|My So-Called Life|
|Created by||Winnie Holzman|
A. J. Langer
|Narrated by||Claire Danes as Angela Chase|
Devon Gummersall as Brian Krakow
Lisa Wilhoit as Danielle Chase
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. A teen drama is a television Drama series that centers on teenage characters Winnie Holzman (born in 1954 in New York City) is an award-winning American dramatist screenwriter and poet Bess Armstrong (born Elizabeth Key Armstrong on December 11 1953) is an American film and Television actress Wilson Cruz (born December 27, 1973 in Brooklyn New York) is an openly Gay, Latino Actor. Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award -winning and Emmy Award -nominated American Film Devon Ryan Gummersall (born October 15, 1978) is an American Actor, Writer and Director of Television and Allison Joy Langer Courtenay Lady Courtenay (born May 22, 1974) credited as A Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American Actor and Musician. Devon Odessa (born January 18, 1974 in Parkersburg West Virginia) is an American Actress and Film producer most famous Lisa Wilhoit (born July 30, 1981 in Hollywood, California) is an American Actress. Tom Irwin (born June 1, 1956) is an American film television and stage actor Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award -winning and Emmy Award -nominated American Film Devon Ryan Gummersall (born October 15, 1978) is an American Actor, Writer and Director of Television and Lisa Wilhoit (born July 30, 1981 in Hollywood, California) is an American Actress. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||19|
|Running time||approx. 43 minutes|
|Original run||August 25, 1994 – January 26, 1995|
My So-Called Life was an American television teen drama created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz that aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to January 26, 1995. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. Events 1248 - The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III the Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) Events 1340 - King Edward III of England is declared King of France. Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic A teen drama is a television Drama series that centers on teenage characters Winnie Holzman (born in 1954 in New York City) is an award-winning American dramatist screenwriter and poet Edward Zwick (born October 8, 1952 in Chicago Illinois) is an American Film director and film producer noted for his sprawling Marshall Herskovitz (born February 23, 1952, Philadelphia) is an American Film director, Writer and producer The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. Events 1248 - The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III the Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) Events 1340 - King Edward III of England is declared King of France. Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 It was set at the fictional Liberty High in Three Rivers, Pennsylvania, a fictional suburb of Pittsburgh. South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California. The critically acclaimed show was short-lived and ended in a cliffhanger with the expectation that it would be picked up in an additional season. A cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a Plot device in which a movie, Novel, or other work of fiction contains an abrupt ending often leaving 19 episodes were produced before it was cancelled on May 15, 1995, due both to low ratings and to the reluctance, expressed behind the scenes, of star Claire Danes to return for its second season. For the Stratovarius album see Episode (album. An episode is a part of a Dramatic work such as a serial television Events 1252 - Pope Innocent IV issues the Papal bull Ad exstirpanda, which authorizes but also limits the Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award -winning and Emmy Award -nominated American Film
My So-Called Life brought up issues that were usually not mentioned in family series in the mid-nineties, when it was aired. These include child abuse, homophobia, teenage alcoholism, homelessness, adultery, kinky sex, school violence, same-sex parenting, censorship, and drug use, among many others. Child abuse is the physical, psychological or sexual maltreatment of children BenPhelpsJPG|thumb|right|Westboro Baptist Church picket signs with Ben Phelps grandson of Fred Phelps Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions Homelessness is the condition and social category of people who lack housing because they cannot afford or are otherwise unable to maintain regular safe and adequate shelter Adultery is the voluntary Sexual intercourse between a married person and another person who is not his or her Spouse, though in many places it is Kink is a term used to refer to a broad range of sexual practices (sometimes referred to as "kinky" such as spanking, bondage, Dominance and submission LGBT adoption refers to the Adoption of children by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people Censorship is the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which may be considered objectionable harmful or sensitive as determined by a censor Drug abuse has a wide range of definitions related to taking a Psychoactive drug or Performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect While a lot of shows brought up these themes as a one-time issue (a "very special episode") that would be introduced as a problem at the beginning of an episode and resolved at the end, in My So-Called Life they were just a part of the world. Very special episode is an Advertising term originally used in American Television commercials to refer to an Episode of a The very title of the show emphasized how the perception of meaninglessness that many teenagers experience is the main theme of the series. The show depicted teenage years as difficult and confusing as opposed to a light, fun-filled time of pranks and jokes.
The world of My So-Called Life was devoid of last-minute miracles, (aside from an angel in the Christmas episode) of simple resolutions and instant revelations. A deus ex machina ( lat. ˈdeːus eks ˈmaːkʰina literally "god from a/the machine" is an improbable Instead, the least surprising and least shocking thing usually happened. Jordan ignored Angela, and no "final revelation" instantaneously justified his past behavior. Graham considered cheating on Patty, but no spectacular revelation scene happened; Graham simply decided not to do it. A great and iconoclastic substitute English teacher, apparently fired due to his defiance of censorship, turned out at the end of the episode to have a very dark side. Censorship is the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which may be considered objectionable harmful or sensitive as determined by a censor The students opposed to censorship failed to prevent it. This style inspired shows like Six Feet Under and Boston Public, which tried to be realistic and non-sensationalistic in a similar way, as well as the equally short-lived (and similarly praised) Freaks and Geeks. Six Feet Under is an American Television Drama created by Alan Ball that was originally broadcast from 2001 to 2005 Boston Public is an American Television series created by David E Freaks and Geeks is an American Television series, created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, that aired on
The interior voice-overs in My So-Called Life came, with two exceptions, from Angela's point of view; yet they illustrated all the intertwining plots of the episode. Often, at the end of an episode, Angela enumerated items or principles that parallel the main points of the episode. For example, at the end of episode 10, "Other People's Mothers," Angela lists the name of a few Tarot cards. For each card's name, a character of the episode was shown to illustrate the role he or she played in the story. Graham is "The Magician" as a reference to his talent as a cook in this episode, and Patty is "Strength" because that is the quality she showed. This style is often used (albeit with less emotional subtlety) at the end of the show Scrubs. Scrubs is an Emmy and Peabody Award -winning American Comedy-drama that premiered on October 2 2001 on NBC.
Creator Winnie Holzman has said, "Even though it was perceived that way by some, I didn't see it as a teen show. I wasn't writing it that way. That implies some exploitative or objectifying view of it. " The rise in popularity of adolescent and youth programming in the wake of the show has led some to suggest that Holzman and the show's producers, Zwick and Herskovitz, were pioneers. Herskovitz has said, "We take comfort in knowing the show was ahead of its time and that feels good. " Holzman added, "I wrote this show from inside the experience. It was a personal experience. By being personal a writer can evoke authentic, emotional responses from the audience. The experience of creating this show changed me in that it gave me an understanding of how hungry people are for an experience where they do feel connected to a story on a deep level. That [fans of the show] felt this story touched them on that deep level was very touching to me and it makes me want to do it more. I was able to see the depth of that played out in my own life and I could see that what we had done was real for millions of people. They were responding to stories and characters which so much love and need. I was very touched by that. "
In contrast to its realism, the show has small elements of potential supernatural elements, such as ghosts, foreshadowing, and dreams that act as metaphors for hidden desires.
My So-Called Life was also the basis for Mein Leben & Ich ("My life & me"), a popular German television program. Mein Leben & Ich ( My Life & Me) is a German Situation comedy produced by Sony Pictures in association with RTL Television Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe.
Filmmaker Cameron Crowe was a fan of the series and included a shot in his film Jerry Maguire (of Jerry and Dorothy talking on a residential street at night) that was an homage to a similarly framed shot in the pilot episode of My So-Called Life. Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an Academy Award -winning American Writer and Film director. Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American comedy-drama film starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr Nada Despotovich, who played teacher Ms. Mayhew in the pilot, was later cast as Jerry's assistant who refuses to leave with him to start his own agency. Also, the show's creator, Winnie Holzman, played one of the support-group women sitting in the living room during the 'You had me at hello' scene near the end of the film. Holzman: "The casting agent for Jerry Maguire called me to ask me the name of the actress who had played the awkward guidance counselor on My So-Called Life, and I was like, 'That's me!'. So they asked me if I wanted to be in the movie and that's how that happened. It was not until I was on the set with Cameron Crowe that I realized what a big fan of my show he was. He had literally taken a Polaroid on his television of that scene in the pilot, that long shot on the street with Angela and Brian, because he loved it and wanted to use it. I saw the Polaroid taped up on the wall in his production office. He recreated that moment in Jerry Maguire because he liked the look and the romance of it. "
Winnie Holzman was an award-winning writer but had not written much for television and was not making a living with writing at the time she got the idea for My So-Called Life, a project she had initially been calling 'Someone Like Me'. Winnie Holzman (born in 1954 in New York City) is an award-winning American dramatist screenwriter and poet Holzman spent time at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles (through a program with the Writer's Guild in which writers could guest teach) as research for writing the show.
Her brother Ernest Holzman had been working as a cinematographer with producers Zwick and Herskovitz on their hit show thirtysomething when he introduced his sister Winnie to the producers, who grudgingly agreed to look at her "spec" script for what would become the pilot of My So-Called Life. Thirtysomething is an American Television drama about a group of Baby boomers in their thirties They were pleasantly surprised that the draft pilot was brilliant and worked with Winnie to shape the show. Ernest Holzman went on to work as director of photography on several episodes of My So-Called Life. Zwick and Herskovitz, in many ways pioneers of the type of naturalistic television characters that distinguish the shows they have produced, had worked on the TV series Family in the mid-seventies and had struggled to develop a young female character that was played by Kristy McNichol on the show. Family is a Television drama series that aired on ABC from 1976 to 1980. Christina Ann "Kristy" McNichol (born September 11, 1962 in Los Angeles California) is a two-time Emmy Award -winning actress who has They have said that in some ways, the character of Angela Chase on My So-Called Life was a "spiritual descendant" of the earlier character and that the chance to portray a young woman honestly in a television drama drew them to the project.
The genesis of Angela Chase's signature voice-over was in Winnie Holzman's struggle to write. Winnie Holzman (born in 1954 in New York City) is an award-winning American dramatist screenwriter and poet The producers encouraged Holzman to write in the voice of a character as if she were writing a diary. Much of what was written for this exercise was used in Angela's voice-over dialogue in the pilot for the show.
Sixteen-year-old actress Alicia Silverstone was one of the actresses who read for the lead part of Angela and was very good but was deemed to be too polished and too self-possessed to effectively play a character who could project a sense of doubt and anxiety about her place in the world. Alicia Silverstone ( born October 4 1976 is an American Film and stage actress and former fashion model. A 13-year-old Claire Danes had appeared only in one small part on the show Law & Order, but on the strength of her appearance was noticed by casting directors and was brought in to read for the part of Angela Chase while she was in Los Angeles reading for a Steven Spielberg project. Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (Hon (born December 18 1946 is an American Film director, Screenwriter and producer. The producers and casting director were blown away by the depth of Danes's audition and knew she was the one to bring the character of Angela to life. However, they had grave concerns about having a 13-year-old actress in the lead on an hour-long drama shot on film, as her working hours would be so restrictive as to make production very challenging. To that point, most shows about young teenagers were played by actors over 18. The producers argued about this issue and eventually decided to take a risk and cast Danes in the lead. The limits of Danes's working hours turned out to serve the show as the producers were forced to expand the screen time of the ensemble actors, making a richer dramatic structure. The producers settled on a four-act formula in which there would be at least two major scenes in which Danes's character would not appear. This challenged the writers to expand and develop additional characters, like Rickie Vasquez, played by Wilson Cruz. Wilson Cruz (born December 27, 1973 in Brooklyn New York) is an openly Gay, Latino Actor. The alienation felt by the character of Rickie only mirrored and added depth to that felt by Angela, adding to the complexity of the show.
Jared Leto was not initially envisioned as a series regular, having been originally hired only for the pilot, but the casting director and producers were impressed with his auditions and early performances. They said they "could never catch him acting. " In fact, for a while he did a good job of fooling the producers into thinking he was somewhat like the dimwit he played as he often remained in character between shots. They were genuinely surprised to discover that Leto was such an articulate, intelligent person. He did not initially see himself as being on a television series, as he was mostly interviewing for film work at the time he landed the role.
By design the parent characters were written flatly in the pilot, as that was how the lead character Angela perceived them. However, Bess Armstrong and Tom Irwin were such strong actors and brought so much to their portrayals that it was difficult to keep them that way.
The show was written gradually as the network ordered additional episodes. Holzman has said that she did not allow herself to think too far ahead but instead she wrote "in response to what [she] was feeling and seeing on the set as characters were developing. " She was very interested in "polarized people who come together. " The characters of Rayanne and Sharon were created as two opposing forces who were gradually brought together to great dramatic effect. The relationship between these opposing characters was something that was decided upon well into the season.
Production of the show was spread out over an unusually long period of time. More than two years lapsed between the shooting of the pilot and the final episode of the show. The pilot itself was not picked up until after the normal time the networks made their orders for shows for the fall 1994 season. The network was still unsure about the show after picking up the pilot, thus they only ordered the production of six episodes, as opposed to the standard order of a half-season of 13 or a full season of 22. Each time the network made a request for new episodes they only ordered six or seven shows at a time. This often caused long gaps in production. Vigilant viewers may notice some subtle changes in the appearance of various actors (especially Devon Gummersall, who had the most dramatic physical change) and in some of the sets. Despite the uneven production schedule, episodes were generally shot in sequence, though there were one or two episodes (such as the Rayanne-overdose episode, 'Other People's Mothers') that were flipped in sequence and aired in a different order than they had been shot. However, as the storylines for each of the episodes were self-contained and were not contingent on dependent narrative elements, continuity was not affected.
The producers developed a strong working relationship with ABC from having created and produced Thirtysomething. Zwick and Herskovitz were allowed to rely on their own judgment and were not subjected to interference or pressure from the network brass, which is a fairly rare situation in network television.
Scott Winant, director of the pilot and several episodes of the season, had been a member of the Bedford Falls family and worked with Zwick and Herskovitz on Thirtysomething. He was already an accomplished director at the time he began working on My So-Called Life. When the producers screened the show's pilot, they were astonished at how much his work was an advance even for him. Zwick said, "Scott took the material and ran with it. He understood it and brought to it his own alienated understanding of that particular moment in adolescence. But it was not retro. It was very present. Something remembered but also something very contemporary. What impressed me most was when I saw what he had done with his focus on the flickering fluorescent lights in Angela's homeroom. That was in itself a metaphor for the show: of something shorting out. . . . something not working. "
Holzman says "Shooting the pilot was magical. Everyone could feel how good it was going to be. It had a lot to do with Claire and how amazing she was. One of my favorite memories was the night we grabbed that long shot on the street near the end of the episode. We were under so much pressure because we were going to lose Claire at any moment [due to union work rules and laws that pertain to underaged actors]. It always felt like the production was just about to lose Claire. She was always running off to take a French test or something. We always had to rush to get something shot. But that says a lot about her incredible talent because she's just come in without a lot of rehearsal and she'd just do it. And she was only this 14-year-old girl. She was that remarkable. Anyway, that night Claire was tense. Her parents were tense. We were running out of time. But my brother [Ernest Holzman] stayed focused and saw the beauty and romance in that long shot on the street with Angela and Brian. It was he who was pushing to get that shot. He was instrumental in finding that moment, in seeing it and in pushing to get it. It became one of the most iconic images from the show. "
The producers were routinely impressed with Danes's natural acting talent. Danes's audition was a scene that appeared in the pilot in which Angela Chase confronts her best friend Sharon Cherski (later played by Devon Odessa) in the bathroom at school. The producers said that when Danes read the part, her face flushed red and her eyes filled with tears as she read the scene. They were impressed by the physical reaction and authenticity she was able to conjure. Danes repeated the exact reaction when she read a second time for the producers, a third time for network executives, and then when they shot it numerous times during the actual production of the pilot.
Producer Ed Zwick recalled how he marveled at Danes's acting ability during a scene in which she had to tell her mother "to an embarrassing degree" that she was not having sex with Jordan. "We were shooting the scene in the parents' bedroom. The only direction I gave Claire was to sort of put her hand over her face sheepishly as her mother was talking. We started to roll and she just nailed it. She was incredibly natural. We shot the master in one take. Went around the other side. Did one take of coverage on Bess and then one on Claire and we had it. I had never worked so fast before. "
Holzman: "We were shooting in an actual high school in LA that was actually open and had students in it (The school scenes were shot on location at University High School). Alternate meaning University High School (disambiguation University Senior High School, commonly known as Uni, is a They gave us, like, a wing of the school. I remember the crew having to hold [our shots] for the bells. I was smoking at the time and I was always having a tough time finding a place to smoke because they wouldn't let you smoke there. Being in that high school was so surreal. I saw a projector in one of the classrooms that looked just like the ones that they had in my high school in the 1970s. Everything was the same. It was so bizarre because there I was back in high school, looking as if nothing had changed, and my brother was there with me and I was sneaking off to smoke cigarettes. It was almost as if everything had contrived to make me feel like I was right back in high school again. "
While filming the scene in the pilot in which Angela, Rickie, and Rayanne are unable to get into the nightclub 'Let's Bolt', Wilson Cruz approached Holzman and in a candid moment confessed that he was incredibly intimidated watching Danes work as her performances were so natural and they apparently came so easily to her. Holzman told him that he should not be intimidated but should learn from it as it was truly a gift.
Holzman has said there was something wonderful about working in the presence of someone so talented. She said that all of the young actors gave 110% percent of themselves and that there was great pleasure in writing the show because everyone in the cast and crew was so strongly behind it. There was something magical about using kids who were actually in such a stage of growth and transition. She saw it as one of the key advantages of using actors who were authentically the ages they were portraying.
The producers have said that Danes possessed such genius, maturity, and a sense of inner grace that they often were at a loss to know where to pitch their sensibilities with her.
The show's final episode was written at a time when producers thought they would very likely be picked up for a second season. Holzman said, "That's why it was written that way. "
For its original run in the United States, it aired on Thursday nights at 8 p. m. ET against four top-10 hit sitcoms — Mad About You and Friends on NBC, as well as the popular Martin and Living Single on FOX, undoubtedly contributing to the series' low ratings. Mad About You is an American Sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999 Friends was an The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Martin is an American sitcom produced by HBO Independent Productions (a subsidiary of HBO) that aired for five seasons from August 27 Living Single is an American Television sitcom,First named My Girls which aired for five seasons on the FOX Television network
The producers said that they could not fault ABC for the creative freedom and support they gave them during production, as there were probably few networks that would have even put My So-Called Life on the air in the first place. However, it was clear that ABC had tremendous difficulty in effectively promoting the show.
My So-Called Life was produced at a time that predated the explosion of youth and teen programming. The culture of television would change significantly in the years that immediately followed, most notably with the rise of The WB and UPN, networks which would eventually cater to the teenaged audience My So-Called Life sought after, in the late 1990s and early 2000s (The WB and UPN launched just two weeks and one week respectively before My So-Called Life's run on ABC ended). United Paramount Network ( UPN) was a Television network that broadcast in over 200 markets in the United States and that was in production for over eleven However, in the 1994-95 season ABC simply did not understand that there was a market for a show that appealed to 15-year-old girls. Holzman never intended the show to be exclusively for teens. This may have been even more confusing for the network in terms of placement and promotion as the show clearly was of interest to a broader audience. In the end, not enough viewers of any age were watching the show during its initial network run. ABC was more focused on larger ratings numbers and wider demographics. Holzman said, "It is one thing to have huge ratings, but it is quite another to have smaller ratings but with an extremely passionate following. I don't understand why the network did not understand that. "
In conversations with then ABC President Bob Iger, producers Zwick and Herskovitz told him that by broadcasting My So-Called Life the network was giving a voice to millions of young women who otherwise had no voice on network television. The show was making money for the network, and, as such, they told Iger he should keep the show on the air for no other reason than "good corporate works"; yet ABC could simply not yet see the economic appeal of an audience of teenage girls.
The cancellation was in large part due to low ratings and ABC's inability to promote the show. However, actress Claire Danes was also a strong catalyst for the show's demise. Producer Marshall Herskovitz said in an interview in 2000 that "such a long time had passed since Danes had signed on to the pilot that she was ready to leave and do film. "
Not insignificant was the arduous schedule and the mental and physical demands of the production of episodic television, especially for young actors who must balance school work with rehearsal and time on the set. Herskovitz said Danes and her parents approached the show's creators and told producers that she did not want to be involved with the show moving forward if they were picked up for a second season. The producers were fully committed to continuing the show. In perhaps one of the first times in the history of the new and burgeoning World Wide Web, fans were using the new technology as a tool for grassroots mobilization of fan support. Fans also took out expensive advertisements in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter urging ABC to renew the show, yet they had no way of knowing about the internal strife in the show's last days.
Once Holzman heard that Danes was no longer behind the show, her attitude changed as well. She said, "When I realized that Claire truly did not want to do it any more, it was hard for me to want to do it. The joy in writing the show was that everyone was behind it and wanted to do it. And I love her. So part of the joy and excitement and happiness would have gone out of me if she had not been on board 100%. I wasn't able to say this at the time, but in retrospect it was a blessing for it to end at a time when we all enjoyed doing it. That's not to say that if the network had ordered more shows that I wouldn't have given it my best. But there was a rightness in how short the season was. This was a show about adolescence and sort of ended in its own adolescence. There was an aura about how short the series was like all things that die young. The show ended at a point that it was still all potential. "
The rumors of the end of the show strongly divided its passionate fans. Flame wars raged across the Internet, especially after Steve Joyner of Operation Life Support (the group that worked so hard to save the show), as well as some cast members, confirmed the rumors — angrily themselves, in some cases. Joyner's letter was entitled "Claire Danes Brings Death to 'Life'. " Fans were sharply divided between those who believed or disbelieved the reports, and those who thought it was forgivable in any event for a teenage actress to find a way out of a long contract. Others believed Danes's desire to leave was not acceptable, especially given her feigned support for the movement to save the show. Many fans felt betrayed due to having spent significant time and money to save the show when its star was secretly working against them.
In a September 2004 edition of Entertainment Weekly, Danes admitted her role in the show's demise, while insisting that she didn't have enough power to cause the cancellation by herself. Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated as EW) is a Magazine published by Time Inc  It is generally accepted that ABC seriously considered bringing it back for a second season and may have even intended to — as then-executive Ted Harbert claims — because of its devoted fanbase, its quality, and its critical acclaim. Edward "Ted" Harbert (born June 15, 1955 in New York City New York) is the current president and CEO of the Comcast Entertainment Group However, the low ratings combined with Danes's reluctance to return ended the series. ABC had no interest in getting into a public quarrel with a 15-year-old actress. Winnie Holzman theorized that the network was so on-the-fence about renewing the show that in some ways they used Danes' unwillingness to return as a convenient excuse not to renew the show.
Catherine Clark, author of a novelization of the series, also wrote a book entitled My So-Called Life Goes On taking place after the events of the series.
On November 19, 2002, BMG released My So-Called Life: The Complete Series on DVD in a 5-disc box set. This set has since gone out of print, as BMG lost the distribution rights for the show. This DVD set is now a rare item and, as such, can only be found through eBay or other auction sites; it typically sold for over $100. eBay Inc is an American Internet company that manages eBaycom an Online auction and shopping Website in which people and businesses buy and However, now it the cost is only in the tens. The distribution rights are now owned by Buena Vista. Also see general Walt Disney Studios or Buena Vista. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is a motion picture and television feature
On October 30, 2007, Shout! Factory re-released My So-Called Life on DVD in Region 1 in a 6-disc box-set that features an entire disc of special features, including an interview with series star Claire Danes. Shout! Factory is an entertainment company founded in 2002 that was started by Richard Foos (co-founder of Rhino Records) Bob Emmer (former Warner Music Group Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award -winning and Emmy Award -nominated American Film Shout! Factory is a distribution company that has released short-lived shows in the past. Shout! Factory is an entertainment company founded in 2002 that was started by Richard Foos (co-founder of Rhino Records) Bob Emmer (former Warner Music Group 
In promotion of the October 2007 DVD release, ABC posted the My So-Called Life pilot on its online Full Episode Player on Friday, November 30, 2007. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. The second episode, entitled "Dancing in the Dark", was released the subsequent Friday, followed by the third episode, "Guns and Gossip", the next Friday. Each episode has been available online for two weeks.
On September 13, 2007, Eurovideo released the complete series on DVD in Germany in Region 2 in a 5-disc boxset with German and English soundtrack but no special features. DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played
All 19 episodes of the series are available for viewing on YouTube.
Atlantic Records released a soundtrack of the show, which originally release on August 25, 1994, then re-release on January 24, 1995.