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My So-Called Life 

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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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Winnie Holzman
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1995   1994  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Bess Armstrong ...  Patty Chase 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Wilson Cruz ...  Rickie Vasquez 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Claire Danes ...  Angela Chase 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Devon Gummersall ...  Brian Krakow 19 episodes, 1994-1995
A.J. Langer ...  Rayanne Graff 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Jared Leto ...  Jordan Catalano 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Devon Odessa ...  Sharon Cherski 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Lisa Wilhoit ...  Danielle Chase 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Tom Irwin ...  Graham Chase 19 episodes, 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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You know how it feels.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Someone Like Me See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(19 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

During the first half of the season, the drummer for the Frozen Embryos was played by Shannon Leto. Shannon's brother Jared Leto played series regular, Jordan Catalano. The brothers formed the successful rock band, 30 Seconds to Mars, four years after the show's cancellation. . See more »

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Many sudden changes of clothes. See more »

Quotes

Brian: You tell me a story, a true story that happened to you, and I take certain keywords from the story and make flash cards.
Jordan: I blew it.
Brian: Wait, is this the story?
Jordan: Forget about the story. I can't think about some crappy story. My life sucks too much.
Brian: Yeah, how come?
Jordan: Because she hates me and I deserve it. You know who I mean, right?
Brian: Yeah.
Jordan: Today, after Katimski's, I tried to explain to her that I was sorry, or whatever.
Brian: So, what happened?
Jordan: Nothing. I didn't know what to say.
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Connections

Referenced in Cold Squad: My So Called Death (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Book Song
Written by S. Austin
Performed by Frente!
Courtesy of Mammoth Records
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The show that started realistic portrayals of teens...
15 September 2004 | by JSoldanelsSee all my reviews

I just happened to read the comments made by the previous reviewer and I have to laugh. First I will address the "need for a show about a teen nerd." Have you watched TV at all in the last 50 years? Let's see: Doogie Houser, M.D., Blossom, The Facts of Life, etc... T.V. has repeatedly offered up fare consisting of pure, wholesome, virtuous teenagers.

The fact is that teenagers rebel against their parents, care too much about that they wear, obsess over sex, etc. The teens are a time of experimentation and soul-searching. And My So-Called Life was the first T.V. show that honestly addressed the issues that modern teenagers were facing on a day to day basis. We can thank it for the other television shows that dared to follow its example and offer characters that teenagers can actually relate to.

Unfortunately, it doesn't contain the morality lessons that Leave it to Beaver always imparted, but the morality of the Cleavers was a thing of the past in the divorce-ridden, gay-friendly, sexually aware 90s. And before anyone attempts to throw it in my face that things would be so much better if we could hearken back to days gone by, let me remind you that the "decline of the family" occurred as a result of the staunch and oppressive 50s. People didn't confront issues back then and it made the situation worse. But now we have an opportunity to examine these issues with great programs like My So-Called Life.

It is a travesty of justice that it was ever cancelled.


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