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Life Before Kurt: Rickie from "My So-Called Life" and Justin from "Queer as Folk"

20 December 2010 11:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Before there was Glee's Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), there was My So-Called Life's Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz) and Queer as Folk's Justin Taylor (Randy Harrison).

No, the three storylines weren't identical, and neither were the three characters. But however revolutionary the character of Kurt is — and he is [See companion article, Kurt Hummel's Perfect Storm] — Rickie and Justin broke quite a lot of ground for Kurt. Here is a look at how their stories are similar to Kurt's —and how they're not.

My So-Called Life's Rickie Vasquez

My So-Called Lifedebuted in 1994 on ABC, and ran for one critically-acclaimed season before being canceled. It starred 14-year-old Claire Danes as Angela Chase, and 19-year-old Wilson Cruz as her out gayfriend and classmate, Rickie Vasquez. 

Like Glee:

My So-Called Life was aimed right at the teenage demographic, just like Glee. And it was set in a high school not very different from McKinley High, in »

- Christie Keith

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Great Shows You've Never Seen: "jPod"

20 January 2010 7:58 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Have you ever heard of the author Douglas Coupland? He writes novels with a comical nod to pop culture, though the main plot might be gravely serious. In the case of jPod, it was just another book about that generation of young professionals who graduated in an era when computer science was the hottest destination under the sun. Coupland wrote a few books about this generation (they’re all worth checking out), but only jPod found its way as a television show. Guess what? You probably never heard of it. But you really ought to seek it out.

The series’ single season aired in 2008, ran for 13 episodes and ended with a cliffhanger. Basically, Ethan (David Kopp) can’t keep his work life and his private life separate. It’s not his fault though. His mother Carol (Sherry Miller), has a pot farm in her basement (a damned good one too »

- Lex Walker

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