My So Called Life My So Called Life, the show that launched Claire Danes career, lasted just one 19-episode season before being cancelled in 1995. Expecting to be picked up for a second season, the Season 1 finale ended in a cliff hanger that was never resolved. When it was cancelled by ABC, My So Called Life was still pulling in 12.1 million viewers. The cancellation of My So Called Life was one of the first times fans took to the newly created Internet to create a grassroots movement to help keep it alive. But ultimately, the show was cancelled because Danes no longer wanted to be involved. TV Guide ranked the series No. 16 out of 25 on its "Top Cult Shows Ever" list.