the school paper.

star 8.08
39 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

#2 - In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

Season 1 - Episode 19

Jordan asks Brian for help on winning back Angela's affections; Sharon and Rayanne reach a turning point in their relationship; and Rickie learns that the new girl has a crush on him.

star 8.03
30 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Winnie Holzman
Other People's Mothers

#3 - Other People's Mothers

Season 1 - Episode 10

Patty gains strides in her relationship with Angela when she helps Rayanne during an overdose.

star 8.01
35 votes
Directors: Claudia Weill
Writers: Richard Kramer
So-Called Angels

#4 - So-Called Angels

Season 1 - Episode 15

The Chase's Christmas is more complicated than usual when Angela's anxious search for Rickie leads her into the world of runaway kids where she encounters a mysterious homeless girl.

star 7.90
30 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Winnie Holzman, Jason Katims
The Zit

#5 - The Zit

Season 1 - Episode 5

Angela and Patty come to grips with the feeling that they are not measuring up to some standard of beauty as Angela breaks out and Patty develops laugh lines.

star 7.75
40 votes
Directors: Victor DuBois
Writers: Betsy Thomas
Dancing In The Dark

#6 - Dancing In The Dark

Season 1 - Episode 2

While Angela awkwardly tries to get closer to Jordan, Graham and Patty learn to romance each other again.

star 7.75
68 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Winnie Holzman
Guns And Gossip

#7 - Guns And Gossip

Season 1 - Episode 3

Angela is devastated when she is the object of gossip while Brian and Rickie find themselves in the middle of a scandal over a gun in school.

star 7.71
51 votes
Writers: Justin Tanner

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Welcome to the world of Angela Chase. At 15, Angela is sick of her goody goody look, and act. So she decides to hang out with the rebel herself Rayanne Graff, and dyes her hair Crimson Glow. Her mother is not pleased with the new Angela, and states that quite a few times, in this pilot. Her father on the other hand doesn't see the deal.

star 7.69
92 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Winnie Holzman
Strangers In The House

#9 - Strangers In The House

Season 1 - Episode 8

Sharon's dad has a heart attack that causes Graham to question his own mortality and puts stress on his marriage while the event mends the broken friendship between Sharon and Angela.

star 7.69
38 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: Jill Gordon

#10 - Pressure

Season 1 - Episode 13

Angela must make the decision whether or not to sleep with Jordan, while Graham is being pressured into going into the restaurant business with Hallie Lowenthal.

star 7.68
25 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Ellen Herman
Life Of Brian

#11 - Life Of Brian

Season 1 - Episode 11

Brian's life is a constant struggle over what he wants to express and the ramblings that escape from his mouth; everyone feels like the outsider at the ""World Happiness Dance"" at school; Patty pressures Graham into taking a continuing education cooking class.

star 7.64
30 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Jason Katims
Why Jordan Can't Read

#12 - Why Jordan Can't Read

Season 1 - Episode 7

Angela makes a real connection with Jordan when she discovers that he has difficulty reading.

star 7.61
41 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Liberty Godshall

#13 - Betrayal

Season 1 - Episode 17

Angela realizes she is over Jordan and is in to someone else. But Brian Cracow catches Rayanne and Jordan on tape having sex.

star 7.57
28 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Jill Gordon

#14 - Self-Esteem

Season 1 - Episode 12

Self-esteem is the lesson of the day for Angela's warped relationship with Jordan, Brian's unreciprocated devotion to Angela, Rickie's flair for the dramatic, and Graham's cooking expertise.

star 7.54
33 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Winnie Holzman
On The Wagon

#15 - On The Wagon

Season 1 - Episode 14

Rayanne has been sober for 33 days. To start getting her life back together again and to spend more time with Angela, she joins Jordan's band. But after a case of stage fright and a glimpse at what being sober really means, she goes back to the bottle.

star 7.54
24 votes
Directors: Jeff Perry
Writers: Elizabeth Gill

#16 - Resolutions

Season 1 - Episode 16

It's New Year's Eve and while everyone else is busy making or breaking his or her resolutions, Rickie faces an increasingly difficult situation.

star 7.40
23 votes
Writers: Ellen Herman

#17 - Weekend

Season 1 - Episode 18

On a romantic weekend getaway to ""reconnect"" with Graham, Patty reveals another side of her personality; Angela copes with a visit from Rayanne, who has good reason not to leave.

star 7.16
25 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Adam Dooley
Father Figures

#18 - Father Figures

Season 1 - Episode 4

In multi-generational father-daughter conflict, Patty must take control of the printing business from her father, and Angela approaches Graham for the first time as a person rather than a superhero.

star 7.10
41 votes
Directors: Mark Rosner
Writers: Winnie Holzman

#19 - Halloween

Season 1 - Episode 9

Angela finds herself in 1963 during a mystical Halloween experience; Graham and Patty create some magic of their own with the help of medieval Halloween costumes.

star 7.03
35 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Jill Gordon