My So-Called Life (1994–1995)
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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities 

Brian writes a letter to help Jordan win Angela back, Delia has a crush on Rickie, and Graham's cooking impresses the restaurant's investors.


Elodie Keene


Winnie Holzman (created by), Winnie Holzman

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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Jeff Perry ... Richard Katimski
Lisa Waltz ... Hallie Lowenthal
Senta Moses Mikan ... Delia Fisher (as Senta Moses)
Carl Gabriel Yorke ... Investor
John Mascaro John Mascaro ... Tony Poole


Brian writes a letter to help Jordan win Angela back, Delia has a crush on Rickie, and Graham's cooking impresses the restaurant's investors.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance






Release Date:

26 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Although the series was short-lived, My So Called Life won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama. It was also nominated for 4 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music, and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Drama Series. See more »


Patty: Well I have to say, from everything you've told me, I think it's clear that you never really meant to hurt her.
Jordan: It's like, you think you're safe or something. Because you can just walk away anytime. Because you don't, like, need her. You don't need anyone. But the thing you didn't realize is you're wrong.
Jordan: Do you always wear this much makeup?
Patty: Um, I was expecting company. An old friend. That was he just now on the phone. Seems that he has the touch of the flu or something and he took this...
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Cyrano for the modern urban high school Roxanne
30 August 2011 | by stephenrtodSee all my reviews

The overlapping plot strands connect with great subtlety and sensitivity in this episode in which Angela makes a three-tiered discovery with the help of three young guys who all care about her - while Graham dazzles the suits with his cuisine. Jealousy is one powerful thread in this episode, from three different angles, involving two different generations. Loneliness and betrayal, or potential betrayal, also knit together Angela's parent's relationship and her budding one with Jordan. Like Edmond Rostand's classic "Cyrano De Bergerac," this episode dramatizes the many greatly conflicting "people" we all house inside ourselves, demonstrating that what may be eloquently written may be agonizing - or nearly impossible to enact, to fulfill, to substantiate. This episode demonstrates that archetypes like insecurity, jealousy, envy, loneliness and yearning - transcend the generations; they are eternal boomerangs of the human heart.

This episode and "The Substitute" are my two favorites, the ones I like to watch again with my friends and loved ones. Life lessons.

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