My So-Called Life: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

My So-Called Life: Season 1 (1994-1995)



Critic Consensus: Effectively avoiding cliche and cheesy exposition, My So-Called Life's realistic portrayal of the average American girl is ahead of its time.


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A thoughtful drama about an angst-ridden teen (she calls school `a battlefield for your heart') and her suburban family. Critical acclaim failed to translate into ratings and the show was gone in less than a year.


Claire Danes
as Angela Chase
Bess Armstrong
as Patty Chase
Wilson Cruz
as Rickie Vasquez
AJ Langer
as Rayanne Graff
Devon Gummersall
as Brian Krakow
Jared Leto
as Jordan Catalano
Tom Irwin
as Graham Chase
Devon Odessa
as Sharon Cherski
Lisa Wilhoit
as Danielle Chase
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Critic Reviews for My So-Called Life: Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Ostensibly concerned with the lives of teenagers the show revealed itself to be a greater and more nuanced examination on the interconnectedness of family, friends, time, and place.

January 31, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

My So-Called Life was doing something special. These were kids who felt incredibly genuine and believable.

January 31, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

My So-Called Life handles standard high school woes with delicate insight.

January 29, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

In subsequent weeks the series settles into a more predictable and sentimental mold, reminiscent of The Wonder Years, but it is still superior TV The debut episode is so poignant and so powerful, however, it deserves separate consideration.

January 29, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

There have been many successful coming-of-age teen television shows over the years, but what had been missing for so long was realism, and MSCL's quality may have actually helped lead to its demise.

January 31, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The built-in obstacle for a dramatic series about teen-age life that aims to engage an adult audience has to do with its level of sophistication. My So-Called Life bravely takes on this problem, and even adds a degree of difficulty.

January 31, 2015 | Full Review…

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