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The Best Episodes of My So-Called Life

Every episode of My So-Called Life ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of My So-Called Life!

The life of a 15 year-old high school student, whose angst-ridden journey through adolescence, friendship, parents, and life teaches her what it means to grow up.


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The best episode of "My So-Called Life" is "Life of Brian", rated 8.9/10 from 400 user votes. It was directed by Todd Holland and written by Jason Katims. "Life of Brian" aired on 11/10/1994 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities".

  • Life of Brian
    8.9/10 400 votes

    #1 - Life of Brian

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1994-11-10

    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.

    Director: Todd Holland

    Writer: Jason Katims

  • In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
    8.8/10 400 votes

    #2 - In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 1995-01-26

    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.

    Director: Elodie Keene

    Writer: Winnie Holzman

  • The Substitute
    8.6/10 392 votes

    #3 - The Substitute

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1994-09-29

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

    Director: Ellen S. Pressman

    Writer: Jason Katims

  • Self-Esteem
    8.6/10 395 votes

    #4 - Self-Esteem

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 1994-11-17

    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.

    Director: Michael Engler

    Writer: Winnie Holzman

  • Betrayal
    8.6/10 342 votes

    #5 - Betrayal

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 1995-01-12

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

    Director: Mark Piznarski

    Writer: Jill Gordon

  • Other People's Mothers
    8.5/10 346 votes

    #6 - Other People's Mothers

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 1994-11-03

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

    Director: Claudia Weill

    Writer: Richard Kramer

  • So-Called Angels
    8.5/10 447 votes

    #7 - So-Called Angels

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1994-12-22

    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.

    Director: Scott Winant

    Writer: Jason Katims, Winnie Holzman

  • Pilot
    8.4/10 507 votes

    #8 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1994-08-25

    Angela Chase begins new friendships at school.

    Director: Scott Winant

    Writer: Winnie Holzman

  • Why Jordan Can't Read
    8.4/10 365 votes

    #9 - Why Jordan Can't Read

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1994-10-06

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

    Director: Mark Piznarski

    Writer: Liberty Godshall

  • Strangers in the House
    8.4/10 340 votes

    #10 - Strangers in the House

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1994-10-20

    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.

    Director: Ron Lagomarsino

    Writer: Jill Gordon

  • Pressure
    8.4/10 341 votes

    #11 - Pressure

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1994-12-01

    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.

    Director: Mark Piznarski

    Writer: Ellie Herman

  • On the Wagon
    8.3/10 333 votes

    #12 - On the Wagon

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 1994-12-08

    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.

    Director: Jeff Perry

    Writer: Elizabeth Gill

  • Resolutions
    8.3/10 321 votes

    #13 - Resolutions

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 1995-01-05

    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.

    Director: Patrick R. Norris

    Writer: Ellie Herman

  • Weekend
    8.3/10 330 votes

    #14 - Weekend

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 1995-01-19

    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.

    Director: Todd Holland

    Writer: Adam Dooley

  • Dancing in the Dark
    8.2/10 392 votes

    #15 - Dancing in the Dark

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 1994-09-01

    Jordan sells Angela a fake ID.

    Director: Scott Winant

    Writer: Winnie Holzman

  • Guns and Gossip
    8.2/10 384 votes

    #16 - Guns and Gossip

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1994-09-08

    A rumor makes the rounds that Angela slept with Jordan.

    Director: Marshall Herskovitz

    Writer: Justin Tanner

  • The Zit
    8.1/10 378 votes

    #17 - The Zit

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1994-09-22

    A list rating the sophomore girls makes the rounds.

    Director: Victor Du Bois

    Writer: Betsy Thomas

  • Father Figures
    7.9/10 368 votes

    #18 - Father Figures

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 1994-09-15

    The printing shop owned by Patty's father is audited.

    Director: Mark Rosner

    Writer: Winnie Holzman

  • Halloween
    7.8/10 368 votes

    #19 - Halloween

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1994-10-27

    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.

    Director: Mark Piznarski

    Writer: Jill Gordon