Yeah, my co-worker basically said the same. I said maybe because I was just a little younger, I thought she was soooo cooool. Also I would watch the re-runs on MTV, and then got them all on DVD, so there was never a looking-back-at-it shock. That being said, I know exactly why you want to slap her... I want to slap my own teenage self!that's so funny...I was her age when the show was on, and a few weeks ago on Netflix I watched it again and I wanted to slap her so hard her teeth rattled. She was such a moron, from an adult perspective! You just want to shake the whole lot of them! But at 15 I was sure that Angela was the only one who understood. Lol
Also - I got to meet "Ricky" in 2003! He came to my campus to speak about being one of the first gay characters on TV. The Christmas episode (the one where he's homeless because his parents weren't accepting of his sexuality) was written around his real life experience of the TV show outing him... I cried.