Network: ABC
Air Dates: August 25, 1994 – January 26, 1995
Stars: Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz, Bess Armstrong, A.J. Langer, Devon Odessa, Lisa Wilhoit, Tom Irwin, Devon Gummersall

All great actors and actresses got their start somewhere, and for most of them that jump-off point came via schlocky C-grade horror movies or thankless co-starring roles in bad comedies. That wasn't the case for Claire Danes, however, whose stellar chops are currently on loud-and-clear display in Showtime's phenomenal Homeland.

The multiple award-nominated Danes first worked her talents in My So-Called Life, a ballsy teen drama that covered issues like homophobia, child abuse, and homelessness with frankness previously unseen on programs dedicated to youngsters. And, much like she's done in practically everything she's accomplished since, Danes left a lasting mark in viewers' thoughts, despite the fact that ABC cancelled My So-Called Life after only one full season. —MB

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