TELEVISION: The Clearasil Years

Thirtysomething's creators focus perceptively on adolescence

Angela Chase is a wise 15-year-old whose future we can easily imagine. At 25 she will have grown out of her tremulous beauty into a more certain one. She will pursue a fulfilling, creative profession in a bustling Eastern metropolis and date gentle, intelligent young men who resemble Eric Stoltz. But before Angela (played by real-life teenager Claire Danes) arrives at this promising womanhood, she must cross the emotional hurdles of adolescence, and that passage is the subject of My So-Called Life, an unusually affecting one-hour drama that will make its debut Thursday on ABC.

Produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward...

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