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Daria is an American animated sitcom created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, and somewhat misanthropic teenage girl who observes the world around her. This show is a spin-off of another MTV show called Beavis and Butt-Head.

Why It Rocks

  1. The theme song has a decent message. It already captures Daria's personality and the atmosphere of the entire show in general.
  2. The chemistry between Daria and Jane is pretty great.
  3. It was the one show that stood out from MTV's usual shtick (music videos, airheads etc.)
  4. How Daria delivers her lines is hilarious, especially in Seasons 1 to 3.
  5. Daria became so popular in Beavis and Butt-Head that she got her own spin-off show. How cool is that?
  6. Gives great morals that are related to growing up.
  7. We see the world through the eyes of a sarcastic teenage girl who doesn't care, which is a very unique concept.
  8. The show gives a view on every that is wrong with society, which is a smart idea for a show and well executed in this show.
  9. Hilariously realistic situations that viewers can relate to.
  10. The character development in this show is unforced and well-done.
  11. One of the most mature teen angsty shows of its time.
  12. Unbelievably well written.
  13. Impressive voice acting
  14. For a monotone, carefree teenage outcast, Daria is one of the funniest characters on MTV. She could make one crack by just smiling.
  15. Captured what the 90s were really like. If one wanted to know what it was like being a teen from the 90s instead of now, they could just watch at least one episode from this show.
  16. Looks at the stereotypes at school in a different way to other shows. It also looks at everything that's wrong with school in a logical way.
  17. Like most adult cartoons of its time, Daria still remained an iconic show for more than 20 years.

Bad Qualities

  1. Even for 90s cartoon standards, the animation could still be better.
  2. Character designs can be off-putting.
  3. It's been argued that the show went downhill in the later seasons. (Daria got a boyfriend?)
  4. Background design isn't that great to look at sometimes.
  5. Daria sometimes turned into a typical teen romance drama in some episodes, which is not what it's supposed to be about.
  6. The beginning of the theme song can be very ear-piercing to people.
  7. Despite having a great message, some people may think of the theme tune as lazy just because of the overall tone.

Trivia

  • Although Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butthead, where Daria was a recurring character) agreed to release the character to allow her to appear in the spin-off, he had no involvement in the production of Daria.
  • No other characters from Beavis and Butthead appeared in Daria. Usually this would be a flaw in spin-offs, but they were trying to go for a whole different style of humor and they felt like any sort of reference to the original show would ruin it.
  • Daria's theme song is "You're Standing on My Neck", written and performed by Splendora.
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