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I agree!  MSCL is likely the most beautifully written tv fare i have
witnessed in years.  I must mention the end of lst week's episode, which
showed the young protagonist riding off into the distance on her friend's
bike.  As she slowly goes out of sight, we see her letting go and riding
without the use of her hands.  Incredible.  The imagery and acting are
both low key, which gves this show the subtlety that is missing in the
television today, which is so in your face, that it is unbearable.  Not
since 3osomething(same writers, etc.) has television been so beautiful.
Lat week, in their Just-for-kids section Entertainment Weekly called MSCL
the best show on TV for kids to watch.  However, they also stated that it
is the best show period. So true!  It seems that these low key shows are
creeping in unnoticed.  Also be on the lookout for _Friends_.  This new
sitcom has the wittiest, and richest writing I've seen in a long time.
In addition, the acting is top notch.  There is great TV out there, you
just have to look for it!
 
Stephen at Brock  [log in to unmask]
 
 
On Tue, 6 Dec 1994, Bjorn Sorenssen wrote:
 
> >As each week goes by, I remain amazed at the lack of commercial success and
> >critical attention given _My So-Called Life_, the ABC drama (Thursdays, 8-9
> >pm). Last week, according to _Entertainment Weekly_, the show finished
> >next-to-last in the ratings, which I find absolutely astonishing. I
> >personally haven't felt this committed to a show in years, yet, save for a
> >few friends who are similarly enthralled, it seems no one else in the
> >country is watching.
> >
> >This is a great show for many, many reasons: great writing, great
> >direction, great characters (including the only gay teen you'll ever see on
> >a weekly drama series, btw), great everything. I'd be happy to extoll its
> >virtues at some other time. Right now, what I want to know is, do any of
> >y'all watch? Why is this show dying such an unpleasant death? Is anyone out
> >there writing about this show?
> >
> >Feeling worried about the ABC axe,
> >
> >Chris Amirault
>
> As an otherwise in many ways unimpressed short-time (1 year sabbatical)
> immigrant to the US, I am *very* impressed by "My So-called Life" and like
> Chris I worry about the future of the show. The splendid low-key acting
> and direction really makes it stand out compared to the motley mainfare of
> the cable menu. (50 channels and nothing on.)
>         For my family, with a 16-year old daughter meeting the US high
> school, system for the first time,it has furthermore been an excellent
> introduction
> to norms, problems and situations in "real life" school. (In fact Thursday
> night, the fight for the zapper is postponed for an hour!)
>         One of the reasons for the poor ratings (the reviews I have read
> have all been laudatory) could be the time slot. Here in Texas it starts at
> 7PM.
> I sincerely hope that more people become of aware of this excellent show.
>
> Bjorn Sorenssen
> University of Trondheim, Norway, p.t. University of Texas, Austin
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