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On Tue, 6 Dec 1994 [log in to unmask] wrote:
 
> On the TV scale of greatness, _My So-Called Life_ is indeed a great show
> (with the occasional exception of the parents' characters -- somebody's
> trying too hard where they're concerned).  But the portrayal of the
> teens' lives is sometimes pretty gripping; all those things people take
> too seriously in high school are treated with amazing respect and
> compassion in this show.
        While there may be some merits to My So Called Life (I wanted to
like it, but never found myself all that interested), it seems that all
of this was done before and so much better in the various Degrassi series
(Kids of degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, and Degrassi High). These
shows had the same problem in portraying realistic parents, but created
convincing portrayals of the kids/young adults. Perhaps this was due to
the 'kids' being directly involved in the creative process through
workshop style script sessions.
                                        Scott Henderson
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