Developing a cult status over the years, perhaps it was too gloomy in the beginning for American viewers, the story of 15-year-old Angela who every day found new conflicts with clueless parents, conservative teachers and her more or less troubled friends. Still, the show had an uplifting sense of humor and the actors were good, with Claire Danes a star in the making as the bright, hopelessly infatuated Angela. The show’s ambition was portraying teenagers’ lives as believably as possible, but there were times when it all got too depressing and almost a bit repetitious – which is some kind of feat with only 19 episodes produced. Bess Armstrong’s slightly annoying character, the nagging mother, became a bit much to take. Still, many critics love the show.
1994-1995:U.S. Made for TV. 19 episodes. Color. Created by Winnie Holzman. Cast: Claire Danes (Angela Chase), Bess Armstrong (Patty Chase), Tom Irwin (Graham Chase), Devon Gummersall, Wilson Cruz, A.J. Langer, Jared Leto, Devon Odessa.
Golden Globe: Best Actress (Danes) 95.