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Angela Chase of 'My So-Called Life' and 5 Other Deep TV Teens

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2011 11:00AM
my so-called lifeWith Snooki, Paris and those glitzy 'Gossip Girls' skankin' up the tube, it's nice to know that 'My So-Called Life''s sensitive and smart grunge girl, Angela Chase, has returned to TV.

What's that? You have no idea who Angela Chase is? And you've never heard of 'My So Called Life,' which began airing on the Sundance Channel last night and will continue every Tuesday at 9PM. Well, stop texting for two seconds you pretty young thing and I'll tell ya all about it ...

'My So-Called Life' was a beloved and acclaimed TV drama from a strange and wonderful time called "the '90s." You might have heard of the '90s; it was a time when we had to watch our favorite shows when they were on (because who wanted to program the VCR, really?), people could actually see Nirvana perform live, and people still wanted to see Metallica perform live. It was a joyous time, but being a teen in the '90s could be rough, what with everyone using their parachute pants to smuggle guns and Walkmans into school every day. Luckily, Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes, was there to share our pain.

Angela was smart, introspective and sensitive, and she helped pave the way for a number of deep and clever young TV ladies that followed. In celebration of Angela's return to the small screen, here's a list of five smart young female characters from the past several years of TV history.

Willow Rosenberg, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Willow could have turned out to be a disappointing one-note sidekick character, but she became much, much more with 'Buffy' creator Joss Whedon at the helm.

Willow started out as an under-confident nerd who seemed too meek and scared to deal with the hell on Earth that was Sunnydale High. But over seven seasons, Willow grew and matured in exciting and satisfying ways, reminding us that even a shy geek girl can become a goddess without sacrificing her soul.


Amber Holt, 'Parenthood'
It's might seem like a stretch to call Amber "smart" after her self-destructive streak landed her in the hospital, but this sassy and quirky character soon wised up and got back on the straight and narrow.

It's been a joy to watch Amber blossom into a self-possessed and witty indie chick during the show's first two seasons. Amber might not always be the most stable girl in the room, but she's easily one of the most interesting and unique young female characters now on TV. (Fingers crossed for Season 3!) Plus, like Angela Chase, she's a great crier.


Veronica Mars, 'Veronica Mars'
They really don't come any sharper than Veronica Mars. The teen detective went through hell and back during the show's three-season run, but Veronica always faced her challenges head-on with intelligence, wit and integrity.

Calling Veronica smart would be an understatement; this girl was a genius-level sleuth who used her talents, wisdom and steel trap of a mind to aid her fellow teens-in-trouble. Veronica was one of the most brilliant and articulate female characters on TV, but she was also vulnerable and loyal to her friends and family, which made her relatable and oh-so-lovable.


Rory Gilmore, 'Gilmore Girls'
Rory wasn't nearly as introspective as Angela Chase, but she had her moments. What made Rory stand out was the character's refreshing dichotomy -- she was a nerd, but she was also hot, hilarious and popular. She was a good girl, but she was also a progressive thinker with a big heart and an independent spirit.

Anyone who was ambitious or obsessive during adolescence (or who had a super supportive and witty parent) will probably enjoy and relate to Rory's inspiring, and sometimes rocky, journey through high school and college.


Spencer Carlin, 'South of Nowhere'
Spencer is notable for being the first lesbian teenager to lead a TV drama. But that's not the only reason 'South of Nowhere' was on our radar.

The show, which aired on the now-defunct The N (presently known as TeenNick), was worth watching if only to follow Spencer's evolution from repressed small-town girl to confident and secure high school senior. Sure, Spencer's arc was largely defined by her relationship with the more rebellious Ashley, but she set out on her own several times during the show's run, and she proved to be a bright, warm and resourceful kid when the pressure was on.



OK, your turn. Tell us: Who's your favorite deep TV teen?

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Mary

Gotta go with Veronica Mars.

May 02 2011 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MaryRose

Can you believe your life will be totally changed within several mins?

~~ M eet ing Ri ch * c/-0 m ~~ will make it come true!! You can meet thousands of millionaires here! You will have a da t e soon and you have access to upper class luxury life!!

Why not have a try? New life is on the way.

April 29 2011 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris_Griff_3

An excerpt from my blog: "The Veronica Mars television series offered so much depth. There was action, suspense, drama, mystery, and romance. I'm not a firm believer in love, but Logan and Veronica always manage to make me a believer in the one thing I'm most cynical about in the world - LoVe."

Read more @ http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-love-letter-to-warner-bros.html

April 28 2011 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle

+1 for Veronica Mars.

April 27 2011 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lei

I agree with Veronica Mars. She's one of hell of a woman.

April 26 2011 at 8:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
james

Veronica Mars laps the field here.

April 26 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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