Monday, April 25, 2011
My So-Called Recommendation
For all of you who have not had the pleasure of seeing Claire Danes in her definitive role, start tuning in to Sundance Channel Monday nights at 11 for re-runs of My So-Called Life. I must admit, this show taught me everything I needed to know to become a teenage girl, and now when I rewatch it every other month, it fills me with such nostalgic pleasure and shame, but I can finally appreciate what a well-acted, perfectly-written show it really is.
Winnie Holzman created and wrote this 19 episode series about Angela Chase (Claire Danes), a 15-year-old girl who wants something new in her life. She starts hanging out with a wild girl and her in-the-closet gay bff and the three of them attempt to figure out who they really are, while dealing with the identities imposed on them by their parents, their classmates, and their pasts. And did I mention that a then-gorgeous Jared Leto plays Angela's figure of unrequited love? This show is like a time capsule from the 90s that is begging to be released.
This short-lived series is consistently the most honest depiction of teenage life ever put to screen, and although I am a secret Gossip Girl addict, it was comforting to see a young girl go through the same real life problems I faced when I was that age. And am still going through now. Few of us have ever been to a different gala every week with a new scheme to unravel, but I'm guessing more than one has liked a boy who was going to fast, or suffered with zits.
And it's never too late for a good thing. I know a teen dramedy sounds pretty played, but it is worth setting your DVR. You will not regret it.