"I bet people can actually die of embarrassment. I bet it's been medically proven."

"People tell you to be yourself...Like yourself is some defined thing"

"My parents keep asking 'How was school?' its like saying 'How was that drive-by shooting?' You dont care how it was, you're lucky to get out alive."

"What I, like, dread is when people who know you in completely different ways end up in the same area. You have to develop this, like, combination you on the spot."

"You know how sometimes the last sentence you said, like, echoes in your brain? And it just keeps sounding stupider? And you have to say something else just to make it stop?"

"Love is when you look into someone's eyes and suddenly you go all the way inside, to their soul, and you both know instantly. I always imagined I'd fall in love nursing a blind soldier who was wounded in battle. Or maybe while rescuing someone in the middle of a blizzard, seconds before the avalanche hits. I thought at least by the age of 15 I'd have a love life, but I don't even have a _like_ life."

"But there are sometimes in my life where being me, right now, where I am, is just like, enough. "

"Sometimes it feels like we're all living in some kind of prison, and the crime is how much we hate ourselves. And it's good to get dressed up every once in awhile and admit the truth. That when you look really closely, people are so strange and so complicated that they're actually beautiful. Possibly even me."

"This life has been a test. If it had been an actual life, you would have received actual instructions on where to go and what to do."

"When I was 12, my mother gave me my sex talk. I'm not sure either of us has ever recovered."

"Mom, I'm not having sex, alright? Really! I'm not even close. To an embarrassing degree."

"When someone compliments your parents, there's like nothing to say.
It's like a stun gun to your brain."

"You're so beautiful, it hurts to look at you"

- Angela's favourite compliment "So how would you describe Anne Frank? "
"Is that supposed to be funny, Angela? How on earth could you make a statement like that? Hmm? Anne Frank perished in a concentration camp. Anne Frank is a tragic figure. How could Anne Frank be lucky?"
"I don't know. Because she was trapped in an attic for three years with this guy she really liked?" - Angela ( in a bad mood ) & teacher "Mom, I've been alone with Danielle before."
"Yes, and I can't help but recall the time you put her in the dryer."
"Oh Mom! That was so long ago. I can't believe you're still talking about that...Anyway, she *begged* me to do it."
"Who's ever idea it was, I don't want to come home and find anyone in an appliance." - Angela and Patti So, not to shock you, but your dad's attractive. Not that I'd attack him or anything, but I wouldn't leave me alone with him, either. - Rayanne How did locking kids in their room get such a bad rap? - Graham "Sometimes I feel, like, numb or something."
"Maybe you just haven't found the right person yet."
"I've tried every type of person." - Rayanne and Sharon "Why is dad playing catch with Brian Krakow?"
"I guess if you live with three women, that would make any man desperate." - Angela and Patty "Kyle was probably her Popular Jock phase. Now she's probably moving
into her Awkward But Sensitive Guy phase."
"So, you're saying I'm, like, someone's phase?"
"Hey. I wish I was." - Brian and Rickie "Let's say you're deciding between two particular patterns, and one of them you definitely know that you really like. And the other one is nice wallpaper
and all, but you're not sure if it's really..."
"For you."
"Exactly. But the really great wallpaper, let's say, is like totally out of
your price range. So, do you take the other wallpaper, even though you don't,
let's say, desire it that much? Or do you wait until the really great
wallpaper is cheaper."
"Well, I guess it depends on how badly you need wallpaper."
"I would say pretty badly." - Brian and Graham "It's just so weird, when you've, like, chosen your wallpaper and you think
you're pretty happy with it, but every time you pass by the other wallpaper,
you know, the one you sort of like more?"
"Brian, we're not talking about wallpaper here, are we?" - Brian and Graham "Apparently Delia Fischer smiles at everyone. She probably comes from one of
those small towns where everyone's friendly and smiles at you for no reason.
I hate that type of town." - Brian "Gee, thanks, well, I'd like to help you, sir, but I'm too busy picturing your daughter naked. - Graham, imagining Brian's excuse for not helping him "God, Chelsea Clinton. Will you look at this? No freedom, no privacy, constant surveillance, Secret Service men... (realisation) That's what we need." - Patti & Graham "I refuse to panic just because she's happy."
"Although it's alarming."
"Although it's _terribly_ alarming." - Patty and Graham "Jordan used to, umm..."
"Yes. Jordan used to umm her." - Angela and Rayanne, on Cynthia "They obviously haven't ummed yet." - Rayanne to Rickie, on Jordan & Angela "Have you been here your whole life?"
"Not yet." - Patty and Warren the Innkeeper "If you like analyze why certain people end up with certain other people
it'll make you wanna KILL yourself." - Brian "Because you know if -- if they're even the slightest bit off that's all you're going to notice. Is that a bubble?"
"Patty, I tried every conceivable way to get rid of that bubble. It is there forever, it's part of our lives. It will outlive us all." - Patty & Graham, on wallpaper, actually real walllpaper this time... QUOTES ABOUT THE SHOW

The first TV show to get adolescence right.
        - The NYC Village Voice's verdict on the show

I found myself settling in front of the television, and happily, willingly, becoming lost in the world of teenage angst and equally anxious parents.
        - Ferdinand M. de Leon, "The Seattle Times"

Angela Chase is, in fact, the closest thing to a real teenager on TV.
        - Ron Miller, "San Jose Mercury News"

To a certain sort of woman who is somewhere between late youth and an unacknowledged middle age, the name Jordan Catalano isn’t a television reference, it is a sense memory. You don’t recall Jordan Catalano, you feel him, as you do the erotic miscalculations of your own adolescence. During a nine-month period between 1994 and 1995 when “My So-Called Life,” broadcast at 8 p.m. on ABC (alas for its ratings, opposite “Mad About You”), Jordan existed as the obsession of Angela Chase, the high-school sophomore played by Claire Danes, whose defining state of melancholy he interrupted and enforced. Those who followed Angela’s tenuous encroachments on womanhood followed passionately, continuing to immerse themselves long past the show’s cancellation after 19 episodes... Ms. Danes, of course, has gone on to movie roles and now Broadway, where she is currently starring in “Pygmalion.” Pauline Kael once said of the young Molly Ringwald that she possessed a “charismatic normality.” Ms. Danes infused Angela with something else, a slouchy, endearing neurasthenia that seemed to befit the indolent mood of the mid-’90s... To claim that “My So-Called Life” is great, watershed television is to say something so firmly ingrained in the conventional wisdom that it hardly bears repeating. The series brought us the experience of adolescence outside the bounds of artifice, peril and pathology that had provided the context for nearly every other depiction of teenagers on television. Here what it meant to be 15 was not to discover that you suddenly had to raise your 6-year-old sister or that you might be pregnant with twins but merely that you suffered everyday indignities: overhearing people talk behind your back, the plop of a grim-looking lump of mashed potatoes on a pallid cafeteria tray. “My So-Called Life” took us deeply inside the head of a decidedly middle-class girl whose grievances with the world were confined to an aching crush, the wish that her mother wouldn’t insist on well-balanced meals and her belief that social studies ought to be less boring. While the agonies of adolescence were felt catastrophically, they weren’t weighted with enormous consequence... “My So-Called Life” is essentially a study of a young mind processing desire into something less terrifying and more easily justified — substantiating it with false hopes — and in that regard it is more than a good TV show, it is a good TV show that attains the dimension and complexity of literature.
..On Beverley Hills 90210 and later on shows like “The OC” and “Gossip Girl,” wealth provides an aesthetic function — all those lush spaces and nice things — but more significantly it supplies the dramatic excuse for young people to be put in Gucci trousers and expensive cars and to better masquerade as grown-ups. The money soaps, for lack of a better phrase, blur distinctions between adolescence and adulthood, immersing children in the same problem pool where their parents — when they aren’t absent or forgettable or headed for incarceration — can always be found to wade... Angela wore late-grunge-era flannels and baggy shapes. So there is another way, finally, that “My So-Called Life” looks like no other teenage series that succeeded it: We never saw our heroine’s bellybutton.
        - Ginia Bellafante, reviewing the DVD release of the series, "The New York Times"

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