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Josh recently pondered which filmmakers might be most likely and capable of carrying on the legacy of the dearly departed John Hughes. While he quite rightly singled out folks like Freaks and Geeks’ Paul Feig and Superbad/Adventureland’s Greg Mottola, one name that didn’t make the list is Winnie Holzman.
Holzman created a little show called My So-Called Life, a short-lived teen drama that floundered for one season on ABC in 1994, became something of a cult classic, and earned the undying admiration of those few who saw it and fell in love with it. What The Wonder Years was for children of the ‘60s, and Freaks and Geeks was for folks who entered adolescence in the ‘80s, My So-Called Life is for those of us who came of age amongst flannel and grunge rock. All of these shows are well remembered because their storytelling touches on universal themes of growing up, but each also perfectly encapsulates the feel of what it was like to be a kid or teenager in that specific time period. My So-Called Life also featured a young and never-better Claire Danes, who made my 16-year-old heart go pitter-pat, and the less said about the effect she had on the rest of me, the better.
Sadly, while more frivolous icons of ‘90s teen-ocity such as Beverly Hills 90210 managed to flourish for many seasons, My So-Called Life dared to be smarter and about more than just uniting its cast-mates in as many sexual combinations as possible, and thus it died largely unseen. Memo to Any and All Studio Executives: the above complaint does not constitute a request that you greenlight an ill-conceived remake of said program. Move along. There’s nothing to see here.
However, posting the entire series on Hulu so people can catch what they missed? That I can get behind. Click here to revisit my youth with My So-Called Life.