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The people of Lawndale just don't get Daria Morgendorffer. She's cool with that. See, Daria was born alienated, and now she's just trying to make it through high school with as little human contact as possible. Popularity, friends, activities... whatever. Daria lacks enthusiasm, but she makes up for it with sarcasm. Daria is the spin-off of MTV's most sucessful cartoon, Beavis and Butt-Head. Theme Song: La la la la la This is my stop Got to get off I may go *pop* Excuse me (repeat once) I've got to be direct La la la If I'm wrong please correct La la la You're standing on my neck La la la You're standing on my neck (short guitar cord) La la la la la (repeat) Rating: Usually all Daria episodes are rated TVPG-L.
Ashley Albert

Ashley Albert

Ms. Janet Barch/Tiffany Blum-Deckler

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jodie Landon

Julian Rebolledo

Julian Rebolledo

Jake Morgendorffer

Tracy Grandstaff

Tracy Grandstaff

Daria Morgendorffer

Marc Thompson

Marc Thompson

Kevin Thompson, Anthony DeMartino, Timothy O'Neill, Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer, Jamie White

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Stacy Rowe

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Fan Reviews (112)

  • This is comedy?

    I was curious to this show to see what it would be like being a teenager back in high school life. I can recall my high school years with its many ups and downs. Hearing that this was a comedy I thought I would like it, but unfortunately as I watched it, it was in my eyes and ears not very funny and depressing to sit through. Don't get me too wrong fans, I didn't completely, hate it, but I can't recommend it to anyone for that matter. For a start, the idea of a (smart) teenage girl going through life virtually living in her own self-centered world of criticizing and if I might add treating almost everyone around her (including her own family members) like garbage is something I don't find funny at all. It's appalling to say the least. As if teens don't need any more negative influences, the creator Glenn Eischler, like Mike Judge is just adding insult to injury by saying that they are criticizing society, but in reality they are just adding to the problems. What's more is that Eischler is using two methods that unfortunately don't really go together: solipsism and high school caricature. The former may have worked best in literary works such as . Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn where we were able to read the protagonist's thoughts and imaginative play. As for the latter, that may have worked with sitcoms such as Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World, but the humor had a sense of jovialness. Here, the humor of student stupidity and condescendence of adulthood just bangs and clangs so loudly and reaches the level of preposterousness. The biggest problem for me in this show is the protagonist. She just observes everything around her without really doing anything like a Greek chorus and behaves rather selfishly. At no point does she wake up and realize that she is wrong in her viewpoint that everyone is actually not as bad as they seem if she gave them some time.

    On the plus side, I'm grateful that it has some good messages about life in general, including individualism and integrity over popularity. It even showed some teenage pressures realistically. On the contrary, I actually liked the addition of Tom Sloane as he gave Daria a small bit of humanity.

    Regretfully the humor left a ton to be desired. Usually being: "Hi, I'm Daria, go to hell" or "Mine is don't do drugs (it's a painting of just drugs and alcohol)"

    That's supposed to be funny? If Roger Ebert saw this he'd would call it the "high school version" of North with unfunny characters and cold-hearted premise.

    The 6 grade I am giving it was for the positives mentioned above and MTV's effort to try and redeem themselves from being labeled as the trashiest network in the history of TV.moreless
  • A Show I wished I watched when I was younger

    Oh Daria... She's like the hero to all introverts (me included lol).

    I missed out on this show during it's hey day in the 90s. In fact, I didn't watch Daria until last year (2013) and it instantly became a favorite.

    I think the reason why I love this show so much is noticing how relatable it is. I mean, my life was somewhat like that with key differences, I'm a guy. But I was always an introverted individual who had a hard time making friends and usually kept my nose in my sketchbook. So when I got to learn more about Daria and her best friend, Jane, I was like wow, I relate to them so much. In fact, when I was in high school, I was practically a loner until my senior year where I met a new student who was somewhat a loner too. So it was like I was Jane (as I really did and still do love art) and my friend was Daria (she loved writing lol) and we both loved Alternative music lol.

    Anyway, I can see how some people would be turned off by the show as Daria has that somewhat boring and monotonous voice but the real magic of the show is the other characters, especially the teachers. I'm happy that Daria was able to get 5 seasons and it's own movie. Honestly, I like almost every episode of Daria and it'll always be one of my favorites. I also find it ironic how the tv show in the show "Sick, Sad World" kind of predicted what MTV would turn in to.

    They just don't make shows like this anymore sadly. Still, 90s gold in my opinion.moreless
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  • The evolution of Daria

    As a child of the 90's (born 1987), I discovered Daria probably into it's first or second season. I was about 11 or so, and I didn't quite get all of the jokes/comments/implications until I was a little older, and now at age 26, I do view the show in a somewhat different light.

    Aside from the obvious stereotypes and shallowness of the show (each character is either a jock/popular/outsider/or weirdo) but for some reason, in many of the episodes the most popular people (esp. Kevin and Brittany) seem to speak with or even hang out with the "outsider" daria. Perhaps because it's a show, and they need character interaction. I'd almost go as far to say that Kevin and Brittany (and Jodie and Mac) have a friendship with Daria and Jane, while Kevin is the butt of all the jokes.

    In the beginning, Daria seemed more humanized, but as time went on, her voice got more annoying and more like a robot. Even when she was getting closer with Tom, it was just awkward, I couldn't relate to her, and she started to sound like a lot more monotone, and MORE shallow, when I would think as the show evolves she would become a little more "lifelike". Perhaps she was, but her tone was more and more off-putting, despite her character traits.

    Also, Kevin--I get it, the bone head one is that stupid. Even in the beginning Kevin seemed a little smarter than he ended up. Perhaps the creators of the show wanted to shed some truth, that if you don't apply yourself, you will stay back (Is it College Yet?), but he was SO stupid, and it came to a point where it was unbelievable and I kind of felt badly for the character. I was surprised to see, earlier in the series that Kevin corrected Brittany's pronunciation of a multi-syllable word. But, as time went on, there was no growth in Kevin, not even as a a decline, which just expresses a disgust the creators must have felt with the character. But, when the episode "A tree grows in lawndale" came out, I guess the only message implied was, that a school needs a star quarterback in order to be accepted. That's a good message more or less?

    Also, Daria is very shallow just like her sister (implied in The New Kid) that she comes of hypocritical, but it's good that she's shown she is when Jane breaks some stereotypes: Joining track and thinking about I don't really like how she ends up quitting both. Maybe it wasn't for her, but at least you see her jogging after that episode.

    The fashion a cult. They didn't even have good outfits half the time, or different ones. .

    Also, the elders were so disrespected, and the whole monitary bribe between mother and her daughters made me sick. Also, Daria I think should have gotten a real job instead, but she is kind of a spoiled bitch.

    I'm kind of rushing through this, as you can tell my review isn't so well written. But I would like to end saying, two things: Daria and Trent hit home to someone A LOT and fantasizing a life with really it would never work out. It's a hard lesson some of us don't even learn by age 17, but it's a harsh true reality.

    At the end of the show, I enjoyed the delightful costumes each character would be in, to break those stereotypes.

    Those were just my not so positive thoughts on the show and I was pondering about. Aside from all that, I really love the show Daria, and feel it was a success as a spin off from Beavis and Butthead.

    I made this video a while back:: y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = j A M f L F n 0 e a M

    just take away the spaces. I think true Daria fans will enjoy my little tribute.

    it's of trent and daria.


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Animation, Comedy


surviving high school, spinoff, suburban life, 90s, teen angst