My So-Called Life

1994 TV-PG 0 seasons

My So-Called Life

1994 TV-PG 0 seasons
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Suburban teen Angela Chase (Claire Danes) is changing, but her hair color isn't the only thing that's different. She's also pulling away from her parents to spend more time with a new crop of friends -- and a major crush (Jared Leto) with amazing eyes. Along with launching the careers of Leto and Danes (who won a Golden Globe in the series' first and only season), this teen drama garnered a loyal cult following before its cancellation.
Claire Danes, Bess Armstrong, Tom Irwin, Jared Leto, Devon Gummersall, Devon Odessa, A.J. Langer, Lisa Wilhoit, Wilson Cruz
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic teen series tackles mature topics including casual sex, homosexuality (including a teen who struggles with coming out), drinking, drugs, child abuse, young love, infidelity, divorce, death, homelessness, and manipulation. Each storyline is handled in detail, delicately, and often with parental involvement.

Sexual Content

Casual sex, comments about having sex ("it will help [with schoolwork] if you have sex with me"), horny teenagers, a girl uses her boyfriend for sex but wants to break up with him, a daughter finds porn video in her parents' room, sex in a parked car is caught on tape.


One character is physically abused; a gun is found in a school locker.


Very mild ("damn").

Social Behavior

The show portrays the realities of teen life, stressing the importance of friendship and staying true to oneself and one's values. Honesty, communication, and trust are also critical when it comes to both marriage and parent-child relationships.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking and smoking. One character has an overdose.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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