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My So-Called Life (1994–1995)

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A 15-year-old girl and her trials and tribulations of being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents and school.


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1995   1994  
Top Rated TV #224 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Patty Chase (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Rickie Vasquez (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Angela Chase (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Brian Krakow (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Rayanne Graff (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Jordan Catalano (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Sharon Cherski (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Danielle Chase (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Graham Chase (19 episodes, 1994-1995)


A 15-year-old girl and her trials and tribulations of being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents and school.

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Like with boys...you have to pretend you don't notice them...noticing you




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Release Date:

25 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Someone Like Me  »

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(19 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Jordan Catalano is almost always referred to by his first and last name together, never just "Jordan". See more »


Many sudden changes of clothes. See more »


Angela: Each card has its own name: The Magician; The Empress; The Fool; The Wheel of Fortune; Strength. They represent challenges and tests, twists of fate. No card is all good or all bad. Cards can be positive or negative depending on where they fall. When you read someone's future, they must think of a question. They must hold it in their mind. The cards read in sequence, each card leads to the next. We move from terror and loss to unexpected good fortune and out of darkness hope is born.
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Featured in My So-Called Life: My So-Called Life Story (2007) See more »


Everybody Hurts
Written by William Berg / Mike Mills
Performed by R.E.M.
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One of the Greats
8 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

When seen in order, these 19 episodes form an amazingly rich chronicle of a year in the lives of Angela Chase, her high school friends and the adults in their lives. Writing this great rarely makes it into series television. As disappointing as it was when the show was cancelled after one year, the result was a self-contained almost novelistic tapestry of interwoven stories that stands alone as one of the finest depictions of adolescence and parenthood ever created for the screen.

One of the most distinctive threads that runs through the series is the way both children and adults deceive themselves about what they really want and need out of life. The drama and humor of the series often revolves around the struggle of the different characters to break through to their genuine selves.

Among many fine story lines, one standout is that of Rickie Vasquez, probably the first depiction of a gay teen on series television, and if not the first, certainly the most unapologetic. I could go on way too long about all the other moving, surprising, heartbreaking and ironic story lines, about the way characters are always surprising us with unexpected depths or insights or abilities, about the use of music, about the incredibly honest and unexploitative depiction of teenage sexuality, and about the performances, which are uniformly superb, even in the smallest roles. Best of all the show is so rich and crafted so brilliantly that it rewards repeated viewing.

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