I know it’s Finals Week and all, but I’ve found myself with an inordinate amount of free time lately. As of now, first semester classes are over and we’re in the so-called “Reading Period” before exams start. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been dedicating an appropriate amount of time towards studying. But, like, I only have to take two finals. And they really don’t require the hardcore type of studying that I was used to for AP tests in high school. (One of my finals is open book, open notes. Is this college?)
So, that leaves me with a tiny predicament: What am I supposed to do with the other ten hours of the day?!
The solution came pretty seamlessly. I’ve been meaning to get acquainted with the 90’s TV shows My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks for a while now, so I thought I would give that a try. Both series were short-lived – each was cancelled after the first season – but MAN ARE THEY GOOD (especially when you watch them marathon-style). I sort of wish that I’d discovered these shows in high school, but it’s also cool to reflect on my own high school experience while watching and to make parallels between me and the characters. The great thing about Angela Chase (MSCL) and Lindsay Weir (Freaks and Geeks) is that virtually every teenage girl can relate to them in some way, even if it’s minute. I think that the creators of both shows did a tremendous job of epitomizing teenage life, deconstructing stereotypes, and confronting pertinent social issues, sometimes in a humorous way (more so in Freaks and Geeks). Now that I’ve finished all 19 episodes of MSCL and all 18 of Freaks, I’m really sad and really obsessed and really perplexed, because what in the world were 90’s television networks thinking when they discontinued such fantastic shows? Why can tacky, terribly written, modern teen dramas like The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars stay on air for multiple seasons when MSCL and Freaks couldn’t? Shame on you, television executives.
My So-Called Life
Angela Chase and Rayanne Graff, best friends. I’m infatuated with the way that both of them dress. Moody, angst-y teenage garb is so fun. Guys, I’m bringing back the 90’s!
Angela and Jordan Catalano
Freaks and Geeks
It’s a close call, but I would have to say that Freaks and Geeks is my favorite out of the two shows. As a whole, it’s more relatable to me than MSCL; I could talk for forty hours about how much I feel like Lindsay Weir sometimes. I really appreciated the lighthearted, 70’s-esque feel of every episode, and the recurring references to The Who, The Grateful Dead and other pop culture gems were immensely gratifying. Plus, the title sequence may be the coolest of all time (click through to watch).