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

Season 1
My So-Called Life

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



Critic Ratings: 20


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User Ratings: 68

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Air date: Aug 25, 1994

The pilot episode of My So-Called Life introduces viewers to series heroine Angela Chase (Claire Danes), a 15-year-old who is contemplating breaking out of the mold she has always occupied as a well-behaved daughter and straight-A student. When she begins to break away from her longtime best friend, Sharon (Devon Odessa), in favor of the company of wild child Rayanne (A.J. Langer) and dyes her hair crimson, Angela's baby boomer parents are alarmed, fearing they have a textbook case of adolescent rebellion on their hands.

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Air date: Sep 1, 1994

Angela (Claire Danes) has a crush on Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto), her high school's resident dreamboat pothead. With the help of the scheming Rayanne (A.J. Langer), she tries to get closer to Jordan, or at least make the fact of her existence appear on his hazy radar. Meanwhile, Angela's parents are attempting to romance one another again after years of marriage.

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Air date: Sep 8, 1994

When a gun is found in the school, Rickie (Wilson Cruz) and Brian (Devon Gummersall) are caught up in the accompanying frenzy. Angela (Claire Danes) meanwhile, becomes the target of gossip, which totally horrifies her.

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Air date: Sep 15, 1994

Angela (Claire Danes) reaches a milestone in her young life when, for the first time, she turns to Graham (Tom Irwin) for help as her father and not as the superhuman figure he was to her throughout her childhood. Patty (Bess Armstrong) also reaches a milestone of sorts when a messy family conflict forces her to take control of her father (Paul Dooley) and his business.

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Air date: Sep 22, 1994

Angela (Claire Danes) experiences firsthand the sort of unbelievable horror that almost every teenager must endure when an unsightly zit sprouts from her previously unblemished face. Her utter disgust with her appearance and her angst over her perceived failure to live up to the beauty standard is matched only by Patty's (Bess Armstrong) accompanying anxiety over the appearance of laugh lines on her fortysomething visage.

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Air date: Sep 29, 1994

Censorship and scandal visit the high school when a substitute English teacher encourages his charges to write inflammatory leftist poetry for the school's newspaper.

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Air date: Oct 6, 1994

Angela (Claire Danes) unexpectedly grows closer to Jordan (Jared Leto) when she discovers that he is essentially illiterate.

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Air date: Oct 20, 1994

Tragedy strikes when Sharon's (Devon Odessa)'s dad has a heart attack. In the wake of the sad event, Angela (Claire Danes) and Sharon become friends again, while Graham (Tom Irwin) begins to question his own mortality.

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Air date: Oct 27, 1994

Weird things happen on Halloween and everyone starts to wonder what sort of treats they're getting when Angela (Claire Danes) somehow finds herself transported back to 1963 and Graham (Tom Irwin) and Patty (Bess Armstrong) put on some medieval costumes and get frisky with one another.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1994

Patty (Bess Armstrong) develops respect and credibility in Angela's (Claire Danes) eyes when she steps in to help Rayanne (A.J. Langer) through an overdose.

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Cast & Crew

Bess Armstrong
Patty Chase
Wilson Cruz
Rickie Vasquez
Claire Danes
Angela Chase
Devon Gummersall
Brian Krakow
A.J. Langer
Rayanne Graff
Jared Leto
Jordan Catalano
Devon Odessa
Sharon Cherski
Lisa Wilhoit
Danielle Chase
Tom Irwin
Graham Chase
Mary Kay Place
Camille Cherski
Jeff Perry
Richard Katimski
Paul Dooley
Chuck Wood
Senta Moses
Delia Fisher
Johnny Green
Kyle Vinnovich
Lisa Waltz
Hallie Lowenthal
Margaret Nagle
Science Teacher
Danton Stone
Neil Chase
May Quigley
Mrs. Lerner
Marshall Herskovitz
Executive Producer
Edward Zwick
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for My So-Called Life Season 1

Audience Reviews for My So-Called Life: Season 1

  • May 25, 2021
    I only seen this show once, and I would probably reccomend it to others. I thought that it was alright, not as good as Party of Five or Beverly Hills 90210 imho. You can check out a young Jared Leto, Clare Danes and a young Wilson Cruz in this show. Sad that it was canceled after 1 season and 19 episodes though. Who knows where this t.v./series was to go if it stayed on the air longer. Some good episodes and some not so good episodes imho. I went with 2 stars fro this show/series. I heard that this show was in the same time frame as Friends, so it had low ratings anyways this was a alright show. Nostaglia from the 90's hits with this one as I remember this show/series from when I was a kid/younger back in the day 2 stars.
  • Apr 10, 2021
    A cult classic. I wish there'd been a second season.
  • Jan 03, 2018
    The one show I would choose if I had to watch one on a continuous loop indefinitely.

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