This article is from the My So-Called Life FAQ, by Richard Evans firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
by Harold Wexler
This newsgroup, alt.tv.my-s-c-life, is devoted to discussing,
analyzing, and celebrating the all-too-brief history of one of the
best dramatic series in the history of television: My So-Called Life.
It didn't start out that way, of course, when the group first came
into existence in February of 1995. Oh, the discussion, analysis, and
celebration were present from the beginning, all right, but the most
important goal of the group was to be a significant part of the assive
grass-roots effort to attempt to save the show from cancellation. As
you probably know, that effort didn't work; ABC officially cancelled
MSCL on May 16, 1995. (However, MTV will be showing the
original episodes for the next two years.)
But the newsgroup has taken on a life of its own, providing a forum
for MSCL devotees to discuss their favorite (and least favorite)
characters and episodes, to exchange ideas, to get to know each other,
to mourn what might have been, to exult in what was. To remember that
while MY SO-CALLED LIFE was on the air, in the words of Angela and
Rayanne, "We had a time", and to keep that time going. And most of
all, to ensure that MSCL will not be forgotten.
Skeptics may ask, "How can you hope to sustain a newsgroup for a show
that only produced 19 episodes and isn't coming back with new ones?"
The proper response to that is simply, "If you have to ask, you
haven't seen it." This FAQ, the work of Virany Kreng, is the best
introduction to the show that I know of, short of the actual episodes
Keeping hope alive,