The BEST Episodes of My So-Called Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2021

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.

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Guns And Gossip

#1 - Guns And Gossip

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 8, 1994

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 7.93
168 votes
Writers: Justin Tanner
The Substitute

#2 - The Substitute

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 29, 1994

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

star 7.86
126 votes
Writers: Jason Katims

#3 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 25, 1994

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 7.74
267 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Winnie Holzman
Other People's Mothers

#4 - Other People's Mothers

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 3, 1994

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

star 7.50
148 votes
Directors: Claudia Weill
Writers: Richard Kramer
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

#5 - In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 26, 1995

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 7.33
119 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Winnie Holzman
Dancing In The Dark

#6 - Dancing In The Dark

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 1, 1994

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

star 7.29
211 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Winnie Holzman

#7 - Pressure

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 1, 1994

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 7.21
112 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Ellen Herman
Why Jordan Can't Read

#8 - Why Jordan Can't Read

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 6, 1994

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

star 7.19
155 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Liberty Godshall
On The Wagon

#9 - On The Wagon

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 8, 1994

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 7.17
111 votes
Directors: Jeff Perry
Writers: Elizabeth Gill
Father Figures

#10 - Father Figures

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 15, 1994

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 7.09
130 votes
Directors: Mark Rosner
Writers: Winnie Holzman
The Zit

#11 - The Zit

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 22, 1994

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 7.08
129 votes
Directors: Victor DuBois
Writers: Betsy Thomas
Strangers In The House

#12 - Strangers In The House

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 20, 1994

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 7.07
125 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: Jill Gordon
Life Of Brian

#13 - Life Of Brian

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 10, 1994

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 7.00
117 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Jason Katims

#14 - Resolutions

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 5, 1995

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 6.90
111 votes
Writers: Ellen Herman

#15 - Self-Esteem

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 17, 1994

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 6.73
120 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Winnie Holzman

#16 - Betrayal

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 12, 1995

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

star 6.71
117 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Jill Gordon

#17 - Weekend

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 19, 1995

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 6.61
114 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Adam Dooley
So-Called Angels

#18 - So-Called Angels

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 22, 1994

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 6.60
118 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Jason Katims, Winnie Holzman

#19 - Halloween

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 27, 1994

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 6.37
122 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Jill Gordon