My So-Called Life
This show has all of the stereotypical teen characters. Angela is definitely an angsty teen in love with the beautiful Jordan Catalano who doesn’t even know she exists. Angela has drifted besides her childhood best friend. Angela flocks to rebel Rayanne Graff and Rickie, the first openly gay teen on TV. Oh and you can’t forget Angela’s nerdy annoying neighbor Brian who you can’t help but love. Although the show only lasted one season and 19 episodes, it’s what this show accomplished in the short period of time that makes it memorable.
Freaks and Geeks
If you’ve never seen this show, I highly recommend that you check it on Netflix as soon as possible. This show follows the Weir family. Lindsay transitions from being fully a star student with a super religious best friend to hanging out with the “Freaks” of the school. This show is this type of treasure since it features this generations comedic superstars early in their careers. Judd Apatow, the guy behind 40 year old Virgin and Knocked Up was a producer. James Franco, Seth Rogan, and Jason Segel played the hilarious freaks. Another shining moment of the show is Lindsay’s younger brother Sam and his awkward friends. This really is another brief TV show, only lasting one season and 18 episodes. However, the quirkiness is priceless and somewhat awkward, especially Sam and Lindsay’s encounters with their parents. Warning: You’ll become emotionally attached with every character.
Hitting theaters in 1988, this movie is totally the first Mean Girls except 10 times darker. Wiona Ryder plays classic angsty teen Veronica Sawyer. Veronica is apart of the Heathers, the mean girl clique that rules the school. Yet, Veronica hates it and pulls the classic outcast role by venting in her diary. This clique basically set all of the standards, the heartless leader, the different one in the group willing to overthrow it, and the two background girls. The film takes a dark turn when James Dean like Jason “J.D.” Dean wins over Veronica. J.D. is played by the beautiful and smudged Christian Slater who’s basically every outcasts dream boy. J.D. sees how unhappy Veronica is and kills the leader of the Heathers, dragging Veronica into it by planting a suicide note. Heathers is ironic and actually funny flixtor. I am aware that’s sick to say on the basis of the material but it’s not really a film easy to spell it out, you have to see on your own why it’s considered one of the greatest movies about High School of time.
10 Things I Hate About You
This movie is a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of The Shrew.” Kat and Bianca are two High School sisters having to deal with their overbearing father. Younger one, Bianca is the favorite one while older Kat is just a badass bitch. I’m sorry, but there’s really no other method to phrase it. I’m not planning to bore you with the plot since most know what it’s about. If you forget, keep in mind so it features a younger Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the late Heath Ledger. That’s a adequate reason to watch it.
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Sorry but I recently had to put this on here. I’ve never seen the first Degrassi but this show just has every teen plot imaginable. The show is on it’s 13th season but I’m going to be honest and say I don’t recommend watching the new seasons. Exactly why I loved this show so much when I was in middle school was due to the first four seasons. The show begins introducing a personality on the old Degrassi’s 12 year old daughter who’s starting Junior High. Even though she may be annoying at times, Emma is just a strong female lead who always stands up for what she believes in. There’s so many characters that get introduced while the show progresses and each episode centers on two different characters. The show later addresses issues such as for instance: eating disorders, cutting, abortion, teen pregnancy, homicide, suicide, and even school shootings. You might know it while the show rapper Drake got shot on. However, watch it from the beginning, his character Jimmy played a significant part from the beginning.
This is a Disney Channel Original Movie that arrived on the scene in 1998 and is easily forgotten. This movie is about Andy Brink who loves in-line skating and he and friends consider themselves “Soul Skaters” meaning they won’t be paid. Brink is one of those characters which you need to love. His lingo and his overly friendly attitude make him one of my personal favorite fictional characters of time. The angst comes in as a result of Brink’s daddy issues and his rivalry with the bully Val who gets paid tons for skating. I am aware it’s not your typical teen angst movie but it’s one movie that you should watch and remember how important it’s to embrace who you are.