My So Called Life [DVD] 
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All 19 episodes of the 1990s US teen drama series starring Clare Danes as the angst ridden, introspective Angela Chase. Episodes are: Pilot, 'Dancing in the Dark', 'Guns and Gossip', 'Father Figures', 'The Zit', 'The Substitute', 'Why Jordan Can't Read', 'Strangers in the House', 'Hallowe'en', 'Other People's Mothers', 'Life of Brian', 'Self-Esteem', 'Pressure', 'On the Wagon', 'So-Called Angels', 'Resolutions', 'Betrayal', 'Weekend' and 'In Dreams Begin Responsibilities'.
One of the most acclaimed series on TV during its brief run in the '90s, My So-Called Life pioneered the modern teen drama and made a star out of 15-year-old Claire Danes. Ostensibly centering around the trials and tribulations of high schooler Angela Chase, My So-Called Life actually expanded to include everyone in its protagonist's orbit, from school friends to extended family, and gave its stellar ensemble cast ripe material to work with during its too-short life. Produced by thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, MSCL evoked that yuppie-friendly show with its emphasis on finding extraordinary drama within ordinary situations, but was far more heartfelt and heart-wrenching, echoing the dizzying highs and lows of adolescence. As such, it developed a cult following among young viewers who identified strongly with Angela's high school traumas and followed her every move with rapt attention (after cancellation, the show enjoyed a popular reprise on MTV). Avoiding the sensational, My So-Called Life tackled every teen hot-button issue imaginable (and pioneered the then-controversial topic of teen homosexuality), but with a clear-eyed perspective, never dissolving into soap opera-even when Angela mooned over heartthrob Jordan Catalano (dreamy Jared Leto). Even as it mined adolescent angst, though, My So-Called Life never lost sight of its adults, with Bess Armstrong and Tom Irwin both phenomenal as Angela's parents, whose marriage was one of the most complex seen on TV since... well, thirtysomething. Through it all, Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Danes was a neurotic, touching, and funny centre, whether obsessing over a zit or negotiating the rocky terrain of first love. Her funny, sobering, and empathetic portrait of teendom reminded us that in some ways, life was just an extended version of high school. --Mark EnglehartSee all Product description
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i love claire danes, who went on to be in romeo and Juliet and jared leto, who was in a really famous band. i always thought they'd get married in real life.
i'm probably going to watch it again soon to get cosy, warm, loved upness you only get from shows like this.
i know there was only one series and ms danes got some blame for it, but i quite like the cliffhanger. however it would be ultra amazing if they brought out another series now.
Do you remember when you were a teenager and no one understood you? They just didn't get you? That is the story of Angela Chase - good girl rebelling against everything in a bid to discover who she is, and on the way, discovering boys! I love how this is written, the voiceovers from the characters is what really makes the story great!
Angela Chase is just the absolute best character, I cried, laughed and cringed with her! Ricky is just the best best friend you could want. Rayanne is everything you want to be and everything that you are glad you are not. Brian is just so sweet and lovely, yet annoying at the same time. And then there is Jordan, oh lovely Jordan! I remember drooling over Jordan and thinking he was AMAZING, and now I can't help but wonder why he spends all of his time staring at the ceiling!
I figured for a fiver, even if it wan't as good as I remembered I didn't have much to lose - I watched it all in the space of a week - it was everything I remembered and more. If you loved this in the 90's you will love it now. Let your inner teenager out and treat yourself, because this is a great way to while away a few days!
However I was a bit disappointed with dvd of it. Amazon sometimes doesn't specify whether there will be extra features on a dvd (the making of... and such) and i assumed that the dvd would have additional special features. But it is just the episodes and a uk trailer on the disks - so if you're looking for anything extra, don't buy this
Otherwise, the dvd casing, disks and episodes are amazing.
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