My So-Called Life

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  • TV-14
  • 1994
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (21,900)

My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series that aired for one season on ABC from 1994-1995. The show was created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick. The series follows the life of 15-year-old Angela Chase, played by the talented Claire Danes, as she navigates the ups and downs of adolescence in the 1990s. Angela is a typical high school student dealing with issues such as family problems, peer pressure, first love, and identity formation. Her story is told through a series of voiceovers, in which Angela shares her thoughts and feelings as she experiences the challenges of growing up.

The show centers around Angela's relationships with her family, friends, and love interests. She comes from a middle-class family in a suburban town, and her parents, played by Bess Armstrong and Tom Irwin, are struggling to understand their daughter as she becomes more independent and starts to form her own opinions. Her best friend, Rayanne Graff, is played by A.J. Langer, and is a wild and rebellious girl who often leads Angela into trouble. Wilson Cruz plays Rickie Vasquez, a gay teen who becomes Angela's friend and confidante.

One of the major themes of the show is the exploration of teenage romance. Angela has a crush on Jordan Catalano, played by Jared Leto, a handsome and popular boy at school. Jordan often seems aloof and indifferent to Angela's feelings, which only makes her more infatuated with him. Meanwhile, her childhood friend Brian Krakow, played by Devon Gummersall, pines for Angela and tries to win her heart, but is constantly overshadowed by Jordan's mysterious appeal.

My So-Called Life is known for its realistic and honest portrayal of teenage life. The show covers topics such as drug use, sex, and depression, and does so in a way that is relatable and empathetic. The characters feel like real people with complex emotions and motivations, rather than one-dimensional archetypes.

The show was praised for its insightful writing, strong performances, and thoughtful direction. Claire Danes, in particular, received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Angela, and the show helped to launch her career. The chemistry between the cast members was also a highlight of the show, and their relationships felt authentic and believable.

Despite its critical success, My So-Called Life was cancelled after one season due to low ratings. However, it has since developed a cult following and is regarded as one of the most influential teen dramas of all time. The show's themes and characters have inspired countless other shows in the genre, and its impact can still be felt in popular culture today.

In conclusion, My So-Called Life is a poignant and powerful drama that captures the ups and downs of adolescence with honesty and heart. Its well-drawn characters, insightful writing, and exceptional performances make it a must-watch for anyone who has ever struggled with growing up.

My So-Called Life is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (19 episodes). The series first aired on August 25, 1994.

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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
19. In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
January 26, 1995
Jordan enlists Brian to help him write a letter to Angela apologizing for his actions and telling her how he feels.
18. Weekend
January 19, 1995
Patty and Graham go away for the weekend with Neil and his girlfriend, Cheryl. Meanwhile, Rayanne pays a visit to the Chase residence and accidentally handcuffs herself to Patty & Graham's bed.
17. Betrayal
January 12, 1995
Rayanne wins the starring role in the school play, but her friendship with Angela reaches a critical point after she and Jordan get drunk and act impulsively.
16. Reservations
January 5, 1995
It's New Year's in Three Rivers, and everyone is making resolutions and having varying amounts of success keeping them. Rickie has nowhere to turn after he stops staying at the Chases' house.
So-Called Angels
15. So-Called Angels
December 22, 1994
After an encounter with his abusive uncle forces Rickie to leave home and turn to life on the street, Angela tries to help him with the aid of a mysterious homeless girl.
On The Wagon
14. On The Wagon
December 8, 1994
Rayanne feels left out of Angela's life so she becomes the new lead singer for Jordan's band, Frozen Embryos. Patty suspects that Rayanne has started drinking again.
13. Pressure
December 1, 1994
Angela considers sleeping with Jordan, while Graham considers starting his own restaurant.
12. Self-Esteem
November 17, 1994
Jordan won't publicly acknowledge his new relationship with Angela although they continue to meet each other covertly. The new English teacher encourages Rickie to join the Drama Club. Graham attends his first cooking class and meets a loud, outspoken woman named Hallie Lowenthal.
Life of Brian
11. Life of Brian
November 10, 1994
Told from Brian's point of view. Everyone tries to figure out whether or not they're going to Liberty High's World Happiness Dance...and, more importantly, who they're going with.
Other People's Mothers
10. Other People's Mothers
November 3, 1994
Angela goes to Rayanne's house for the first time and meets Rayanne's mother, Amber. On the weekend, Rayanne decides to throw a party on the spur-of-the-moment, but Patty's party for her parents' 45th anniversary is on the same night, and Angela must decide which party to attend.
9. Halloween
October 27, 1994
Halloween rolls into Three Rivers, blurring the line between facades and realities.
Strangers in the House
8. Strangers in the House
October 20, 1994
Angela's relationship with Sharon and Graham's job dissatisfaction both hit critical levels when Sharon's father has a heart attack.
Why Jordan Can't Read
7. Why Jordan Can't Read
October 6, 1994
Angela and Jordan get close when she learns of his reading problem, and closer when she hears his new song. Patty and Graham try to cope with a possible pregnancy.
The Substitute
6. The Substitute
September 29, 1994
The new English substitute challenges the way Angela and her classmates think, encourages them to fully express themselves, and gets them to finally wake up, pay attention, and take action.
The Zit
5. The Zit
September 22, 1994
Patty tries to talk Angela into a mother-daughter charity fashion show. Meanwhile, a list ranking the top 40 sophomore girls at Liberty High is released, and Sharon is voted Best Hooters.
Father Figures
4. Father Figures
September 15, 1994
Angela gives Graham the silent contempt treatment while Patty must deal with her own father when both the Grateful Dead and the IRS come to town.
Guns and Gossip
3. Guns and Gossip
September 8, 1994
Everyone at Liberty High is stunned when a gunshot is heard in one of the school's hallways. Meanwhile, a rumor starts circulating about Angela and Jordan.
Dancing in the Dark
2. Dancing in the Dark
September 1, 1994
Rayanne arranges for Jordan to sell Angela a fake ID, while Patty and Graham stumble through ballroom-dancing lessons meant to put some spice back into their marriage.
My So-Called Life (Pilot)
1. My So-Called Life (Pilot)
August 25, 1994
At the start of her sophomore year at Liberty High, Angela Chase becomes friends with Rayanne Graff and dyes her hair red.
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My So-Called Life is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch My So-Called Life on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 25, 1994
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (21,900)